Embracing the Environment - Sustainability

Banyan Tree was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We employ an integrated and participatory approach, to minimise our impacts while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations.

As stewards of responsible tourism, we have conceptualised our values in our “Brand for Good” framework to go beyond the precautionary approach and inspire exceptional experiences among our guests to “embrace the environment and empower people” at each of our locations.

Connect with our shared values and vision at any of our property pages contained within this website - or visit Banyan Tree Global Foundation, our organizational non-profit arm, to discover more about our diverse approach to ensuring sustainable communities and environments for all.



Our Environment

Tourism often depends on natural heritage: areas of aesthetic beauty and high biodiversity. Consequently, we act as stewards to safeguard and promote a healthy, resilient and sustainable environment in the face of unprecedented global change.

Sustainable by design, we are committed to protecting natural and cultural heritage during development to ensure long term sustainability. Disturbance is minimized and landscape protected, while traditional materials are incorporated to support livelihoods.

  • Education programs are implemented through presentations, guest lectures, eco-tours, walks and guided snorkels.
  • Restoration activities support positive action and include tree or coral planting and community cleanups.
  • A strategic partnership with EarthCheck supports our sustainable operations with external assurance.
  • Cross sector partnerships with academia, NGOs, governments, resource users and the wider public, contribute to conservation programs with impact.

Our Community

Social responsibility is about creating value and supporting long-term societal prosperity for the community, and this remains true whether they are employees, customers, community neighbours or business partners. Businesses are in the position where they can create value through more than just job creation, and more than just providing socially responsible choices for goods and services.

  • Our approach promotes wellbeing through diversity, satisfaction, health, safety and welfare to increase productivity and improve employee and customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Education programs develop local capacity and support sustainable development, providing pathways out of poverty.
  • Our Seedlings programme nurtures young people at risk of societal exclusion, providing vocational and life skills, creating a lasting positive community impact.
  • By establishing a Sense of Place and encouraging celebration of local culture at each of our properties, we connect our travelers to authentic experiences that both protect and promote cultural heritage.

Our Responsibility

Businesses have tremendous power to promote sustainable development, contributing to society and the environment in a positive manner. What was once seen as impossible, may now be possible and business can serve humanity rather than being served by it. Our approach is prudent, ethical and accountable, with internal and external engagement and participation, external benchmarking and certification, and transparent reporting since 2006.

Good leadership is required to drive sustainable business practices that connect on a personal level. We strive to create an ethical culture to do the right thing, to motivate and inspire, and protect the long term by making tough decisions in the short term.

Through all our efforts, we endeavor to promote and engage our guests in responsible tourism, embrace the unique environments we operate in and empower our communities via our commitment to sustainable development.


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