Experts translate sustainable design mindset to operations Third party certification validates approach e.g. EC3 Global, LEED, BREAM 2 4 5 6 7 3 Upskill local labour, build local capacity, direct tourism dollars to local communities SUSTAINABILITY OVERVIEW SUSTAINING OUR FUTURE 9
Environmental Responsibility Tourism often depends on natural heritage, areas of aesthetic beauty and high biodiversity. Tourism should therefore be stewards, with a responsibility to safeguard the environment and improve resilience in the face of unprecedented global change. Banyan Tree’s efforts connect with global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations, with external assurance by EarthCheck, the leading benchmarking certification within the travel and tourism industry. A science based approach to the conservation of sensitive ecosystems and threatened species supports positive action and engagement of our associates, guests and community members, connecting people to destinations and driving stewardship.
Climate change represents an important yet daunting global challenge, with potential direct and indirect costs through impact on human and natural systems that may affect destination quality, consumer demand and travel, as well as disaster frequency and severity. Small scale efforts may suffer from economies of scale and lack of impact but they can provide some respite and produce working models that lead to change and positive impact. As a global company, we accept our global responsibility to conserve and safeguard natural and cultural heritage, and strive to improve resilience in the face of unprecedented global change. Banyan Tree’s actions on climate change are integrated throughout environmental, social and governance sustainability efforts, in alignment with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (2015) call to connect with global climate action by: 1. Integrating climate change and related issues into business strategy, 2. Supporting the global transition to a low carbon economy through emission reductions, 3. Recognising the value of cultural and natural heritage and strengthen local resilience where we operate, 4. Promoting responsible travel through a participatory approach, and 5. Engagement across the value chain. ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS We raise awareness of climate change and the environment via global events and celebrations including Earth Day, World Biodiversity Day, World Environment Day, and World Oceans Day. 3,600 kwh Electricity per property GREENING COMMUNITIES SINCE 2007 Greening Communities challenged our properties to raise awareness of climate change by planting 2,000 trees per year. By 2015, we had planted over 427k trees, exceeding our target by 21%. We put this project on hiatus in 2016 to review outcomes, but nine properties conducted their own greening in 2017.
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