Banyan Tree Group launches sustainability grant scheme

Worldwide: Banyan Tree Global Foundation, the CSR arm of the hospitality group, has launched the Greater Good Grants which will provide financial backing up to US$10,000 across six areas that align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The six areas covered by the grant includes:

Biodiversity and conservation: improve understanding, conservation and management of species and habitats.

Resource use and waste management: innovative projects that tackles the life cycle of resources that benefit community, business and the environment.

Climate change and resilience: explain global change and develop resilience in natural and human systems.

Education and empowerment: development of education infrastructure, capacity and delivery to students of any age, with particular focus on disadvantaged members of society.

Health and protection: focus on health and wellbeing in local communities.

Culture and livelihood: development, protection, restoration and stewardship of culture and livelihoods.

Grants for 2021 have officially opened for submission until 31 December 2020 SGT. Submissions will be reviewed by the board of directors of Banyan Tree Global Foundation and an internal panel of stakeholders. Successful project grantees will be notified by Q1 2021.

“Our usual approach has been to award project grants mainly through our operating properties and support the environment and community stakeholders in that specific vicinity,” said Dr Steve Newman, assistant vice president, group sustainability director and coordinating director of Banyan Tree Global Foundation.

“While projects should be in the same countries as where we operate, our new approach is to invite NGOs and academics to apply so we can support more impactful projects benefitting people and the planet.”

Laguna Lang Co, a resort in central Vietnam which encompasses the Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co hotels, as well as the golf course Laguna Golf Lang Co, is encouraging sustainability projects around the country to apply for the new grant scheme. 

The resort has helped to develop the scheme, and has implemented green initiatives including a moratorium on single-use plastic and it’s “edible golf course” planted with rice fields and tended by water buffalos.

Further information on the Greater Good Grants can be found here.

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