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AYANA Resort & Spa Bali reduces plastic use – resort fostering new CSR and eco-protection programs

September 7, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali understands the need to support the local community to ensure a long-lasting and protected environment and eco-system.

http://www.tourismlegal.com.au/In recent years, AYANA has implemented several initiatives aimed at bettering the community, these include:  providing new houses to 51 disadvantaged local families, educating local women to overcome social and economic obstacles and to also secure employment opportunities.

Last month, AYANA took a further stand on eco-protection by supporting Bali’s campaign to reduce the amount of usage of plastic bags on property and encourage the 950 employees to discontinue the use of plastic bags in their households. The resort does not use plastic bags for retail and other packaging purposes, and uses recyclable glass bottles for mineral water rather than plastic bottles.

In recognition of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint through environmentally sustainable practices, AYANA has also been certified as an Eco Hotel by TUV Rheinland Germany. TUV cited the resort’s implementation of two water recycling plants, which have been in use for more than 10 years to recycle ‘grey’ and ‘black’ water for use on gardens and ponds, as well as a dedicated composting program, waste management,energy efficiency, use of eco laundry products, and abstinence from using harmful chemicals and plastic bags.

AYANA’s corporate social responsibility and eco-protection programs as follows:

  • BALI’S PLASTIC LESS CAMPAIGN: AYANA Resort and Spa Bali have become a part of an environmental partnership with anti-plastic campaigner Tas Pasar, which means ‘market bag’ in Indonesia (www.taspasar.org). As part of its education outreach to hotels in Bali, Tas Pasar founders David and Ellie Eagles made a presentation to AYANA’s employees about the impact plastic bags have on waste levels and the eco-system.

“We have a responsibility to the local community in Bali to take care of the environment in which we work, and this is one of the core values of AYANA’s CANON service philosophy,” said AYANA’s Environmental Director Clive Edwards. “We take great pride in being contributing members of society, and we will continue to support the Tas Pasar program to encourage our staff and guests to avoid the use of plastic bags.”

Tas Pasar has also distributed 1,000 free reusable shopping bags to encourage use of these bags rather than plastic, and AYANA has placed posters and reusable bags in its employee canteen and lockers to reiterate the message.

  • NEW HOUSING FOR 51 FAMILIES IN BALI: AYANA Resort and Spa Bali has built brick houses for 51 families in a remote East Bali village, as part of a program to improve living conditions in the poorest parts of the tourist island. The program was launched in 2010 with the construction of the 51 houses in Ban village, Karangasem, some three hours from AYANA’s location in the resort area of Jimbaran. Most Ban residents lack basic education and access to essentials such as clean water and electricity.

The houses, which replaced the residents’ dilapidated bamboo huts, are 25 square meters in size, with two bedrooms and a separate terraced living area. Solar panels donated from an unnamed supplier provide electricity for the village.

The houses were built with the help of the villagers, who worked under the supervision of AYANA construction engineers, using materials donated by AYANA. The hotel’s staff recently visited the village to donate school supplies including books, satchels and writing equipment.

  • R.O.L.E FOUNDATION:  The R.O.L.E Foundation has partnered with AYANA Resort and Spa over the past two years to deliver onsite hotel training to women from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ROLE Models’ program has garnered attention for its practical approach to alleviating conditions of poverty, by providing a pathway for women to access training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.

As the program continues to succeed and expand, the foundation added a housekeeping department to make for a more complete program. On November 30, 2013 twenty new trainees will graduate from Culinary, Food & Beverage Service and Spa and Housekeeping departments.

In past years, R.O.L.E Foundation’s Role Model trainees graduated in style, working alongside internationally acclaimed chef Jusman So, with guests from regional hospitality and business communities. Trainees worked seamlessly with AYANA staff in delivering impeccable service in the beautiful ambiance of Dava restaurant.

AYANA’s new sister property, RIMBA scheduled to open in September 2013 has also participated in the eco-friendly programs that we mention above by planting over 50,000 trees to reduce its carbon footprint.

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