Social equity initiatives aim to build the capacities of local communities and associates through socially beneficial projects whereby community members and associates can benefit from our support for their personal betterment as well as professional advancement.
Seedlings – Social Enterprise Restaurant
Seedlings is the first restaurant launched by Laguna Lăng Cô under Banyan Tree’s group-wide mentorship programme with the aim to provide training and job opportunities for disadvantaged local youths, giving them the necessary life skills to forge successful careers in hospitality. Seedlings serves as a launching platform for local youth development in collaboration with non-governmental not-for-profit organisations, providing invaluable vocational skills and experience.
Seedlings is a training and mentoring program focuses on career and personal development. Other training courses provided include English language and computer skills training. The 18-month program is divided into two phases:
Phase 1 10-month F&B skills training at Banyan Tree and Angsana
Phase 2 2-month working experience in restaurant at Seedlings
Laguna Phuket Associates Saving Co-Operative
Laguna Phuket Social Committee successfully established the Laguna Phuket Associates Saving Co-Operative in January 2010 with the objective of providing secure, reliable, profitable, and fair financial services to members. As “shareholders,” members are entitled to such benefits as annual dividends, low interest loans, and high interest savings schemes.
Children First Fund
Children First Fund (CFF) is established as part of the celebrations commemorating the 30th anniversary of Laguna Phuket. We celebrate by recognizing the history Laguna Phuket has already established in the area of community education, and to honor this history and to build upon it we now extend our outreach to include orphans who will be the beneficiaries of the Children First Fund (CFF).
CFF motto is “Nourishing Hearts, Inspiring Dreams” because nurturing the hearts and minds of orphans in our community should also go hand-in-hand with providing material sustenance for their growing and developing brains, and we all know that brains need good food! It will be a wonderful way for Laguna guests to contribute the betterment of the wider community, a community which, in effect, is always hosting visitors to Phuket.
The key objective of CFF is to constantly provide sustenance to Phuket orphans and underprivileged children. As of January 2021, CFF supports 7 organizations. These organizations have been established to care for orphans, abandoned, impoverished, and underprivileged children in Phuket province.
As part of a Group-wide’s mission, Laguna Phuket is one of the 32 properties across 4 continents which are participating to support the protection of children from sexual exploitation, along with their mission statement for responsible tourism and environmental protection. Each property is required to implement 6 different elements which include:
After the 1st month of implementation, nearly 3,000 out of 10,000 associates in the Group were trained. This number has exceeded the requirement of 25% of total associates to complete the e-learning by Q1 as per required from the Group. A Group poster about The Code has also been developed and put in place in many resorts as a means of communication to provide the information to guests.
Laguna Children’s Day
Every second Saturday of January is Thailand’s National Children’s Day. Laguna Phuket has organized Children’s Day event for over 25 years. Fun-filled activities for children include lucky draw prizes, stalls and game booths. Because this event only happens once a year, we make sure every child is happy and feels inspired to be part of the next generation who give back to their own community when they are able. Not only nearby, but further afield communities bring their children to Laguna Children’s Day. Our associates also volunteer to be big brothers and big sisters for a day. It is fun for both the children and our volunteers to enjoy the activities together with the main objective for children to leave the event with a big smile on their face hoping that the next Laguna Children’s Day will roll around fast!