Gavin Herholdt, managing director of Laguna Lang Co, said: “Banyan Tree Group has always prided itself on its commitment to environmental protection and emphasis on corporate social responsibility (CSR)."
“It is, therefore, especially meaningful that Laguna Lang Co receives this certification–and that we are the first resort in Vietnam to be recognised in this manner. It is an endorsement of all the hard work and planning that takes place behind the scenes and also demonstrates Laguna Lang Co’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and natural surrounds.”
Herholdt added: “Laguna Lang Co has had sustainability at its core since the very first days, from its planning and design to its daily operation.
We are proud to be a resort well-known for its socially responsible practices with our wide variety of programmes, from group initiatives like Greening Communities and Seedlings Mentorship, to Laguna Lang Co's own special projects such as the popular English Is Fun programme for local children. These long-term programmes not only sustain the resort’s position as a leading CSR practitioner in the hospitality industry, but also ratifies Banyan Tree’s long-held values of being a responsible world corporate citizen."
“It is my hope that Laguna Lang Co will continue to develop and grow in harmony with the surrounding environment and community where our resort is located, and all these efforts will have long-standing effects in the next 10, 20 years, turning Lang Co into a vibrant and engaged world-class holiday destination in Central Vietnam,” he added.
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