Banyan Tree sows the seeds of sus­tain­abil­ity

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The motto for the Seedlings Foun­da­tion speaks vol­umes: Plant a seed, change a life. In na­tions such as Viet­nam and Thai­land, this sim­ple phi­los­o­phy has guided dozens of dis­ad­van­taged youths off the streets and into a self-sus­tain­ing ca­reer in hos­pi­tal­ity. Banyan Tree Hotels & Re­sorts, with col­lab­o­ra­tor the KOTO Foun­da­tion, launched the pro­gramme in Novem­ber 2013 with the open­ing of Seedlings restau­rant in Hoi An, a short dis­tance from its prop­erty within the in­te­grated re­sort, La­guna Lang Co. Guests and other vis­i­tors praised Seedlings, not just for its de­li­cious tra­di­tional dishes, but for giv­ing young peo­ple a chance at a new life, build­ing skills in cater­ing, mar­ket­ing and ac­count­ing. Seedlings is now a com­pany-wide men­tor­ship ini­tia­tive, al­low­ing un­der-priv­i­leged lo­cals to train along­side re­sort chefs, and saw the open­ing of the sec­ond stand­alone Seedlings restau­rant in Phuket in July 2015.

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