Six Senses making sense to nature

07 October 2009 | Audio

Businesses in Thailand and across the world are turning on to the need to do their part in stemming the climate crisis, currently under discussion at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Bangkok.

Around three hours south of Bangkok the Evason Spa Resort in Hua Hin, which is operated by one of IUCN’s partners, Six Senses Resorts and Spas, is working closely with IUCN’s Mangroves for the Future (MFF) programme.

Among other projects, MMF and Six Senses are working together on providing conservation management for the Srinart Rajini Mangrove Ecosystem Learning Center in Pranburi, which is just down the road from the Huan Hin resort. Read more.

Six Senses is committed to reducing the environmental and social impacts of its activities through their Environmental Management Programme which focuses on chemical control, water and waste management and waste minimisation.

Nanthawee Kerdchuen, Evason Manager, explains a little more about what the Hua Hin resort is like.

Paper, glass, aluminum, plastic and metal are all recycled here. Only wet garbage from the kitchen is used for feeding the pigs.

But what about the broader objective of reducing CO2 emissions?

With such an environmentally friendly policy in place in Six Senses resorts, why does the group need to partner with IUCN in the first place?

Much of the business ethos here is based on utilising local resources, including the local community.

Many innovations are in place at the resort. Organic waste from gardens go through a recycling process allowing it to decompose. After a couple months it turns into natural soil fertilizer in the resort's vegetable garden.

But can a business run in this way make a profit?