Chiva-Som was recently selected as one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders for 2020. A sustainability and climate action promotion driven by Bloomberg L.P., the project features 50 leading organisations from the international business community that demonstrate the leadership and the will to take effective action in the fight against climate change.
Chiva-Som believes that for society to prosper, and for the environment to flourish, personal wellness needs to go hand-in-hand with environmental wellness. This is the philosophy that Chiva-Som was founded on, and they have named it the “Haven of Life” philosophy.
The resort translates that philosophy into action by implementing sustainability initiatives such as minimising the use of single-use plastic items, utilising produce from their own organic farms, energy conservation technologies, solar-thermal water heating, solid waste and fresh water consumption reductions reduction, waste-water treatment and reuse, and reducing non-biodegradable products in their daily operations.
As a wellness resort, Chiva-Som is also the environmental preservation steward of Krailart Niwate, the last remaining mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin, Thailand. It is a reconstructed wetland project, and they have planted over 5,000 trees in the past decade. The inspiring impacts from their reforestation efforts have helped to purify the air, boosted the ecosystem and biodiversity, and enhanced wellness for the general public.
Additionally, they engage the local community and raise public awareness on climate change and living sustainable lifestyles. For over a decade, they have been conducting environmental preservation camps for local school children, named the ‘Junior Ambassadors of Preserve Hua Hin’. This campaign helps them understand humanity’s impact on the environment and develop respect for nature.
“It’s so important that personal wellness and environmental health are nurtured equally because it is the fine balance we need to strike. We cannot prosper if the environment is suffering. Living in such an iconic region in the Land of Smiles, Thailand, and seeing deforestation and the effects of climate change, we believe it’s critical to leave a sustainable world for future generations. We can all play our part, whether it’s companies adhering to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations and the Paris Climate Agreement, or individuals taking small actions on a day to day basis. If we work together, we can change the world for the better, and not leave our children to deal with the fallout,” said Mr. Krip Rojanastien, Chairman and CEO of Chiva-Som.