At Baby Elephant our mission is to be one of Southeast Asia’s leading independent hotels in the areas of responsible tourism, equitable employment and sustainable environment. We look forward to sharing our place with you, and we hope you enjoy what we are building here in Siem Reap!
We employee 23 Cambodian staff at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. Our staff have overcome hardships, working extremely hard to become amazing professionals and we are very proud of our team. They support their families with the salaries they take home and as such we take pride in our responsibility to provide them excellent employment, education and professional development opportunities. Our staff are on competitive salaries, are provided healthy nutritious (delicious) meals at work, are entitled to fair work hours, are given fair vacation time and are on savings plans. We also offer bonuses and incentive programs, as well as add money on to their tips each month. So to the guests who stay with us – thank you! We would not be able to offer this without your .
We use environmentally-friendly items where possible. We use bamboo straws from Saarti Shop in Kandal Village for our cocktails and drinks, and we use Saarti Shop ethical products for our massage and spa services. We also serve guests their complimentary breakfast boxes in biodegradable boxes from EcoSense Cambodia. We recycle. We offer a range of vegan meal options for ethical, environmental eaters too. We offer bicycles for rental as a means of environmentally-friendly travel. The bicycle rental fee goes directly to a charity helping Cambodians called The White Bicycles and Baby Elephant does not profit from their use.
Responsible Tourism and Orphanage Policy
We are passionate about responsible tourism and as such we do not promote orphanage visits. We believe the best way for tourists and travelers to support vulnerable children and their families is to support vocational training and community based initiatives, rather than visiting an orphanage directly. At the heart of our belief is prioritizing the protection of children and keeping families together. Please read more at http://www.thinkchildsafe.org/thinkbeforedonating/
What You Can Do
Stay with us! Your visit and engagement in our property provides our staff with skills development and allows us to continue to provide 17 ethical jobs to Cambodians. Consider doing a community visit with a responsible tour company, or organise your own with the experienced team at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. We also recommend checking out ChildSafe Cambodia, one organisation working with tourism businesses to educate them about not just orphanage tourism but also the sexual exploitation of children for tourism. They are a subsidiary of Friends International, who run a variety of fantastic social enterprise organisations in Siem Reap.
Sex Tourism Policy
Over a third of the people connected with sex tourism in Cambodia are under 18 and are victims of abuse and trafficking. We don’t accept sex tourism, prostitution, escorts, or outside massage therapists.