Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST Society) was founded as a non-profit organization of Borneo Eco Tours (BET) and Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL). It began in 1996 as SERDC which championed the reforestation of the Kinabatangan areas damaged by logging activities. Gradually, environmental work grew to encompass working with communities. BEST Society was officially registered in the year 2007, replacing SERDC with the vision to address community issues and alleviate poverty through capacity building, and to make this world a greener place through sustainable environmental projects.
BEST Society is the only NGO set up by a tour and lodge operator in Malaysia. What began through working with the environment and communities in Sukau expanded into other areas in dire need of poverty alleviation or environmental intervention throughout Sabah including up north in the Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Kampung Kiau and now the Kiulu area.
In 2014, BEST Society was announced as the winner of the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Awards in the category of Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations. The UNWTO award ceremony took place on the 22nd January, 2014 in FITUR, Madrid, Spain. The award acknowledged the great and pioneering work done by BEST Society in Kudat that championed moving from charity to social entrepeneurship.
BEST Society maintains a Panel of Advisors composed of esteemed members of the ecotourism fraternity including businessmen, academicians and civil servants who provide valuable inputs and ensure that our projects meets the highest standards of compliance, transparency and effectiveness. The current list of advisors can be found HERE.
Since the year 1996, BEST Society has received donation from individual donors and corporations amounting to RM 2,433,401.94. As of 2018, Borneo Eco Tours have contributed RM 928,912.00 and Sukau Rainforest Lodge with RM 627,829.08 out of the total amount. Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies Society (BEST) is a non profit division of Borneo Eco Tours to help implement community and environment projects.
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