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Bangkok students raise funds for water wells

Published สิงหาคม 19, 2015 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Bangkok-students-raise-funds-for-water-wells-30265905.html

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Students at the Early Years Foundation Stage at Bangkok Prep contributed to a worthy cause by creating themed artwork inspired by their end-of-year school production, “Twins in the Hood”.

Canvases, hand-made necklaces and imprint bags were auctioned in a silent art auction organised by Isla Gordon, a reception teacher, raising over Bt36,000 towards building a well for the villagers at Ban Rom Klao Sahamt, in Tak province.

The village community faces a constant problem with water supply.

Its residents, especially the poor and elderly, have to buy water for six months during the dry season, which costs them everything – and often they cannot afford it. Building a well that would pump the water from the nearby mountains would drastically change the lives of the people of Ban Rom Klao Sahamt village.

“It is amazing to see that the children can take part in such a beautiful project.

“As a parent, I am happy to be able to help improve so many people’s lives for a cause that feels very close to the school’s community,” said a Bangkok Prep parent.

The cost for drilling a well is around Bt150,000-Bt200,000. Villages in Thailand’s rural areas often struggle for a better water supply.

Banpu opens up a world of biodiversity for students

Published สิงหาคม 7, 2015 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Banpu-opens-up-a-world-of-biodiversity-for-student-30265718.html

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Banpu and the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahidol University, are inviting applications for the “10th Power Green Camp”.

The topic is “Biodiversity for environmental development and sustainability” and applications are open until August 15.

Power Green Camp will select 70 students to join the eight-day excursion.

The camp will take place from October 12-19 at the Mahidol University faculty, with students showcasing their works to win a biodiversity excursion to Indonesia, home to some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world.

Due to the growing concerns for sustainable biodiversity preservation amidst fast-paced global development, as well as the need to link experiential learning with academic knowledge, students from the 10th and 11th grade in the science field are invited to join the camp

They will gain knowledge and fun from both theoretical and practical aspects by professors from the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies and biodiversity experts. They will also learn about new species of flora and fauna and how biodiversity is vital to our daily lives and in balancing the environment.

They will trek through Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province, as well as develop a group project for a chance to win scholarships worth a total of Bt30,000. Students with outstanding work will be awarded a biodiversity excursion to Indonesia during 2016 school break to broaden their experience on environment studies.

“Banpu conducts its business with full accountability to all our stakeholders and to be a good corporate citizen of the societies in which we operate. Biodiversity preservation is a critical part of sustainable development, and to mark the 10th anniversary of the Power Green Camp, we will select the students with outstanding work to fly to Indonesia, home to the second largest biodiversity in the world, and to gain more experience and knowledge about biodiversity,” said Udomlux Olarn, Head of Banpu’s Corporate Affairs.

DHL employees plant new trees as a first step to boosting Thai forests

Published สิงหาคม 7, 2015 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/DHL-employees-plant-new-trees-as-a-first-step-to-b-30265394.html

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DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, is working with Thailand’s National Environment Fund to distribute plant seeds to DHL employees across its three business units in Thailand – DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Supply Chain – on World Environment Day as part of its “Ton Kla” (Young Plant) project.

The plant seeds include pink cassia, golden shower cassia, Siamese cassia and yellow flame tree. They were provided by the Royal Forest Department within Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

After three months of nurturing by DHL employees, the young trees will be planted on a 19-rai (11,400 m2) reforestation initiative conceptualised by DHL at the Nam Klad Nua and Nam Klad Tai forest plantation development project in Phetchaburi in September.

The planting is part of DHL’s annual Global Volunteer Day. It is in support of DHL’s “Ton Kla” initiative to encourage its employees to conserve natural resources like forests for three years.

The three DHL business units in Thailand will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on the reforestation project in Phetchaburi province to conserve natural resources and the environment while promoting sustainable development.

“We welcome DHL’s collaboration with the Royal Forest Department in achieving our goal of reducing forest destruction and trespassing on public land, and enhancing sustainable management of natural resources,” said Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, director-general of the Royal Forest Department.

“The over-arching goal of this plan is to increase the forest area in Thailand from its current level of 32 per cent of the country [102 million rai or 163,200 m2] to 40 per cent [129 million rai or 206,400 million m2] by 2025,” Theerapat said.

“With deforestation contributing to 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, any effective climate change policy must include a plan to combat forest degradation. Planting trees benefits us in many ways, such as restoring ecological balance, natural resources renewal and expansion, natural disaster mitigation and economic opportunity development. We are glad that DHL, as the world’s leading logistics company, sees the importance of planting trees and encourages its employees to protect our environment,” he added.

“We are supporting the Royal Forest Department’s reforestation strategy, including its plans to further sustain community forestry,” said Chananyarak Phetcharat, managing director of DHL Express Thailand and Indochina.

“The ‘Ton Kla’ project is the start of something bigger. This year, we aim to further strengthen the spirit of volunteerism among DHL employees and we foresee that this project can have a greater impact in Thailand through community and sustainability engagements.”

DHL’s commitment to sustain the reforestation project is an integral component of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s corporate responsibility strategy, which focuses on three programmes: environmental protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and improving educational opportunity and employability (GoTeach). Each year, the group mobilises its employees all over the world to participate in many diverse community projects through its corporate responsibility programmes, including the annual Global Volunteer Day initiative.

By 2020, Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to improve its CO2 efficiency, including that of its sub-contractors, by 30 per cent compared to the 2007 baseline. By 2014, the group had improved its carbon efficiency by 23 per cent compared to 2007.

“Sustainable environmental protection has a very long and entrenched tradition at DHL, and is very much ingrained in the passionate spirits and motivations that drive all of our employees,” said Kevin Burrell, CEO of DHL Supply Chain, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to partner Thailand’s Royal Forest Department and create opportunities for our employees to create and take ownership of more projects with environmental impact. We are committed to providing the best logistics solutions for our customers and strongly believe that integrating corporate responsibility and sustainability into our employees’ mindset provides the best possible strategic approach for operating our business and making positive contribution to the country where we operate,” he said.

“Improving CO2 efficiency has become a daily mission in all aspects of our business at DHL,” said Thomas Tieber, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asean and South Asia.

“Initiatives such as optimising transport routes, deploying vehicles with alternative drive systems and energy-efficient warehouses will all have important effects over the long term in protecting and preserving our environment,” he said.

“There are many ways to reduce harmful CO2 emissions and other environmental impact in the transportation and storage of goods. We look forward to advancing all of these sustainable efforts and working with Thailand’s Royal Forest Department in implementing recurring activities that deliver voluntary engagement among our employees and a ‘greener’ Thailand,” Tierber said.

Football and fiscal fun for the visually impaired

Published สิงหาคม 7, 2015 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Football-and-fiscal-fun-for-the-visually-impaired-30264933.html

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Liverpool legend, Ian Rush and Dietmar Hamann, together with staff coaches, in cooperated with Standard Chartered Thailand hold a football clinic for blind children at  Bangkok School for the Blind on July 14.

Liverpool legend, Ian Rush and Dietmar Hamann, together with staff coaches, in cooperated with Standard Chartered Thailand hold a football clinic for blind children at Bangkok School for the Blind on July 14.

DESPITE being visually impaired, children at the Bangkok School for the Blind have showed that they can have a great time playing football in an entertaining atmosphere.

A tinkling sound inside special footballs and assistance from staff coaches of the Liverpool FC Foundation, with help from Standard Chartered Bank Thailand, enabled the children to control the balls during a recent football clinic.

As part of the Liverpool FC Asia Tour 2015 in the middle of this month, Standard Chartered Bank Thailand partnered with the Liverpool FC Foundation to hold a unique football-clinic-cum-financial-education workshop for the children at the school.

They were taught fun-filled activities, including how to control and throw the ball to their buddies.

The children were enthusiastic about the training, especially when they were greeted by Liverpool FC legends Ian Rush and Dietmar Hamann, who also helped out at the clinic.

Hamann – or “Didi” – witnessed this kind of clinic in action in Bangkok two years ago, and he thought the Thai children had improved their skills greatly since then.

“The kids are able to play football. They are [very] well looked after, so I think that’s the main thing. You want to give them the best care and teach them the [football] skills. It’s very important,” he said.

He has been teaching children with visual impairment across the world, and feels proud of what they have been able to achieve, he added.

“It’s great to see the kids enjoy playing football. At least we can help improve their football skills and make it happen. I’m more than willing to do [that],” said the former Germany international.

Lyn Kok, CEO and president, Thailand and Greater Mekong, Standard Chartered Bank, said that as the shirt sponsor of the five-time European champions, the bank was leveraging on this opportunity to create a meaningful life-skills session for the school.

Having the coaches from the Liverpool FC Foundation to teach the children here gave them an inspiration to learn and focus, she said.

“Learning to play soccer is just a way of gaining confidence, balance and understanding about sensory skill because they have to listen to the ball when it is moving and tinkling.

“Some of the things they have learned basically give them wonderful life-skills that they can develop with them,” she explained.

This month’s activity was also tied into the bank’s “Seeing Is Believing” global charitable initiative to prevent blindness, she added.

“I’m also hoping that word of mouth will continue, and will also help bring focus to blindness and awareness of what blind people have to go through,” said the chief executive.

Hopefully, people will understand what it is like to be part of a movement that can help people develop their confidence, and more impor

tantly, give them the ability to interact normally in society, said Kok.

At the event, 40 Standard Chartered Thailand employees also partnered 40 students from the school in a workshop that saw them honing their football skills while sharpening their financial knowledge.

This is part of the bank’s commitment to be “Here for Good” and create a lasting impact in the local community. The school is a long-term partner of the bank in a local employee volunteering programme.

Perfect pitch from Chevrolet

Published พฤษภาคม 23, 2015 by SoClaimon

ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Perfect-pitch-from-Chevrolet-30259364.html

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Manchester United legend Louis Saha plays football with kids.

Manchester United legend Louis Saha plays football with kids.

From now on, students at Bang Bua School and the surrounding communities will have more fun and be safer while playing sports now that their cement playground has been refurbished and turned into a football pitch.

The revitalised pitch in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to demonstrate that where there is play, there are beautiful possibilities.

“Play leads to possibilities, and this pitch will create sustainable opportunities for play and a safe haven for local children as a venue for local events and sports matches,” said Tim Zimmerman, president of General Motor’s Southeast Asia operations.

He said that a good quality, safe and durable pitch for children to play on will benefit them in different ways, such as teaching them to become team players through sports like football, keeping them active and helping them form bonds with each other.

The school’s original pitch was a block of concrete, which wasn’t safe enough, he said, adding that the new pitch was properly laid out and much safer.

Zimmerman said the project had a double effect, as it was beneficial for both the school and the community.

Chevrolet has manufacturing plants and sales head office in Thailand, so its objective is to give back to the community, he said.

The US automaker enhanced the pitch for the World Vision Foundation of Thailand, which has been helping poor children at the Bang Bua community for over a decade.

A special guest at the unveiling of the pitch was Manchester United legend Louis Saha.

Saha said he believes the ability of footballers in many countries is improving because companies are sponsoring facilities.

“Like today, the refurbished pitch by Chevrolet will give children a chance to play on a durable and good-standard pitch,” he said.

Moreover, he said bringing international coaches from different countries to train players or trainers would help Thais and players from other Asean countries improve their skill levels.

Saha also spoke about the lessons he had learned both on and off the pitch, and provided tips to students to improve their football skills.

He said playing football could change lives, as it was a powerful game and children got to exercise their strength and be creative when playing.

“The spirit of the game is so important. A ball can make 20 young children learn how to play under the rules and build bonds together,” the former striker said.

Chitra Thumborisuth, national director of the World Vision Foundation of Thailand, thanked Chevrolet for the beautiful football pitch. Around 1,000 children from the community attended Bang Bua School, but there was nowhere for them to play sports because the school only had a cement playground, she added.

“Children from near and far can now spend their free time constructively, playing and exercising with friends. This will also protect them from falling prey to drugs and violence, which is plaguing this community,” she said.

This pitch is the fourth to be revitalised by the giant automaker, with the others taking place in Chicago, Bandung in Indonesia and Hammanskraal in South Africa.

In a related project, Chevrolet has also introduced the Coaches across Continents (CAC) programme, a tailored endeavour for local football coaches to learn more about how the sport can be used to tackle and resolve issues such as poverty and exploitation.

CAC provides the required training for coaches and volunteers, and also allows for a routine social-development programme to be set up within the community, Zimmerman said.

The coaching clinic was conducted at schools, which allowed the newly trained coaches to work with local children on the pitch leading friendly workout sessions and matches.

The CAC staffers who trained these coaches would stay involved in the community by providing ongoing remote support, with curriculum tailored to suit the area.

As the founding sponsor of the One World Play Project, Chevrolet donated 50 Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols to the school.

The donation is part of Chevrolet’s three-year partnership with the One World Play Project in which it has pledged to place 1.5 million Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols with youth in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, disaster areas and other underprivileged communities around the world.

Despite the blazing summer heat at the opening ceremony, Zimmerman said he was impressed to see students from this school and from surrounding communities coming together. He believes the continuation of this would lead to greater community integration.

The spirit of football and the fundamentals of teamwork, education and physical fitness are at the heart of Chevrolet’s community outreach in Thailand and the region, he said.

Chevrolet is planning several additional announcements and fan engagements around the world this year as part of its Manchester United sponsorship and One World Play Project partnerships, he said.

SCG’s green team targets more efficient buildings

Published พฤษภาคม 5, 2015 by SoClaimon

ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/SCGs-green-team-targets-more-efficient-buildings-30258955.html

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A board showing the criteria to win LEED award

A board showing the criteria to win LEED award

Park Ventures Ecoplex on Wireless Road, the first LEED Platinum mixed-use building in Thailand, charges its tenants 20 per cent more than buildings in the vicinity.

Executives at the Siam Cement Group (SCG) Building Materials business shared this insight last week, as they unveiled the group’s new business – green building consulting.

Both Saravut Sumransub, managing director of the marketing-housing business, and Kanapapha Akapha, manager of green solutions, are bullish that this should prompt commercial building developers or even residential developers to use the green image to boost business.

“We’re making inroads into this business to raise green awareness, as Thailand is still a laggard in environmental issues. From buildings, soon there will be green houses,” Saravut said last week.

“This business is in line with our core values that also highlight social responsibility. Construction materials can help tackle climate change issues. This consultancy service is developed on our expertise in construction materials.”

The momentum is strong, thanks to the established concerns among multinational companies. These companies demand space in buildings that promise lower energy usage and more environmental-friendly features.

The awareness is spreading to local companies that want to be recognised as socially-responsible citizens. The Thai authorities have also decided to amend the building code to allow all buildings – certified as green by Thai Green Building Institute’s TREES rating systems – to increase their floor-area ratio by 5-10 per cent.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) award for leadership in energy and environmental design, or LEED, and TREES are the two major prizes these green developers and companies are looking for.

A green building is one that emphasises users, energy and water savings, and community impacts. To win a LEED award, a building needs to meet seven criteria and score at least 85 out of 110 points.

In the sustainable site category, SCG’s 100th Year Building won 26 out of 28 points thanks to the limited impacts of the building on the outside community.

Nittha Pusachewa, an accredited professional, said this is warranted by the same green area even though trees were cut down. A link with the MRT and facilities to support green transportation modes are also provided.

It also grabbed four points in regional priorities, thanks to its success in reducing energy and water usage – as both issues are critical in this region. The building also won 10 points in the water efficiency category, due to the water drainage system that highlights recycling.

Banking on its success in achieving LEED Platinum level for three buildings, SCG’s new business is ready to help clients obtain the awards.

Services cover feasibility studies, architectural design, construction management and operations. Equipped with 10 professionals accredited by USGBC, Green Building Solution is now working on about 40 projects including factories, to help them apply for LEED and TREES awards and others under different rating systems.

This is on top of many other projects it has advised on in the past two years, including more than 18 outlets of Starbucks Thailand and more than 15 showrooms of Toyota nationwide.

Kanapapha said the services are available for new buildings, old buildings and interior or retail spaces. Clients will be billed by the hour. The records show that a Starbucks outlet initially required 150-200 hours of consulting, but she is convinced that this would be lower as the staff have more experience now.

“We have been the consultant for Toyota showrooms since 2012, beginning with existing building operation and maintenance. Today, our existing building operation and maintenance service for Toyota has expanded to more than 15 showrooms nationwide.

“The partnership has also extended to full consulting for TREES certification with some showrooms already certified and others in the process of certification, such as Toyota Thaiyen in Nakhon Ratchasima, Toyota Petra, Toyota Ban Chang and Toyota Suphan Buri,” she said.

In advising clients, the unit will offer both SCG and non-SCG products, banking on its experience with the 100th Year Building, which was the third to scoop a LEED Platinum award.

Of all construction materials by SCG, about 30 per cent is now labelled as eco-friendly. Due to the specification of energy-saving features, the building costs about 10 per cent more than non-green buildings of the same size. Serving as the head office of the company, the building has drawn many visitors.

The investment is worthwhile, she said. While it is friendlier to the environment, by global standards, due to increasing energy prices, the investment could break even in seven to eight years.

“Developers in general look into the operating cost upon completion. Yet, for green buildings, all costs are factored in from the design stage. From the start, we need to know how this equipment will help save energy or water,” she said.

Saravut said the trend is increasing that executives of large companies are concerned about environmental issues. Most new buildings in the planning stage are applying to be truly green buildings.

“The Thai market for green building is growing constantly. For a good image, it is inevitable that everyone will need to be socially responsible, if they can afford it. Then, they will know that the returns are attractive,” he said.

Ikea’s global agenda

Published กุมภาพันธ์ 12, 2015 by SoClaimon

ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Ikeas-global-agenda-30252592.html

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Jonathan Spampinato shows soft toys and LED light bulbs

Jonathan Spampinato shows soft toys and LED light bulbs

soft toys

soft toys

Uniqueness and effectiveness could be the keywords that characterise CSR campaigns of Ikea, the Scandinavian furniture and accessories store.

While in Bangkok, Jonathan Spampinato, Ikea Foundation’s head of communications and strategic planning, stressed that all the campaigns must be innovative and effective. This was the prerequisite for all donations, whether involving money, products or knowledge.

Local needs are factored in when the campaigns are launched by Ikea stores, which span 39 countries. In the countries where there are no stores, the foundation has contributed through 40 partners for projects in over 46 countries, including Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines. To date, contributions through the partners have amounted to 104 million euros (Bt3.94 billion). The campaign is now the sixth largest in Europe and the 14th in the world in terms of contribution.

EvaluatIon reports

To win donations, partners are required to come up with project planning and evaluation reports. They must sign contracts to show their accountability in the projects and then they must follow that with progress reports.

“What you try to accomplish and what you accomplish is important. Funding will follow the reports and the reports will determine entitlements to future funding,” he said.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is among the major partners. From the start, the organisation and Ikea have worked hand in hand to ensure the uniqueness of the projects. The first project involved a trip to refugee camps in Africa, to sound out what Ikea could help in improving health conditions.

Cheap, easy-to-use and able to stand different climates, utensils were among the answers, as most of the people eat with their hands, leading to health problems.

Then workshops followed, involving the design team in Sweden. With the right design, the packing team brainstormed on how to transport a large volume of utensils in a limited space.

Ikea’s employees, vendors and customers are also extending help to its CSR activities carried out through 320 stores worldwide.

Launched 12 years ago, a Soft Toys for Education Campaign has raised 67 million euros, with 20 million going to Asian countries. Launched last year, Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign raised 7.7 million. For these projects, the foundation will donate 1 euro for every soft toy and light bulb sold during the campaigns.

In Thailand, the Soft Toy Campaign ended on January 10, but the LED campaign will run until March 29. From 2011, when the store was first opened through 2013, over 230,000 toys have been sold, indicating the donation of 230,000 euros for Save the Children and Unicef. Over 50,000 toys were sold in 2014. Meanwhile, sales of the LED light bulbs skyrocketed by 233 per cent from the previous year when there was no campaign, ensuring sizeable donations to UNHCR.

According to Supharoek Wichianchot, sustainability manager for Ikea in Thailand, each year before the start of the campaigns, breakfasts were hosted for employees and vendors. They were briefed on the projects and encouraged to take a lead in buying the products.

“Customers are responding well to the campaigns,” Spampinato added.

He said Ikea’s CSR activities started in India, launched to protect child labour involved in cotton picking, as the store sourced clothing materials from that country.

Driven by the vision Happy with Ikea, the store is enticing employees and customers to do something good for the world—particularly children and the environment.

Its projects are now focusing on health, education, accommodation and sustainable family income.

“We believe we must help children all over the world, as they are the most important people in the world,” he said. “We’re also pushing our customers to be environmentalists, to pursue environmental agendas. It’s a good thing to help customers change the future and bridge the differences.”

He noted that UNHCR, a key international organisation taking care of refugees numbering more than 50 million, is a major partner given that its funding has been insufficient.

“Everybody wants to help neighbours next door. But what about neighbours far away?” he asked. “We didn’t tell customers to donate but we encouraged them to participate. Our cause is not to raise money but to raise awareness.”

Spampinato said it was possible to say that Ikea extended unlimited support to the foundation’s activities, with full support from the board of directors and shareholders. The company’s charter targets contributions of 2.5 per cent of net profit to CSR activities. The benchmarking by UK-based KPMG showed that the contribution in 2014 was equivalent to 3 per cent of profits.

While saying that the money was one thing, he asserted that Ikea also ensured that the assisted projects were innovative. This was in line with the corporate shared value that quality is priority. With help from good suppliers, Ikea could offer quality prices without pressuring suppliers to reduce prices.

 

Fighting hunger

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon

http://www.csrthailand.net/en/news/detail/357

26 July 2011

LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, recently launched LG Hope Family-Enhancing Resilience project in a partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to strengthen the fight against hunger and under-nutrition in Asia.

The three-year public-private partnership, through which LG will support WFP’s programmes in Bangladesh and Cambodia, will have an initial donation of more than US$760,000 (or approximately Bt22.64 million). The LG and WFP partnership will help more than 35,000 people in these two countries to boost families’ resilience to disasters and household food security. In Bangladesh, more than 10,000 people from 2,000 families will benefit from the project to facilitate physical, environmental, and social resilience as well as food rations. Concurrently, the project will provide 25,000 people from 5,000 households in Cambodia with family rations of food in form of approximately 750 metric tons of rice, which will result in significant impacts to ensuring food security, poverty reduction and as a catalyst to the transformation of local communities. “Bangladesh and Cambodia are two of the most vulnerable countries threatened by food insecurity and climate disasters,” said James Park, president of LG Electronics Southeast Asia Region Representative. “The LG Hope Family project is a part of our commitments to lifting the disadvantaged families in Asia out of hunger and poverty, and making their life good by bringing them into hope for a brighter future.”

‘Green Business’ concept promoted

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon

http://www.csrthailand.net/en/news/detail/356

25 July 2011

Reflecting its aim to support businesses showing a commitment to environmental management as well as potential for growth, HSBC has launched the ‘Eco-Business Innovation Award’.

With acknowledgement in the most environmentally-friendly business plan and attempts to drive awareness of environmental preservation among new business leaders,  HSBC is encouraging young entrepreneurs to run a business in a sustainable way. The Eco-Business Innovation award this year was awarded to the ‘Charcoal Bio Pot’ business plan submitted by Siam University students, promoting a plant pot made from the waste and unused materials of households, restaurants and shops.
“Under the key criterion concerning ‘green businesses’, the ‘Charcoal Bio Pot’ business plan was developed in collaboration with qualified professors and high calibre students. The process consolidates waste products, sorts and then burns them to produce cinders. After that, cinders are compressed into a plant pot shaped mould. We first test-launched the pilot Charcoal Bio Pot at the Red Cross fair, priced at Bt60 per pot; the product quickly sold out! Now, we are at the stage of further product development, aiming to officially launch in the market and raise more funds for future projects.” said Phichet Musikapodok, Associate Dean for Administration, Faculty of Business Administration, Siam University.
The “Eco-Business Innovation Award” is a complimentary part of HSBC’s “Young Entrepreneur Awards”, which was in its seventh year. The business plan writing competition, provides opportunities for Thai undergraduate and post-graduate students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills, practical business knowledge and business creativity. This year’s winner, voted the most creative and commercially viable business plan, is ‘Convertible Heels’, presented by Vorawan Wangpanitkul and Tamonwan Chen from the Faculty of Business Administration, Thammasart University.
“We hope that this unique education programme helps groom participants to become future business leaders. This latest innovative idea provides a perfect solution for woman needing shoes that offer both comfort and convenience, while boosting their confidence,” said  Matthew Lobner, Chief Executive Office, HSBC Thailand.
Tamonwan Chen, one of the winning duo from Thammasart University said “‘Our ‘Convertible Heels’ business plan offers a solution to women experiencing pain wearing uncomfortable shoes. I know personally women suffer so much in their shoes, having leg or foot pain wearing high heels all day. However, carrying another pair of flat shoes to change into is not always convenient so, if we could adjust the height of the heel, it would prove highly attractive to them … this option is provided by ‘Convertible Heels’. With help and good advice from my Dad, who is an engineer and our professor, ‘Convertible Heels’ has been developed for a sample product. We expect the idea can be readily turned into a real business opportunity. Our target customers will not just be limited to Thai women, but to women all over the world; I am confident our business plan will be able to compete against other countries’ innovative ideas and go on to win the ‘Best of the Best Award’ in Hong Kong later this month.”

Thailand’s first runner up prize goes to the ‘Freshicator’ business plan, showcasing a food freshness indicator to real-time monitor the freshness of food. Second runner up prize goes to the ‘I-AM Leather Board’ business plan, highlighting an innovative material made from leather dust, a worthless and harmful by-product of the tannery industry. Both innovations originate from Thammasart University. Merit awards were also presented to a Mahidol University team; their ‘Plastic Energy’ green business plan turns plastic waste into renewable energy and crude oil, and a Chulalongkorn University team; their ‘Graphene Energy’ plan utilizes Graphene to produce a superior battery suitable for all electronic devices.

Chevron in large-scale social project

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon

http://www.csrthailand.net/en/news/detail/355

19 July 2011

Chevron’s commitment to good partnership with the communities in which it operates was highlighted recently with the announcement of a project to benefit villagers in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Launched in cooperation with the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), the Chevron-PDA Development Project for Nakhon Si Thammarat will focus on improving the quality of life, economic development, promoting education and sustainable development for 50 villages in the province.

Chevron will contribute Bt150 million to cover the cost of the three-year project.
Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production’s president Pairoj Kaweeyanun said the project aimed to improve the quality of life in the 50 communities by promoting financial discipline through “village development banks”, and increasing individuals’ ability to make a living with primary and secondary occupations.
“Moreover, educational support will be provided to encourage young people to form community groups to carry out development works for their communities. The project hopes to create strong networks of government and private organisations and communities,” he said.
Pairoj said that Chevron’s corporate-responsibility policy placed importance on education, energy and environment conservation and economic development. This project fell within the realm of these responsibilities.
“We’ll work closely with the 50 villages to answer their needs for sustainable development. Our main aim is to improve their ability in farming and fisheries, as well as their grouping as small enterprises. This will improve the quality of their life and ensure that they can stand on their own feet, regardless of economic conditions,” he said.
PDA founder and chairman Mechai Viravaidya said that allowing the poor to stand on their own feet was the best way of helping communities.
“Giving money does not solve problems at their roots and that’s why it always fails. Knowledge and assistance to start their own business will ensure sustainability and help them out of poverty,” he said.
The campaign plans to strengthen the communities in five ways – social, economic, environmental, health and education. It is designed around a PDA project that has been implemented in more than 400 villages around the country over the past 20 years.
Joining the new campaign will be 17,920 households with a total population of 73,546 people in 50 villages in nine tambons. Some of the funds will be allocated as scholarships, and for books. A youth council will be established and young people will be trained in the professions their ancestors followed, to reduce migration to big cities. Village banks will be established and local managers trained in loan and deposit transactions, as well as assessing loan risks.
Mechai said villagers would also receive training accordingly to their ability. Those with sound business plans could access loans with zero- or low-interest rates from the village banks. Villagers would be able to start their own agricultural projects or kick off eco-friendly tourism schemes. Some could create their own dessert, batik or artificial-flower shops.
Meanwhile, under the guidance of the PDA, all parties will be encouraged to preserve their environment through the expansion of mangrove forests and other trees. On social aspects, family planning will be highlighted, as well as education on HIV-Aids and drugs.
“All these programmes are designed to help lift the quality of life of the people in these 50 villages,” Mechai said.

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