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Fighting hunger

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


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


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


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.

World’s first scheduled passenger biofuel flights commence

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


19 July 2011

Lufthansa has launched the world’s first ever daily commercial passenger flights using biofuel. The four return daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt will be the first in the world to use a biofuel blend using 50 per cent Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA).This follows the approval for the use of this type of fuel by the world fuels standards body, the ASTM on July 1 and the publication of the approved standards on July 13.

The aircraft is an Airbus A321, equipped with IAE engines (International Aero Engines). Airbus’ role is to provide technical assistance and to monitor the fuel properties. The daily flights will initially continue for six months as part of the ‘Burn Fair’ R&T project to study the long term impact of sustainable biofuels on aircraft performance.

“Lufthansa is the world’s first airline to utilise biofuel in daily flight operations. This is a further consistent step in the sustainability strategy, which Lufthansa has for years been successfully pursuing. We want to secure future sustainable mobility by conducting research and development work today,” said Christoph Franz, Lufthansa CEO.

“Fuel quality is a critical issue in aviation. Neste Oil’s NExBTL technology is very well-suited to producing aviation fuel that meets the aviation industry’s toughest quality standard,” says Matti Lievonen, Neste Oil’s President and CEO. “Being a pioneer in this area, we are very proud to co-operate with Airbus and Lufthansa. We believe that renewable aviation fuels have real potential for the future.”

“Airbus is proud of its role as catalyst in bringing together various stakeholders to speed up the commercialisation of biofuels. These daily biofuel flights are a significant step forward in our industry-wide pursuit of a sustainable future for aviation,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

The renewable aviation biofuel, is being provided by Finland-based Neste Oil and all of the renewable raw materials used to produce it (NExBTL) comply with the EU’s stringent sustainability criteria and are fully traceable back to their source.
Airbus’ alternative fuels roadmap aims to make aviation biofuel a reality by bringing together stakeholders in a ‘value chain’ to speed up its commercialisation in a socially responsible way. By providing technical expertise and data collected from a series of alternative fuel flights, Airbus has been at the forefront helping obtain today’s 50 per cent biofuel approval.

Philips’ plan to light Malaysian highway

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


14 July 2011

Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics has a straightforward approach to promoting its well-known green policy. “Concerted action on climate change is a social responsibility,” it says on its website. In Asia, the policy is translated into aggressive deals with governments, to switch conventional light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which it claims cut both energy use and carbon emissions by more than half.

Philips has so far been responsible for lighting numerous landmark projects across Asia, including the KLCC twin tower in Malaysia, the Singapore Flyer in Singapore, Bhumibol Bridge connecting southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan Province in Thailand, the Power Monument in the Philippines, Hangzhou Canal in China, Stonecutters’ Bridge in Hong Kong, Ci-Shan Bridge in Taiwan, the facade of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in India and Christchurch International Airport tower in New Zealand.
Philips’ latest deal in Asia, in its bid to light city streets in a sustainable manner, is a deal with the Malaysian government to light a 63.1-kilometre stretch of highway, including the roads leading to Subang Airport, the Federal Highway and Middle Ring Road 2, with Philips LED road-lighting technology.
Malaysian Works Minister Yang Berhormat Dato’ Shaziman Bin Abu Mansor said Philips products were chosen because of their advanced technology and sustainable development.
Philips Lighting’s senior vice pres
ident and general manager for emerging markets Olivier Piccolin said switching to energy-efficient LED lighting systems for public infrastructure projects provided a triple-win proposition by improving safety and security, beautifying the landscape and reducing energy consumption. It also helps to achieve a green-solutions status for Malaysia, as envisioned in the government’s 10th Malaysian Plan.
The contract between Philips and the Ministry of Works is a progressive milestone to help realise the government’s plan to accelerate implementation of its energy-efficiency initiatives. The plan ensures urban areas are vibrant and liveable while enhancing Malaysian’s confidence in public safety.
Philips claims that its LED road-lighting technology is able to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by more than half. The highway-lighting project is just one initiative towards creating a greener future in line with the Malaysian Prime Minister’s agenda to cope with global warming.
“Cool white LED light not only adds beauty to buildings, streets and the cityscape at night, it also enhances the overall image of the city and improves road safety and comfort,” Piccolin said.
Under Philips’ Vision 2015, the company plans to further expand its brand and extend its lead in sustainability. Lighting is one of its areas of focus, in the belief that human life revolves around light. Its lighting sector concentrates on innovative ways of using light to enhance people’s lives in the home, at school, at work, in shops and public places, as well as on the road.
The company promises to pay special attention to maximising the effect of lighting while minimising the energy required to produce it.

Sustainability indices can drive sustainable investing in emerging markets

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


11 July 2011

Improving the transparency of the methodology of sustainability indices can drive broader sustainability efforts, according to a study published today by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

Assessing and Unlocking the Value of Emerging Markets Sustainability Indices explores the rapid expansion of sustainability indices in emerging markets and makes several recommendations on how to unlock their potential. It was commissioned by IFC in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and was conducted by Esty Environmental Partners.
By identifying companies that meet higher sustainability standards, sustainability indices have the potential to elevate the importance of environmental, social, and governance issues and demonstrate the link between better sustainability performance and investment outcomes.
Assessing and Unlocking the Value of Emerging Markets Sustainability Indices” looks at 17 emerging-market sustainability indices, comparing and contrasting business models, sustainability objectives, and construction methodologies and identifying obstacles in establishing a viable business model.
“Sustainability indices can help investors recognize nonfinancial value and enable markets to reward sustainable corporate performance,” said Rachel Kyte, IFC Vice President for Business Advisory Services.  “But these benefits will only accrue if indices have an appropriate business model and structure.  This landmark study provides a concrete set of recommendations to unlock this potential and trigger meaningful dialogue among investors and service providers on sustainable investing.”
In 2009–2010, there was a significant increase in the number of sustainability indices in emerging markets but investor interest appeared to be limited.  With this report, IFC hopes to contribute to setting stronger and more durable business models for emerging-market
sustainability indices.
Among the recommendations for a more viable business model, the report is referring to the importance of improving transparency and communications about the intent of the index.
“Index operators have to be clear about how they define sustainability and assess companies’ environmental, social, and
governance performance,” said David Lubin, Chairman at Esty Sustainability Network.  “Investors have to be able to understand the sustainability objectives of the indices and then determine if that index matches their sustainability goals.”

Audio books – new life for the blind

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


10 July 2011

To celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday, Nation Broadcasting Corporation is embarking on a project to publish audio books for the blind. “Audio books will expand the horizons of the visually impaired,” Khunying Uraiwan Sirinupong, chairwoman of the Foundation for the Blind, said at the recent launch ceremony.

Inspired by His Majesty’s selfless dedication to his subjects, NBC and the foundation launched the project yesterday to encourage Thais to care for each other.

Uraiwan said the project would help foster social equality.
NBC president Adisak Limparungpatanakij said the audio books would be delivered to the foundation on December 16.
Suthichai Yoon, editorinchief of Nation Multimedia Group, and news anchorman Kanok Ratwongsakul had joined this project, he said.
Celebrities like MR Chalermchatri Yugala and teacher Netpreeya Choomchaiyo would also contribute to the project.
“We will upload the audio books to www.nationradio.co.thto expand the audience,” Adisak said.
Volunteers would read out loud royal writings, The Nation team’s favourite and inspiring books and many more literary works.
NBC will also hold a composition contest under the theme of “My Father”.
Students and the public are invited to submit entries from September 1 to November 30 for the three categories -secondary students, university students and members of the general public.
The three prizes in the each category are Bt5,000, Bt3,000 and Bt2,000 in cash.
For more information, call (02) 338 3613.
The results will be disclosed on December 6.
“The winning compositions will be turned into audio books,” Adisak said.

New ISO to make Thailand “Green Meetings” hub

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


10 July 2011

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) introduces ‘ISO 50001’ – The Energy Management Certification – to underline Thailand’s position as a Green Meetings hub in Asia.

MICE operators are now encouraged to accredit the certification, in return for massive support of up to 70 per cent financial subsidy of total fees. The project follows three years of its effort to build awareness of the importance of green meetings.
TCEB President Akapol Sorasuchart said “We believe this efficient energy management system will sustainably lift up the nation’s MICE industry in the long run and be able to increase business competitiveness of Thai MICE industry which will help generate more income to our country.”
Accrediting the standard, operators are promised more than 20 per cent of energy cost cut and reinforced good energy management behaviours within organisations.
Effective energy management is a priority focus of ‘ISO 50001’ standard, which has been accepted nationwide since its official launch on June 15,2011. This standard will expand business opportunities and will affirm MICE professionals who are environmentally conscious, especially in regards to energy consumption.
TCEB is working with the Thai Industrial Standard Institute to promote the standard.
The accredition “can distinguish Thailand from other countries when offering to host major global events,” Akapol added.

More trees for Rayong

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


10 July 2011

In the fifth year of “Rayong: Green City” project, PTT Group is teaming up with government agencies, private companies and communities in the eastern province to grow more trees.

This year, about 6,000 trees would be planted on the 32-rai premise of the province’s children welfare protection agency.
Kicked off in 2007, the project is aimed at increasing the green areas in public space and industrial plants. Rayong is a heavily-industrialised province with thousand industrial plants.

Sufficiency economy taking firm roots

Published ตุลาคม 27, 2013 by SoClaimon


6 July 2011

Crown Property Bureau director-general Chirayu Isarangkul na Ayutthaya is a vehement promoter of His Majesty the King’s sufficiency economy philosophy, and claims it saved Thailand from the 2008 – 2009 global financial crisis and, more recently, the debt crisis in Europe.

In a keynote speech at a dinner party held last week by Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chirayu said the philosophy spread widely following the greed-driven Tom Yam Kung crisis in 1997. The crisis helped to limit the appetite of Thai financial institutions and business enterprises for risk-taking, and taught them to live within their means.
“Thailand’s relative prudence after the Tom Yam Kung crisis helped to push the country out of the economic downturn very quickly,” he said.
Chirayu is optimistic that Thailand will not fall back into its bad habits, given that the philosophy has taken firm root in the policies of leaders in its financial and economic sectors. Helping this is the initiative to expand the philosophy in a sustainable way, through education.
Recently, the Office of the Basic Education Commission signed a cooperation agreement with the Siam Commercial Foundation, Siam Commercial Bank and the Sufficiency Economy Research Project under the Crown Property Bureau, to move the sufficiency economy philosophy forward in educational institutes. These institutes will serve as learning centres of Sufficiency Economy in Education, in response to the needs and interests of educational administrators, teachers, students and local communities.
He said the sufficiency economy philosophy lay in three fundamentals: moderation, reasonableness and self-immunity. Together, they lead to balance and security and sustainability of life, society, environment and culture.
“We are trying to stimulate sufficiency-economy thinking at all levels, not just recounting the thinking. To make this work, school administrators, teachers and students have to be brought into the process,” he said.
Chirayu expressed dissatisfaction with politicians’ failure to adopt sufficiency economy principles and acting against the fundamentals to win votes. This has led to decades of unfavourable political results, he said. However, all will be encouraged to keep up with good work and lead others to good examples.
Chirayu said that by the end of this year, the number of schools serving as learning centres of Sufficiency Economy in Education would reach 9,999. As well as school administrators, teachers and students who adhere to the philosophy, the project hopes that the knowledge will spread to their families and communities. Eventually, he expects the philosophy to be taught effectively in all of Thailand’s 40,000 schools.
Sufficiency principles can also gain popular understanding through business means, such as the projects of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation at Doi Tung, in Chiang Rai province. Farmers at Doi Tung are working together in a social enterprise that sells their products around the country, and the local people are living within their own means, supported by their local products.
In another session at the same Sasin-hosted event, Doi Tung Development Project’s chief development officer ML Dispanadda Diskul said the project’s main object was to help people in the farming community and raise their income through the shared ownership of a brand. Although the brand has not yet spread to global markets, the project has considerable accomplishments domestically.
Success, for a social enterprise, lies in its ability to deliver what the locals need, he said.
“We’re not giving what they’re not ready to take. Many knowledge programmes turn to waste if they don’t match the needs [of the people involved],” he said, citing the experience of projects under the Mae Fah Luang Foundation.
In this regard, he sees a difference between social enterprises and CSR projects undertaken by private companies.
“CSR is something like a social enterprise, but it’s a way of companies giving something back to society, while ours is getting people on their own feet.”
Nestle’s executive director for corporate affairs Noppadol Siwabutr said that at his company, the term “returning something to society” sounded bad, as it suggested that companies robbed people for profits.
He said that at Nestle, the principle of “shared value” had been adopted for sustainability of the business.
“CSR alone is a corporate strategy, but under “shared value”, everything must be integrated into the business process,” Noppadol said. “Nestle believes it is responsible for taking care of farmers around the world who supply raw materials to the global conglomerate. We don’t believe much in giving; we believe in sharing.”

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