Thailand has its own development framework that is being used to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP). The focus of the SEP is sustainability and it has been adopted as the core principle of Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Plan since 2002. Many principles underpinning SEP involved efforts to deal with sustainability in Thailand, to balance economic progress, environmental protection, and human needs.
A full breakdown of the SBA Thailand 2019 winners.
Certificates of merit
2019 Best of Small & Medium Enterprises
2019 Best of Large Enterprises
At South Pole, sustainability strategy and vision is the DNA of their product offerings. Besides the shareholders and employees, those impacting it are their customers, the community, suppliers and business partners. The company has a well-documented policy on anti-corruption and bribery which covers tender procurement, gifts, travel and entertainment, charitable contributions, political contributions, facilitating payments, hiring decisions etc. Their Code of Conduct covers their extensive policy on human rights, children and immigrant exploitation. All of these efforts show a clear and deliberate approach in pursuing sustainability, which has shown to reap many benefits for the company.
C.P. Group has developed a Sustainability Strategy under the 3Hs Framework, which includes: HEART – Commitment to Sustainable Business, HEALTH – Commitment to Sustainable Society, and HOME – Commitment to Sustainable Environment. Their Sustainability Strategy is based on 4 elements which are reflected from this “Three-Benefit Principle”. An outstanding feature was the group’s diversity and inclusion policies and their emphasis on continuous learning through the CP leadership institute.
2019 Certificates of Merit
Yili has created a sustainable development system that provides direction and guidance for their sustainable development work. By promoting employee’s understanding of Yili’s development, progress, and future efforts, they allow all employees to understand and execute plans relating to Yili’s sustainability strategy. One example of this is the development of a sustainable development indicator system, which contains 142 unique indicators, that provide guidance for all projects and relevant work.
Refinitiv’s Sustainable Leadership and its staff engagement on sustainability issues are crucial in building its efforts to become a sustainable workplace. They also work with many global organizations to help deliver their promises and widen their impact. One example of this is their membership with the European Commission Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, which mandates key frameworks on provision of finance to investments. Moreover, they also actively work with the World Economic Forum to develop and communicate long-term ESG strategies and business performance.
McCormick has recently published a purpose-led Performance Report that outlines their goals by 2025. They focus on building vibrant communities where they live, work, and source. This helps to ensure a consistent approach and commitment to sustainability. Beyond this, they have also implemented an Environment Management System, which provides a framework for reviewing their operational efficiency and energy management policy.
Mondelez Thailand implements Daily Management System (DMS), where they review and communicate daily plant performance in three different levels. The first level is through shop floor communication (shift to shift review). The second level is through functional communications (review with functional lead), and last level is through site communication between site lead and functional lead. This is in tandem with their sustainability review through the shopfloor, successfully embedding sustainability at both the shop floor and operating level.
Chiva-Som takes pride in their sustainability strategy through its company’s Quadruple Bottom Line of Corporate Responsibility. This means that sustainability issues are covered holistically before a decision is arrived at, which allows for a greater level of consensus building in sustainable development. Furthermore, Chiva-Som also focuses on training for resort operation sustainability and mangrove preservation for all new management personnel. This means that all employees will be in line with the sustainability goals of the company.
This company offers affordable solar products and services to rural areas in Thailand. Moreover, they also provide mandatory and optional training courses for all employees across a range of topics. Their solar products and offerings have helped to ensure the conservation of energy, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
2019 Small & Medium Enterprises
Local Alike’s vision is to uplift the community’s well being through sustainable tourism. The company’s mission is to link local community’s assets and experiences with the world at large through capacity building for communities on sustainable tourism as well as domestic and international market development. They engage with stakeholders through community engagement programmes, and have participated in Air Asia’s Journey D program to develop PR communities.
Beyond their visions for the community, they also actively peg their sustainability strategies to international standards. One example is that the United National Sustainable Development Goals, which are embedded in their strategy and way of doing business.
Project Planning Services (PPS) has a comprehensive sustainability programme that spans a wide range of different themes. PPS has a policy to promote and co- develop green space for Thailand. They help develop, transmit and disseminate environmentally friendly technologies and also promote partnerships between government, private sector and community for sustainable national development.
PPS also has a strong anti-corruption and bribery policy and focuses largely on the fair treatment of employees. Together with their push emphasis on human rights, PPS shows itself to be strong proponents of Business Responsibility in Thailand.
Sarn Palung’s main project is “Cafe Amazon for Chance”where over 60% of the staff are disabled.The company has regular meetings through bi-annual dinner to address issues. Sarn Phalanghas a system in place for directly contacting management to file a complaint. Before a new café is opened, new staff members,both disabled and regular staff,will spend 1-3 months training based on their readiness to operate.
Furthermore, they provide training to their coffee farmers and use its profit to improve their sanitation facility. The company follows a sustainable coffee growing practice and their buyers, Cafe Amazon, have regularly monitored their progress. In doing so, they have greatly improved their own supply chains through these sustainable initiatives.
2019 Large Enterprises
PTT Global Chemical has initiated the Zero Hazardous to Landfill project and has achieved their goals since 2015. The company implemented the circular economy concept to focus on reducing waste and maximizing the efficient use of resources in each step of their operation. The company has announced a waste reduction target through the ISR report to reduce waste intensity by 10 percent, based on BAU, within 2023 compared to base year (2013). Working proactively with suppliers to meet exacting sustainability procurement standards has not only led to a greener footprint but also enhanced supplier satisfaction.
Mondelez International has been working with Smart Agriculture (SMAG), a software solutions provider for the agricultural sector and “Agrosolutions” for their signature program “Harmony Wheat”. Another global flagship program is “Cocoa Life” under which external advisors have been invited from prominent environmental, policy, and humanitarian organizations to help develop and advance the Cocoa Life strategy and program. The company has embarked on a company- wide initiative to create opportunities for employees to engage with customers. Since its inception in April 2019, 26 activities have been organized, involving 370 employees and feedback collected from more than 2,400 customers about their products and services.
Indorama focuses on three sustainability themes: Prosperity, Planet and People. The UNSDGs are integrated into their strategy. Their goal is to lower the carbon footprint in their operations and products by adopting effective impact measurement and valuation framework. Benefits are analysed in relation to three aspects: economic, environment and social, which are measured through various measurement indicators. In the realm of climate change, Indorama has a committed focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using specific reduction targets and creating a culture of achieving them consistently. Finally, A strong internal governance framework to track progress against the UNSDGs has been key to the progress the group has made in this area.
Central Pattana has installed solar power generation systems on the roofs of its shopping centers and has completed 6 projects with buildings that produce energy for direct consumption. 2025 is set as the target year to reduce electricity consumption per unit area down by 20 percent compared to the base year 2015.
The company evaluates the operations of after the completion of their work, and is steadfast in conducting regular assessments of their supply chain. Together with this, they developed a policy framework put together with the help of external experts which has helped to not only preserve, but enhance the ecology of its operating areas.
A selection of images from the first ever virtual ceremony for our Sustainable Business Awards, Thailand 2019.