Thai Businesses Go Green
As global warming is an ever present in our lives, Thai businesses go green after much consideration from the chiefs. Businesses of all sizes are urged to consider the impact of their operations on the planet.
In today’s climate it is common practice for businesses to factor in the need for environmental protection into the business development plan. The CEOs of five of Thailand’s leading businesses have stressed the need for companies of all sizes to contribute more in reducing carbon emissions.
The responsibility to be carbon neutral and care for the environment around us no longer falls solely on the titans of industry. Today it has become a burning topic in which every single member of society makes an impact.
Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, president and CEO of Thai Beverage Plc (ThaiBev), said on Saturday. On Saturday he spoke at the “Leading Sustainable Business” panel discussion at Sustainability Expos 2022 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. He stressed that in the aftermath of Covid-19, global attention must turn towards uniting communities in a concerted effort to save the planet.
Mr Thapana suggested simple steps towards reducing carbon emissions which everybody could apply to their day to day lifestyles. One such example is to consider the amount of wasted food after a meal. This is a small act for one person. However, when multiplied by millions this is a fantastic first step towards reducing the global carbon footprint.
ThaiBev had begun to embrace sustainability even before the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, he said.
Thai owned company, Charoen Pokphand (CP), is ranked as the 38th most sustainable company in the world. The CEO, Suphachai Chearavanont has now set a new goal for the company; to become a top 20 sustainable company.
In the past, most businesses acted without considering the debt their commercial operations owed the planet, said Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group.
He said, “As a big player in the agriculture sector, CP Group is totally aware of the impact of global warming and the importance of sustainable supply chains in all processes from farm to table,”.
The CP Group is very aware of the importance education plays in environmental protection.
The company currently supplies the education facilities with new technology and innovations to help future generations take action of their own.
Union Group Plc is a seafood processing business. The CEO, Thiraphong Chansiri, said that the company has adopted biodegradable packaging and energy-saving measures in its production line.
“Investing in sustainability is a must because without sustainability our business won’t survive,” he said. “Sustainability not only saves the Earth but also our businesses.”
The Siam Cement Group (SCG) has joined the movement. Cement mining contributes to a substantial chunk of global warming. How to reduce the CO2 emissions is now a core ideology of Siam Cement Group (SCG), said president and CEO Rungroj Rangsiyopas.
A core part of SCG’s commitment to the environment has been continuing to reduce the use of expensive coal-fired energy in favour of cleaner alternatives, he said. In the future the company is aiming to become carbon neutral. Therefore the fact that Thai businesses want to go green will help push this goal forwards.
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