Siam Cement Group (SCG) has encouraged its suppliers to apply sustainable development in doing business, saying it will help them compete during the onset of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
SCG’s code addresses societal and environmental concerns, says Mr Kan. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Roongrote Rangsiyopash, chairman of the sustainable development committee at Thailand's top industrial conglomerate, said products in the AEC will be competing on a non-tariff basis.
But if sustainable development is adopted as part of the regional standard, Thai products will stand to lose, said Mr Roongrote, also the president of SCG Paper.
The group yesterday hosted the Supply Chain Sustainability Forum: Walking Together to reflect the efforts of SCG and its business partners to bring about benefits for society and the environment.
SCG's code of conduct covers labour and human rights, occupational health and safety, the environment and laws and regulations, said SCG president and chief executive Kan Trakulhoon.
"The code will encourage our partners to conduct business by addressing societal and environmental concerns. It will also be the standard for selecting our future partners," he said.
SCG will also offer expertise to help partners achieve the code of conduct and develop professionalism to compete in the market, Mr Kan added.
Chalermchaichan Co, which produces industrial printing ink, and mining construction firm Phatub Co are among the companies to have joined SCG's sustainability programme.
"We have to pass SCG's safety standard but SCG sends a team to help us achieve it," said Phatub managing director Wongamart Amartayakul.
As mining is one of the most dangerous industries, SCG helps Phatub with safety systems to reduce injuries in mines or in logistical operations. It also helps change the company culture in a positive way, he said.
Prutipong Chalermchaichan, managing director of Chalermchaichan Co, said the company is located near communities and did not have a waste management system, making it difficult to operate and expand.
"SCG helped us develop not only a waste management system but also to overcome resistance to change and to raise productivity," he said.
SCG was recently named as its sector's world leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the third consecutive year.
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