SCG-Bangkok Pushes for Sustainable Development

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SCG-Bangkok Pushes for Sustainable Development


The Thailand Sustainable Development Symposium 2010 was held in Bangkok last month, organized by Siam Cement Group (SCG). In his speech therein, Thailand's Finance Minister, His Excellency Korn Chatikavanij, pointed out that the event aimed for CEOs of listed companies, senior-ranked executives of the public sector, academic scholars and nongovernmental organizations to share and exchange knowledge and attitudes about the subject. It was also meant to be a forum that leads to cooperation from all organizations to achieve balance between business, society and environment.Kan Trakulhoon, President and CEO of SCG, emphasized the idea that "sustainable development must go hand in hand with business operations." In his Welcome Speech, he said: "Our world is facing a crisis from over-consumption of natural resources to the extent that the balance of nature is severely disturbed. This results in climate change, deteriorating environment and ecological systems, and reduced quality of life due to uncontrollable and unexpected difficulties. The Sustainable Development concept has been developed (-) to respond to human needs in a way that keeps the balance of nature and to minimize necessary interference."Another speaker, Lyonpo Dr. Kinzang Dorji, former Prime Minister and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Bhutan, quoted the King of Bhutan. In the King's speech delivered at the Scindia Memorial Lecture in Delhi in 2009, he talks of the value of "the sense of a shared planet." He said: "The image of a shared planet must always be present in our minds-and especially in the minds of those who are in positions of leadership." Dorji added: "It can only help in the search for a solution if we remember that this planet must be passed on to our future generations and to other living beings. Isn't it natural that every individual will seek to enhance his inheritance and pass it on to his own children? Unless we feel this responsibility, we will not stop robbing our planet and our children. We must remember not to finish off the earth's resources which are rightfully our children's."SCG's vision as a company has sustainable development at its core: "By the year 2015, SCG will be well Trecognized as an innovative workplace of choice, and a role model in corporate governance and sustainable development."Good PracticesAmong SCG Practices are: 3R Policy (reduce, reuse and recycle, replenish), Green Procurement (greening the supply chain), Waste and Water (zero waste to landfill, recycle), and Energy and Climate (WHG, biomass, green building). The company lives by the tenet that, "We cannot survive by being a good organization alone, we have to persuade others to be good citizens."SCG has adopted the best and state-of-the-art technologies that require greater investment in order to avoid negative impact on communities and the environment. For instance, the company has installed Waste Heat Power Generation (WHG) to utilize the waste heat (which would otherwise be dissipated into the air) from the cement production processes to generate electricity. The WHG installation, completed in 2009, with an investment of approximately 5,858 million baht, can reduce electricity consumption by 25 percent, which in turn helps reduce the CO2 emission by 300,000 metric tons per year.SCG has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) as the Supersector Leader in Construction and Materials in 2010, thanks to its consistent sustainability-driven business operation.

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