Thailand's Climate Leaders : ThaiBev’s commitment in caring for the environment
published : 15 Nov 2021 at 08:00
Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (“ThaiBev”) is committed to becoming a stable and sustainable ASEAN leader. ThaiBev embraces His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (“SEP”), and our effort is guided by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua first royal command that His Majesty is determined to preserve, sustain, and enhance this legacy.
ThaiBev recognizes the importance of protecting natural resources and the environment which are the key issues of sustainable development. Therefore, ThaiBev is determined to follow the principles of the Circular Economy and continuously innovate in energy and water management as well as packaging and waste, in order to reduce the impact on natural resources and environment. ThaiBev also partnered with DJSI Industry Leaders in sustainability. These collaborative efforts will increase as ThaiBev honors our membership and pledges to the UN Global Compact. ThaiBev looked toward cross-industry collaborations, pursuing SDG 17: “Partnerships for the Goals.”
ThaiBev has identified sustainability goals to minimize its environmental impacts throughout the value chain. ThaiBev focuses on the reduction of water usage from production, and the limited use of new resources during the recycling process.
Water is a vital resource. Economic and urban expansion have led to increased need for water. ThaiBev, as a major producer of beverages and foods, is determined to sustainably and efficiently manage water usage to address risks and changes in patterns of water consumption, to help avoid water scarcity in the future. ThaiBev has performed a comprehensive water management analysis that considers the entire value chain. The company encourages the development of innovations to maximize efficiency in water usage, and to control the quality of water discharged into surface water to ensure that it meets quality standards. ThaiBev assesses the sustainability of water usage to reduce the risks and impacts of water consumption for both short and long term. ThaiBev sets its Corporate Water Management Policy prioritizing on comprehensive water management system covers the whole value chain, from water sustainability assessment at production facilities to evaluate level of water-related risks to setting a guideline for water management in each location. This includes water assessment throughout the product life cycle in order to optimize water management efficiency. Additionally, ThaiBev collaborated with stakeholders to conserve water resources and assisted communities in gaining access to clean water and reduce the impact on the ecosystem through the following projects: Water Sustainability Assessment (WSA) for both surface water and groundwater, Water efficiency program, Conservation of upstream forest and water sources care with communities. Effective water management resulted in the reduction, reuse, and recycling of water compared to total volume of water withdrawal.
For waste and packaging management and circular economy, ThaiBev strives to reduce the amount of resources used to produce its packaging through the design and selection of environmentally friendly materials. It also considers the possibility of circulating them after consumption to reduce waste. This is especially the case with primary packaging such as glass, paper, aluminum cans, and PET bottles. PET bottles can be upcycled to produce rPET (recycled PET) fiber, a value-added recycling method. The rPET fiber can be produced to be rPET blankets, which donated under the campaign “ThaiBev… Unites to Fight the Cold”. Thai Beverage Recycle Co., Ltd. (TBR), a subsidiary of ThaiBev, is responsible for the collection of post-consumption packaging for reuse or recycling. ThaiBev also works with various stakeholders throughout its value chain, including tier 1 and non-tier 1 suppliers, small business owners, as well as consumers to manage and create value for post-consumption packaging via Circular Economy model. ThaiBev collaborates with business partners to develop packaging using fewer natural resources. Examples include reducing the weight of aluminum cans, the weight of plastic PET water bottles, and collection and sorting different types of packaging and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. TBR is responsible for the post- consumption collection and sorting process. TBR buys all types of ThaiBev packaging materials such as glass bottles, cans, plastic bottles, PET bottles, cardboard boxes, etc. TBR also manages kitchen utensils and POP (point-of-purchase)/POS (point-of-sales) materials from ThaiBev’s restaurants that had gone obsolete or malfunctioned. These items are repaired or refurbished so that they can be utilized again.