The Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) has joined global efforts to accelerate its work in tackling the global climate crisis.
Representatives of the group, led by Chief Executive Officer Suphachai Chearavanont, recently participated in the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit 2021 via virtual conference.
According to CP, Mr Suphachai took part in the main plenary session where he shared his vision of the private sector's role in achieving the goal of net zero emissions.
CP was also invited to host a session at the global forum titled "Southeast Asia's Net Zero Transformation for Agriculture & Food Sector" to drive cooperation with all sectors at the international level to strategically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural and food industry of the Asean region.
Noppadol Dej-Udom, Chief Sustainability Officer of CP, told the session that his company is a key player in the agricultural and food sector of the Asean region.
The group acknowledges this and has witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on the agro-food industry.
He said the group has therefore set the goal of becoming carbon neutral throughout the entirety of its supply chain as it adapts to the climate change challenge.
In addition, the company has worked closely with farmers and its trading partners in Thailand and the Asean region, such as Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam with the goal of reducing emissions in its operations upstream.
Mr Noppadol said it has also implemented climate-smart agriculture practices in its business operations by utilising technology to drive sustainable supply chains to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
For example, the group uses various forms of renewable energy in its corn, shrimp, pork, and chicken businesses, he said.
Kollawat Sakhakara, Director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said participating in the summit reinforces Thailand's determination and readiness to join the global community in reducing the impact of climate change.
He said it's important to have international cooperation in formulating policies to reduce global warming.