Suntory PepsiCo Thailand recognised in Kincentric Best Employers Programme as “Thailand Best Employer 2022”

Suntory PepsiCo Thailand recognised in Kincentric Best Employers Programme as “Thailand Best Employer 2022”

Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Company Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of beverages under the Suntory and PepsiCo brands in Thailand, has been awarded, has been awarded the title “Thailand Best Employer 2022” at the Kincentric Best Employers – Thailand programme, where leading companies compete to become the top organisation that inspires strong commitment and superior performance. Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) has been honoured with this award for achieving business results through excellent people practices which enhance long-term success and sustainability.

Mr. Ashish Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Co., Ltd., revealed the essential principles and frameworks that the Company uses to maintain good morale and productivity, particularly in difficult times like the past couple of years spent combating a global pandemic and its immediate and long-term impacts.

"At SPBT we ensure high levels of agility and resilience by living with Suntory values described by the Japanese words 'Gemba' and 'Yatte Minahare',” he said. “Gemba is about consistently directing insight-led activities that put consumers, our customers and employees at the heart of everything we do. Yatte Minahare is summarised as 'failure is an option, fear is not', emphasising agile action with continuous learning and improvement. Since maintaining employee morale and happiness have become increasingly important during the pandemic, the Company cements its emphasis on people and preserving quality of work and quality of life for employees, as deftly reflected in this crowning title". 

Furthermore, prioritizing caring for human resources ultimately propels business growth in any climate. Ms. Piengchit Sriprasart, Chief People & Culture and Corporate Affairs Officer at Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) Co., Ltd., outlines the organisation’s top priorities as actively monitoring the situation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and regularly updating the Company’s policies in order to safeguard the health and safety of both employees and customers.

“Every day during this trying period we have focused on finding the best ways to support our people,” she said. “We did this by providing 10,000 doses of vaccines for employees and business partners with the cooperation of management and the team. Not only has this significantly enhanced SPBT employee engagement for three consecutive years, but our production and sales frontline personnel feel more confident on-site and in the market. This ensures that there is no interruption in the delivery of our products to our beloved consumers and customers.”

Mr. Ashish Joshi emphasised ‘Agile Mindset’ as the key to navigating trying times. “The Company has built its culture and capabilities according to its Mid- Term Plan (MTP) goals,” he noted. “However, it is indeed essential to be able to adapt the ways in which these goals are reached and maximise productivity. It has been observed that globally successful modern organisations design new business models and apply digital technologies to facilitate cooperation. Therefore, Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) constantly applies new programs to develop personnel and operations tactics. As a relatively young organisation of only five years, three of which were spent operating in the midst of the global pandemic, the Company has amazingly delivered strong business results while laying down a solid foundation for future successes. In 2023, we will continue our ‘Agile Mindset’ journey with more simplification & automation, stronger Gemba insights to guide our commercial execution and strengthen our culture built on ‘Suntory Leadership Spirits’ as the Company securely climbs towards its ultimate goal of becoming the ‘Most Beloved Beverage Company in Thailand’.”

Together, Yatte Minahare spirit with Gemba focus, Agile Mindset and highly engaged organisation make up the Company’s unique formula for success. Being awarded the prestigious “Thailand Best Employer 2022” title by Kincentric Best Employers–Thailand Programme confirms Suntory PepsiCo Beverage (Thailand) as one of the most outstanding people centric organizations; and more importantly, it is a truly an organization that inspires its employees to excel despite unique challenges.

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