SCG Chemicals is determined to lift the quality of life and to contribute to environmental sustainability
With “Commitment to Social Responsibility” as its ideology, SCG Chemicals holds a belief that keeping a balance of the economic, social and environmental conditions, and having corporate governance as well as well-being of people in the communities, fueled by participation of communities, employees and the public sector, will lead us all to peaceful and sustainable coexistence.
SCG Chemicals aims to lift the quality of life so that community people wear happy smiles. This is carried out through numerous economic, social and environmental projects.
SCG Chemicals actively promotes occupations and provides support to community enterprises. As a result, over 20 million baht of income is generated and circulated among communities each year. Examples are as follows:
1. The Waste Cloth Group, Muslim Community
2. The Banana Processing Community Enterprise, Mab Chalud Community
3. The Waste Cloth Group, Ban Plong Community
4. The Barnacle Removal Machine, Had Suchada Fisheries Group
5. Khao Phai Drinking Water, Khao Phai Community
6. The Gardening Enterprise Group, Muslim Community
7. The Gardening Enterprise Group, Ban Bon Community
8. The Car Rental Group, Muslim Community
9. Rope making, Ban Phayun Fisheries Group
10. The Gardening Enterprise Group, Ban Plong Community
11. The Bicycle Repair Group, Ban Plong Community
12. The Bicycle Repair Group, Soi Kiri Community
13. The Garland Ribbon Making Group, Nong Tang May Community
14. The Car Rental Group, Takuan-Ao Pradu Community
15. The Milo Coated Peanut Group, Ban Bon Community
16. The Khanom Pia Chaowang Group, Nern Phayom Community
17. The Car Rental Group, Khak Lukya Community
In addition, SCG Chemicals organizes community flea markets in factory vicinities to offer an opportunity for sales of community products. This generates household and community income. Projects have also been initiated to add value to sludge occurring in the production process and, further, to create jobs in communities.
The Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan) and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) recognize the benefits that can be reaped from the 5S principle, already popular among private agencies, and would like it to be expanded to temples, which serve as spiritual centers for Thai people. The idea is to use temples as centers for disseminating the 5S principle to Thai people at large to instill among them the sense of discipline and greater respect for rules and regulations, as well as social etiquette.
Temples are also expected to serve as learning centers for students, communities and local people. Monks can blend the 5S principle with Buddhism teachings for use in temples as well as for self-development at home.
In recognition of the importance of youths, SCG Chemicals has been supporting their education and learning through various activities. These included the Friend Club Project, the Good Boys and Girls Project, the Junior Tour Guide Project, and the Junior VHV Project. The aim was to instill virtue among youths, strengthen their knowledge and skills (through a variety of tutorial programs such as those designed for secondary school students, the SCG Model School Project and the V-ChEPC Project for vocational school students) and to promote their volunteer spirit.
SCG Chemicals also took part in the Wat Sang Sook (Temples for Happiness) Project, contributing to the effort to establish the first Wat Sang Sook in Rayong at Wat Khot Hin. Voluntary employees were taken to the temple and, together with students of the school of the temple and villagers, tidied up the temple in order to lessen the monks’ workload and establish a standard of discipline among temple goers.
Caring about household safety in communities, SCG Chemicals took its employees on visits to houses to help dwellers in checking the conditions of their electrical devices, and to give advice regarding correct usage of electrical appliances. A Junior Traffic Officer Program was also organized jointly with police stations in the jurisdiction of Mab Ta Phut Municipality to educate youths in traffic laws, traffic discipline, and road generosity so that they can be role models for their parents and general road users.
SCG Chemicals and the Asthma Patient Club of Thammasat Chaloem Pra Kiat Hospital jointly invented DIY spacers for asthma patients. Over 10,000 spaces were jointly assembled to provide less privileged patients who do not have access to sophisticated medical equipment with effective and safe spacers to raise their quality of life.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presented a trophy for Rayong youths to promote their health and their recreation to stay away from narcotics as well as to develop their skills in order for them to become professional soccer players.
SCG Chemicals educated village health volunteers (VHV) and set up volunteer groups to take care of patients and NCD (non-communicable disease) risk groups at medical centers and elderly clubs. And, in cooperation with Mab Ta Phut Municipalty and Chaloem Phra Kiat Hospital in Honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, a study was conducted on results of reflexology treatment for patients with renal diseases.
In recognition of the importance of taking good community health care, SCG Chemicals launched campaigns to encourage youths and their parents to take part in the “Wai Sai……Rai Phung” (No pot belly at teen age) Project. The aim is to see youths with overnutrition adjust their weight to standard level. The concept was also built on by the launch of the “Hun Suay Rai Phung” (slim figures with no pot belly) Project in the area of Mab Ta Phut Municipality, under which adjustment of dietary behavior, food and physical exercises is encouraged in order to reduce health problems related to obesity.
SCG Chemicals is a founding member of the Community Partnership Association, which has been established since 2010. For the first time in Thailand, the association was established as a result of cooperation among industrial businesses in Map Ta Phut area with the intention of improving industries to become clean, environmentally friendly manufacturers, coexisting sustainably with surrounding communities. Experience and technologies were shared with a view to standardizing factories in the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate along with development undertakings in health and education areas to improve the quality of life in local communities. Among the services rendered were granting of scholarships, provision of medical services, tutorial sessions for university entrance examinations and mobile medical units.
SCG Chemicals and the people of Khao Yai Da, which was selected as a site for ecological studies in Rayong, built over 5,400 check dams to retain moisture and conserve headwater forests. In addition, SCG Chemicals and the Headwater Research Center (East Coast), Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, made joint efforts in developing a development curriculum for local communities to instill a sense of sustainable conservation among them.
In addition, employees are encouraged to participate in social contribution projects and executives are taken to communities to exchange information and ideas with villagers which will guide them, together, to development activities, leading to coexisting as good neighbors (OMOC).
SCG Chemicals and Marine and Coastal Management Office 1 built artificial reefs with PE100 pipes, which had been tested for safety by international standard. The project to build 300 units of artificial reefs in Rayong was completed in 2015. The artificial reefs serve as a place for marine life nursery and increase areas for fisheries, which help small local fishermen to make a living. Lessons learned will be exploited to promote ecotourism in the area of the Fisheries Group of Nern Khor, Rayong.
This innovative method of managing sludge from factory waste water by using earthworms to turn it into organic fertilizer is considered the first entirely natural process of the petrochemical industry. An SCG Chemicals research team conducted experiments jointly with Maejo University. It was found that castings and leachate from earthworms fed with sludge from the factories met the criteria of standard organic fertilizer of the Department of Agriculture.
Building on the success, SCG Chemicals has been educating communities and schools around its facilities to manage organic household wastes by using earthworms in order to earn supplementary income.