Supporting Sustainable Development Goals

Our Impact by the Numbers

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Number of tress planted and conserved

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Agricultural areas with water resources development in Thailand

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Forest areas restored in Thailand

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Number of people benefiting from projects

2030 Goals and Performance

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of business units having or participating in projects with a relevant national or international partner to establish biodiversity management and monitoring programs in their operations

Management Approach

Charoen Pokphand Group commits to responsible business conduct with care for environmental and biodiversity conservation. We adhere to such principles in all processes. Upon selecting a site for our establishments, the Group concentrates on locations that are not situated in natural resource and environmental conservation areas. At the same time, we strictly follow rules, regulations, standards and ministerial regulations that have been set forth. We also regularly assess potential impacts from our business operations and establish prevention and mitigation measures.

In addition, the Group gives priority to sourcing agricultural raw materials from responsible sources that do not encroach on forest and marine resources. We also engage in protecting and restoring terrestrial and marine ecosystems for the sustainable balance of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Conservation and Restoration of Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Biodiversity is essential to the lives of human beings and other living things in terms of creating a balance in ecosystems, promoting the way of life and slowing down climate change due to greenhouse gas sequestration and absorption. However, more and more factors are negatively affecting ecosystems and biodiversity. The deterioration of ecosystems and biodiversity has become a cause for concern among the international community. Consequently, the United Nations has incorporated Biodiversity and Ecosystems as Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to urge organizations from countries around the world to join hands in decelerating and terminating this great loss. As a network partner to the United Nations Global Compact, Charoen Pokphand Group has continuously worked to promote and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

Both terrestrial and marine resources are vital natural resources which are deeply interconnected. An imbalance between these resources could potentially change ecosystems, affect living creatures , and ultimately impact lives and economies. Charoen Pokphand Group recognizes the importance of conserving, protecting and restoring terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Therefore, we continue to carry out projects and activities through collaborations with our partners in various sectors to create synergies through public-private partnerships, private-sector networks, civil society networks and local communities.

The various projects that the Group has undertaken strive to reduce the impacts of pollution, and to promote and develop the management, conservation and restoration of forest, fishery, and marine resources

SDG 14 (Life Below Water)

which focuses on the benefits of ocean and marine resources

SDG 15 (Life on Land)

which focuses on promoting the sustainable benefits of land ecosystems

These goals comprise the following targets:

SDG 14 Life Below Water

  • Prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds;
  • Prohibit certain forms of fishery subsidies that contribute to overfishing
  • Manage, protect, and restore ecosystems
  • Increase the economic benefits from the sustainable use of marine resources
  • Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification
  • Develop research capacity, and transfer marine technology and marine research knowledge
  • Maintain sustainable fishing
  • Support small-scale artisanal fishers
  • Increase marine and coastal conservation areas
  • Implement international marine laws

SDG 15 Life on Land

  • Conserve and restore terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems
  • Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits that arise from using genetic resources
  • Halt deforestation and restore degraded forests
  • Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species
  • Combat desertification and restore degraded land and soil
  • Introduce measures to prevent the introduction of invasive species and significantly reduce their impact
  • Conserve mountain ecosystems
  • Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning
  • Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats and the loss of biodiversity

Examples of Charoen Pokphand Group’s Collaborative Projects on Terrestrial and Marine Resource Conservation and Restoration

Cooperation with stakeholders and external organizations to protect ecosystems and biodiversity

Charoen Pokphand Group recognizes that the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity requires cooperation from all sectors. Thus, the Group has corporate with private sector and civil society to build a network of operations to protect ecosystems and biodiversity to achieve sustainable goals.

The Group is therefore committed to doing business that creates benefits in 3 dimensions, economy, society and environment. The Group has participated in the 15th parallel meeting of the Conference of States Parties on Biological Diversity or CBD COP15 held in Kunming, China. In China, it showcased its vision of doing business with ecological stewardship on the “Business and Biodiversity Forum” jointly organized by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), China.

Measuring Natural Capital to Protect Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Following the Group’s entry as a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we brought in the Natural Capital Protocol—a natural capital assessment framework developed by WBCSD in collaboration with global organizations including Conservation International, The B Team, PwC, and Sustain Value—to use as a framework for measuring the organization’s natural capital. The Protocol helps us to understand the capacity and degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity, to value them in economic terms, and to apply those valuation results to identify ways of balancing between using and protecting natural resources. The Group selected the Nakhon Luang Rice Mill, under C.P. Intertrade Company Limited and Khao C.P. Company Limited, as the pilot site for the natural capital assessment. We selected this site because the rice mill is located on the banks of Pa Sak River in Nakhon Luang District, Ayutthaya Province, and uses the river’s waterways to transport goods quickly and efficiently through the Ayutthaya Port and Inland Container Depot (ICD). Given this, the Nakhon Luang Rice Mill directly benefits from these waterways, and it is possible to witness both the impacts from and dependencies on this natural resource. Therefore, the Group was able to realize the importance of determining the ecosystem and biodiversity value of this resource as key natural capital for the rice mill.

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Conserving and Restoring the Biodiversity of Terrestrial Ecosystems

The conservation and restoration of terrestrial resources is another factor that can support the global community to become a low-carbon society. Terrestrial resources, especially forests, play a pivotal role in decelerating the global temperature rise as they absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. For this reason, Charoen Pokphand Group gives priority to the conservation and restoration of forest resources both in Thailand and in other countries where we operate.

Biodiversity is essential to the lives of human beings and other living things in terms of creating a balance in ecosystems, promoting the way of life and slowing down climate change due to greenhouse gas sequestration and absorption. However, more and more factors are negatively affecting ecosystems and biodiversity. The deterioration of ecosystems and biodiversity has become a cause for concern among the international community. Consequently, the United Nations has incorporated Biodiversity and Ecosystems as Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to enable organizations from countries around the world to join hands in decelerating and terminating this great loss. As a network partner to the United Nations Global Compact, Charoen Pokphand Group has continuously worked to promote and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

Forest Resources Conservation and Restoration Projects in Thailand

*Include number of coffee and tea plants

Conserving and Restoring Marine Resources

In addition to conservation and restoration of forest resources. Charoen Pokphand Group also sees great importance to the conservation and restoration of marine resources through cooperation with various sectors including the government and the public sector, especially coastal fishermen.

The various projects that the Group has undertaken strive to reduce the impacts of pollution, and to promote and develop the management, conservation and restoration of forest, fishery, and marine resources in line with SDG 14 (Life Below Water), which focuses on the benefits of ocean and marine resources, and SDG 15 (Life on Land), which focuses on promoting the sustainable benefits of land ecosystems. These goals comprise the following targets:

1. Prevent and reduce marine pollution of all kinds

2. Manage, protect, and restore ecosystems

3. Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification

4. Maintain sustainable fishing

5. Increase marine and coastal conservation areas

6. Increase the economic benefits from the sustainable use of marine resources

7. Prohibit certain forms of fishery subsidies that contribute to overfishing

8. Develop research capacity, and transfer marine technology and marine research knowledge

9. Support small-scale artisanal fishers

10. Implement international marine laws

“SEACOSYSTEM for Sustainable Thai Seas”

The concept of SEACOSYSTEM for sustainable Thailand seas focuses on the restoration of the marine ecosystem and economy, highlighting on plastic waste as a key issue. Charoen Pokphand Group has worked in 22 local fishing communities, leading environmental projects, promoting research and development, and applying technology to help fishers manage marine environment to conserve marine resources in a sustainable manner.

Integrated Marine Ecosystem Restoration consists of 5 key areas
Results and Benefits

Areas for cultivating and protecting aquatic animals

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Income creation for local fishing communities

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Increase in aquatic animal catchment

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Fishers benefiting from the project

households