Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC) operates under sustainability management policies and social environmental responsibility policies through various forms of social, as well as community development, projects that are in line with the business strategy and direction of the organization. The company also focuses on engaging with all groups of stakeholders, both inside and outside the organization, especially those around the operating area of the company for sustainable coexistence.

Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy
GPSC CSR Strategy (2020 - 2024)
GPSC CSR Guideline

Management guidelines for sustainable coexistence with communities

Strategic Framework on Corporate Social Responsibility

GPSC recognizes the importance of corporate social and environmental initiatives. Therefore, GPSC has the policy to support improvement in community and society continuousness. GPSC’s strategy comprises Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the following 4 domains:

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Strategic framework for social responsibility

The company realizes the importance of having responsibility towards society and the environment, as it believes that for the business to develop sustainably, the community and society must grow together. The corporate social responsibility strategy framework that the company uses is in line with international standards, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as combining these with its business expertise into the process of developing and solving crucial issues of communities and society overall.

Strategies for creating CSR activities of the company, which are based on 3 important principles, namely:

  • Must be an activity that is linked to the corporate mission and involves business operations.
  • Relates to the use of expertise, skills and core competencies of the organization to pass on knowledge and to further develop communities.
  • Must take into account the needs and expectations of communities and society.

In the past, the company has undertaken community relations activities and has continued to promote community development through social responsibility activities covering 4 key areas:

Education

The company has policies to support sustainable education by offering continuous scholarships, including supporting the development of educational institutions in relevant areas, such as the ONE Model School Project PTT group, formerly known as the Leadership Development for Sustainable Education Program (CONNEXT ED), the GPSC Social Innovator Project, the development of new ways of teaching and learning, a project to develop teachers around new ways of learning, etc.

Quality of life development for people

The company has established policies to support the development of the quality of life of individuals in communities and in society, in order to improve living standards and to be safe from various hazards, to support occupations, income and well-being, including good mental, as well as physical, health by organizing various activities. These include potential development activities for village health volunteers, mobile medical unit activities, youth development activities, such as promoting sports, the Map Ta Phut Hospital Development Project, the Elderly Club Project, the Doctor Electricity Project (“Moh Fai Fa”), The Electricity Doctor to Build Careers Project and community enterprise projects, waste banks and waste processing projects, etc.

Public Participation

The company regularly supports and participates in public benefit activities and culture and religious activities organized by communities. In addition, the company regularly organizes activities with people in neighborhoods to clarify the understanding of the operations of the company, in order to build relationships with communities in various ways under the Side by Side Project and this can also take the form of a tripartite committee meeting, an EIA Monitoring committee meeting, a community visit, an open house activity, or a hearing (Public hearing), etc.

*More details about the engagement activities with the public can be found in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Relations Guidelines Year 2021 - 2023

Environment

The company realizes its responsibility to society and the environment, in areas and communities close to the operating areas of the company, by undertaking various projects to promote the conservation of the natural environment, as well as creating a balance of ecosystems and biodiversity. This includes promoting the use of clean energy such as in the Aquatic Release Project, the Artificial Coral Project, the 34 rai Forest Maintenance Project, the Reforestation and Dam Construction Project on Phudon-Huay Mahad mountain, the Integrated Waste Management Project and the Solar Power System Installation Project in remote areas, etc.

SDG 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Safety

Improving and repairing electrical systems for public places, such as schools, temples and local medical facilities, in order to reduce the risk of life and property damage from fires and electric shocks, which includes system repairs and restoration.

Saving

Modifying electrical equipment and appliances to save energy, including installing solar power systems to reduce costs and to use the saved money for development or other useful activities with the relevant departments.

Security

Installing an alternative electric power system in the wilderness to allow people within communities and greater society to have a better quality of life and to help in reducing certain obstacles in life. This includes strengthening the security of electric power, such as installing solar rooftop systems for hospitals, etc.

Socio-economic

Creating and promoting electrician jobs (“Moh Fai Fa”) for people in communities by training people to improve professional skills, aiding individuals in the process of becoming an electrician, as well as helping them to take care of their own households and communities, along with generating additional income or continuing to use such skills for their main income.

Given the importance and benefits of the Light for a Better Life project, GPSC has therefore elevated the project to become one of the CSR strategies of the company and has reshaped the project by expanding the existing electrical system improvement activities to cover a wider area and has increased activities to promote energy security in remote areas, such as installing solar power systems, installing storage systems, etc.

To date, the Light for a Better Life project has undertaken more than 30 socially-beneficial activities, including the improvement of electrical systems and the conversion of electrical appliances to become more energy efficient in 19 schools and 2 temples; solar power system installations in 4 schools, 1 temporary prison and 3 hospitals and the installation of solar power systems with energy storage systems in 2 sub-district health-promoting hospitals and 2 marine research centers. This project also aims to install and deliver 1,000 kW generated from solar power systems and energy storage systems to remote areas and public utility areas nationwide by 2025, while also providing training for electricians to create a career that focuses on providing basic knowledge regarding the care and maintenance of various electrical systems to people in the community, along with in ensuring their continuous use of electrical systems in their homes, as well as in their ability to maintain electrical systems installed by GPSC correctly and most effectively.

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Business Outputs in 2020
  • 30 staff have engaged in the project.
  • 120 hours that volunteer employees engage in these activities
  • 100 kW energy generated from LBL project
  • Community satisfaction score >75%
  • Zero complaints
Value to the community, society and the environment
  • Developing Mor Fai Fah (Electricity Doctors) by training 30 teachers and students of Rayong Technical College with certificates from the Department of Skill Development,
  • Total income (from saving) of THB 252,000.
  • Saving electricity costs from replacing electrical equipment and appliances for four schools of THB 48,000 a year.
  • Installing off-grid solar system for two health care clinics in remote areas that can generate electricity 10,000 kWh per year on average
  • CO2 reduction 40,000 KgCO2e per year.
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) of 6.524,390,363 THB income generation to local communities through Solar Farm Project for Chanthaburi’s Shrimp Farmer Cooperative

Solar power system installation project for 2 health promoting hospitals in Omkoi District, Chiang Mai Province

  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) Mae Long Luang Health Promoting Hospital = 6.53
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) Thung Ton Ngio Health Promoting Hospital = 6.52

Investing in this project can generate social outcomes or benefits in all of the three areas: economic, environmental and the quality of life.

Quality of life aspects:
  • Community members have a greater peace of mind in accessing public health services.
  • Personnel in the sub district health promoting hospital possess a greater sense of safety and security in life and their personal assets.
  • Sub district health promoting hospital personnel have more time to spend with their families due to the reduction in their overtime work hours.
Economic aspects:
  • Community members reduced their loss of income and opportunity costs from traveling to Omkoi Hospital.
  • The District Public Health Office has reduced costs on medical supplies, fuel transportation, backup generators and unnecessary time-consuming work of their personnel.
  • The District Public Health Office cut the costs of treatment for critically ill patients that are avoidable.
  • The sub district health promoting hospital had a reduction in energy, electrical system improvements and equipment repair costs.
Environmental aspects
  • The sub district health promoting hospital reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the use of clean electricity.
  • Community members and the District Public Health Office reduced their greenhouse gas emissions from commuting and traveling. For example, members of the community commuted less to and from Omkoi District Hospital, while the District Public Health Office reduced vaccine transport, as well as seriously ill patients due to the fact that both hospitals possessed stable electricity systems on a 24-hour basis.
SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

The Zero Waste Village project aims to raise awareness and campaigns for people in communities to separate waste properly, which will create value for waste and leftovers, as well as in order to help reduce environmental problems and protect the natural resources for communities. The Zero Waste Village project is meant to improve the quality of life, along with environmental conservation, which will develop in the way of social business or “Social Enterprise” to generate income back to the communities, while also creating sustainability within the society and communities.

In addition, the company has also renovated the former multi-purpose building of the Nong Taphan Community, in the Nong Taphan Sub-District, Ban Khai District, Rayong Province in becoming a waste management community learning center located in the vicinity of the waste separation project, in order to meet the needs of sustainable business operations with the communities and society, where the learning center will open training to the general public, while also offering other activities within the center itself as follows:

Garbage bank activities

Carrying out activities in the Nong Taphan Sub-District, Ban Khai District, Rayong Province, as well as neighboring communities under the “Ban Phai Community Waste Management Learning Center”, which opens for trading once a month by encouraging members who buy and sell to accumulate income into savings, which will contribute to their savings throughout the year. The waste bank bought and sold 15.5 tons of recycled waste and reduced emissions by 11.106 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCo2e) (LESS-TGO, 2 July 2020).

Activities to donate recyclable waste for public benefits

Accepting donated plastic straws through the “Renew Plastic Straws” project, which is operated by the Sustainable Energy Foundation, supported by the PTT group. Donations of used plastic straws are accepted from PTT employees and the general public, in order to produce pillows made with plastic straws to help relieve pressure ulcers for bed-ridden patients in various hospitals. However, due to the epidemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), there are current restrictions in the use of straws to produce pillows, due to some being improperly sterilized. The Sustainable Energy Foundation, in cooperation with the GPSC group has therefore processed these straws into waste fuel, with 100% percent of this waste being put to beneficial use.

Training activities for leaders in waste management in schools

The Learning Center offers a training course on waste management to the general public at an appropriate cost, with the Center Committee, in collaboration with community members being instructors.

  • A basic household waste sorting course.
  • An organic household waste management course with green bins or “Green Cone”.
  • A course on waste recycling management in the form of a waste bank.
  • Recycling processing courses.
Training activities and raising awareness on waste issues and household waste management practices

Organizing training on all types of household waste, including recycled waste, organic waste and non-recyclable waste to local people and government agencies.

Waste processing activities to create value

The Learning Center organizes a workshop on processing recycled waste into products, such as pillows made from plastic straws, bags made from water bottle caps, etc. to its members. This is done to distribute these items as income by the Learning Center, with the Learning Center acting as a distribution center (receiving orders and delivering products) for members using Facebook as a platform, which is maintained by the Center itself, while also providing other channels, such as various OTOP markets.

In addition to the community waste management Learning Center, the company has also designed and renovated a waste sorting plant to convert this into a RDF as a Waste to Energy (W2E) learning center, in order to promote the image of leadership in the use of technology. The waste management of the company by the W2E Learning Center has been completed and was officially opened to the public in Q1/2021.

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Business Outputs in 2020
  • Community satisfaction score >75%
  • Zero complaints
  • 1 MTHB PR value for positive impact to GPSC
  • Waste utilization 100,000 Tons
  • 45 hours that volunteer employees engage in these activities
Social and Environmental Outputs in 2020
  • 20 field trips per year to waste-to-energy and the village, which can generate income to the people in the community through tour management and the sale of products from recycled waste
  • GHG emission reduction 11.106 tCO2e per year
  • 100 beneficiaries from project
  • Generating income 25,000 THB to local communities through waste bank Social Return on Investment (SROI) of 0.44

Results or social benefits of the Zero Waste Village project

Economic aspects:
  • Members of the waste bank can earn additional income by selling recycled waste, such as plastics, glass, metal and waste products including neck pillows from plastic straws, flower-decorated pen baskets, coin purses, etc.
  • Waste bank members can save money on training costs and buckets for fertilization.
  • The Chairman of the Waste Bank Group was able reduce travel expenses, in order to request additional budgets from various government agencies to support other projects.
  • Waste buyers can earn more income from processing waste products.
  • The Nong Taphan Sub-District Administrative Organization was able to save more of their annual budget due to the reduction in the amount of waste in the community, while also having received training support from GPSC as well.
Environmental aspects
  • Communities reduced greenhouse gas emissions from traveling to waste management and processing training courses.
  • Landfill waste greenhouse gas emission was reduced in communities.
  • Communities reduced greenhouse gas emissions from adding value to waste, which resulted in a decrease in the use of raw materials for production (virgin material), such as plastics, glass and metal.
Quality of life aspects:
  • The Chairman of the Waste Bank Group has received more personal time off from work due to there being no need to travel to seek funding from various government agencies to support projects.
SDG: 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The GPSC Young Social Innovator project started in 2018 in the form of an innovative training and competition camp for high school youths or their equivalent in the eastern region. There are 39 teams applying for the competition, but due to the success of the work from these youths, 1 silver medal and 1 special award from the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) was received, hence having led to the expansion of the GPSC Young Social Innovator project in the year 2019 to target more youths. This expansion was made possible by raising the competition from a regional level to the national level, leading to the 2nd year, where 158 youth teams applied to join the program. The work of the second generation of youths was even more evident, despite the novel coronavirus epidemic or COVID-19, which has caused nearly all platforms to have been canceled or requiring to be reverted to an online platform during the international innovation competition, which is a show of the skills and potential of the Thai youths. Again, nevertheless, the work of the Thai youths in the GPSC Young Social Innovator program was still evident on the international stage despite all such challenges since 1 gold and 1 special award were received from the International British Inventions, Innovation Exhibition (IBIX) and 2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 special awards were obtained in the World Invention Innovation Contest (WIC).

The GPSC Young Social Innovator project started in 2018 in the form of an innovative training and competition camp for high school youths or their equivalent in the eastern region. There are 39 teams applying for the competition, but due to the success of the work from these youths, 1 silver medal and 1 special award from the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) was received, hence having led to the expansion of the GPSC Young Social Innovator project in the year 2019 to target more youths. This expansion was made possible by raising the competition from a regional level to the national level, leading to the 2nd year, where 158 youth teams applied to join the program. The work of the second generation of youths was even more evident, despite the novel coronavirus epidemic or COVID-19, which has caused nearly all platforms to have been canceled or requiring to be reverted to an online platform during the international innovation competition, which is a show of the skills and potential of the Thai youths. Again, nevertheless, the work of the Thai youths in the GPSC Young Social Innovator program was still evident on the international stage despite all such challenges since 1 gold and 1 special award were received from the International British Inventions, Innovation Exhibition (IBIX) and 2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 special awards were obtained in the World Invention Innovation Contest (WIC).

However, competition is not the real goal of the GPSC Young Social Innovator project, as GPSC instead aims to promote youths to value their social community by bringing invention and innovations to develop and improve the quality of life in their own communities in this 4.0 era and from the 3 years of the implementation of the GPSC Young Social Innovator project. In addition to the awards from the international innovation competitions, which makes the skill and commitment and academic achievements of Thai youths clearly evident, GPSC Young Social Innovator youths have also brought innovations to be transferred and to be expanded to the community, such as:

  • Adding value to germinated rice to also act as a deodorizing product through a scientific process, where the knowledge of such is transferred to the community by using raw materials from the community itself, distributing and generating income, creating a career both directly, as well as indirectly, for the people in the community.
  • Processing agricultural wastes into paper and developing such into various types of packaging which, in addition to transferring knowledge and increasing income to communities, is also indirectly raising awareness of the preservation of natural resources and the environment to people in the community as well.

GPSC believes that being a talented person must also coincide with being a good person, as well as being a good innovator, who must create useful pieces of work that can be of help to the community, society and nation.

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Business Outputs in 2020
  • 303 submitted entries in YSI project
  • PR Value THB 2.96 Million
Social and Environmental Outputs in 2020
  • One marketable product developed by the community from YSI winning idea
  • 1,500 beneficiaries from YSI project
Processing agricultural wastes into paper

This is the introduction of the work entitled “Recycled Paper from Agricultural Waste” from St. Nicholas School in Phitsanulok Province, which is an outstanding contribution to society from the YSI 2019 season 2 project to further develop and to be able to benefit the community and society. GPSC supported the budget for the youth participants in the GPSC Young Social Innovator program which brought knowledge and product development approaches acquired from the project to the community, where a small learning center for paper production from various types of agricultural waste fiber was established in their school under the support of GPSC. This was in order to allow interested community members to learn how to make paper, using equipment, such as drying domes, printing paper and paper-forming related equipment, as well as others.

Workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis in the area were also hired to build the equipment, which was another way to help distribute income to the community. At present, these youths have purchased raw materials, namely rice straw, from communities in Phrom Phiram District, Phitsanulok Province, to conduct scientific processes at the school learning center and hiring unemployed workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, in order to produce packaging from various types of paper, in accordance to online sales orders.

In addition to the three main projects mentioned in 2020, which is the year of the first round of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in phase one, the company has undertaken various activities both inside and outside its operating area, such as supporting community enterprises to produce masks/cloth masks, supporting germ screens for preventing their spread at hospitals, supporting subsistence bags for citizens, preparing a school model termed “The New Normal School Project”, supporting protective equipment to relevant agencies, including hand sanitizers, N95 masks, Face Shields and PPE suits and donating money to develop COVID-19 test kits to the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), etc.

After the somewhat easing of the epidemic and the entering of a recovery period, the company had begun a second phase of assistance to those affected by the economy under the “GPSC Unite Thailand to Help the Nation” project, which is in line with the approach from the Government in strengthening the basic economy.

GPSC Unite to Help the Nation

Out of 100 graduate employment positions

50 of which are in the Flash program and the community solid waste fuel program (Power plant and RDF waste sorting center) of GPSC and another 50 are to support community relations and social responsibility, as well as those requested by other departments.

Support of local products and services

by creating New Year gifts for the year 2021 regarding products within communities both in Rayong and other areas.

Promoting local and domestic tourism

to stimulate the economy of major cities and sub-cities by organizing roaming seminars for employees and board members by using hotels, small and medium sized enterprises (SME) that have obtained the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), along with providing accommodation for employees in the amount of 2,500 baht per person, in order to aid the SME hotel group.

The total budget used in the “GPSC Unite to Help the Nation” project is 14.95 million baht.

Sustainable Social Responsibility and Coexistence Goals with the Community, 2020-2024

In the year 2020, the proportion of charitable donations dropped by 23.31%, the community satisfaction survey with the company was at 74.6% and the social return on investments assessment in 6 activities found values of such ranging from 0.41-6.53, which consisted of:

From the overall operating results, more progress has been made compared to the goals that have been set, yet the GPSC group remains committed to achieving this goal by 2022 to support the vision of the GPSC group in becoming a leading organization in sustainable innovation in the electricity business, both at a regional, as well as a global level.

Type of Contribution

FY 2020
Cash contributions THB 12,462,870
Time: employee volunteering during paid working hours THB 564,543
In-kind giving: product or services donations, projects/partnerships or similar THB 1,901,058
Management overheads THB 13,412,278

Type of Philanthropic Activities

Percentage of Total Costs (%)
Charitable Donations 23.31
Community Investments 72.34
Commercial Initiatives 4.35
Total (%) 100
Revised as of February 2021

The above content has adapted by international sustainability reporting Standards (Global Reporting Initiative: GRI), the GRI Standards edition). This edition has been verified for the accuracy of limited reporting data (Limited Assurance) by third party.