Ecosystem and Biodiversity Protection
Risks and Opportunities
Biodiversity is an important part of ecosystem integrity. It has a direct positive impact on the environment and humans, e.g., as being food sources, Carbon Dioxide absorbers, and flood protection where resources and ecological products are continuously and perpetually utilized in various industries. However, economic development and human activities continue to profoundly affect biodiversity. Examples of these activities are the use of unlimited resources, invasion, and destruction of habitats of other species. The loss of the balance of biodiversity in the ecosystem affects the natural mechanism and efficiency of the ecosystem. There have been changes that are unprecedented or intensified, including the effects on the well-being of humans. Therefore, all sectors should be aware of the importance and impact of biodiversity imbalances. And with the commitment to conducting business with environmental responsibility and protecting biodiversity for sustainability.
Supporting the SDGs
SDG 6 To ensure sustainable management and water and sanitation for all
6.6 To improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating waste, and reducing the release of hazardous chemicals and materials. To reduce the proportion of unprocessed wastewater by half and increase reusing materials
SDG 14 To conserve and sustainably use resources from the oceans, seas, and marine and support sustainable development
14.1 To prevent and reduce all types of marine pollution, especially from land activities
SDG 15 To protect, restore and support sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; sustainable forest management; the fight for desertification; to stop land degradation and recover; and ending biodiversity loss
15.1 To ensure the conservation, restoration, and terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems, including sustainable ecosystem services, especially for forests, wetlands, mountains, and arid lands
Performance Against Goal
All areas of business operations have projects in collaboration with local and national stakeholders or independent third parties they contributed to the reduction of negative impacts on ecosystems or biodiversity
Performance Summary 2021
Increase the areas of tree plantation for carbon absorption
|Project Categories||Area (rai)||Number of trees (trees)|
|Planting trees in the company area||810||15,155|
|Collaboration with partnerships to seedlings for employees to plant||21||16,307|
|Planting trees, creating jobs||8||1,500|
|Collaborations with other sectors such as communities, foundations, the public sector, and local organization||4,914||195,278|
Several studies report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially on increasing ecosystem health and biodiversity. Due to fewer cases of encroachment on forest areas, CP ALL Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries (“the Company”) continue to work on protecting and restoring biodiversity that may arise from the company’s business activities with the will to protect the ecosystem and uphold the ideology of going green. The company announced the biodiversity and natural resources policy which was promulgated as a guideline covering all areas of business operations and activities, as well as working with first-tier business partners within the supply chain. The purpose is for business operations to have the least impact on biodiversity. Additionally, the company operates its business with a commitment not to prevent any loss to biodiversity (No Net Loss: NNL) while considering ways to enhance business operations in line with a positive ecological balance (Net Positive Impact: NPI). Hereupon, the company assesses risks and impacts on biodiversity through Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) to avoid conducting business in protected areas as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the areas being registered as UNESCO World Heritage and defining the mitigation guidelines in the Mitigation Hierarchy, as well as collaborating with external partners to carry out rehabilitation projects, to conserve natural resources and environment, including projects with business partners to reduce impacts on land and water ecosystems to
restore, protect, and enrich ecosystems.
Biodiversity Risk and Impact Assessment
CP ALL Plc. assessed risks and impacts on biodiversity in accordance with biodiversity guidelines and policies and natural resources of the organization covering the area of business activities, including manufacturing plants, distribution centres, product distribution area, and other related business activities. The Company’s operations and business activities are not located in any protected area according to the definitions and requirements of The International Union for Conservation of Nature: IUCN and are not within a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. The company has applied information technology in conjunction with biodiversity databases to assess the area of operation and related key business activities. The procedure for assessing risks and impacts on biodiversity are as follows:
The company has a Mitigation Hierarchy approach to mitigate risks and avoid the severity on biodiversity. This covers mitigation, relief, and compensation. In addition, the company respects and strictly complies with local regulations and laws on the conservation of biodiversity in the local area this is to prevent impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity from business operations.
In 2021, the company cooperated with stakeholders to carry out a wide range of activities to restore ecosystems and protect biodiversity. The key strategic projects are as follows:
Cooperation with Stakeholders to Reduce Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems
The company realizes the importance of preserving natural resources and the environment, setting a target of planting 646,000 trees by 2025 as well as appointing a working group on planting trees sustainably for communities, working on forest restoration, and following up on the project to support tree planting for communities under the framework of 4-action areas.
Tree plantation project within the company area
The company supports employees on the tree planting projects in all areas within the business-owned parameters. The objectives are to increase the green area, create a good environment and restore the ecosystem. Currently, there are more than accumulated 15,155 trees planted. The details are as follows:
|Areas of operations||Area (rai)||Number of trees (trees)|
|Distribution center area nationwide||629||1,881|
|Office building area, Tara Park, Nonthaburi Province||54||237|
|Areas within 7-Eleven stores parameter||4||19|
|Educational institution area||113||6,007|
|Siam Makro distribution center area and office buildings across the country||N/A||5,011|
|Areas within the responsibility of CPRAM Company Limited||10||2,000|
“WE GROW for ALL” Project
The company and business partners specify the picking point for seedlings at the CP Tower to hand out to employees they can bring back seedlings to plant in their place of residence. The distribution of 1,100 seedlings to 1,000 employees Silom Branch, Phayathai Branch, Tara Sathorn Building, and The Tara Chaengwattana Building in 2021. The Company carried out activities “Show our trees” to encourages employees’ tree planting and record the planting activity through the We Grow app to calculate the amount of carbon footprint reduction, promote more operations to achieve the company’s goals, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions to carbon neutral by 2030.
Bamboo is a local plant that has historically and culturally been associated with Thai society. At present, bamboo is in high demand in the market; the shortages cause the goods to be imported from abroad to increase the number of bamboos along with protecting the environment, soil rehabilitation, greenhouse gases absorption. The process also promotes income generation for schools with bamboo products forming a sustainable bamboo business partnership in 2021. Therefore, the company has implemented the project “Bamboo Sufficiency…to a Sustainable Future” with the schools in the project “The Future of Education, CONNEXT ED.” The project is an expansion resulting from a model school Ban Nam Yoi School, Pa Sang District, Lamphun Province. The knowledge on the benefits of bamboo, cultivation, planting, maintenance, resource allocation for water and soil, bamboo utilization, and processing. All are taught through webinars. The company supports bamboo seedlings for schools and partners’ network and help find opportunities and marketing channels for the schools.
Forestry School Concept Project
To achieve sustainable operations, the company expands from the project “Sufficiency Bamboo…to a Sustainable Future” by integrating 7 topics of knowledge in bamboo planting: 1) Learn how to cultivate seedlings 2) Know the types of trees 3) Nursery and care for seedlings 4) Planting 5) Care and utilization 6) Result report; growth data collection and 7) Promote planting and maintaining forests in the curriculum content integrated across the subject groups in the core curriculum. The goal is to promote the planting of 20,000 trees per year.
Collaborations with other sectors such as communities, foundations, the public sector, and local organization
Pah Lom Wat Project (Forest Surrounding Temple Project)
To restore the integrity of ecosystems and biodiversity. The company is committed to promoting reforestation, adding green space for the community, creating awareness of sustainable environmental conservation, managing valuable resources, and delivering knowledge for temples, communities, society, and the nation under the Seven Go Green policy. The company has carried out the “Pah Lom Wat” project to deliver 100,000 plant seedlings to 202 temples and churches in Surin Province and Chonburi Province, affecting more than 962,000 community members in the areas.
Farm Pool Project, Pracharat Samakkee Organic farming, Surin Way 4.0
The objective is to increase green space in the community and sustainably conserve the environment. The company delivered the tree seedlings to help restore resources and contributed to reforestation the effort is evident in the “Farm Pool Project, Pracharat Samakkee Organic farming, Surin Way 4.0” that benefits 17 districts in Surin Province.
CPRAM Green Life Project: #GrowforSustainableWorld
CPRAM is committed to increasing the green space for the country and continues running the “CPRAM Green Life” Project #GrowforSustainableWorld to raise awareness for the employees and communities throughout the company’s seven branches nationwide. CPRAM was given tree seedlings from the Royal Forest Department to run the project and to handover saplings from perennial plants such as Padauk, teak, rubber tree, Phayung, and maca mong trees to employees, community members, and those who are interested in the project they can plant the trees in their home, public space, and within their community space. This increasing resource facilitates the increase of green space, restoration, and reserving the ecosystem balance. All is accomplished through increasing the number of trees to absorb carbon dioxide.
The volunteer project to diversify plant species in the community
The company encourages employees to participate in volunteer activities and do good for the community. The mission is communicated to 7-Eleven stores and distribution centers nationwide. The company also collaborated with communities, public sectors, and local government to plant trees, cultivate and propagate plant species. The activity is organized annually to increase the green space and sustainably conserve the ecosystem and the environment.
Reforestation and dam construction project
The company is aware of the significance of the sustainable conservation of biodiversity, the environment, and the fertility of natural resources. Suvarnabhumi Distribution Center has launched a project in reforestation and dam construction at Siri Charoenwat Forest Park Chonburi. The project focuses on restoring deteriorated land back to fertile areas, ensuring soil and water conservation, and reinstating wildlife sanctuary.
“Makro: Plant the Forest” Project
Siam Makro Public Company Limited reinforces the intention of being a Green company. The company is in partnership with the Siri Charoenwat Forest Project under the Royal Initiative. The project is involved in the planting of 22,500 trees in the Siri Charoenwat Forest under the royal initiative. The location is in Na Chom Thian Subdistrict, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province. It is an important area; the forest has one of the complete ecosystems in Thailand, with a total area of more than 3,900 rais. The activity is part of the CP Group’s effort to reduce global warming by planting 10 million trees by 2030. The company campaigns for affiliated companies to organize tree planting activities to alleviate global warming and restore ozone in the atmosphere through the project “CP Hundreds save the world.” Through this Project, CP Group also creates jobs for farmers and members in the rural communities they can earn income from sapling care and maintenance. These jobs have the potential to supply them with some income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has economic, societal, and environmental benefits
Mangrove Reforestation Project
Mangrove forests are nurseries and marine habitats—essential elements for coastal ecosystems. Therefore, the company participates in the conservation and restoration of mangrove forest areas. Mahachai Distribution Center and Surat Thani Distribution Center have organized mangrove planting activities with the community nearby every year to conserve mangrove forests and encourage the reproduction of aquatic animals in the ecosystem.
Returning Blue Crab to the Gulf of Thailand Project
The Distribution Center Surat Thani CP ALL Plc. was in cooperation with Viriya Crepe Products Company to release blue crab cubs back to the sea. The objective is to prevent blue crab species from extinction, especially in the ecosystem of Phum Riang Beach, Chaiya District, Surat Thani Province. More than 50,000 crabs were released in the project.