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Sustainable Packaging and Waste Management

CP ALL Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries operate retail and wholesale businesses for consumer goods, with a myriad of food and non-food products in the stores. All of the products have packaging that is crucial to protect the products to ensure delivery to consumers in perfect condition. Since there are many products sold daily to our customers, the consumption of packaging is relatively high. The Company realizes the importance of the selection of packaging as well as the management of packaging after it is used. The Company has established the Green Packaging Strategy which aims to minimize negative impacts to the environment and takes into consideration sustainable development and all stages of the product life cycle, through eco design process to select materials and use of packaging that we can manage and control. The Green Packaging is designed with consideration to:

  • Benefits received
  • Safety for consumers and communities
  • Market criteria for performance and cost
  • Effective and suitable waste management and its value after use
  • Use of materials from sustainably-managed renewable resources.

The Company has established guidelines on packaging as follows:

  • Develop or choose to use packaging under the Reduce – Reuse – Recycle (3R) concept with the aim of minimizing wastes to landfills
  • Seek to use materials from sustainably-managed renewable resources where appropriate
    1.Biodegradable plastics are plastic that decomposes naturally in the environment.
    2.Non- Biodegradable bio-based plastics with properties like general plastic produced from petroleum
    With consideration to packaging and product performance; business suitability; waste management and minimum impact on the environment
  • Seek to use recycled materials where appropriate and where there is an environmental benefit
  • Support initiatives of packaging and product manufacturers on using clean production technologies and best practices to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Support initiatives to reduce the use of new packaging
  • Support the implementation of the Take-Back System for recycling or reuse of used packaging as appropriate

Operations guided by the policy have brought about packaging initiatives with the involvement of employees, subsidiaries and stakeholders in sustainable packaging in order to spread happiness and sustainable environmental conservation efforts to the wider public.

Goal and Performance

Benefit

In 2018, Reduction an average 153.72 million plastic bags per year from every project aimed at changing social behavior, which value 27.67 million baht.

Implementation

The company assesses risks and aware of the impact that it causes to the ecosystem both on land and in water from waste and used materials and others. The Company has established the guideline which aims to minimize negative impacts to the environment and takes into consideration sustainable development as follows:

Develop waste management system under the 3R concept comprising of 1) R-Reduce – limit the amount of usage of the consumable resources 2) R-Reuse – Efficient use of resources by reused 3) R-Recycle – minimizing wastes or discharging to the environment by looking for products that contain recycled content.

Packaging Return System

The Company planned to develop the packaging return system by reusing plastic bags from the store and was able to bring back 814,639 reused plastic bags per year with plans for the future. Beginning in 2019, it is studying and conducting experiments to bring the paper and plastic used in business operations and recycle them as materials that can be used in the store.

Terminate PVC Usage in CPALL Packaging

The termination of PVC in the packaging of CP ALL products for the PB Food group in 2018 has achieved 77 percent (14 from a total of 18 types of products). The target in 2018 is 72 percent.

The termination of PVC in the packaging of CP ALL products for the PB Non-food group in 2018 has operational plans for 11 items.

In addition, the Company has reduced the use of plastic seals on water bottle caps for all drinking water products sold within 7-Eleven stores in 2018. The project reduced plastic usage by more than 187 tons per year. It is further expanding the scope of the project to other products by increasing the indication of the recycling symbol on the packaging of CP ALL products.

Environmental sustainability project

From key learning in waste management and packaging improvement, the Company established an environmental sustainability project in Koh Lanta District in Krabi Province. The project was collaboration with both government and private sectors to cultivate consciousness and create sustainable waste management practices. The operation plan is shown as follows:

Environmental sustainability project in Koh Lanta District

Intention to reduce-stop using plastic bags

Recently, the Company set a commitment with regard to the impact on the environment and biodiversity from the use of plastic materials. It understands its important role in influencing the behavior of people in society. Thus, using a good opportunity during the morning of the 7th of the 11th month, the Company announced its intention to reduce-stop using plastic bags. The announcement was held in front of the United Center Building on Silom Road.

During the announcement, the Company collaborated with superstar Body Slam to establish the “Reducing a Bag a Day, You Can Do It” project, which began on 7 December 2018. The project intended to encourage people in society to change their behavior in using plastic bags. For each time a plastic bag is refused, the employee will record the information in the system and change it to 0.20 baht/bag. The money will be donated to Siriraj Hospital to purchase medical equipment for the Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary building.

Before the implementation of the aforementioned project, the Company had developed many projects in the campaign to change the behavior of using plastic bags in society. One such project is the “Refusing Bags for Points” project. When customers purchase products without receiving plastic bags and pay through the 7 Value Card, they will immediately receive 10 points. A second project is the “Refusing Bags for Merit” project. When customers purchase products at participating stores without accepting plastic bags, it becomes a donation of 0.20 baht to various foundations, such as the Ramathibodi Foundation. Additionally, there are the “Use Fabric Bags and Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags” project and other projects to reduce the use of plastic bags in education institutes. The company has signed a memorandum with 30 institutions in the Sustainable University Network of Thailand in reducing the use of plastic bags in university store branches. Some of these universities include Thammasat University (Rangsit), Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University and Chiang Mai University. In 2018, the Company was able to reduce the use of plastic bags by 85.96 bags under the campaign to change the behavior of using plastic bags of society. Furthermore, the campaign area has been expanded to other universities outside of the network, hospitals and islands that are important natural attractions. The “Love the Andaman, Unite to Reduce the Use of Plastic Bags” project was in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Quality, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Green World Foundation, Charoen Pokphand Group, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, and the National Park of Thailand offices on various islands. The islands that have executed the project are Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai, Koh Lipe and Phi Phi Islands including Koh Tao and Koh Samet in the Gulf of Thailand.

Others Project

In addition to the packaging project and recycling of treated water Project, the Company has established other projects to reduce the impact on the ecosystem and biodiversity from the operations of the company. One example is a project to manage waste, such as sludge at the factory of CPRAM Co., Ltd. Another project is the development of the factories in Lat Lum Kaeo District and Chonburi Province to achieve the Zero Waste to Landfill goal. Furthermore, there are a project to produce biogas from waste and generate energy for use in the factory, a project to take food scraps from food factories and feed animals, and a project for selling plastic waste and remolding some of the plastic.

Sustainability Performance

Remark

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– Total waste volume accounts for the hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste

Hazardous waste: wastes that contain or contaminate with hazardous materials or exhibit the hazardous characteristics including: explosive, flammable, oxidizing substances, toxic, infectious waste, radioactive waste, mutation substance, corrosive, irritate and wastes with properties that make them dangerous or potentially harmful to human health, animal, plant or the environment.

– Non-Hazardous waste: All waste that is not defined as hazardous i.e. waste from manufacturing process, wooden pallet and office equipment