Water Stewardship

Water Stewardship

Key Performance in 2020

Risk and Opportun

The climate change situation with relevant to economic development, and population growth has led to changes in forms of water usage in industry, and higher demand for water in communities which resulted in scarcity risks for water, a primary resource for life and various business operations. Concurrently in 2020, the Coronavirus Disease pandemic (COVID-19) has increased risks in terms of both quantity and quality of water resources. CP ALL Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries (“the Company”) recognizes the issue and impact from such risks and strives to focus on efficient and complete management of water resources throughout the supply chain. Additionally, the Company established sharing opportunities to access water resources in all areas and prepares for risks and changes which may occur during crisis. This measure enables equal, safe and sustainable water usage in all social strata.

Management Approach

The Company focuses on efficient water resource stewardship throughout the supply chain from upstream to downstream. In order to provide emphasis in this matter and pay additional attention to the customers by fully acknowledging responsibility, the Company has deployed measures to assure customer satisfaction in the aspect of quality (freshness, cleanliness, and safety). Additionally, the Company plans to increase the efficiency of water withdrawal per unit of revenue by the management of water scarcity risks, increasing portions of water for recycle and reuse, promoting the water stewardship, the onservation of water, campaigning for economical water usage to people within the organization as well as stating importance in promoting the communities’ access to water sources.

Key project in 2020

Water Risk Assessment Throughout the Supply Chain

The Company’s primary source of water is the national municipal water, which is used for general purposes such as, washing and cleaning, and for the production processes. Additionally, the Company obtains water from other sources such as groundwater, which is specifically used in some operating areas by CPRAM Company Limited and Siam Makro PCL. However, the Company realizes the importance of water use and prevents water scarcity in community areas. The efficient management of water sources is achieved by conducting water scarcity risk assessments (Water Stress) in all Company operating areas by using the Aqueduct Tool* developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The risk assessment conducted reveals that 36% of Company’s operating areas are categorized as Extremely High and 11% of Company’s operating areas are categorized as High. Upon assessing water scarcity within the stated operating area, the Company proceeds to manage risks by appointing a work committee with the target and plan to reduce water consumption by 10%, in accordance to Company goals. Additionally, various projects have been established to support the reduction of water consumption, wastewater treatment, and the reuse of water.

Additionally, the Company foresees an opportunity to jointly manage water while maintaining water impact at a minimal for water consumers. In 2020, the Company proceeded with water scarcity assessments for 216 Critical Tier 1 Suppliers using the Aqueduct Tool. The results of the assessment reveals that 31 Critical Tier 1 Suppliers are operating in an area with potential water scarcity categorized as Extremely High and High. As a result of
the information obtained, the Company proceeded to collaborate with suppliers in an effort to reduce risks related to water and enact the stewardship of water resources. The various examples of such effort include to the collaboration with various agencies and communities, the utilization of highly effective tools to ensure efficient usage of water, and the reuse of water. The current collaboration with Critical Tier 1 Suppliers in High risk is at 100%.

Water Conservation Project

Zero Wastewater Discharge Project

The Company realizes the importance of water resources and therefore has continuously implemented the Zero Wastewater Discharge project through efficient usage of water, wastewater management aiming for utilization and reduction of wastewater discharge into public waterbody through implementations and collaboration of various departments. such as

  • Reused of Water Discharge from Air Conditioning Unit Project at Suvarnabhumi Distribution Center
    The Suvarnabhumi Distribution Center has discovered that discharge water from air-conditioning units, which flows into drains, within the canteen area accounts for an average of 36,000 liters per year. The engineering department has proceeded to install a water collection reservoir to accumulate this amount of water for reuse, such as for watering plants within the center. As a result, over 36 cubic meters of water per year was saved.
  • Hatyai Distribution Center Project
    The Hatyai Distribution Center has proceeded to install an automatic sprinkler system which uses quality-standardassured treated wastewater to water plants, the lawn and trees within the distribution center. This initiative reduced water consumption by 15 cubic meters per day. Additionally, the Company uses water runoff from cleaning product crates to water plants within 4 distribution centers including the Buriram Distribution Center, Nakhon Sawan Distribution Center, and Bang Bua Thong Distribution Center, in an initiative for the most cost-effective use of water.
  • Water Efficiency Improvement Project
    CPRAM Company Limited (Lat Lum Kaeo factory) has established a water stewardship department responsible for managing water scarcity issues in the water supply system of surrounding communities through the usage of groundwater sources instead of the surface water sources. The Company has pumped groundwater from approximately 500 meters depth. The pumped water has temperature at 50 degrees Celsius which is used for production equipment washing. This new method replaces the
    previous which requires electrical heating of water. In addition, the development of wastewater treatment enables a discharge of higher quality than the level stipulated by law and enables the recycling of wastewater from production processes within the factory into completely reusable water for other purposes i.e. temperature control functions within coolant towers of the cooling system, watering plants, and cleansing of surface areas. This project assisted our development of advanced technology for water quality improvement, created a positive attitude among the community people, and reduced environmental impact to a minimum.
  • Conserving Water, Preserving the Future Project
    Siam Makro PCL. recognizes the significance of proper water discharge drainage into public water sources and sustainable living with the community. Thus, measures including the reduction in water resource consumption and wastewater treatment that adheres to quality standards and regulations relating to discharge are taken before water release into
    public water sources. Additionally, processes to reuse treated wastewater for watering plants are automated within the Makro stores in order to reduce municipal water usage. Currently, these upgrades have been installed in 72 stores nationwide and the result of this project is a reduction in municipal water usage of up to 93,960 – 104,000 cubic meters
    per year. Furthermore, measures in place reduce numerous environmental impact issues in communities which range from discharge of wastewater into community water sources, the reduction of risks, and instilment of employee consciousness regarding environmental impact reduction in communities
  • Groundwater Bank Project
    Siam Makro PCL. recognizes the impact drought has towards water resource consumption, usage and access. As citizens have a fundamental right to accessing quality water sources, the Company has adopted and applied the Royal Initiative of the King Rama IX regarding groundwater banks. In an effort for proper water treatment and usage, treated water has been redirected to water plants within the organization. Thus, the Company reduces water consumption and expenses relating to municipal water and increases green area surrounding the store. Currently, the stores in Yasothon Province have adopted this project and has accordingly, reduced municipal water consumption by 1,846 cubic meters or 0.3% of
    water consumption from the previous year, and a reduction in expenses of 60,000 Baht. Furthermore, this measure has increased green space within the organization for employees’ recreational purposes and has expanded to become a knowledge source and field trip site for surrounding communities to learn and adopt in an effort to reduce impact from droughts and water scarcity in the future.

Other performance

Performance Data of Water Stewardship

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