Human and other living species cannot live without the ecological equilibrium. Biological diversity and natural habitats as an essential part of the ecosystem integrity is crucial for all life on earth. GC realizes and fully recognizes the importance of plentiful biodiversity and ecosystem services. Therefore, GC have overseen and carefully developed measures via ‘Mitigation Hierarchy Principle’ to prevent, avoid, minimize, restore, and offset environmental impacts on biodiversity throughout our value chain.
To ensure the biodiversity management and value integration, GC has commitment, compliance, and monitoring in own operation and suppliers. Any environmental impacts are into the consideration and the business decision process. The mitigations of biodiversity loss and deforestation are integrated and communicated within business activities, and with external organizations.
As abovementioned, GC demonstrates commitment in order to maintain the target of a ‘No Net Loss’ of Biodiversity values and to encourage a ‘Net Positive Impact’ for all new operations, No Net Deforestation’ for critical feedstock tier-1 suppliers, and ‘No Gross Deforestation’ for our own operation’s activities. The relevant material issues have included in the in our Quality, Security, Safety, Occupational Health, the Environment, and Business Continuity (QSHEB) policy and GC Biodiversity Statement.
Collaboration with the Biodiversity Network
Regarding biodiversity performance, GC collaborated with a variety of external organization such as communities, government agencies, academic institutions, and private organizations. We have collaboration with Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand Greenhouse gas management Organization (TGO) and local communities for mangrove forestation and conservation covering over 10,000 rai of land to reduce impact of global warming and biodiversity loss. The company also has collaborated with Kasetsart University – an ecological and biological expert, the Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC), and the Konrakpa Club under the Charklukya – Huai Mahat community to rehabilitate and conserve ecosystem and biodiversity covering 2,500 rai on Khao Huai Mahat Mountain in Rayong province. Furthermore, GC has cooperated with local community around the Asia Industrial Estate, Ban Chang sub-district, Ban Chang district, Rayong province to conduct plantation project that will increase carbon sequestration.
|External Partner / Institutions||Collaboration in Biodiversity|
|Department of Marine and Coastal Resources||Supported and cooperated the activities in the coastal areas, and the participation in the activities with local communities.|
Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC)
Konrakpa Club under the Charklukya – Huai Mahat community
|The long-term development initiative with a 10-year timeframe from 2013-2023. The objective is to rehabilitate Khao Huai Mahat’s 2,500 rai ecosystem|
|Ban Chang local community||Cooperation in the implementation of the Rayong Wanarom Ecological Forest Project under the supervision of GC Group|
Collaboration with the Biodiversity Network
In many recent years, GC has conserved and fostered biodiversity through many projects that are environmentally benefit. The examples of the biodiversity projects are Huai Mahat Forest Restoration and Eco-Forest Rayong Wanarom projects.
Huai Mahat Forest Restoration Project
This eco-centric project came together through the collaboration of four organizations – GC, Kasetsart University, the Air and Coastal Defense Command (ACDC), and the Konrakpa Club under the Charklukya – Huai Mahat community. Together, they are rehabilitating and conserving ecosystems covering 2,500 rai on Khao Huai Mahat mountain in Rayong province. Their shared aim is to rehabilitate and restore forest land making it an important source of water that supports agricultural practices creating jobs and boosting incomes for the community.
Rehabilitating and conserving
on Khao Huai Mahat mountain in Rayong province
Eco-Forest Rayong Wanarom
GC Group, led by GC Estate, joined the sustainable Eco-Forest Rayong Wanarom plantation project to increase carbon sequestration at the Asia Industrial Estate, Ban Chang sub-district, Ban Chang district, Rayong province. A survey indicated that the plantation area, which consists of a 80-rai plot, can store 1,270 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
A survey indicated that the plantation area, which consists of a
of carbon dioxide equivalent