GC has collaborated with PTT Group Water Management Team (PTTWT)
governments and stakeholders to develop the effective water management strategy and plan through War Room Committee. Additionally, GC has identified the key stakeholders to establish the plan for managing their water concerns. These enable GC to develop water usage plan for all sectors in the next 20 years (2017-2037). Furthermore, GC has monitored the changes in relevant laws and regulations through the working group of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
GC has set action plans for external water management in place according to 2Ws as follows
External Water Management Plan (2Ws)
GC has implemented the 2Ws principle, which consists of Water Related and Water Conservation, in external water management which has been continuously carried out by GC is Khao Huai Mahat Forest Restoration and Water Conservation.
GC has regularly implemented water management projects with key stakeholders, which can be summarized as the following
GC is striving to restore water source within community areas and conserve the water source sustainably by using 2Ws principle, which consists of Water Related to Community and Water Conservation. For examples
- Innoplus Water Tank Project: GC has provided the Innoplus water tanks to help communities experiencing water shortages or lack of water storage facilities.
- Reforestation and Water Conservation Project at Huai Ma Haad in Rayong Province: GC has implemented this project to promote integrated sustainable water management. The plastic flapped sacks of GC are used for construction of check dam to restore water sources. In addition, GC encourage community consciousness in resource conservation through reforestation activities.
- Activities to Reduce the Impacts of Flooding and Drought in Rayong: GC has sponsored plastic flapped sacks to minimize effect of flooding.
Khao Huai Mahat Forest Restoration and Water Conservation
It has been over seven years since GC had first joined efforts with the public, private, and community sectors to sustainably restore and strengthen the balance of upstream forests. The project spans across an area of over 2,500 rais (4 km2) in Khao Huai Mahat in Rayong province. It has helped to conserve water resources in Map Ta Phut and Banchang communities as well as served as a learning center on phytochemicals in order to develop and improve products made from local raw materials. In 2020, GC has utilized 662 innovative plastic flapped sacks to construct 21 “Kaem Ling” water catchment areas. Consequently, the project has been certified by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization) in the Low Emission Support Scheme (LESS) under the forest and green areas category. The project’s performance evaluation has indicated a greenhouse gas storage capacity of up to 32,807.199 tons CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gas absorption across an area of 600 rais (0.96 km2), or comparable to approximately 125,000 trees.
GC has conducted an annual materiality matrix analysis, and considered the stakeholder’s concerns (e.g. NGOs) regarding water use, and level of potential impact on its business. Thus, GC has engaged NGOs to reduce the community’s concerns on water used
GC has joined in the working group of the Water Institution for Sustainability and Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) to coordinate and create a sustainable collaboration between government and public sector in water management. Therefore, GC has been part of the rules and regulations amendment regarding water management in Thailand.
GC actively engages with large water users through participating in the Water War Room of Rayong to reduce water conflict with communities by establishing water usage plan for all sectors for the next 20 years (2017-2037). Additionally, GC monitors water related risks and effectively manage water availability in Rayong.
Customer is a key priority of Enterprise Risk Assessment. This is to ensure that our products are delivered to customer in a timely manner. Issues identified from water risk assessment would be escalated to our Enterprise Risk Management team and Marketing Team. We generally used the water footprint to assess water intensity in each of our product. We also engage with our customers through marketing surveys on a regular basis.
Employee is considered as a key internal stakeholder and included in our water-related risk assessment. We strive to continually improve our water performance through training all employees and raising the water efficiency and water saving awareness in organization annually.
GC has risk management systems for both feedstock and non-feedstock suppliers. This covers processes, such as supplier selection and supervision, capability determination as well as monitoring and evaluation of supplier’s performance. GC encourages employees and suppliers to uphold and abide to Supplier Code of Conduct and engaged with suppliers to promote water conservation. As most of GC’s suppliers are in PTT Group, we can collaborate with them through the PTT Group Water Management Team (PTTWT) to include them in our water risk assessment.
Water War Room Rayong
To promote sustainable water management in the basins and avoid water crisis, GC collaborates with PTT, GPSC, and GLOW to actively engage other key stakeholders to participate in Water War Room Rayong. The members Water War Room Rayong consist of several sectors, including local communities, government bodies, and large water users such as GUSCO, SCG Group, Provincial Water Authority of Thailand, Utility Group, IEAT, East Water Group, etc. GC has also joined the working group of the Water and Environment Institution for Sustainability (WEIS) and Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) to seek sustainable water management.
Additionally, GC engages with its critical 1st tier suppliers through the PTTWT to prepare Business Continuity Plan against drought. The taskforce conduct impact analysis and monitor water levels and situations in the main basins in Rayong, Chonburi & Chantaburi. As a result, the taskforce successfully maintained the water level of three main basins to remain above 180 million m3. Furthermore, mitigation measures and water usage plan for all sectors for the next 20 years (from 2015 – 2035) were also formulated. As such, the taskforce achieved the target of reducing 10% of water consumption.
GC has also monitors water-related risk, including water scarcity, water quality, water-related legal enforcement water pricing structure and community conflict due to the use of water resource on a regular basis. Additionally, GC has prepared the water mitigation measures closely under the collaboration with stakeholders to avoid any community concerns in both short and long-term.