Challenges (GRI 103-1)
Execution (GRI 103-2) (GRI 413-1) (GRI 413-2)
CKPower is committed to conducting business with an awareness of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development through the continuous support of social activities, particularly in communities surrounding the power plants in which the Company has invested and is operating. Furthermore, CKPower has encouraged its employees to take part in social activities in order to foster social conscience and responsibility among personnel.
Social and Environmental Practices
The Company and its subsidiaries strive to play a role in improving quality of life in communities within the vicinity of each power plant it operates through activities and programs focused on meeting the expectations of and building confidence among stakeholders and community members as well as taking advantage of the expertise of its personnel to generate income for communities and bring economic value to society, thus promoting sustainability and self-sufficiency. The Company’s stakeholder engagement covers the following aspects:
Welfare and Safety
Corporate Social Responsibility Activities:
Improving Quality of Life within Communities According to Their Needs
CKPower has conducted research on quality of life in communities near its project sites encompassing economic and social aspects and surveyed community members on their opinions towards the Company’s operations, presenting an opportunity for those who are directly and indirectly affected by its business operations to make suggestions and voice their concerns on various issues, so that the Company can determine the appropriate solutions and remedies. The results of these studies are analyzed in order to determine the direction of its social and environmental projects. In 2020, CKPower continued to undertake activities to strengthen relationships and improve quality of life within 100% of the communities surrounding its power plants under the principle of good citizenry via social and environmental consciousness, thus integrating its expertise in the clean energy industry and social development. The Company also lent support with regards to public health to communities in Lao PDR.
Resettlement and Relocation
The Company prioritizes its accountability to communities affected by operations of its power plants, such as the Xayaburi Power Plant in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The Company has undertaken support and assistance efforts for over 612 affected households originally located on either side of the Mekong riverbanks through resettlement, relocation, and quality of life improvement programs in accordance with the National Economic and Social Development Policy of Lao PDR. In addition, the Company has engaged in efforts to support and develop small communities scattered in remote areas by encouraging the formation of larger communities and facilitating exponential development in basic infrastructure and utilities, such as electricity, running water, and transport routes, in order to elevate quality of life in a sustainable way in accordance with the Urban and Economic Development Strategy of Lao PDR. These efforts are intended to complement the nation’s industrial development and promote sustainable economic growth, with the goal of increasing income and quality of life in 2020, as measured by a target annual household income of no less than 1,800 USD, or 15 million kip.
Social Contribution Activities (GRI 201-1)
CKPower regularly carries out social contribution activities, focusing on providing assistance in various areas, such as humanitarian support for disaster victims, quality of life improvement (social, health, environmental, educational, and occupational promotion support), as well as disaster and flood relief efforts. Key activities in 2020 are as follows:
1. Social Contribution Activities in the COVID-19 Situation
To alleviate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Company provided full cooperation and support to both the government and government agencies in order to overcome this crisis. Contributions were as follows:
CKPower contributed Baht 2,000,000 to the “Chaipattana Covid-19 Aid Fund (and Other Pandemics)” in aid of hospitals and medical personnel for the purchasing of materials, equipment, and necessities for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
CKpower donated Baht 1,000,000 to the Ramathibodi Foundation to help contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), along with 3,000 free meal boxes for physicians and nurses of Ramadhibodi Chakri Naruebodindra Hospital.
CKPower contributed Baht 1,000,000 to the Ministry of Public Health of Lao PDR through the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane to support the containment of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), demonstrating CKPower Group’s goodwill and concern towards the Laotian government.
CKPower contributed 400 relief packages, containing medicine, cloth face masks, essential products for daily life as part of the “Endless Goodwill” program to the Khok Thai Subdistrict Administrative Organization (Khok Thai SAO), Nakhon Ratchasima Province, along with an additional donation to approximately 1,000 persons with no income, including the elderly and those with disabilities living in the vicinity of the Bangkhenchai Solar Power Plant, operated by the Company.
CKPower, in collaboration with Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a world-class leading chemical company, launched the “Separate Bottles to Help Doctors” activity, under which employees in the CKPower Group were encouraged to donate used PET bottles, which were subsequently transformed into recycled fibers for producing PPE suits for medical personnel to be distributed to hospitals across Thailand and provide protection to medical personnel on duty during the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 73 kilograms of PET bottles was donated and was transformed into as many as 190 PPE suits.
2. Disaster Relief Activities
Flood Relief Activities in Tambon Khok Thai, Amphoe Pak Thong Chai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
The management and staff of the Company and its subsidiaries went to the affected area to donate 500 relief packages to villagers in the vicinity of Bangkhenchai Solar Power Plant in Khok Thai Sub-district, Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, together with blankets to help them cope with the cold weather.
Flood Relief in Southern Laos
CKPower carried out sustainable flood relief efforts in Muang Nan, located in Luang Prabang on the left bank of the Mekong, just 40 kilometers upriver from the Xayaburi Power Plant and considered its neighbor. As several villages are located on the foothills, they are susceptible to flash floods and forest runoff during the rainy season or when there is heavy rain for several consecutive days. Beyond providing cash relief and emergency supplies for residents of the community affected by floodwaters, the Company also engaged in long-term flood relief efforts by sending teams of civil and geological engineers onto the field with officials from Laos to investigate the causes of flooding and in order to propose flood prevention measures to the government of Laos in the future.
3. Quality of Life Improvement Activities
Elimination of Aedes Aegypti and Dengue Fever Campaign: Huen Khiang Hong Xayaburi Power
Realizing the significance of good hygiene and out of concern about the health of those in surrounding communities during a dengue outbreak, CKPower organized the “Elimination of Aedes Aegypti and Dengue Fever Campaign: Huen Khiang Hong Xayaburi Power” in collaboration with Mueang Nan Public Health Office and Ban Noen Sawang Sanatorium in Luang Prabang Province, to conduct fumigation to eliminate Aedes aegypti and to educate the local residents on how to prevent Aedes aegypti from breeding in order to enable them to apply the knowledge to real situations and reduce the morbidity and mortality rates from dengue fever among the local residents. The activity was conducted from October 26 to November 12, 2020. Once the activity was concluded, it was found that the number of dengue fever patients and the mortality rate from dengue fever reduced to 0, with the Aedes aegypti larval index decreasing from 6.9% to 2.5%. A total of 200 residents participated in the activity and were educated on the prevention and dangers of dengue fever.
Occupational Promotion in Ban Na Tor Yai
Ban Na Tor Yai overcame many hurdles to become a model of successful community relocation. Originally located in Ban Huay Xui 35 kilometers from the Xayaburi Power Plant, it was the first community to undergo resettlement and relocation to within only four kilometers from the city of Xayaburi. Resettlement and relocation efforts began in 2012, making Ban Na Tor Yai the prototypical relocated community, whether in the construction of infrastructure or occupational support for the community, such as the promotion of income generating industries and products like pig farming, fermented fish, and textiles. As a result, the residents of the community have been able to upgrade to larger dwellings built with modern materials and on increased acreage of land.
Ensuring Access to Water for Children and Communities through Groundwater Well Drilling and Constructing a New Building for a Local School
CKPower supported the drilling of groundwater wells for communities to alleviate the shortage of water for villagers’ consumption and agricultural use during the dry season at a total of three locations, namely Ban Muang Soum Elementary School in Xaysomboun Province, Ban Nam Phao Junior High School, and Ban Nam Phao Temple in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR. The project also included the renovation of the Office of Public Security Construction in Ban Phon Pha, regarded as the community police station for the residents. CKPower also continued to undertake social contribution activities for the communities surrounding the power plant to promote educational development and expand educational opportunities. To this end, the Company’s engineers were deployed to conduct a site survey at Hin Hua Suea Kindergarten School and draw up plans for improvement of the school buildings, toilets, and drinking water systems for Hin Hua Suea Kindergarten School in Xaysomboun Province, only 25 kilometers nearby the power plant. These proved to meet the needs of the communities and the schools. The construction was expected to reach completion by late 2021.
"Bottles…in Exchange of…Happiness" Campaign
Committed to social responsibility and sustainable growth, alongside community engagement and development, CKPower launched the “Bottles ... in Exchange of ... Happiness” campaign in collaboration with Chak Daeng Temple in Samut Prakan Province, which also served a comprehensive community waste management center, in order to build a waste management learning center and develop channels for producing added-value goods from recycled materials as well as restore value to used PET bottles. The campaign aimed to collect 88 kilograms of PET bottles to produce fibers for the production of monk robes. After the launch, the campaign drew tremendous attention and overwhelming feedback, enabling CKPower to collect as much as 348 kilograms, equivalent to 18,702 PET bottles in only nine weeks. The collected PET bottles were transformed into 1,390 sets of monk robes, almost four times more than the target. A total of 62 employees participated in this campaign.
CKPower has planned to expand the campaign into an annual waste reduction and separation for every power plant in order to bring environmental benefits to communities around the plants operated by CKPower and generate income for people in Chak Daeng Temple Community.