Corporate Social Responsibility

Policy Overview

TPCH and its subsidiaries have carried out the business operations under good corporate governance and business ethics along with care for the society and environment, and consideration for all related stakeholders in the organization and external stakeholders – including shareholder, employee, customer, community and society in order to enhance the sustainable business development. TPCH and its subsidiaries value the environment and surrounding community for joint happy living by determining an explicit target of being “Community Power Plant”. This policy is placed under responsibility for the society and environment. The business operations of TPCH and its subsidiaries also adheres to the good and sustainable relationship with community people by taking emphasis on retaining standards and regulations on environmental management and safety of employees and other surrounding communities to make all communities around each power plant confident that every power plant can be situated in those communities without any environmental impact or pollution, e.g. smoke, noise and dust, etc. because TPCH has selected state-of-the-art technologies to minimize the quantity of smoke, noise and dust, which give better results than the general standard. In addition, TPCH puts focus on improving the quality of life of community people around the power plants, as well as on contributing some budget to various community development funds in each local area, and on implementing sustainable community promotion and development projects. TPCH also promotes the provision of knowledge and skills in the electricity production from renewable energy to any interested persons.

Operations

The business operations of TPCH and its subsidiaries, normally, take account of the interest of all communities and society surrounding every power plant (CSR in process). The Company’s business operation is apparently determined, that is, its power plant is “Community Power Plant”, which stays with every community happily. The electricity generation process of all subsidiaries is friendly to the environment, and does not have impact on the community people around the power plants.

Furthermore, TPCH and its subsidiaries place emphasis on anti-corruption to be a good model for the society. The business operations also rely on morality to be in line with the Principle of Good Corporate Governance, which shall enhance the sustainable development of the society and environment.

To make the business operations attain the business and corporate social responsibility objectives, TPCH and its subsidiaries determine 5 tangible practices to be implemented by the Management as follows:

1. Collective Anti-corruption
The Meeting of the Board of Directors of TPCH, No. 1/2014 held on 20 January 2014 resolved to approve the anti-corruption policy as a business policy of TPCH and its subsidiaries by not being involved in any corruption activities. In this regard, certain tangible measures are determined, e.g. responsibilities, practice guideline, appropriate requirements, and corruption prevention for every business activity performed by TPCH and its subsidiaries so that any decision and business activities with possible corruption risk shall be considered and made carefully and appropriately.

2. Fair Treatment to Labors
TPCH and its subsidiaries give the fair and equitable treatment to their workers by paying the proper, punctual, and fair remuneration to employees, and by providing them the skill training and development. Also, these workers have been trained for other affairs in the power plant apart from their routine works so that they profoundly understand each working area, which can be integrated to boost their work efficiency.

3. Community and Society Joint Development
TPCH and its subsidiaries formulate the policy determining the power plant operation and maintenance operators to recruit employees from surrounding communities in order to support and allow those community people to earn the income. The CRB power plant operation and maintenance operator has employed some community people around the power plant for 95 percent of total employees. In addition, in the electricity production process, some ashes as waste after combustion, which contain much phosphorus useful for producing the bio-fertilizer for the community agriculture, is provided to the communities. TPCH also launches the project on educating the surrounding communities about the production of bio-fertilizer from ashes. This helps the farmers utilize this knowledge to reduce their agricultural cost.

4. Environmental Care
Because some electricity generation phases may affect the environment, TPCH formulates the policy on mitigating the pollution impact caused by the electricity generation process. In this regard, TPCH and its subsidiaries install the web scrubber to minimize the quantity of dust emitted, as well as the system to control the pollution caused by combustion in a safe level so that the living condition of community people surrounding the power plants is not affected. Furthermore, TPCH determines that each of its power plants uses some agricultural residues, e.g. slab and stump of rubber tree, coconut meal, rice husk, etc. in its electricity generation as the environmental care and conservation. These agricultural residues help replace oil and charcoal in electricity generation, which are the exhaustible natural resources and cause the pollution in the environment.

5. Innovation and Dissimilation of Innovation under Corporate Social Responsibility
TPCH disseminates some knowledge about the biomass-fuelled electricity generation to community people and any other persons who are interested in the electricity generation process carried out by its subsidiaries. This helps them have the actual understanding of electricity generation, which includes the production process friendly to the environment and community, no pollution, and no harm to community people’s life, so that the Company stays with the communities happily.

Corporate Social Responsibility Activities (after process)

Except the normal business operation of power plants, TPCH has carried out the corporate social responsibility activities (CSR after process) to encourage the communities around the power plants to carry out various activities while the Company makes contributions to the society under its actual social awareness.

Power Plant Fund Project for Surrounding Communities

To be responsible for impacts to the communities around power plants, TPCH and its subsidiaries formulate a policy of establishing the Power Plant Fund for surrounding communities. One satang of each unit of electricity produced by a power plant shall be contributed to the Power Development Fund of the Energy Regulatory Commission as required by law. This fund can be further used by the community for its community development. In addition, in 2013, CRB offered an additional contribution to 5 villages and 1 Tambon Administration Organization located around the power plant in the amount of THB 100,000 each or in the total of THB 600,000. This additional contribution aimed at supporting various community projects and activities in respect with village development and career development, which helps stimulate the grass-root economy, and strengthen the economic and social immunity.

Additional Practice Guideline on the Prevention of Corruption Involvement

TPCH and its subsidiaries have a notion of operating the business under transparency and morality by adhering to the corporate social responsibility for all groups of stakeholders in accordance with the Principle of Good Corporate Governance, and to policies and best practice guideline for each group of stakeholders. To ensure that TPCH and its subsidiaries retains the appropriate policy on business accountability, practice guideline, and requirements in order to prevent every corrupt business activity performed by TPCH and its subsidiaries, and to allow all decision-making and business operations at risk of corruption to be considered and carried out carefully and appropriately, “Anti-corruption Policy” is prepared in a written document as an apparent practice guideline in the business operation. The Meeting of the Board of Directors, No. 1/2014 on 20 January 2014 considered and resolved to approve the anti-corruption policy with the following practice guideline.

  1. The board members, Management and employees at all levels of TPCH and its subsidiaries must conform to the anti-corruption policy and the Code of Conduct by not getting involved in any corruption activities, either directly or indirectly.
  2. Furthermore, the staff of the Company and its subsidiaries must not neglect or ignore any corruption manner related to the Company and its subsidiaries by promptly informing of such to their supervisor or responsible person, and by giving cooperation in fact investigation.
  3. For any inquiries or questions, the staff must consult the supervisor or any person designated to be in charge of monitoring the compliance with the Code of Conduct via channels provided.
  4. TPCH and its subsidiaries give fairness and protection to every employee who reports any corruption manner related to the Company and its subsidiaries.
  5. On the contrary, the corrupt employees, which is deemed the violation of the Code of Conduct, must receive a disciplinary punishment in accordance with the regulations determined by the Company, or they may receive other legal punishment if such act is unlawful.
  6. TPCH and its subsidiaries recognize the importance of disseminating knowledge, and making any other persons whose duties must be involved with or may have impact to the Company and its subsidiaries conform to this anti-corruption policy.
  7. TPCH and its subsidiaries strongly intend to create and retain the organization culture that corruption is absolutely unacceptable, either transactions with the government or private sector. In addition, TPCH and its subsidiaries will never give the direct or indirect support or assistance to any organizations getting involved in the corruption process.