Bangkok & Lampang, Thailand, 19 to 22 September 2011
The 2011 CSI Forum concluded in sweat and laughter as the group visited the Lampang community in Northern Thailand and helped building check dam in the forest area for water preservation.
Hosted this year by SCG Cement, the CSI Forum took place in Bangkok and Chiang Mai from 19 to 22 September, 2011. Joined by around 70 participants from all over the world, the 2 day- meeting in Bangkok was then followed by a plant visit cum field trip in Lampang.
Given the location of the Forum, the program mainly focused on interesting sustainable development (SD) perspectives from Asia. Discussions on issues like water, safety, sustainable construction, technology and low-carbon cement, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and communications lead to very fruitful exchanges.
Pramote Techasupatkul, President of SCG Cement gave a warm welcome to the group and presented the SCG Vision 2015 on both the Business and CSR sides. The Company is committed to achieve recognition as an innovative workplace of choice, and a role model in corporate governance and sustainable development.
Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) opened the Forum by sharing his views on Business and sustainable development: The global context. Bjorn pointed out that the world is in transition to sustainability, governments and business are searching for green growth solutions globally. New partnerships are needed and co-operation between businesses within industry sectors across country borders is becoming more and more important.
After presenting an Overview of CSI, the core part of the Forum was a panel discussion on SD perspectives from Asian countries, when speakers from China, Thailand, India and Japan were invited to speak about the latest updates in their respective regions. Different breakout sessions were arranged to allow participants gaining more in-depth understanding on specific topics of interest, including driving safety, sustainable construction, water, CSI communications etc.
A half-day session was dedicated to the “Learning-by-Sharing” forum : participants engaged in interactive discussions on specific SD projects, namely: Cement partnership project; Eco value project; Safety management; Low-carbon cement standards in China; and India cement technology roadmap. It has been a tradition for CSI members to share their good practices and learn from each other.
After the two-day meeting, the group traveled to Lampang in northern Thailand for a plant visit. After the presentations and a tour around operation facilities, the group went deep into the nearby forest area to help building check dam for water preservation purpose. It was quite a unique experience especially participants had just learnt about the significant impacts of such measures on the natural vegetation. A visit to the neighboring community enabled the group to hear about the impacts of these SD projects directly first hand from the locals.
On behalf of all the participants, CSI would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to SCG Cement for being a fantastic host for this Forum.