By THE NATION
In the seminar, the company shared its vision, exchanged 2018’s sustainable trends as well as illustrated concrete examples of how headquarter policies are being implemented in Thai society in accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Shell also emphasised the importance of energy transition that would support the increasing needs of motorists while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its innovations, partnership and people development following the “Believe-Become-Belong” concept
During the seminar, the set of 17 goals from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs were raised in a discussion on laying out a 15-year vision for sustainable development. To succeed in these goals, all related parties need to create a balance in all three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, the social and the environmental.
Ath Hemvijitphan, deputy country chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, said: “In its business operations, Shell believes that partnering with related parties to form a strong, creative and reasonable collaboration is vital. In addition to the sustainable development goals, Shell also pledged during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) its commitment to reduce its environmental impacts on climate change by at least 50 per cent in 2050.
Currently, Shell is continuously inventing and designing energy innovations that are more and cleaner for future needs and which will help maximise the economic volume of the country. In parallel, Shell must demonstrate social responsibility and create operational processes starting from production to product and service offerings that do not affect the environment.”
To accomplish these goals, in 2018 Shell Thailand will work towards the “Believe-Become-Belong” concept. “Believe” is about creating trust and understanding among all stakeholders on dealing with challenges and promoting consideration of cleaner energy that still meets the needs of all related parties and is also sustainable. “Become” represents coordination focusing on six sustainable goals following the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) throughout the business chain, especially in government, the private sector and Thai civil society, to shape the energy direction in Thailand. Lastly, “Belong” signifies engagement of business cooperation with the aim of building Shell employees into key players to help drive the country’s success, bringing sustainable happiness for all motorists and suppliers.
Shell invests in research and development of renewable energy, biomass energy and natural gas to help find sufficient energy supplies and reduce environmental impacts. In addition, Shell has also launched the Make the Future initiative that encourages related parties to plan for future energy through a variety of activities which include Shell Eco-Marathon, a competition for students to invent the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly cars.
“Following the “Grow in Thailand for Thailand” vision, Shell Thailand believes that if the community can survive, the company will survive. Firstly, Shell needs to create success internally. We must be aware of the finest details, be reasonable and help the company’s mission advance successfully. Our success needs to encompass all parties in our value chain. Finally, we are confident that this endeavor will expand widely, creating a sharing community that will help shape sustainable energy in the future, not only for the benefits of the company but for Thailand where we base and operate,” said Ath.