Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) held the seminar “CPF Capacity Building for Partnership 2022” to update more than 200 suppliers on current global sustainable issues, improve their competitiveness, and encourage them to take action against climate change. This program aims to promote CP Foods’ supply chain to become environmentally and socially sustainable.
Mr.Siripong Arunrattana, Chief Operating Officer- Livestock Business of CP Foods said the corporation continues to organize conferences for suppliers to share their knowledge and skills on how to adapt their operations to the changing global climate. This endeavor is part of the company’s sustainable sourcing policy and supplier guiding concept, which aims to assure the sourcing of raw materials is slavery-free, and must come from deforestation areas.
This year, the company’s emphasis on sustainable partnerships in action toward green and smart mutual growth approaches to motivate the value chain’s suppliers to address environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) principles in their businesses in response to unprecedented changes and climate change challenges.
“CP Foods expects that its suppliers will prioritize smarter and greener operations in line with the current global trend. This will ensure that the company meets worldwide customer demand for products made in an ethical manner. This will provide suppliers with new business options for long-term growth.,” Mr.Siripong said.
Furthermore, CP Foods invited environmental experts from three leading organizations, namely the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), South Pole Thailand, and the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), to share their knowledge and experience in order to assist suppliers in implementing best practices in their businesses. This is intended to support suppliers in being prepared to address climate change concerns, develop innovations, and embrace new ways of producing ecologically and socially friendly products.
Miss Thuninka Kaewnopparat, deputy managing director of SPK Frozen Products Company Limited, noted that as a supplier to CP Foods supplying fresh, pre-cut fruits and vegetables, the company recognizes the severe effects of global warming on agricultural productivity, which increases operating costs. As a result, the company prioritizes adapting the business to the global context by developing plastic baskets to be used for containing products for transportation instead of using plastic bags, which helps reduce the use of plastic bags in the manufacturing process.
Miss Piyawan Panyanukul, Patum Vegetable Oil Company Limited’s sales manager, said that the company has incorporated sustainable practices into the supply chain and is urging all stakeholders, including farmers who supply raw materials, to establish production processes that meet international standards. Although the adjustment is challenging, everyone will benefit from these efforts.