CP Foods making commitments to reduce environmental impact
In the past few months, Charoen Pokphand Foods has been making a concerted effort to reduce the company’s environmental impact, both domestically and abroad.
The company made a pledge in 2018 to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging, aiming for a 100 percent reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025 for domestic operations, and 2030 for overseas operations. In addition to the packaging commitment, the company has also partnered up with public and civil sectors to restore natural habitats in the regions around its processing plants and farms.
“We have made significant progress. So far, we have restored over 1,613 hectares of mangrove forest and watershed forest within the boundary of our operations. The projects also encourages community to live with nature,” Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, senior vice president of social responsibility and sustainability development for CP Foods, said in a release.
The company has engaged in a “Rak Ni-Ves, Pasak Watershed, Khao Phraya Doen Tong” reforestation project, which used a variety of techniques to encourage reforestation on 955 hectares.
“As a result of this practice, the average survival rate of newly-planted trees was at the outstanding rate of 90 percent,” CP Foods wrote.
In that same area, CP Foods collaborated with Kasetsart University to examine the biodiversity of the restored forest. According to CP Foods, the study found that nine species of mammals, 119 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, and 15 species of amphibian had returned to the area.
Sithipreedanant said that the company is committed to reducing its environmental impact, and that it has encouraged employees to create green areas within its farms and operations.