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GM Thailand Wins Its Fourth Consecutive AMCHAM CSR Excellence Recognition
 

Bangkok, Thailand – General Motors Thailand (GM) today received the AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition (ACE) 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year GM Thailand has been honored for being a “good corporate citizen and giving back to the communities.”

Ms. Wanwemol Charukultharvatch, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for GM Thailand, accepted the award from Mr. Glyn T. Davies, The U.S. Ambassador.

The ACE recognition identifies AMCHAM members as having demonstrated an understanding of the links between business operations and society and conducting business in a way that creates long-term economic and social values. Applications are evaluated for their CSR program’s integration with company mission, measurability of results, sustainability and communication.

“GM’s CSR activities are integral to our purpose and values as a company: To earn customers for life. This motivates us to serve and improve the communities in which we live and work around the world, because our customers are at the center of everything we do,” said Wanwimol Charukultharvatch, Director of Public Policy for General Motors Thailand and Chevrolet Thailand.

In Thailand, GM’s CSR strategy is "Driving A Better Tomorrow". CSR initiatives are grouped into three main pillars, comprising Safer, Smarter and Healthier.

Under the Smarter pillar, GM launched the ‘Chevrolet Develops Thai Education’ project in 2004, which funds endowments for students across the country. The project comprises of three main initiatives including School Library Donations, District School Renovations and ASEP (Automotive Service Education Program). One thousand students have already graduated with certifications in ASEP alone.

The Healthier pillar has been the most active in 2013, through One World Play Project. As its founding sponsor, Chevrolet made a commitment to donate 2 million virtually-indestructible balls to children in disadvantaged communities worldwide within year 2018.

To date, Chevrolet has donated over 24,000 One World Futbols in Thailand, approximately 370,000 in Southeast Asia, and 1.5 million One World Futbols worldwide, impacting an estimated 45 million lives in 94 countries.

In the Safer pillar, GM and its employees also routinely support local orphanages, hospitals, schools for children with special needs and blood donation drives for the Thai Red Cross.

Environment, Energy and Safety is also an area on which GM places a lot of importance. Its facility in Rayong has achieved ‘zero landfill’ status, in addition to being recognized by the Rayong Office of Industry for promoting good governance in environmental management. GM is also the first automotive company in Thailand to receive ISO 50001 certification, for its commitment towards energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse emissions in its manufacturing processes. The plant employees also have helped replant mangrove forest to protect Thailand’s coast near Rayong.

For Community Development, GM has launched various initiatives including GM’s Women’s Council. Founded in 2006, the council aims to help GM become the employer of choice for women in Thailand’s Automotive Industry.