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RAYONG, THAILAND – General Motors Thailand and General Motors Powertrain (Thailand) were recently recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for its contribution in environmental conservation. Led by Wail Farghaly, Managing Director and Amnat Saengchan, Vice President of Manufacturing, the automaker has officially opened the second Native Garden at General Motors Powertrain (Thailand) facility in Rayong. The executives also planted trees during the opening ceremony.

The Native Garden is not just a recreational area. It also provides knowledge about our native plants and protects wildlife in the area. The initiative is a part of a drive to enable GM plants around the world to receive Wildlife Habitat Council certifications by 2020. GM leads the industry for such certifications.

General Motors Thailand was among the plants chosen to participate in the Wildlife Habitat program for certification since September 2015. The project is a collaboration between internal and external parties. The result is the Native Garden in General Motors Thailand’s plant and, with continued support by GM, the second Native Garden was developed at General Motors Powertrain (Thailand).

Mr. Wail Farghaly Managing Director of General Motors Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand said: “Our main objective with this project was to drive employee engagement toward conservation of natural resources, to boost awareness about local environmental concerns, and motivate planning for a sustainable future. GM always thinks about ‘what we can do more for the community’.”

General Motors Powertrain (Thailand) has also been certified for its project aimed at protecting natural resources and the environment around the plant. One particular project high on the priority list is the restoration of mangrove at Paknamprasae, Glang, Rayong. GM has received cooperation from employees, the local government office and locals who joined the mangrove planting activities. The activity is important to protect the mangrove forest in the coastal area.

Nanta Boonchuaylua, Municipal Clerk of Paknamprasae Subdistrict said “the activity helps develop the community and it is good to see the private sector taking part in conservation of natural resources and environmental protection. The cooperation between locals and private sectors will create more efficiency. There are growing numbers of tourists visiting the area hence the activity enhances tourism industry too. It also creates income, boosts local economy and enhances the well-being of locals.”

The Wildlife Habitat Council certification is an important milestone for our environmental protection projects. We are committed to continue working hard to improve our communities and environmenttogether with our business.