September 2, 2019


CP Foods' contract swine farming scheme helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions



Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods) has revealed that farmers under its contract farming scheme enjoy a better quality of life through higher income and help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases, as affirmed by the impact valuation protocols and re-assessment set by international agencies.


Wuthichai Sithipreedanant, senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development of CP Foods, said the company recently carried out a social and environmental impact of its contract farming scheme, through internationally-recognised impact valuation protocols which pinpoint the financial results of the scheme's positive and negative impacts.


The result of the project shows that: farmers can spend more time with their families from 1.9 hours a day to 4.3 hours, resulting in less social problems related to drug uses among the youth; the scheme reduces the ratio of farmers living under the poverty line from 38% to 0% and; 85% of farmers can enable their children to achieve the above-basic education level.


On the environmental aspect, the valuation shows that nearly all farms of CP Foods contracted farmers adopt biogas techniques. Although swine farms' electricity and fuel usage emit greenhouse gases, biogas techniques at the end help the farms reduce greenhouse gases by 92,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.


Conclusively, the social and environmental impacts created positive impacts worth as high as THB230,475,694 (US$7.5 million) per year.


"The impact valuation confirms that CP Foods contract farming scheme is part of a drive towards social and environmental sustainability and this process is reviewed and affirmed by a world-class sustainability organisation," Sithipreedanant said.


The valuation is carried out under the Natural Capital Protocol and Social Capital Protocol of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It covers income-guaranteed swine breeders in the northern, northeastern, central, western, eastern and southern parts of Thailand.


The valuation is completed by the students from four  leading universities in Thailand including Chiangmai University, Walailuck University, Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok (Bangphra Campus), and Panyapiwat Institute of Management. CP Foods is also the first Thai company whose valuation is re-assessed by Lloyd Register International (Thailand) Ltd, an international sustainability assessment agency.


According to CP Foods, the contract farming impact valuation will be a key element in nominating CP Foods for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) next year.


- CP Foods