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THE ASIA Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES) selection criteria for Top Community Care Companies in Asia state that nominees for the category need to have enriched the communities in which they do business in, demonstrating exemplary active citizenship in promoting the well-being of society at large.
Petrochemical company IRPC Public Company Limited (IRPC) provides petroleum and petrochemical products to customers in Thailand and other Asian countries. It also generates and distributes power, industrial water and air systems.
The organisation has a dedicated department on Sustainability Management to strategise and manage the corporate sustainability of economic, social, environmental and corporate governance. As a good corporate citizen, IRPC is actively committed to supporting community services and developing a sustainable quality of life.
This belief is made real by 1,859 employees who clocked a total of 17,447 hours engaging in the company's 2017 CSR activities.
IRPC's CSR projects encompass specific areas such as educational development, livelihood enhancement and environmental conservation - helping people realise their dreams of an illness-free life and higher education. The Health Promotion Fund was established in 2011 to provide communities surrounding IRPC's Eco Industrial Zone free healthcare services. In 2017, the Pan Nam Jai Clinic served 4,238 patients, with a Mobile Clinic attending to patients with musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract disorders.
In 2017, a total of 310 scholarships were awarded to youth from primary to university levels, in Rayong province where the company is headquartered. A school for senior citizens provides mental stimulation, with courses and learning activities to give them purpose and keep them physically and mentally active.
IRPC also partners with the Prostheses Foundation in helping the disabled regain mobility and livelihood, by developing and supplying a special plastic polymer for the production of prosthetic limbs.
From 2011, 13,374 pieces of prostheses have been produced for 11,487 patients from 115 tonnes of polymer.
Meanwhile, the company's Lam Sai Yong Model is a community project that addresses water scarcity during the drought season. Five reservoirs were dredged in North-eastern Thailand, supplying potable water to households.