We, at Thai Alliance, firmly believe that our company, in addition to its responsibility to its investors and customers, also have equally important social and environmental responsibilities.
As one example of our commitment to meet our social responsibilities, we were one of the first companies in Thailand to make a contribution to the victims in the first days following the tsunami disaster in Southwestern Thailand in December, 2004. We had organized assistance to the flood victims by making donation through Thailand Color Television Channel 3 in October 2011.
To encourage our fellow employees to donate to worthy causes, we have a corporate matching gift program for the gifts they make to our community. Among other projects, we take pride in being a patron of a public primary school and a temple nearby our factory.
We believe in fair pay and equal treatment for all employees. We have publicly committed ourselves to raising the standard of living of our fellow employees. In 2007, the Ministry of Labor and our Prime Minister presented us with a National Award as an Outstanding Establishment for our achievements in labor relations and welfare. This honor was repeated for the fifth year in a row in 2011.
Thai Alliance has also received the Best Occupational Health, Safety and Work Environment Award for the third year in a row in 2011 from Mrs. Amporn Nitisiri, director general of Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, Ministry of Labor.
We have made available to all employees direct access to usage of personal computers on a 24/7 basis. The facilities are self-managed by our fellow employees. We provide training to those who do not know how to use such pc’s.
We also provide extensive in-house and off-site training, including sponsorship of promising staff for EMBA (Executive Master of Business Administration) and other advanced degree programs as well as function-specific courses in Thailand and the United States. We also grant scholarships to select college students.
Thai Alliance is committed to the preservation of our environment. We were one of the first spinners in Asia to produce organic cotton yarn products in 1995. We were also a founding member of the Organic Exchange, an international organization that promotes and sets the standards for the growth and processing of organic cotton, and continue to be a sponsor. It has been very encouraging for us to see the growth of the membership of the organization from the original handful of companies to include now many cotton growers and major apparel brands around the world today.
We re-treat and reprocess practically all of our cotton waste. Less than 1.0% of the raw materials we consume end up as landfill waste.
We were the first textile manufacturing company in Thailand to have received a national award for energy savings in 1995. As part of our continuing efforts in energy conservation and environmental awareness, we have been converting as many company vehicles as feasible to run on cleaner-burning natural gas.
In 2008, we were the first manufacturing company in Thailand to install a solar energy system to generate electricity in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the emission of green house gases.
We take pride in innovating for a greener tomorrow.