Enable economic development, sustainability and education leading to socially healthy and resilient communities, while also encouraging self-sufficiency.
Dow Thailand Group has implemented the related projects as follows.
Ban Chang Development Plan
With its focus on community success, Dow Thailand Group has invited over 1,200 residents in 22 villages in 3 sub-districts of Ban Chang district, Rayong, to participate in the development of the ‘Ban Chang Development Plan’ designed to bring sustainable development to the community, and delivered to community representatives in June 2013. The plan identifies projects essential for the development of the area. So far, Dow has organized the following related key projects.
- Executive Functions
With an aim to uplift Rayong as Pilot Project for EF Happy and Safe City, Dow Thailand Group kicked off the “DOW-EF Development for Successful Youth and Rayong Happiness” project by forming a team of Change Agents from communities who help promote life immunization for children through Executive Functions (EF) known as cognitive control and supervisory attentional system which include analytical thinking and reasoning that form a fundamental character for learning, problem solving, sharing, and living happily throughout the course of one’s life.
- DOW-NSM Science Caravan
Since 2014 Dow Thailand Group together with the National Science Museum (NSM) foresee the importance of having a mobile science activity since 2004 which can truly reach out to the youth and are determined to create constructive science activities for people in Rayong and nearby provinces, and to promote science learning in and outside the classrooms and spur innovation through science.
- English Kids Fun
Focused on the learn-with-fun learning environment and practice, “English Kids Fun” project is a special English class continuously developed for children of 9-12 years of age in Rayong province in order to improve English competency in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Neighbor Care Project
Starting in 2014, Dow Thailand Group has established the socio- environmental project under the name of “Neighbor Care Project,” which offers an opportunity for Dow staff to propose projects that will improve community wellbeing and nourishing a relationship with the communities. So far more than 630 Dow volunteers have been participating in 16 activities under this project.
Supporting Community Enterprises
Dow Thailand Group supports goods and services provided by community or community enterprise since this means supporting the local economy. Community products were usually on sale at our plants when we organized corporate event.
Community Partnership Association (CPA)
Dow Thailand Group is one of the founding members of the “Community Partnership Association” group, which is Thailand’s first collaboration among five companies; namely, Dow Thailand Group, PTT, SCG, BLCP and Glow, who commit to resolve common problems within the industry and to turn their businesses into an eco industry through knowledge transfer, experience sharing and self-monitoring. The group has upgraded its status to the Community Partnership Association with a total of 16 companies as its members now. The goal is to allow industries and communities to live side-by-side in a sustainable manner. Hopefully, more businesses will join the association in the future and create a strong network of sustainable environmental management to realize the ultimate goal of transforming Rayong province into an eco industrial town.
The following are the CPA’s key projects.
- Mobile Clinics is a basic medical clinic that have been arranged for people in Map Ta Phut and Ban Chang communities. Staffed not only by general practitioners, each clinic provides patients with dental and medicine care.
- Nurse Scholarship enables students enrolled in an undergraduate nursing programs to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at the hospitals in Rayong province upon graduation.
- Rayong Education Expo has been annually programmed to include a balanced mix of career counseling with professionals and interactive Q & A Sessions and intensive workshops by experts and undergraduates. Rayong Education Expo entails a community of education enthusiasts who have been providing the young aspirants latest career avenues.
Tree Planting and Protection Strips
Dow Thailand Group has actively support tree-planting activities in the community and around the neighborhood as the project not only improves living quality with more green areas being expanded and enlarged green protection strips being established but it also raises environmental awareness among Dow’s people and local residents. During the past eight years, Dow has planted more than 55,000 trees. The planting activity is usually held on auspicious occasions such as on HRH the King’s and the Queen’s birthdays and on the World Environment Day.
As safety is Dow’s top priority, Dow volunteers have organized this project to raise safety awareness among school students and to improve basic infrastructure for schools in Dow’s neighborhood to establish a safe learning environment. This annual event has been held in 21 schools since 2008.
Dow Thailand Group has joined hands with the American Chamber of Commerce to adopt schools in Rayong province with a purpose to improve basic infrastructure and school environment as well as to provide education support to students. For nine years, the program has enhanced science education with a supportive environment for more than 6,100 students.