The Company started a financial literacy program in 2013 after launching nano-finance products for merchants in the local fresh markets and realizing the depth of financial management woes that plague the community. The project was initiated in the belief that “basic understanding of finances is key to improving one’s quality of life.” The project was later extended to employees, external groups, and other communities under the name “Financial Education for Life Rolls Forward” in 2015. In order to create shared values, employees were invited to participate in the program by becoming one of the volunteers presenting the project to the people in their community or teaching financial literacy to others.
The Company is committed to sustainable business practices based on environmental responsibility. We are aware of our business’s environmental impact and understand the importance of reducing our environmental footprint. Therefore, efficient resource management is undertaken as well as other measures to address challenges due to climate change. At Ngern Tid Lor, we encourage sustainable operations by periodically informing our employees to maintain awareness of various environmental impacts.
Employees are asked to avoid printing documents on paper. Instead, they are encouraged to scan documents using multi-function devices (MFDs) and store them in electronic form. Soft copies are used in place of hardcopies when exchanging information. Whenever hardcopies are required, recycled paper is used. Share points/drives are used to store information and reduce the need for paper, CDs, or other storage devices. Ink purchase and unnecessary printing are also discouraged in order to optimize resource utilization, thereby reducing the amount of toxic waste released into the environment.
In the office, lighting control systems are implemented to adjust the amount of light suitable for each work area. Efficient appliances and light bulbs certified by the TISI are selected for use in the office. All employees are encouraged to participate in energy conservation such as turning off the lights as well as electrical appliances when not in use, using the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
Minimize water usage by using water-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures e.g., water-efficient toilets, water-saving tapware. Frequent monitoring of leakage for all pipes and taps as well as regular announcements regarding water conservation are some of the methods used to reduce water waste.
All employees are encouraged to turn off the engine when parking their vehicles to load or unload cargo or when waiting to pick up passengers in order to reduce air pollution. Further fuel conservation is promoted through restricting travel (for essential trips only) and studying the routes before leaving to save both time and fuel. Driving within the legal speed limit and not exceeding 100 km/hr not only conserves energy but is crucial to ensuring road safety. Finally, using alternative fuel or renewable energy further helps to conserve resources.