World Cleanup Day 2022
Since 2019, the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (TNCC) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok have joined hands with Trash Hero Bangkok and Starboard, one of our premium members, to collect trash in connection with the World Cleanup Day initiative. World Cleanup Day is the world’s largest one-day civic action, engaging more than 191 countries to tackle the global waste crisis, in which volunteers and partners worldwide came together to rid our planet of rubbish.
On Saturday, 17th September 2022, over 200 volunteers from schools and organisations, including Mr Axel Blom, President of the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (TNCC) and Director of Norway Connect, Ms Yanin Srathongnoi, Executive Director of the TNCC, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ms Thea Ottmann, the staff of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, staff of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT), and TNCC’s premium members and board members; Mr Shygil Moideen, Managing Director of Jotun Thailand Ltd., Mr Beda Merkelbach, Senior Vice President Thailand & Myanmar of Yara (Thailand) Ltd., and Ms Vibeke Lyssand Leirvåg, Managing Director of Felicia (Thailand) Ltd., together with Swiss-Thai Chamber of Commerce’s member, ETA (Thailand) Co., Ltd. joined a clean-up in connection with the World Cleanup Day 2022 initiative. This year, with lots of help from all the volunteers, we collected trash in a total of 1,160 kg within 1 hour and sorted trash around the mangrove forest area at Bang Pu Recreation Centre, as well as did a brand audit to collect the number of plastic product names and quantities to help push companies to take serious responsibility for their own pollution. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Trash Hero Bangkok and Starboard for organising this fun and meaningful activity to empower everyone to make a positive difference to our environment and make our world to become a better place.
Other than that, the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce feels delighted to take on a more prominent role in Thailand’s foreign business community in order to support actions today for a clean and green Thailand tomorrow. One of these actions is to play an active role in the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT)’s Sustainability Development Committee to push sustainability issues to the top of the organisation’s agenda at all times. The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce has two members of JFCCT’s Sustainability Committee: the CEO and founder of Starboard, a board manufacturer in Thailand, Svein Rasmussen, and Aibel Thailand‘s HSSE Manager at the plants in Thailand, Eirik Mork Knudsen.
Svein Rasmussen, a world-class leader pushing sustainability issues, founded starboard in 1994. It all came from the vision of bringing innovation, quality and inspiration to the world of wind and water. Together with riders and partners around the world, Starboard and Tiki strive to be the best in the world and for the world. And today is the World’s leading Windsurfing and Paddleboarding brand, based in Thailand. Innovation is what drives us at Starboard, coupled with the idea that limits are often in our minds. No matter the context, our team will double down and keep designing equipment we believe can lead to an exciting future, challenge today’s status quo and bring forward innovation.
About Trash Hero
Trash Hero is a global volunteer movement, led, supported, and governed by Trash Hero World. At our heart is a growing grassroots network of chapters: unincorporated, community-based organisations that run our programmes. Each is affiliated to Trash Hero World and their national Trash Hero organisation if one exists. Currently, the network extends to 20 countries around the world: Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Poland, Holland, Georgia, Germany, USA, Australia, and Japan.
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