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27-Jul-2015  Bangkok / Thailand

Adopting more sustainable behaviors every day

Henkel Thailand promotes sustainability

Henkel Thailand and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), an independent authority under the Ministry of Education, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainability in selected schools under the National STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education Network. In addition, both organizations are collaborating on a national initiative to encourage sustainable practices – the ‘Thailand’s Most Sustainable Family’ Facebook contest.

Open Slideshow Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkul and Dr. Tim Petzinna,

(From left) Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkul, President, The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) and Dr. Tim Petzinna, President, Henkel Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainability.

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(From left) Dr. Ouppagarn Jeeraphanthu, Assistant President, IPST, Dr. Pornpun Waitayangkul, President, IPST, Dr. Tim Petzinna, President, Henkel Thailand, and Ms. Nantaka Adireksombat, Human Resources Director, Henkel Thailand pose with signed copies of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“Henkel is pleased to play an active role in promoting sustainability in Thailand, in collaboration with IPST. Like every company, every individual can contribute to a more sustainable future through his or her behavior. Our objective is to educate young children and families about simple, daily actions which are effective in conserving the environment. Additionally, we are glad to support the STEM Ambassador program by giving career talks in schools,” said Tim Petzinna, President of Henkel Thailand.

The IPST is responsible for the development of a national curriculum, educational media and tools, standards, and quality assessment for schools in Thailand. It is also responsible for the development of STEM Ambassadors under the STEM Education Project. IPST also creates e-books about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Thai students.

Henkel employees, who are trained as Sustainability Ambassadors, are encouraged to visit schools and teach students what sustainability means and how they can recycle. To date, more than 80 percent of Henkel’s managers in Thailand are qualified sustainability ambassadors.

In order to ensure continuity of learning, Henkel encourages the students to continue their sustainability journey by putting what they learned into practice and by encouraging their families and the people around them to make more sustainable choices.

The “Thailand's Most Sustainable Family” Facebook contest aims to inspire families to adopt sustainable behavior in their daily lives. The household with the biggest combined electricity and water bill reduction in July and August and the best video or/and photos or/and stories will win a free stay at the Bangkok Tree House. The first and second runner-up families will receive Recognition Certificates. The Facebook contest is running until September 15, 2015.