—As a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Thailand has to comply and implement at the national level the articles of the Convention as well as the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP). To date, the stakeholders involved in Thailand’s implementation of the CBD have experienced low levels of interaction with the private sector. A survey was undertaken to understand the sentiment of Thailand’s private sector towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), the CBD, and public-private partnerships. A total of 36 companies participated, with a response rate around 6.58%. Respondents displayed a high level of engagement (65.6%) in environmental outreach projects across a variety of thematic areas. Several of the leading strategies in Thailand’s National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), which are key drivers for national implementation of the CBD, are found to have direct relevance to the types of projects which Thai businesses are interested to engage in and provide expertise. To better engage the Thai private sector in environmental partnerships, the public sector should consider tailoring engagement requests to focus on those issues which appeal to the business community and those needs where private contributions are most likely to be provided.
—Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), corporate social responsibility (CSR), public-private partnership.
Walker Young is with the Environment, Development and Sustainability Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Sangchan Limjirakan is a Director at the Environment, Development and Sustainability Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Cite:Walker Young and Sangchan Limjirakan, "Business for Environment: Using Corporate Social Responsibility and Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve Environmental Goals in Thailand," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 286-273, 2013.