business April 27, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Chevron, Kenan launch learning project in Northeast

Chevron (Thailand) and Kenan Institute Asia (KIA) recently launched an innovative education-focused community project called “Caltex Fuel Your School”. The project aims to enhance the learning of core subjects through funding of classroom projects in 30 schools in Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nong Khai provinces. 
The launch was presided over by Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Suwansujarit, and more than 150 people including students, educators and community leaders as well as representatives from the government, Chevron and KIA were present.  
Salmat Saadat, country chairman and general manager for products at Chevron (Thailand), marketer of Caltex fuel, said Caltex Fuel Your School was part of the company’s “Energy for Learning” initiative to support programmes that create opportunities for people to acquire new knowledge, gain new skills or be exposed to different ways of thinking. 
“We are proud to partner with Kenan Institute Asia, a prominent non-profit social-development organisation, to bring about this unique project to enhance learning in selected local communities,” Salmat said.
Chevron and the Kenan Institute inked the partnership through a memorandum of understanding in February, and worked with the Secondary Educational Service Area Office to select the participating schools.  Teachers and students from 20 schools in Nong Khai and Udon Thani provinces attended workshops and a students’ camp last week where they learned more about the project.   
KIA president Piyabutr Cholvijarn said Caltex Fuel Your School had received strong support from national and regional educational organisations.  
“We are grateful for the close cooperation from the local and national educational bodies, teachers and principals. Caltex Fuel Your School will help enrich the students’ learning experience and enable them to cope effectively with the dynamic and fast-changing environment through a project-based learning process,” he said.
“We believe that Caltex Fuel Your School will augment the capabilities and expand the learning opportunities of 600 students from the 30 secondary schools upon the completion of the project at the end of 2014.,” he added.  
CSR Summit honours 31 firms
The sixth annual “Global CSR Summit & Awards” ended on a high note at the Laguna Luxury Collection Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, with 31 companies honoured for outstanding contributions in corporate social responsibility. 
More than 150 entries were received from companies all over the world for the awards, recognised as Asia’s most prestigious recognition for CSR. 
Dr Bambang Budhianto, director at the Indonesia Ministry of Agriculture for food crops and seed development, was the guest of honour at the award-presentation event. 
The winners were selected through a systematic rating process from a renowned panel of judges, namely Mark Goyder, founder of Tomorrow’s Company; Professor Dr Geoffrey Williams, founder and director of Williams Business Consultancy and deputy vice chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia;  Tjahjono Soerjodibroto, national director of World Vision Indonesia; and Frank Reimann, founding partner of Community Insights. 
Four firms won awards for environmental excellence: Metro Pacific Investments, Philippines, Platinum; Great Giant Pineapple, Indonesia, Gold; Levi Strauss Indonesia, Silver; and Vale Indonesia, Bronze.
Recognised for excellence in provision of literacy and education were Maybank Foundation, Malaysia, Platinum; Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia, Gold; Bank Mandiri, Indonesia, Silver; and Pertamina, Indonesia, Bronze.
CSR Leadership Awards went to Adaro Energy, Indonesia, Platinum; Standard Chartered Indonesia, Gold; Trakindo Utama, Indonesia, Silver; and FedEx Hong Kong, Bronze.
Best Community Programme Awards were given to Holcim, Indonesia, Platinum; Astro Malaysia Holdings, PTT Exploration and Production of Thailand, and Astra of Indonesia, tied for Gold; DHL Philippines, Silver; and Bumi Resources, Indonesia, Bronze.