Recognition for promotion of organic agriculture
The Stock Exchange of Thailand Foundation honours and encourages philanthropic acts of individuals and organisations through its annual "Social Recognition Project" in seven areas.
This year's SET-sponsored award from the Vimuttayalaya Foundation - for urban social development - has been granted to Phan Pankum for his contributions to organic agriculture.
The award is one of seven given to persons selected by seven different organisations, recognising the individuals concerned, and is one of the SET's corporate-social-responsibility projects.
The project identifies, honours and inspires those benefiting society and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps.
Charamporn Jotikasthira, director and secretary of the SET Foundation, said the foundation had granted awards annually since 2007 to organisations that contribute to society. The Vimuttayalaya Foundation is one of the organisations receiving funds to conduct activities for social development.
The Vimuttayalaya Foundation then awards these funds to the person in that year it feels best exemplifies its key mission, which is to develop society and the environment for living in harmony with Buddhist principles.
Phramaha Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi, chairman of the Vimuttayalaya Foundation, said the award is for those at all levels of society who sacrifice themselves for the well-being of others without expecting anything in return.
This year's award went to Phan Pankum, who has dedicated himself for more than 10 years to promoting organic agriculture as the preferred source for healthy food.
The awardees chosen by the other six organisations - the Football History Association of Thailand; the Population and Community Development Association; the Professor Sangvian Indaravijaya Foundation; the Sugree Charoensook Foundation; the Thai Library Association; and the Duang Prateep Foundation - will be announced soon.