Banpu has been committed to taking an active part in providing disaster relief to those impacted by natural disasters through the following activities.
The massive flood that hit Pak Song District in Champasak Province and Sa Nam Chai District in Attapue Province, Lao PDR, dislocated many and caused thousands of homes to deal with the aftermath of a serious disaster. As a company that had operated in the country for over 10 years, Banpu took a prompt action by organizing a dedicated team to provide immediate assistance to those affected. The relief efforts led by Banpu included conducting post-disaster assessment in the affected areas, as well as distributing necessary supplies such as drinking water, instant foods and clothing through the Thai Red Cross Society. A total amount of THB 5,500,000 contributed by the Company and its employees was also donated to the flood victims to help alleviate their suffering.
Banpu responded to the crisis promptly by sending an emergency response team to conduct post-disaster assessment and distributed aid to individuals and schools in the affected areas. The Company provided a total of 500 mattresses worth THB 500,000 for the relief in Pak Nakhon Subdistrict Municipality in Mueang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Another THB 2.3 million was donated to five schools in Mueang, Tha Sala, and Phrom Khiri districts for an ongoing recovery process, including the reconstruction and restoration of damaged buildings, educational hardware, and facilities as well as landscape.
The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have widely impacted several sectors nationwide, namely, businesses, society, communities, and the general public. Banpu and Mitr Phol Group
set up “Mitr Phol-Banpu Solidarity to Aid Thailand on COVID-19 Confrontation Endowment” with the amount of initial THB 500 million budget in March 2020. Both are private organizations that embrace corporate governance principles and social responsibility in business operations.
The Endowment stood by Thais to brace through the COVID-19 pandemic crisis by adding THB 500 million to the Endowment in 2021, raising the total to THB 1 billion. The Endowment was allocated into seven areas of support to help relieve COVID-19 impacts facing the Thai society as follows.
1. Support for affected people suffering from economic and livelihood impacts
2. Medical equipment support for hospitals and public health agencies
3. Support for proactive public health services
4. Support for epidemic control and cremation services for COVID-19 victims
5. Support for medical personnel and related parties
6. Support for mental health care
7. Support for other related purposes
The Endowment’s support for the COVID-19 pandemic control mission, including the relief for Thai people suffering from the impacts, has significantly helped Thai people overcome the crisis and their lives return to normal.