Announcing: Pinyochatchinda, Supaporn and John Walsh, “Consciousness of Social Responsibility at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate and Pollution Management,” paper presented at the ICGBE International Conference 2013 (First Hotel, Bangkok, June 22-23rd, 2013).
Map Ta Phut is one of Thailand’s largest and most important industrial estates and one that has had a reputation for housing some pollution-producing factories. Although the Thai state has acted to implement various regulations aimed at curbing such pollution, such regulations can only really be successfully enacted when the people involved – employers and employees alike – understand the purpose of such regulation and are willing to internalize the requirements upon them that it implies in their daily practices. Effective pollution control requires compliance at all levels of operation. To investigate the extent to which people have internalized these actions, this research study conducted quantitative research with a sample of 532 respondents (380 employees and 152 executives or managers) in companies located within the industrial estate. Questionnaires were designed with a view to exploring the validity of a pollution management model that incorporates Context, Input, Processes, People, Society, Economy and Technology (CIPPSET). Results indicate that while most companies scored reasonably well for social consciousness of the issues involved, there are variations in the results which are indicative of persistent problems in the estate. These results are explored and discussed and conclusions and recommendations drawn from them.
Keywords: industrial estate, pollution, pollution management, Thailand