Valmet joins National Children's Day celebrations in Thailand

Feb 6, 2023

As one of the local projects under Valmet’s social responsibility program, we have joined forces with The Mirror Foundation in Thailand to help children have better learning and living conditions in the country’s northern Chiang Rai province. In January, we were invited to participate the National Children’s Day celebrations at two local schools.

In Thailand, the National Children’s Day is celebrated the second Saturday in January each year. During the day, we visited Pha Khwang Wittaya and Ban Thung Luang schools in Chiang Rai province and attended a special gift distribution caravan organized by the Mirror Foundation.

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The Mirror Foundation’s gift caravan was a colorful, and very much expected sight on the roads in Mae Yao district, Chiang Rai province in Thailand.

Laura Puustjärvi, VP, Sustainability, at Valmet participated in the celebration and was impressed for the work Valmet’s local team has done together with the Mirror Foundation to improve the well-being and learning possibilities of the children living in remote locations in Northern Thailand.

In Asia-Pacific area, Valmet's social responsibility program's main target is to organize safe, clean water for children in three schools by renewing old water purifiers, improve current toilet and shower facilities so that children have access to safe sanitation and handwashing, and improve learning possibilities by repairing a deteriorated library in the Pha Khwang Wittaya school.

“Our renewed social responsibility program aims to increase the local impact of donated funds and open up more opportunities for Valmeteers to engage in the activities – and it is exactly what we have accomplished in Thailand so far. Organizing clean water significantly improves the hygiene level at local schools and having inspirational learning spaces can have a huge impact on the future of many children”, Puustjärvi says.

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Valmet’s Brand & Marketing, AP and Marketing & Communications, SEA region Manager Naparat Phutanavarat is helping Laura Puustjärvi, VP, Sustainability, chat with a little girl in Thai language.

Small things make a difference

In order to further improve the lives of children living in the rural area, Valmet Thailand employees initiated a supportive activity to Valmet’s social responsibility program. Valmet colleagues and their friends were invited to donate toys, school accessories, hygiene products and other necessary items for children. The donations were collected and delivered to the Mirror Foundation, who prepared the gift sets in advance.

Leading Valmet’s volunteer team was Natthawut Sriwanlop, Mill Sales Manager, SEA region.

​​​​​​​“Employees who have worked with Valmet can be considered to have a good quality of life, and we feel responsible for providing better opportunities to people who are not that privileged. Today, we don't know when the pandemic will be eradicated, whether there will be peace or war, and how many more days we have for the rest of our life. I am delighted and honored to be able to participate in this activity to help children who need it the most. It may be a small part, but I would like it to be one of the small lights shining on our planet”, Natthawut says.

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Valmet Thailand's employees collected money to buy noodles and rice to be donated to Pha Khwang Wittaya school, where over 120 students from poor families stay during the school week.

Valmet's global social responsibility program

Valmet has expanded its global social responsibility program initiated in 2020 with new area-specific local projects around the world.

Valmet’s social responsibility program is part of the company’s sustainability agenda implementation. The program is based on three themes promoting science, nature and equal opportunities: ‘​Towards the future with science’, ‘Protecting the planet for next generations’​ and ‘Equal opportunities for wellbeing’​.

Based on these themes, several local projects in Valmet’s operating areas around the world have been selected to the program. Valmet’s local personnel has participated in the planning and preparation of the projects, and the final selection has been made by employee voting.