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Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide
Editions Didier Millet (EDM) developed in collaboration with Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation (TSDF)

To launch on January 26, 2018, Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide , the forthcoming book from the sustainable development series, focuses on practical application of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for implementing sustainable business, an idea that has long met with skepticism, and has now been clarified. Featured are writings from high-profile scholars and business persons from both Thailand and overseas, and a plethora of case studies and tools in using the SEP approach in a business context.

Thailand’s private sector is at a critical juncture. Pressure from all directions is forcing the nation’s businesses to be more socially and environmentally responsible, transparent, and focused on the long term. When it comes to responding to the greatest development challenges of our time and meeting the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, companies are increasingly expected to be proactive – rather than reactive.



Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide, the latest title by international publishing house Editions Didier Millet (EDM) developed in collaboration with Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation (TSDF), is the first book to guide Thai businesses through the practical ins and outs of achieving sustainability.

Written by a team of academics, think-tank experts, and journalists, the 344-page illustrated book examines how the key concepts of sustainability can be – and are being – applied to Thai businesses. It honestly surveys the barriers standing in the way of their successful implementation within different sectors of the Thai economy. Comprised of 24 chapters, the book also features over 50 case studies of best practices by businesses big and small, as well as 30 interviews with executives and industry leaders.

Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide promises to be a valuable resource for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and entry-level employees, as well as students, academics, or sustainability professionals. As its name suggests, the book is a practical guide for businesses just starting out on the road to sustainability or those looking to fine-tune or overhaul their current practices. Through insights, infographics, and actionable recommendations, it outlines the ‘how-tos’ of creating true and lasting business sustainability.

In addition to being the first publication devoted to corporate sustainability in the country, what makes this book distinctive is the way in which it highlights the Thai context and cultural dimensions of sustainability. In particular, it shows how His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulayadej’s enduring Sufficiency Economy Philosophy is playing an important role in the spread of business sustainability.

All of its contents were reviewed by a board of distinguished figures in the Thai economy and business world, including the former and current governors of the Bank of Thailand, Dr Prasarn Trairatvorakul and Dr Veerathai Santiprabhob respectively. The editorial advisory panel also includes Mr Kitti Wasinondh, a former ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr Isara Vongkusolkit, Chairman of Mitr Phol Group, and Dr Sooksan Kantabutra, associate professor at the College of Management of Mahidol University. 2 This book was financially supported by ThaiBev, Crown Property Bureau, SCG, Siam Commercial Bank, Bangkok Bank, Mitr Phol Group, Thai Union, Central Group, Siam Piwat, and Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation.

Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide is the third in a series of books by EDM dedicated to sustainable development in Thailand. Whilst Thailand’s Sustainable Development Sourcebook (first published in 2015, and the second edition in 2017) surveyed the sustainability challenges facing the nation, and A Call to Action: Thailand and the Sustainable Development Goals (published in 2016) documented the nation’s progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the latest in the series will help Thai businesses put sustainability theory into practice – and reap the environmental, social, and economic benefits of doing so.

Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide is available for purchase in leading bookstores nationwide, including Asia Books and Kinokunya, and worldwide through www.amazon.com. Editions Didier Millet has published critically acclaimed and best-selling books on Southeast Asia and Thailand, including Thailand’s Sustainable Development Sourcebook, A Call to Action: Thailand and the Sustainable Development Goals, King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work, Chronicle of Thailand: Headline News Since 1946, A History of the Thai-Chinese, and Thailand: 9 Days in the Kingdom.


Friday, 26 January 2018
09.30 – 10.00


10.00 – 10.15

Opening Speech

by Mr.Isara Vongkusolkit

Editorial Advisory Board of Thailand’s Sustainable Business Guide and Senior Chairman, The Thai Chamber of Commerce

10.15 – 10.45

Special Talk on “Thai Business and the Path to Sustainable Growth”

by Dr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul  

Former Governor of the Bank of Thailand and Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board 

10.45 – 11.00

Presentation of book to sponsors

11.00 – 12.15

Panel Discussion on How to Future Proof Your Business in the Name of a Better World” by

1. Dr. Veerathai Santiprabhob

Governor of the Bank of Thailand

2. Mr. Roongrote Rangsiyopash


3. Mr. Krip Rojanastien

Chairman of Chiva-Som International Health Resorts

4. Professor Thep Himathongkam

Founder and CEO of Theptarin Hospital