Giving Citizens a Voice in Environmental Management in Industry

18 March 2011 | News story

  IUCN Thailand and TATA Steel (Thailand) PLC are working together to identify stakeholders and their concerns relating to the environmental impact of the mini blast furnace plant operated by NTS Steel Group PLC, a subsidiary of TATA Steel Thailand, at the Hemaraj Industrial Estate in Bor Win, Chonburi province.  

TATA Steel Thailand has two other subsidiaries besides NTS, namely, the Siam Iron and Steel Co. Ltd and the Siam Construction Steel Co. Ltd. All three are major producers of rebar, wire rods and small steel sections in Thailand. The company’s major shareholder is TATA Steel Global Holdings Pte Ltd, itself wholly owned by Tata Steel Limited, the world’s seventh-largest steel company.

A better understanding of its stakeholders is expected to help TATA Steel organise a full and effective public consultation process for the ongoing Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) of its plant at Bor Win. IUCN will use this process to work towards influencing the ongoing changes in public participation in environmental decision making in Thailand’s industrial sector.

IUCN will use its local-to-global reach and convening power to draw on its wide base of specialists and members in support of this initiative. It is hoped that this work will contribute to developing environmental standards for the steel industry, and to making sector-wide changes both in Thailand and in the region as a whole.

TATA Steel Thailand sees potential in this engagement to build its reputation as a socially and environmentally conscious company, and to strengthen its internal capacity and understanding through collaborating with IUCN.

During the stakeholder analysis, IUCN will collate and review relevant secondary documents on TATA Steel Thailand, the plant at Chonburi, and the history and outcomes of any past engagement by the company with outside stakeholders. It will design, plan and undertake a participatory and inclusive stakeholder assessment to identify, map and prioritise stakeholders according to their power and influence, and will provide clear information on the concerns, interests and needs of key stakeholder groups.

Building on the analysis, IUCN will help to facilitate a dialogue between stakeholders and TATA Steel if required, and will identify and recommend options for TATA Steel to further develop and strengthen its social and environmental programmes.