UN, Procter and Gamble hold MY World corporate launch event

UN officials and P&G executives pose for a picture after the MY World launch event in Bangkok.
UN officials and P&G executives pose for a picture after the MY World launch event in Bangkok.

BANGKOK, THAILAND– At Procter and Gamble’s big manufacturing plant in Bangkok, the United Nations in Thailand and P&G officially kicked off their MY World partnership in Thailand—engaging plant employees and inspiring their families and loved ones to take part in the UN global survey.

More than 80 P&G employees were in attendance at the Thursday, March 21 event, along with P&G executives and representatives from United Nations agencies.

MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with motivated partners like P&G, the United Nations aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty, empower women and girls, take action on climate change, and other global challenges.

“From our perspective, MY World has set out to listen to what people have to say about the future that they want to see for themselves, their families and future generations,” said Mr. Raul Falcon, Managing Director of P&G Thailand.

The simple survey asks the public to choose their top six priorities out of a possible 16 choices, such as from better education, health care, affordable food, better roads and transportation, and more. The public can vote online via smartphone or their computer at www.myworld2015.org. The survey is available in 11 languages, including Thai.

The corporate launch is one part of the United Nations’ broader public outreach strategy in Thailand. The United Nations will engage with the public directly through civil society organizations, Thai universities, small businesses and NGOs. In late February, the MY World campaign in Thailand was launched at a secondary school in Saraburi.

To date, over 1,100 people living in Thailand have already voted on MY World, with Procter and Gamble contributing more than 20% percent of that early total. Further joint events are planned later this month and continuing in April, where the United Nations will join P&G at a two-day Consumer Protection Day event beginning April 30.

“We are so very proud to have P&G as our first corporate sponsor in Thailand and the first global partner to engage their employees and the public in this MY World campaign. This event is an example of what a company can do when they are fully committed,” said Etienne Clement, Deputy Director of UNESCO Asia-Pacific, speaking on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Luc Stevens.

“I would like to affirm to you every P&Ger’s commitment to action and to help create awareness and participation in MY World so their voices are part of a global movement that will help bring to life MY World’s aspirations to make this a better world, “ said Falcon.

According to Procter and Gamble, their Bangkok Plant is one of P&G’s largest export manufacturing facilities in the world. The plant produces shampoos, conditioners and creams for brands such as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, among others.
“As part of P&G’s sustainability commitments, we have made a promise to power our plants with 100% renewable energy, and to use 100% renewable or recyclable materials for all our products and packaging so that we create zero waste that has to go to landfills,” said Mr. Lelwyn Dsouza, P&G Bangkok Plant Manager.

You can have your own say on the post-2015 MDGs here.

To contact the United Nations about a MY World partnership, contact Mark Cogan, UNDP Communications Officer and National MY World Campaign Director at +66 087 972 7435.