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Thailand's Central learns sustainability lessons from European expansion

Family-led mall developer sets emissions targets, pushes farming reforms

Central Group teaches farmers in northern Thailand to raise their yield and profit with modern business methods. (Photo courtesy of Central Group)

BANGKOK -- For the past decade, Thai retailer Central Group's investment strategy has focused on international expansion. But the company's chief of sustainability efforts says there will be a benefit for its home market from that growth as well.

The family-led conglomerate is drawing environmental and social responsibility practices from its European acquisitions to apply to its malls, supermarkets and suppliers across Thailand.

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