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dtac Think Hai D partners with Jones’ Salad to provide e-waste disposal services to promote food safety

1 September 2020 – Customers of organic restaurant chain Jones’ Salad can now dispose of their disused communication devices safely thanks to a new partnership with dtac’s e-waste management campaign dtac Think Hai D. dtac’s initiative to provide safe recycling services for unused mobiles, tablets and other electronic devices has added Jones’ Salad branches at The Market Bangkok, Silom Road and Central West Gate to its network of 51 dtac Halls nationwide.Electronic waste accounts for as much as 65% of all toxic waste in Thailand, yet only 13% of it gets processed properly, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD). And the trend is growing. Across the country, the PCD predicts that by 2021, 13.42 million mobile phones and 3.65 million audio/video devices will be thrown away.Communication devices like phones and smart watches contain hazardous materials such as arsenic, lead and cadmium. These toxic materials have the potential to contaminate water sources and agricultural lands. A recent study at an e-waste sorting and dismantling community in Putthaisong, Buriram province by PCD experts from the 11th Regional Environment Office of Nakhon Ratchasima province found arsenic and lead levels exceeding permissible standard for residential and agricultural areas in four of the surface…

dtac commits to zero landfill by 2022

Environmentally-friendly ambition kicks off with “Think Hai D” boxes to collect e-waste at dtac Hall shops nationwide 24 August 2020 - dtac has launched a nationwide campaign dubbed “Think Hai D” to collect electronic waste at its dtac Hall shops nationwide. The waste will be processed to international standards by TES, a global leader in e-waste recycling. The process is able to recover 96-98% of raw materials, including precious metals, before reintroducing them into the circular economy. TES selected as “Think Hai D” e-waste recycling partner for responsible waste management dtac conducted a comprehensive procurement process to select its recycler, assessing several risks such as good governance and environmental management. Prospective e-waste recycling partner have to go through an in-depth qualifying process which includes agreeing to dtac’s Agreement of Responsible Business Conduct. Candidates must also have a valid Department of Industrial Works factory license type-106 for proper e-waste recycling and disposal. Moreover, they must be certified to NIST 800-88R1 standard - one of the most widely used data sanitization standards for electronic devices. dtac has the Supply Chain Sustainability team who performs assessment and inspections over recyclers in the vendors list on an annual basis to ensure that they maintain…

dtac, DEPA and Thai Media Fund launch digital skills course for Thai schools

17 Aug 2020 – Social distancing measures have greatly increased the screen time of Thai children and their exposure to online risks such as fake news, sextortion and cyber bullying. In response to this challenge, dtac has joined with DEPA and the Thai Media Fund to create a “Class for Super Kids” and “Class for Super Teachers.” The “Class for Super Kids” curriculum is designed to boost Thai children’s digital resilience as well as knowledge in advanced technology to prepare them for the digital future. Meanwhile, the “Class for Super Teachers” offers teaching approach and materials for teachers to administer digital resilience classes.  It also helps teachers stay relevant to the online learning environment, which has become the new-normal for Thailand’s education. SKILLS FOR A FAST-CHANGING WORLD A vast majority report being victims of cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content. The “Class for Super Kids”is designed to tackle these topics with strategies on identifying and avoiding online risks. As for teachers, a dtac survey reveals that they are aware of their responsibility to help children learn about digital resilience, but only half of them are confident in their skills and knowledge in the topic.  In addition, theycited their lack of…

“dtac Think Hai d” campaign encourages responsible disposal of e-waste

Call to share nostalgic memories of old devices on social media will raise awareness about Thailand’s number one source of electronic waste. 4 August 2020. The dtac Think Hai d campaign is calling on everyone to properly dispose of their disused mobile devices at any of the 51 dtac service centers around the country. In addition, by posting a picture of their device as they dispose of it along with their fondest memories of using it, participants can win free donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts and t-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles. Disused mobile phones, as electronic waste, constitute the largest share of toxic wastes in the country at 65 percent according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD) statistics from 2018. Only 13 percent of all toxic waste, including mobile phones and accessories, are properly managed according to the PCD. dtac, as a leading telecommunications company, has chosen to tackle the problem with a nationwide awareness campaign. Moreover, dtac conducted a survey and found that seven out of 10 households keep their mobile phones and devices even after they no longer work, further increasing the amount of unprocessed e-waste in Thailand. This prompted dtac to act in order to protect Thailand’s…

Popular podcast R U OK builds digital resilience in Thai youth with dtac Safe Internet

Bangkok, July 21, 2020 – dtac Safe Internet is supporting eight episodes of popular podcast R U OK to build digital resilience among youth and their parents. Aired by The Standard, Thailand’s leading web-only news media, the show is hosted by a psychologist specialized in empathic communication, Dujdao Vadhanapakorn. The eight episodes will air every Tuesday from July 21 to September 8, 2020.The special episodes sponsored by dtac Safe Internet explore the challenges children face online, from hate speech, fake news, to sexual abuse. The goal is to forge digital resilience and bridge the gap between children and their parents. dtac Safe Internet also provided expertise from its Safe Internet team, who feature in episode seven, “Idea crowdsourcing, a new way to stop cyberbullying.”R U OK has gained a strong following for its frank discussions on mental health, family, relationships and sexuality. Its host, Ms. Vadhanapakorn, is an author and dance therapist who turned to podcasting to encourage the public to better understand their own behaviors and those of others.On-uma Vattanasuk Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Total Access Communications PLC or dtac, said: “dtac Safe Internet campaign, now in its seventh year, continues its mission to spread awareness…

Gender, sexual orientation are top online abuse topics says dtac

Every minute, an average of 39 abusive messages are posted on social media in Thailand, says report commissioned by dtac. Due to prevalence of cyberbullying at school, dtac is partnering with Plan International Thailand to empower teachers with a diversity curriculum against cyberbullying In celebration of Stop Cyberbullying Day (19 June), dtac is campaigning against cyberbullying through the Why We Bully campaign (June 19, 2020) – A research commissioned by dtac shows that Thai netizens have a higher risk of suffering from cyberbullying due to COVID-19-related lockdowns increasing online screen time by five hours a day on average. On Thai social network sites, 39 abusive messages are posted every minute. More than half of them are related to physical appearance, sexual orientation and personal beliefs. Face-to-face bullying starts in the classroom and escalates online, where teachers lack knowledge to tackle the problem. In response, dtac announced a partnership with Plan International Thailand to enhance digital skills and diversity awareness among Thai youth. Onuma Rerkpattanapipat, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Total Access Communications PLC or dtac, said: “Online hate speech has increased dramatically in Thailand. Messages on social network sites are full of hate speech. It reflects the lack of…

dtac supports Samyan community during COVID-19

June 3, 2020 – dtac launches two initiatives to help ease the economic hardship for the community members – residents and street food vendors around Samyan neighborhood who are suffering from the impact of COVID-19 outbreak. Sharad Mehrotra, chief executive officer at Total Access Communication Plc or dtac, said: “In the midst of unprecedented time, dtac realizes our role in joining the nation’s efforts to recover and rebuild a resilient society during the post-COVID-19 to cope with the new normal. We’ve brought our expertise and worked around the clock to keep customers, healthcare workers and public servants connected over the past two months of the spread of the deadly virus. Located in the heart of Samyan community and as a good neighbor to the Samyan neighborhood, dtac constantly makes a social contribution to the community. During this difficult time, dtac is pleased to play a part in easing the economic hardship for those who lives nearby the community through two initiatives. The first is #savestreetfood series on dtacblog, recommending some of the area’s tastiest restaurants—the perfect way to use dtac reward discounts on delivery apps Get, Foodpanda and Skootar. Read the review here https://dtacblog.co/story-th/hokkee-phochana/ To sustain measure to relieve those…

dtac supports healthcare workers and volunteers with free internet, shows unity in the “new normal”

May 27, 2020 – To accelerate Thailand’s recovery processes, dtac is supporting doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers and Village Health Volunteers (VHVs) all over the country by offering them unlimited internet for three months. It is part of a wider #bettertogether campaign to boost morale and encourage unity in the “new normal.” All healthcare workers using dtac monthly postpaid plans can register for this special privilege via the dtac application from May 20th – June 10th, 2020. Already, 8,000 healthcare workers have registered. The dtac app is available at  http://dtac.co.th/s/vqIMV Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer Total Access Communication Public Company Limited or dtac said, “As a sign Thailand is ready to begin a new chapter after the COVID-19 crisis along with the public, dtac has also changed the network name seen on the top left of mobile screens from ‘Stay Safe’ to ‘Better Together.’ It signals that by being optimistic and united, caring for each other and sharing kindness, we can get through these tough times.” dtac is also encouraging the public to participate by sharing video clips which were posted on all dtac social media channels on 20 May 2020 (Facebook, LINE, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter). The video clips…

“dtac fights back against COVID-19” initiative supports Siriraj Hospital

Staffing resources from dtac helps patients and clinicians stay connected via remote healthcare service Siriraj Connect and avoid COVID-19 infection Enhanced management system allows patients to get easier access to medical advice May 1, 2020 – As part of its “dtac fights back against COVID-19” project, dtac is providing in-kind support to Siriraj Hospital by bringing its expertise of customer care to connect clinicians and patients via the “Siriraj Connect” mobile app. dtac’s support includes both staffing resources and connectivity services – SMS, MMS and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) or automated telephony technology – to benefit Siriraj Hospital’s telehealth program to monitor and prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the app alleviates the need for some patients to visit the hospital, benefiting social distancing and supporting medical personnel at a time of stretched resources. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Visit Vamvanij, Director of Siriraj Hospital, said, “The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic had an immense impact on various sectors, particularly medical and public health services. Providing the usual public health services during the current crisis is a key mission for Siriraj Hospital. This is why we developed “Siriraj Connect”, a telemedicine solution, providing a range of medical services via online consultation…

Connecting society to what matters most

May 8, 2020 - In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Thais must navigate new ways of educating children, running businesses, maintaining critical societal functions, all while trying to ensure the health and welfare of those affected. dtac vows to support them with connectivity solutions that can maintain social distancing while dulling the outbreak’s economic impact. “This crisis has highlighted the importance of connectivity, with higher demands for telecom services and considerable pressure on networks all over the world. The stakes are high and growing,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of dtac. dtac is now stepping up its contribution to Thai society in its struggle to fight the effects of the coronavirus with five key initiatives: Free and special charges for data services to ensure business continuity and a connected life for our customers. Sustained investments in secure and reliable networks, offering added coverage and capacity where needed. Readiness to leverage our mobility data analytics for health authorities to predict and prevent the spread of the virus. In-kind donations and donation channels for critical missions to fight back against COVID-19 outbreak. A Young Safe Internet Leader’s Cyber-Camp to mitigate Thai youths’ exposure to risky online interactions. Free and special charges…