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On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other illegal wildlife products while also committing to help protect Thailand’s wildlife. In a show of solidarity, the nation’s top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.

Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa. To help raise awareness on this issue as private citizens, the business leaders publicly demonstrated that they will not purchase or use the products while also expressing their support for efforts to end the ivory trade and the poaching crisis in Africa.

Take the Pledge

As business leaders, I think we can lead by example to help raise awareness about this critical issue in Thailand and demonstrate the Thai public’s strong commitment to protecting the environment.

– Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited




Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke
Mr. William Ellwood HeineckeChairman and CEO
Minor International Public Company Limited
M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula
M.R. Pridiyathorn DevakulaFormer Deputy Prime Minister
Mr. Banthoon Lamsam
Mr. Banthoon LamsamChairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Boontuck Wungcharoen
Mr. Boontuck WungcharoenCEO
TMB Bank Public Company Limited
Mr. Chartsiri Sophonpanich
Mr. Chartsiri SophonpanichPresident
Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited
Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich
Khunying Chodchoy SophonpanichPresident
Thai Environmental and Community Development Association (Magic Eyes)
Mr. David Lyman
Mr. David LymanChairman & Chief Values Officer
Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd.
Mr. Harald Link
Mr. Harald LinkChairman
B. Grimm
Khun Kamala Sukosol
Khun Kamala SukosolPresident
Sukosol Hotels Group
Mr. Kirati Assakul
Mr. Kirati AssakulDirector
Ocean Glass Public Company Limited
Mr. Kirit Shah
Mr. Kirit Shah Chairman
GP Group
Mr. Richard David Han
Mr. Richard David HanCEO
Hana Microelectronics Group
Mr. Santi Bhirombhakdi
Mr. Santi BhirombhakdiPresident
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd
Mr. Surin Osathanugrah
Mr. Surin OsathanugrahChairman
Bangkok Rinvest Co., Ltd
Mr. Suchin Wanglee
Mr. Suchin WangleeChairman of the Board
The Navakij Insurance Public Company Limited
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Thailand’s Business Leaders Pledge to Protect Elephants Press Launch Photographs

WildAid Thailand launched its Thailand’s Business Leaders Pledge to Protect Elephants project under the Ivory Free Thailand campaign on March 13th 2017, Thai Elephant Day. As a part of the project, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products.

Joining the event and representing the 15 signatories of the pledge at the event were Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited; Mr. David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer, Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd.; Mr. Kirati Assakul, Director, Ocean Glass Public Company Limited and Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich, President, Thai Environmental and Community Development Association (Magic Eyes). The event also had a panel discussion hosted by Mr. Varin Sachdev on Thailand’s ivory trade situation and the roles of businesses in ending the ivory trade. Joining our business leaders as panelists were Mr. Somkiat Soontornpitakkool, Director of CITES Management Authorities, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Thailand and Mr. Brian Adams, Asia Program Manager, WildAid.

At the end of the event token of appreciation was presented to the business leaders and event sponsors, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort.





Ivory Free is an intiative of WildAid. WildAid runs its Ivory Free campaigns in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. The Ivory Free campaign calls on consumers to never buy, own or accept ivory as gifts. The Ivory Free Thailand campaign was kicked off on 13th June 2016 with celebrity ambassadors such as renowned international martial arts actor Tony Jaa, National football team coach Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang, national football team players Jay Chanathip Songkrasin, Kong Kroekrit Thawikan and a renowned Thai actress and television host Kathaleeya McIntosh, carrying the campaign message.


WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $289 million in annual pro-bono media support. Our message reaches 500 billion people a year. WildAid’s strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.


For more information or media inquiries, please contact:

Thailand Representative
Email: nuthatai@wildaid.org


Communications Specialist (Thailand)
Email: rabia@wildaid.org