THEY are the big boys in the plantations industry and global players as well.
But beyond the golden harvests that bring in the money, they also do their part
to give back to society. And for these companies, their corporate social
responsibility (CSR) agenda is focused on community work and the
The IOI Group's formation years were associated with real estate when it
forayed into property development in 1982 followed by oil palm plantations in
Today, IOI Group is internationally known as a leading global integrated palm
oil player with operations stretching the entire palm value chain, from
seedlings to plantations to crop oil extraction to diverse value-added
manufacturing across major continents serving global markets in more than 65
The group's Vision IOI is the hallmark of its CSR activities.
A spokeperson for IOI told StarBiz through an email that back in 1995, long
before the phrases “corporate responsibility”, “sustainability” and “going
green” became popular in the business world, the senior management had
introduced its Vision IOI, which readily acknowledges its responsibility towards
various stakeholders, namely its shareholders, customers, employees, business
associates, community and the nation.
“IOI believes that the sustainability of its businesses is interdependent on
the sustainability of the ecosystem surrounding its operations. It holds firmly
to operating its businesses in ways that meet regulatory requirements on
environmental impact in countries or markets where it operates,” the spokeperson
The spokeperson also said IOI continually invested in green technology such
as new milling technology that minimises effluent and pollutant output, and also
waste-water treatment facility to minimise its impact on the environment.
The children adoption programme – one of IOI’s
Through an efficient and effective plantation management programme, IOI's
palm oil yield per hectare is 50% greater than the industry average, which has
resulted in a dramatic reduction in the land required to produce the same amount
of palm oil by a remarkable 80,000ha.
This efficient use of land translates into lower fertiliser, pesticide and
energy usage as well as lower greenhouse gas emissions that in turn deliver
significant benefits to the environment.
As a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), IOI
has played an active role in promoting sustainable practices since its inception
in 2004. It also advocates sustainable agricultural practices in its estates to
bring growth and use of certified sustainable palm oil to the world market.
To date, 42 estates with planted areas of about 78,000ha, or about 51% of its
total planted areas plus seven palm oil mills of IOI, have been certified by the
Currently, there are six palm oil mills, and its supplying estates in Sabah
and Peninsular Malaysia have been awarded the International Standard for Carbon
Certification (ISCC) for complying with the ISCC System GmbH certification
system that distinguishes sustainable products from non-sustainable ones for
customers. It is also an initiative to avoid unwanted ecological and social side
effects of the extending biomass production in the various regions of the
Besides embracing sustainability and good business practices, IOI also
strives to improve the local community's growth and well-being with greater
emphasis on education and human capital development.
With this in mind, the Yayasan Tan Sri Lee Shin Cheng (Yayasan TSLSC), a
charitable foundation which is wholly-funded by the IOI Group, was established
in 1994. Since then, Yayasan TSLSC has contributed millions of ringgit to
various schools, hospitals, welfare homes and charitable bodies, and has given
out scholarships and grants to a few hundred schools and university
IJM Plantations Bhd sustains its CSR footprint by engaging in numerous
initiatives in line with its corporate theme of Nurturing Sustainability.
The CSR initiatives are classified under four pillars of sustainability,
namely productivity and innovation, care for environment, investor in people and
returning to the community.
This CSR framework is also in line with Bursa Malaysia's CSR framework that
focuses on the environment, community, workplace and marketplace.
IJM Plantations has chosen sports as part of its CSR effort through an
academy called Academy of Rugby Excellence.
IJM Plantations chief executive officer and managing director Joseph Tek
Choon Yee told StarBiz the academy was set up in 2002 to nurture youngsters to
be good in both their studies and rugby.
“It also promotes character building and leadership development.As the land
area for the group's oil palm plantation is in Sabah, the project is focused on
the state where the beneficiaries are local primary and secondary students and
teachers. The project remains in the forefront as a unique platform for
sustainable sports development in Sabah.”
Tek said through collaboration with Sabah's education department and the
Sabah Rugby Union, 40 schoolboys from form one to four remain full-time “rugby
students” at the IJM Plantations-sponsored Centre for Sabah Rugby Excellence in
The group's employees also carry out rugby coaching clinics in local schools
in Sandakan and other sports activities for the estate workers' children.
IJM Plantations also collaborates with the Borneo Child Aid Society in the
provision of basic education for children in plantations.
In addition, talented dancers and performers have been trained by the
teachers, while a junior rugby team has also been formed.
Two new purpose-built learning centres are being constructed in the Sugut
region to cater to the educational needs of over 340 children.
As part of its community work, IJM Plantations operates 11 day-care centres,
10 kindergartens, two community halls, and various sports facilities throughout
Sime Darby Bhd has identified four pillars to support its CSR initiatives,
namely environment, community, education and sports.
For the environment, Sime Darby adopts best environmental practices that
ensure environmental sustainability in all operational activities. Its focus on
environmental management and conservation has resulted in initiatives for
wildlife and natural habitat conservation.
For the community, Sime Darby believes in protecting, supporting and
respecting human rights, equality and fairness. Accordingly, president and group
chief executive officer Mohd Bakke said Sime Darby was committed to identifying,
supporting and sponsoring programmes aimed at developing and advancing the
It further upholds the principles of respecting human rights, equality and
fairness through non-discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion or
impairments not relevant to employment.
It commits to a wide range of CSR initiatives under this pillar which
includes community infrastructure facilities that enhance estates and townships,
health programmes, policies on gender equality and child protection, and
providing aid to natural disaster victims globally.
Sime Darby’s CSR project – learning the
different species of mangrove trees.
In education, Sime Darby's core philosophy is nurturing and developing human
capital. Among other initiatives, Sime Darby provides scholarships, research
grants and sponsorship of educational programmes for deserving candidates, the
underprivileged and those in need of financial support and access to
Sime Darby is committed to establishing educational programmes that benefit
and enhance the quality of life for its employees and their children.
Underpinning this philosophy is Sime Darby's commitment to educational
excellence at all levels.
For sports, Sime Darby encourages an active and healthy lifestyle through
participation in sports. By that, Sime Darby commits to developing and
supporting initiatives with regard to sports, recreation and other activities
that facilitate growth and development.
Initiatives that focus on the healthy living concept and which present a
healthy lifestyle proposition appeal to Sime Darby. This commitment is further
demonstrated through its conscious effort to promote the healthy living theme in
its business ventures and operations.
Sime Darby's support for the sports pillar includes identifying and nurturing
local sports personalities, such that the national aspiration for producing
world-class sports personalities becomes a possibility.