Sustainability And Corporate Responsibility

Doing business with sustainability in mind is not only a matter of balanced corporate responsibility, but is also sensible from a business perspective. We strive to retain our competitive edge by being dedicated to our stakeholders, our people, the environment and the local communities where we operate. The Group’s sustainability approach covers 5 key areas:

  • Engaging Stakeholders

    The creation of long-term value is only possible through considering the interests of all our stakeholders: our shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate.

    Our stakeholders’ expectations revolve around good returns, sustainable profits, growth, regulatory compliances, transparency and accountability. We respond to our stakeholders’ expectations through improvements in our business strategy, governance and corporate reporting framework.

    Stakeholders are provided with timely updates of the Group’s financial performance through announcements to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, which are posted on our corporate website at, along with other relevant updates.


  • Community Care & Involvement

    The Group has always supported the welfare and well-being of communities that live near our operations particularly in helping the underprivileged and the less fortunate. The Group continued its community care and involvement vide various contributions in the form of donations, sponsorships and support in kind to various schools, charitable bodies and local community endeavours.

    During FYE 2016, the main focus area for the Group community investment activities are education, sport, youth and social welfare.



  • Safety & Health

    The Group places top priority in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees.

    Towards this end, we comply with all the relevant national laws, regulations and other requirements relating to best practices in occupational safety and health; and constantly carry out activities aimed at preventing work injuries. Preventive and scheduled maintenance are regularly performed on all the Group’s facilities, plants, storage tanks and terminals; whereupon repairs and replacements are made when necessary or appropriate. Employees who use any machinery are trained to do so properly, while training programmes in the use of personal protective equipment for workers exposed to hazardous materials are regularly conducted and have been a vital part of the Group’s operations.

    Emergency preparedness is important aspect within our operations, thus our facilities are equipped with firefighting systems and have in place adequate response plans, spill prevention and other programs to respond to emergencies.



  • Talent Development & Employee Engagement

    Developing our people is an essential part of our success, now and in the future. We want to engage our people by providing opportunities for their personal growth, and help them develop to support and enable the growth of the Group at every level.

    The Group’s talent development initiatives include graduate estate cadet programmes, in-house training, external seminars/workshops and a host of other efforts. In addition, we facilitate job rotations between functional units to enable our employees to broaden their skills and knowledge base, as well as to provide exposure to different roles and responsibilities. Employees also have the opportunity to undertake overseas assignments for exposure in different markets.


    The Group provides quality housing for its expatriate employees. In addition, our estates provide housing and amenities for its plantation workers together with clean water and proper sanitation.

    Our Indonesian subsidiary, PTNJL, also provides free transportation for the workers’ children to nearby local schools. There is also a clinic and crèche at the estate to cater to the needs of the plantation staff and workers.


    During the year, the Manufacturing and Bulking Divisions continue to provide financial aid to children of their employees to help them pursue their tertiary education in institutes of higher learning in Malaysia. The Bulking Division had also maintained its long-standing tradition of rewarding cash incentives to children of its employees who have excelled in the UPSR, PT3 and SPM examinations.

    The Group encourages its employees to take part in numerous activities organised by Kelab Sukan Fima such as Ramadhan iftar function, Hari Raya Open House and sporting events. Family days, weekend retreats and festive gatherings were also regularly organised at the divisional level as a means to promote harmonious relationship and interaction amongst staff from across the Group and to foster a sense of belonging to the Group.




  • Minimising our Environmental Footprint

    The Group endeavours to minimize the environmental impact of its operations from manufacturing to plantation. In each business segment, we are constantly looking ways to reduce our environmental footprint. The Group’s priorities within this include:

    Sustainable Agriculture Practices

    Conservation of areas: Within our estates, areas alongside river banks (riparian reserves) are set aside as conservation areas wildlife corridors which include, among others, sanctuaries for migratory birds and habitat for jungle flora and fauna.

    preservation of area


    Soil Management: We follow best industry practices e.g. application of empty fruit bunches (EFB) to new plantings and establishing cover crops such as Mucuna bracteata. Such processes are recognised to improve soil properties, reduce erosion and lowers carbon dioxide emissions.

    soil management


    Biological controls against pests: Beneficial plants are planted to attract predators (insects) of leaf pests. These predators feed on leaf pest larvae thereby minimising the usage of pesticides. The introduction of barn owls in estates to suppress rodent population and the placement of pheromone traps to capture Rhinoceros beetles are among methods that have been adopted.



    Waste Management

    “Zero Waste” discharge: The Group adheres to a "zero waste" policy by recycling waste and by-products. At our palm oil mill in Indonesia, oil mill wastes comprising POME and EFB are converted into organic fertiliser or compost which is then applied directly at oil palm fields as a source of nutrients and to supplement fertiliser application.

    Fish waste generated by fish processing activities at IFC, the Food Division’s processing plant in Papua New Guinea are converted into fishmeal and sold companies involved in livestock industry.

    Hazardous waste and residual products recovered from Bulking terminal and manufacturing operations are disposed of in accordance with stringent industry standards and statutory requirements.

    Water Management

    The Group’s businesses are also focused on efficient water management through, inter alia, reusing water throughout their operations and rainwater harvesting.

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