The Group's operations and activities are carried out in an environmentally friendly manner. Key initiatives and practices for plantation activities that are always in place include the followings;
Key initiatives and practices for mill operation that are in
Our employees currently enjoy modern living quarters in our estates and mills. The estates and mills are also equipped with modern offices supported by improved infrastructure such as roads, schools, clinics, transportation, playground, community halls and places of worship. Essential basic communication facilities are provided throughout our estates and mills.
The Group also provides educational assistance to its employees and compassionate contribution for their families as the need arises.
Requisite trainings and staff development programmes are on going and remain a key priority of the Group in developing and enhancing competencies at all levels of the workforce.
To complement the development of functional competencies, the Group believes that a healthy regime and combination of recreational and staff wellness activities will further boost and sustain a high level of performance at the workplace. In this respect, employees at all operational locations within the Group, including those at corporate and head offices, are actively involved in sports and recreational events throughout the year. Besides inter team games held amongst employees within the Group, the Company is also well represented in sports and games tournaments organised by external parties and agencies. All operational locations are equipped with games and recreational facilities to provide employees and workers with beneficial and healthy forms of off-work activities.
The Group purchases fresh fruit bunches (FFB) from the smallholders nearby the two mills of the Group. Purchase from smallholders is one of the key corporate social initiatives of the Group and provides smallholders a steady income.
In addition, the Group participates in the Native Customary Rights (NCR) joint ventures whereby the NCR land owners benefit through the development of their land into oil palm plantations. The development of NCR land will also create job opportunities and entrepreneurship for the local communities.
In February 2008, the Group participated in the Eastern Times Newspaper Press Run and contributed RM300,000 to the Yayasan SEHATI Education Fund Charitable Trust, the Association of Chinese Aided Primary Schools Kuching- Samarahan and the St. Augustine School Betong Education Fund.
In the same month, the Group donated RM35,000 to the Parents-Teachers Associations of seven schools located in its oil palm estates in Miri and Mukah. This was followed by the handing over of two water tanks for SK SLDB No.1 Mukah in June 2008.
The Group regularly undertakes community focused activities and in April 2008, at the 7th Anniversary of the Cardiac Services of Sarawak General Hospital, SPB donated RM150,000 to the Sarawak Heart Foundation fund-raising campaign.
In August 2008, our Sports and Recreation Club members (SPB employees) visited the senior citizens at Rumah Kenangan, Sibu. Our staff brought food and towels for the residents besides entertaining them with karaoke songs.
In December 2008, the Group organised Hari Raya Aidiladha Celebrations at its estates. Food and slaughtered cattle/goats were distributed to the local Muslim community adjacent to our plantation estates.
Throughout 2008, the Group gave cash contributions to less fortunate members of our community and various associations during festive celebrations, provided transportation for senior citizens seeking medical treatment in local hospitals and supported sports and religious functions organised by local communities, especially for the orphans at the breaking of fast during Ramadhan. The Group also regularly organises blood donation campaigns for the Sarawak General Hospital blood bank.
SPB recognises the importance of effective communication with its shareholders, investors and other stakeholders. The Group ensures transparency and adheres to good corporate governance practices. SPB's corporate website provides easy access to information on the Group's financial and operations and email communications with the Group.
In addition, requisite policies and procedures are in place to ensure that business and operational conduct are executed within the expected line and requirements of business conducts and ethics.
Feedback and suggestions from the customers, suppliers and contractors are addressed promptly and follow up actions are taken accordingly.