We recognise the importance of environmental protection for the long term sustainability of our businesses. Our materiality assessment in 2016 showed that the most immediate issues within our own operations relate to resource use and the impact of this use – particularly water and energy, and the waste generated. We mainly operate in industrialised zones and urban areas, primarily in the Klang Valley, Malaysia and have relatively little direct impact on biodiversity. Our most significant action points therefore target the reduction of our climate impacts through
minimising our carbon footprint and energy consumption, reducing our water impact and improving waste management.
A major sustainability issue faced by all industry sectors in Malaysia today is the recruitment and retention of employees – from unskilled workers to highly skilled professionals. Our approach to this challenge includes focusing on creating and maintaining safe workplaces, and an engaging and supportive culture to empower talented individuals to succeed.
Code of Conduct and Ethics
The Group is committed to conducting its businesses in compliance with local laws and regulations and with utmost
integrity, transparency and accountability. A code of conduct and ethics, which is included in both our Group employee handbooks and on our website – www.ppbgroup.com – sets out the standards of conduct and personal behaviour our directors and employees are required to observe to ensure that the Group’s commitment is upheld.
The Group firmly believes in operating its businesses based on high standards of integrity, transparency, ethics and
accountability and is against corruption in all forms. Our code of conduct and ethics sets out the Group’s business values and practices by which our directors and employees are required to abide. We also have in place Group-wide whistleblowing policies with mechanisms to enable employees and external parties to confidentially report any breach, or suspected breach, of any law or of our policies and practices. All complaints are investigated and such breaches may lead to disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
CSR Task Force
We see ourselves as a force for good in the communities where we operate. Local wealth creation is identified as an important material issue for the Group and we are committed to balancing our business needs with support for community growth and well-being. In this, we have taken a more strategic approach to planning and delivering community investment programmes that are closely linked to our businesses and areas of operation. The SSC is responsible for overseeing the Group’s community investments. To assist the SSC in devising strategies and reviewing, managing, implementing and tracking our community investment programmes, a CSR Task Force comprising representatives from PPB’s Head Office and the subsidiaries was set up in 2017. Our Group community investment strategy has three pillars – Social, Environmental, and Arts and Culture – that support programmes including youth education and development, living skills and standards enhancement, environmental awareness and health activities.