Sustainability Sustainability Practices
The Group’s employees are exposed to sector related risks at our estates and mills, be it exposure to sharp tools, hazardous chemicals, heavy machineries and commuting hazards in the estate involving tractor and motorcycle.
As the safety and health of our employees is important to our sustainability purpose and to the sustained growth of the Group, we have established guidelines and SOP pertaining to OSH which is guided by the Group Safety and Health Policy.
The policy safeguards our employees through the prevention of work-related illnesses as well as workplace accidents. At the same time, the aim is to establish a conducive, safe and healthy workplace environment that will boost productivity. We also encourage our employees to lead a healthy lifestyle by participating in outdoor activities and sports. In addition, it is important that our employees comply with higher standard of OSH guidelines.
The Group consistently performs reviews and assessments on incident trends and safety standards to reduce the risk of injury on a regular basis and to ensure we keep abreast with industry best practices.
We respect the diversity of our employees and are committed to cultivating a workplace environment that empowers our employees to realise their full potential.
At the same time, we respect the rights of every employee including our migrant workers and are focused on ensuring that our employees are not impacted by all forms of discrimination and harassment.
We have in place a range of talent development and training programmes that provide solid prospects for growth as part of the Group’s Learning and Development Policy. During the year, our employees were able to take part in the following training programmes:
- Code on Corporate Governance Talk
- Core Competencies Workshop
- English for Business Communication Skills
- Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Seminar
- In-House Training provided by Estate
In line with our commitment to human rights protection, Boustead Plantations Berhad acknowledges and respects the rights of our employees including migrant workers. We understand that migrant workers may be exposed to a higher risk of exploitation during recruitment and employment process, and thus has taken the necessary steps to protect their rights.
Our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Recruitment and Employment of Migrant Worker(s) provides a set of guidelines to establish a responsible, fair and ethical recruitment of all migrant workers within our plantation operations.
The SOP, which was adopted in September 2022, reinforces our commitment to ethical recruitment and effectively reduces risks of abuse of migrant workers. The SOP governs the ethical requirements and procedures on recruitment process of migrant workers, covering aspects - amongst others - on pre-departure, arrival and post-employment, with emphasis on our ‘zero recruitment fees’ policy.
Our longstanding commitment to the environmental, social and governance principles strengthens our obligation to equal treatment of workers without any discrimination in employment.
Boustead Plantations Berhad is committed to resolving conflict and/or dispute over land through engagement and consultation with the affected communities and other relevant institutions. As a responsible plantation company, we recognise the importance of establishing a healthy affiliation with parties and communities in the vicinity of our operations.
We have put in place an action plan in resolving matters arising from land dispute involving our operations.