THONG GUAN INDUSTRIES BERHAD
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At Thong Guan Industries Berhad, we recognize the need to strike a harmonious balance between private sector pursuits and corporate social responsibility, of which we continuously aim to live our core values in creating this synergy as an active corporate citizen.
We recognise that sustainability is primarily about carrying out our business operations responsibly and that companies can make a positive impact in the community through investment in education, sports, community care, environmental projects and occupational safety and health.
In 2007, we continued to support educational, charitable and other meaningful social causes through direct donations and in-kind support.Through these efforts, we hope to not only foster community spirit but also encourage our employees and business associates to be actively involved in these continuous programmes.
Every year,Thong Guan Industries Berhad and its subsidiaries recruit students for its internship initiative where students from colleges, technical schools and both local and overseas universities are accepted for industrial and practical training in the Group's operations.Under this initiative,more than 50 students have been engaged in various departments including production, engineering, administration and finance.The Group has also embarked on offer- ing vacation job opportunities for students during their long semester breaks.
Besides providing students the opportunity to put in practice their skills, the internship programme is a learning platform for hands-on experience and on-the-job training.The initiative also gives students a head start in their career when suitable trainees are offered job opportunities upon completion of their tertiary studies.
In our commitment towards community development and life-long education,Thong Guan Industries Berhad welcomes social groups and learning institutions to our manufacturing plants, both to our plastic packaging and beverage processing factories for educational trips.The company has since hosted senior citizens and students from various associations and schools including members of the Penang Senior Citizens Association and children from the Pei Shin Primary School in Kuala Kedah.
In 2007, we also took on an initiative to support the less privileged children through a local orphanage home, the Vallalar Mandram Orphanage in Sungai Petani, Kedah with donation in cash and kind.The company also donated to local charitable organizations such as the Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah and to local schools’ programmes such as the publication of yearly school magazines and to school events such as sports day.
In the area of sports,Thong Guan Industries Berhad is the corporate sponsor for the Malaysian national table tennis team and is also the proud sponsor of the Malaysian national women champion for 2007, Ms Ng Sock Khim. The 24-year-old has bagged the silver medal in the 2007 SEA Games and is the winner of four gold medals in the overall Malaysian national championships last year.
Occupational Safety and Health, and the Environment
Thong Guan Industries Berhad has pledged to continue our efforts in creating a safe and healthy working environment and efficient environmental management system towards sustainable business planning and development.
We recognize that we have a commitment to the people who use our products and to the people we employ.We have taken a number of steps to move our businesses towards more environmentally and socially responsible practices. We ensure the safety and health of our employees while they are at work by complying with the standards laid down in the Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1994 as well as the Environment Quality Act, 1974.
In 2006, both our factories in Malaysia and in China were accredited the ISO14001 and in 2007, the plastic packaging factory in Sungai Petani was awarded the OHSAS18001. In line with this, we believe that integrating environmental, health and safety considerations into our business practices helps us to improve efficiency, increase our value as a group of company and grow our business in an ethical and sustainable manner.