|Corporate Social Responsibility|
The Group continually works to inspire the values and principles of our CSR activities across all levels of businesses and operations by encouraging community well-being, engaging employees’ hearts and minds in activities designed to enhance society and improve workplace, as well as promoting environmental responsibility.
For a Brighter Tomorrow
The Group strongly believes in making a difference for the needy as the business grows from strength to strength, and in 2013, the Shun Tak volunteer team was set up to promote such initiatives. In the same year, the Group has also been upgraded from a Grade A+ to a Grade AA ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) rating by the independent research firm RepuTex who works in partnership with Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited for the management and compilation of the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series, of which the Company is a constituent member.
Employees are our greatest assets. They are the building blocks that define the company. It is therefore a priority to ensure that a safe, healthy and indiscriminating working environment can be offered, where our staff can perform to their best ability and maintain a good work-life balance. In 2013, the Group supported a number of health-related seminars and workshops on chiropractic pain, healthy eating and insomnia to improve the well-being of our colleagues; as well as interest classes and hobby groups in enhancing quality of life. The Group believes there is no end to learning and there is always room to grow. Over the year, the Group contributed towards the training fund and sponsored more than 60 staff to attend various work-related courses. TurboJET is recognized for demonstrating manpower training and development for its employees and received the Manpower Developer Award Scheme last year.
With greater success comes greater responsibility to give back to the community that has helped us grow. The Group believes there is greater meaning in our community engagement activities when our employees actively participate and take every opportunity to reach out and serve the needy directly. Over the year, TurboJET has participated in various charity and welfare activities works. In Lunar New Year 2013, 40 volunteers spent an afternoon with the elderly over “Poon Choi” lunch and brought with them packets of rice as lunar year blessing. Participating in the “Indoor Rowing Competition 2013” organized by Macau Special Olympics, the message of integrating mentally challenged people into Macau community were spread, and TurboJET clinched the Caridade Social 2013 award for its effort. In addition, TurboJET has jointly-cared for 60 single-parent families with Lions Club Macau and sponsored 150 adults and children to a Hong Kong Disneyland trip, as well as being the official carrier in the 2013 Salvation Army O! Day fund-raising campaign and sponsored ferry tickets for all the participants.
On the Group level, 28 volunteers celebrated the Tuen Ng holiday in June 2013 with senior citizens who live alone and brought gifts of rice dumplings to extend the warmth of the festival with the elderly. In November and December 2013, a group of more than 20 staff from the Shun Tak voluntary service team visited the children at Po Leung Kuk, and also the elderly under the care of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals at the Wong Chuk Hang Complex. Toys, stationery and daily amenities were given out as staff share the joyous festive spirit with those in need. Other fund-raising events we supported include Community Chest Walks for Millions, the Salvation Army O! Day, and the Central Rat Race for the MINDSET.
Our CSR activities for community go beyond volunteer works and sponsorship. Recognizing the importance of building sustainability into business in order not to compromise the natural environment through our operations, each operational division is bound by a list of environmental objectives. Apart from guiding internal processes, these policies also set standards for external contractors and suppliers. Working with various external consultants, the Group implemented changes to reduce carbon footprint, save resources and promote eco-friendly practices. Responding to calls for environmental conservation, the Group and TurboJET supported recycling programs organized by Caritas Hong Kong and The Salvation Army, and donated unused office equipment; as well as cartons of used books to World Vision Hong Kong. In 2013, TurboJET joined the International Coastal Cleanup and collected 190 kilograms of rubbish; a team of 40 volunteers participated in tree planting organized by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in support of nature conservation. The shipping division also renewed its Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence Wastewi$e Label. Property management division has also clinched numerous green awards in properties within its portfolio, including Excellent Class Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certificate, the Certificate of Programme on Source Separation of Commercial and Industrial Waste, Certificate of Quality Water Recognition Scheme for Buildings to name just a few. These divisions also participated in the Earth Hour campaign organized by World Wide Fund for Nature to promote energy conservation.
For the 7th consecutive year, the Group participated in a School-Company-Parent program organized by the Young Entrepreneurs Development Council. 26 students were invited to gain first-hand insights on commercial operations and an understanding of entrepreneurial spirit through 5 workshops and a visit to TurboJET shipyard. TurboJET continued to offer its annual scholarship in support of students who have opted for maritime or transportation studies. In addition, TurboJET also organized summer courses for young children to participate along with their parents, to encourage creative learning through painting and clay modelling. Two awards, namely the “Best Performance of School-Company Partnership 2012-2013” and “Great Entrepreneurs Spirit 2012-2013” were honored for the Group’s dedication towards nurturing the young generation.