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Wider employee engagement

Whilst the CR&S, HR and MATS functions all have specific sustainability goals and targets, which they drive down the business via their teams, employees across Olam are passionate about making a difference themselves, particularly in their local communities.

In 2015 these included:

Mangrove planting

Initiated by Rubber manager, Husen Danavira in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Mangrove planting team

Husen is leading a project in his community to plant mangrove in Tanjung Pasir, Tanggerang. Previously much of the mangrove had been cut down for firewood and the local community has been affected by the large waves. Supported by the local Buddhist temple, the programme has a 5 year vision to see mangrove forest restored along 1 km of beach, protecting the shoreline from waves and erosion and creating more habitat for shrimp, fish and crab for the fishermen to catch. Already 5,000 mangrove trees have been planted and they are hoping to plant another 5,000 by mid 2016 to complete the beach.

Fresno food drive

Initiated and coordinated by Olam Living in California.

The Olam SVI Fresno office helped support the fight against hunger by partnering with the Fresno Community Food Bank. On 3 October 2015, a group of 60 Olam employees and their families volunteered their time at the Fresno Community Food Bank. In just two hours, Olam’s group packed over 1,300 boxes of food for distribution and six pallets of juice boxes.

Hanford blood drive

Initiated and coordinated by Olam’s SVI Agricultural Operations Team

Olam’s SVI Agricultural Operations centre in Hanford, California held a blood drive support of the Central California Blood Centre. A total of 18 units of blood were donated to help those in need.

Singapore accountants spend time with the elderly

Initiated by Ernest Koh (Corporate Planning & Administration Manager) and Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan (President, Product Finance)

Olam Singapore participated in them International Accountants Day event held on 5 November 2015, Thursday, for the second year running. Organised by CPA Australia, the Singapore Accountancy Commission and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) for the fourth year, it provides companies with an opportunity to give back some time and resources to the community. The team of 20 took residents from the PERTAPIS Senior Citizen Fellowship Home on a tour to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.