Sime Darby Plantation’s initiatives to develop sustainable futures go beyond the boundaries of its operations because the company believes that the sustainability of its businesses is interdependent with the sustainability of the ecosystem surrounding its operations. It is our policy to always maintain ethical and transparent business practices in our effort to create a sustainable palm oil industry
These include supporting and promoting initiatives to protect and preserve the ecosystem, protecting and restoring waterways to their natural state, conserving forests, protecting animals, promoting biodiversity, among others.
Priority is given especially to vulnerable and endangered animals and preserving forest reserves particularly in and around areas of Sime Darby's operations. Through sponsorships via Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), these initiatives are also extended beyond Sime Darby's operations with long-term research and wildlife protection projects being commissioned and supported.
Efforts of Reforesting and Restoring Plant Biodiversity
PLANT – A – TREE PROGRAMME
Volunteers of the 'River & Trees For Life : Tree Planting Activity' gathering for a group photo after planting over 330 tree saplings along the riverbank of Sg. Damansara.
Close to our hearts are our efforts in reforesting and restoring plant biodiversity within our plantations. The Plant- A- Tree Programme that began since 2008 now records a total of 329,225 trees from 276 species have been planted within our estates.
Our main target is to plant one million of these endangered,rare and threatened (ERT) species of indigenous tropical forest trees over the next 5 years.
RIVER OF LIFE
In conjunction with the World Environment Day back in 2008, selected trees have been planted by the river banks of Tanah Merah Estate, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan as a way to encourage biodiversity of surrounding area.
The Carey Island Wildlife Sanctuary
212,000 hectares of Carey Island has been allocated for the biodiversity conservation area where over 99 hectares of the East Estate will become a centre green lung for this island. In hopes, Carey Island will become the gene back of rainforest tree species as well as a research and education centre.
160 hectares of unplanted area will soon become the new forest corridor and wildlife habitat following the success of the Carey island Wildlife Sanctuary. The planting of over 200 varieties of ERT tree species will help create diversity of interconnected habitats and benefiting wildlife. The biodiversity value for the land will also be increased.
Protecting Endangered Species
Sabah; home to the Orang Utan where Sime Darby Plantation signed an agreement with the Sabah State Government to assist in the rehabilitation of orang-utan habitats located in Ulu Segama, Sabah. With the help of Yayasan Sime Darby, we play the active role of reforesting 5,400 hectares of deforested land.
This RM25 million project will take up a duration of 10 years with aim of recreating the habitats for orang-utan and other wildlife as a whole.
Tabin Wildlife Reserve
The Borneo Sumatran Rhinoceros, Asian Pygmy Elephant,.Tembadau,Sunbear,Sundaland Clouded Leopard, Orang Utan and other primates, birds ,reptiles and amphibians as wells as river fish of various species can be found within these 120,000 hectares of Tabin Wildlife Reserve located in Sabah.
Sime Darby has pledged RM2.3 million for 2 years to continue the efforts of protecting and preserving the biodiversity of this reserve.
Belum- Temengor Forest Complex
This forest that is located in Perak is the only forest in the world that is the home to all 10 Malaysian species of hornills. Yayasan Sime Darby is currently sponsoring RM1.22 million in fund to the BTFC from year 2012 to 2014 to help conserve the diverse hornbill population.
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