The Group is constantly seeking to make a difference in the livelihood of the surrounding communities in the areas where it is operating. This includes employment and business creation opportunities, as well as support services, to help drive positive socio-economic impacts.
The Group embarks on engagements with the local communities, recognising their concerns and potential impacts on the people and their surrounding environment in relation to the social aspect in new land developments. The Group employs organised procedures relating to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) in engaging with the local communities. Lands are not developed without the mutual consent obtained from the relevant and affected parties. In the process of engagement with relevant stakeholders in where we operate, the potential negative impacts are well mitigated and positive impacts are enhanced as continuous improvement process in creating shared values to the local communities.
The diagram below indicates the various steps under the FPIC processes.
In addition, various awareness programmes are initiated to the neighbouring stakeholders involving sharing and extending the information on wildlife protection and fire mitigation and prevention especially in those located at areas with higher environmental risks and exposure to fire hazards. Stakeholder dialogues are organised in the operations annually and matters of mutual concern are deliberated.