A significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge.
Having a social impact is the result of a deliberate set of activities with a goal around this definition.
Backed by Senior Leadership and the Board of Directors since the very beginning, CSR at BMMI has evolved into a very natural way of doing things.
When a more strategic approach to responsibility was taken in 2011, our mission was very simple: being socially responsible and making difference to our people, our community and our environment, wherever we operate.
For those of you who don’t know, ‘Think Local’ a major CSR initiative was launched by our now Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Yasmin Mohamed!
In 2014, we took steps to work towards a post Millennium Development Goals agenda in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that align with our core business. With a heavy involvement in the food industry, we have always seen ourselves as a company that nourishes the lives of our employees, our customers, the communities in which we operate. Following an extensive stakeholder engagement exercise, we launched our sustainability policy, Nourishing Life with three interconnected pillars: Zero-Waste, Truth & Wellbeing.
While corporate citizenship is not a new concept at BMMI, we recognise that as with any worthy endeavor, sustainability will be an on-going and continuously evolving journey. This is exactly why BMMI has always aimed to foster a progressive environment to make it a great place to work. From training and development, emergency financial assistance, equality, to a flexible working environment.
With all our CSR initiatives, we are constantly reviewing initiatives and seeking new partnerships. From supporting individuals with disabilities to gain transferable job skills through the Employment Faciliation Training Service? (EFTS) programme, to our focus on food waste reduction through our continued collaboration with Conserving Bounties - we’ve strategized the way we support our communities, our environment and our people.
Today, the team has developed regular communication to the management and the board about CSR, what we are doing and why. In-line with our first corporate value—Honesty—we commit to being transparent in sharing this progress with you all, both through our annual COP and other primary channels of communication.
Our 2020 goal is to have CSR and sustainability truly embedded across our operations and at the core of our different departments. We aim to drive our triple bottom line, contributing to sustainable development and enriching society and the planet through our business.
We ask for your continued feedback and partnership in this journey. This year, our focus will be to revisit our policy, engage in stakeholder feedback to ensure our pillars are relevant and never in isolation but together with all of you across the group. Watch out, we’re coming to hear from you very soon!