At Halcyon Agri we recognise the nexus between good environmental, social and governance practices, and a healthy sustainable business. Since 2010 we have journeyed along our roadmap towards our goal of being an exemplary leader in best practices within the sector. Our policy is to work with stakeholders including industry partners, adopting a proactive approach towards minimising the environmental impacts of our practices and processes, positively contributing towards the communities in which we operate, and maintaining strict compliance to rule of law.
Halcyon Agri conducts a full sustainability assessment bi-annually with an external consultant. Assessments are undertaken to provide some background and guidance on our commitment towards Sustainability Reporting. Our first report was published in mid-2013 for FY 2012 and is based on SGX Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting and those of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A follow up report will published Q1 2015 for FY 2014.
Recognising the importance and opportunities of creating a healthy social environment, Halcyon Agri invests in its people by providing housing, utilities, places of worship, agricultural land, and food allowances for its staff. As an enrichment activity we encourage sports and trained a youth football team in Palembang Indonesia comprising children of our staff.
Health & Safety
Although incident rates have been historically low, 2014 overall saw improvements over previous years. Nevertheless, the Company views any single incident or accident as serious and in 2014/15 we will drive continuous improvement through employee education, upgrading, and better housekeeping.
Production facilities utilise a chemical free active flow biological effluent treatment system. Discharge water is tested on a daily basis to ensure that effluent quality is well below legal compliance limits. We also recycle water to supplement operational usage and provide for community non-portable usage. Likewise, air emissions from our facilities are tested for compliance on a regular basis.
Waste Reduction & Recycling
Although solid waste management is not a significant aspect of business operations initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste are a standard operational practice at production sites. Production machinery is serviced on-site in order to prolong operational lifespan. All scrap metals, wood, and plastics are recycled. Rubber debris collected from wet lines is donated to surrounding small enterprises that supply other manufacturers that make rubber products such as shoe soles and carpet backings, while sediment from water treatment activities is a fertile growing medium and donated to surrounding farms after contamination testing.
We continually seek to improve the efficiency of our processing methods through the modification and strict maintenance regime for our production machinery. This helps us minimise the production cost of natural rubber products through resource savings. Existing heating systems are optimised to deliver maximum energy efficiency with monitoring and benchmarking of energy use as a standard practice. While currently engaged in expansion plans to boost production capacity we are also conducting research to identify the best available technology to meet energy demands through use of sustainable fuels with a low carbon footprint, e.g. natural gas and renewables.
The Company engages in regular dialogue with customers, suppliers, our workers and their families, in order to understand and respond to their needs. Through regular participation in industry meetings organised by groups, such as the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Rubber Association (SICCRA), Rubber Trade Association of Singapore (RTAS), and the Indonesian Rubber Association (Gapkindo), Malaysian Rubber Board, and customers, Halcyon Agri is on the forefront of developments within the industry and strives to better understand the needs of stakeholders.
Top management is committed towards progressive implementation of Halcyon Agri’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Currently production facilities are certified to ISO 9001. Operations in Malaysia are compliant with the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems, and OSHAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety, and will achieve certification for both within 2014.
All Indonesian subsidiaries are on track to be certified within 2015.
Halcyon Agri models its CSR programme on ISO 26001 Guidance Notes on CSR.
Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited
180 Clemenceau Avenue #05-02
Haw Par Centre
Telephone: +65 6460 0200
Fax: +65 6460 0257