Contributing To A Better Society

Labour Standards

We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer. We respect our employees’ rights with regards to freedom of association, their freedom of movement and their rights for a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    We believe in enhancing the potential and strength of diversity of our workforce.
    Objective

    To ensure that the Group continues to embed respect for diversity and inclusion in its strategy and operations
    Progress

    In FY2015, Sime Darby established a Policy on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. Recognising the importance of ensuring a safe, conducive and productive working environment for all our employees, the Policy strives to ensure that employees, irrespective of position, gender or race, are treated fairly, with dignity and free from any form of harassment, humiliation and intimidation. Trainings on the importance of reporting harassment at the workplace has been carried out for all operating units at both estates and offices. 

    Women make up about 23% of employees within the Upstream Operations of our Plantation Division. We are committed to protecting their rights and providing them with equal opportunity and fair treatment, in line with Principle 6 of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). To that end, a Gender Policy was developed together with the creation of a Gender Committee specifically to address areas of concern for women. The Gender Committee organises education and awareness programmes to prevent harassment and violence, advancement of women’s rights, protection of reproductive health as well as continuous education and skills training. 


    In FY2015, the Committee developed the Gender Committee Handbook, to help guide the implementation of activities under the Committee. A defined structure was also introduced for the Committee, allowing it to better influence management issues. Social Worker Executives were assigned with the responsibility to address specific welfare and social development matters with direct support from senior management. In FY2015 alone, 22 Committees actively conducted engagement initiatives for over 150 women in estates and mills. Moving forward, the goal is to create a system that is self-sustaining in all our estates and mills in Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia.  
    Approach

    We view equality and diversity as a business imperative and strive to foster an inclusive culture that is reflective of the richly diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as cultures of the communities where we operate. Efforts to foster mutual respect and the appreciation of cultural diversity continue to be carried out both in Malaysia and abroad. Appreciating the numerous ethnicities that make up the Sime Darby Group, cultural diversity workshops are held in Divisions and cultural events are celebrated together throughout the year.

    Promoting gender equality is also an important element for our workforce. Women employees make up more than 20% of Sime Darby's total global workforce. We recognise that women play an important role in economic development and contribute valuable skills, talent and experience to the workplace. This includes providing a conducive and enabling platform for women to achieve greater gender equality in the workplace.  
  • Freedom of Association
    We engage our employees by providing effective platforms of communications
    Objective 

    To constantly and consistently maintain an open and effective relationship with our employees
    Progress

    In FY2015, the strength of our employees covered by collective bargaining arrangements increased by 74% from FY2014, from approximately 74,000 to 98,000, following the inclusion of New Britain Palm Oil Limited into the Sime Darby Group. 
    Approach

    We respect the rights of our employees to join and form organisations of their own choice and to bargain collectively. Our employees are currently represented through formal collective bargaining agreements in nine countries, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Liberia, Vietnam, South Africa, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea. 

    In locations and industries where official trade unions do not exists, we strive to provide a platform for consultation, addressing grievances and collective agreements through focus groups and dialogues. These platforms provide alternative means for administrative roles to discuss issues pertaining to their roles as a group.
  • Grievance Mechanisms
    We manage and respond to employee grievances in a transparent, fair and effective manner.
    Within the Sime Darby Group, there are firmly established grievance procedures and whistleblowing channels which all of our employees and external parties are encouraged to use to report on potential ethics, human rights, legal or regulatory violations, including improper or unethical business practices. We commit to investigating all reported incidents and to take appropriate actions where violations have been proven.

    Our Grievance Policy provides a framework for non-discriminatory and fair treatment of all cases involving all parties. This includes the lowest organisational management level and/or point of origin. The whistleblowing channel is available on our website in multiple languages and is a secure anonymous platform for reports of actual, potential, or suspected wrongdoings without fear of repercussions. 

    Our Plantation Division has developed its own procedures in handling land disputes and social issues. These procedures are followed as the initial steps in addressing disputes before proceeding with individual issues on a case-to-case basis. More details on this is available at the Sime Darby Plantation website at http://www.simedarbyplantation.com.
  • Adequate Working and Living Conditions
    We enhance the working experience and environment of our employees
    Objective 

    To provide employment opportunities that delivers a safe workplace, fair wages and equal treatment for all. 
    Progress

    Periodical reviews are done to ensure that our employees continue to enjoy access to adequate housing, healthcare and other amenities. In our estates, Central Housing Complex (CHC) are developed based on a better community-living model, in line with our aim to enhance the living standards of our plantation employees. As a pilot project, the CHC at Tennamaram Estate in Malaysia was built to provide upgraded housing and amenities for nearly 300 estate and mill employees. Sime Darby Plantation will spend a total of RM2 billion over the next 10 to 15 years to establish the CHC throughout most of its plantations in Malaysia.
    Approach
    As a business, we have the responsibility to deliver economic growth. We endeavour to provide adequate working and living conditions to spur the social advancement of the communities where we operate.  In all our operations, we are committed to creating a productive labour force by delivering fair income within reasonable working conditions. For our operations that are located in challenging and developing areas, living arrangements and access to basic needs are also provided, and are considered central to the well-being of our people.
  • Employee Training on Human Rights
    We engage our employees to inform them of  and empower them with their rights at the workplace.
    In our effort to operationalise business and human rights, we understand that it is also important for our people to have the necessary knowledge and awareness. Various training programmes and workshops are currently being carried out to ensure that the different levels of the workforce have the correct capacity in terms of human rights. Training programmes are tailored to specifically meet requirements of different target audiences to ensure all employees understand their rights. For relevant functions and departments who are responsible for the implementation of policies, mitigation plans and reporting structures, a more focused training approach is being developed. This focused training will emphasise on the implementation and operationalisation of human rights within the company. 

    Learning tools are also developed to equip a wider audience within Sime Darby with knowledge and awareness of human rights. 
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