Since becoming a member of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) on 16 April 2021, IOI Corporation Berhad (IOI) can leverage on the mission-driven non-profit organisation’s expertise to innovate, impact and create long-term positive changes in its seven core areas (climate change, diversity, equity, and inclusion, human rights, inclusive economy, supply chain sustainability, sustainability management, and women’s empowerment).
BSR facilitated our first virtual Sustainability Consultation Forum (SCF) on 18 May 2021 with the attendance of 40 IOI’s senior leadership and management team including IOI Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Dato’ Lee Yeow Chor, Plantation Director Mr NB Sudhakaran, Group Head of Sustainability Dr Surina Ismail as well as 14 external participants from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council, Jabatan Tenaga Kerja and international brands. Core members from IOIC’s Sustainability Advisory Panel (SAP) such as our esteemed Advisor to the RSPO Mr M.R. Chandran and Bunge Loders Croklaan were also present.
The SCF opened up a vast network to enable us to gather feedback and perceptions from external stakeholders on selected, complex sustainability issues, as well as bottom-up feedback from our management and sustainability team. At this first SCF, discussions were centred on efforts to address the current labour challenges that are faced by IOIC and the palm oil sector in Malaysia with specific focus on 1) Responsible Recruitment Practices, particularly in Peninsular Malaysia, and 2) Legalisation, particularly in Sabah.
Click HERE for the Executive Summary of IOI Sustainability Consultation Forum.