Mangrove Planting along Sungai Sepang Kecil
More than 35 Cargill Malaysia employees volunteered to participate in a day-long environmental conservation programme in Sepang in May 2012. The programme aims to rehabilitate mangrove forest and coastal mangrove swamps along Sungai Sepang Kecil. The employees planted 100 mangrove saplings at a designated site along Sungai Sepang Kecil. Mangrove ecosystems are home to unique species of flora and fauna and they also protect coastal areas from erosion and extreme weather conditions. Since 2009, Cargill has planted a total of 650 mangrove saplings in Selangor. In addition, almost 250 mangrove polybags were prepared and later transported to the MNS Environmental Interpretive Centre for future plantings. The employees rounded up their day by cleaning up a stretch of the Bagan Lalang beach collecting trash including plastic bags, ropes, plastic containers, bottles and construction debris. Nearly 45kg of rubbish were collected.
Water Conservation Program for Schools
From March 2010 to December 2010, we partnered with the MNS on a water conservation project with local schools to create awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of water and water conservation among the younger generation.
As part of this program, we supported an open competition between secondary schools in Klang Valley. Students were asked to submit a detailed water conservation project proposal for their school.
The two winning schools, SMK Sultan Sulaiman Shah in Batang Berjuntai and SM Sains Alam Shah, Kuala Lumpur, proposed an effective rainwater harvesting system. They were granted funds to implement the proposed project at their schools. Cargill and the MNS also provided advice and oversaw the implementation of the project.
Both schools have successfully installed the rain water harvesting system. Rainwater collected with the system is used around the school for watering plants, filling up fish ponds, flushing toilets and general use.
One school reported a decline in their water utility charges by 20% as a result of implementing the rainwater harvesting system.