Naim clinches AREA 2014 award for CSR efforts

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Wong (centre) is seen receiving the award from Lieutenant General Sudhir Sharma (left) witnessed by Dato William Ng (right), president of Enterprise Asia.

KUCHING: Naim Holdings Bhd (Naim), one of Malaysia’s leading developers and contractors, has made Sarawak proud when it was adjudged the winner of the Asia Responsible Entrepreneruship Awards (AREA) 2014 Southeast Asia (SEA) in the social empowerment category.

The award was presented by Lieutenant General Sudhir Sharma, advisor to Enterprise Asia, the awarding body, at its official awards presentation ceremony and luncheon held at Resorts World Convention Centre, Sentosa, Singapore recently.

Representing Naim in receiving the award was Christina Wong, Naim’s deputy managing director.

In a statement, Wong said the award was a testament of the group’s determination not only to fulfill its corporate social responsibility (CSR), but extend it far beyond statutory obligations and compliance with legislation.

“Building a strong business and a better world are essential for long-term success, as businesses cannot succeed if the world fails.

“Our CSR efforts are driven by a sincere passion to make a difference in people’s lives. It is our utmost belief that CSR is the only investment that never fails.

“As such, we remain committed to our triple bottom line – People, Planet and Profit,” Wong remarked.

Wong added that one of Naim’s significant efforts in relation to CSR was the setting up of Tabung Amanah Naim in 2004 which aims to provide assistance in areas such as education, relief of distress, development in sports, arts and culture, religious worship and other charitable causes.

“Besides assisting local communities, we extend our assistance beyond the shores of Sarawak including providing scholarships to deserving foreign students and embarking on post-disaster clean-up exercises such as that done for Lautoka City and Nadi Town in Fiji devastated by the massive Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012,” Wong explained.

The AREA is a regional award to honour businesses across Asia for demonstrating leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, legal compliance, concerns for health issues, respect for people, involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they run their organisation.

Winners are selected based on region, where each year, the awards culminates in four sections of Asia; South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Middle East.

Organised by Enterprise Asia, a regional non-government organisation (NGO) for entrepreneurship, the awards aim to connect Asia’s leading minds and businesses to strengthen regional ties and encourage the growth of a responsible corporate culture while spurring greater innovation along the way.