Introduced in 2008, the programme aims to accelerate the country’s sustainable development progress by empowering qualified groups such as Malaysia-based NGOs, local academic institutions, schools, societies and individuals to initiate projects within the ambit of sustainable development.
Out of the thirteen awarded grants, 7 were for sustainable livelihood projects while the remaining 6 were chosen for their support of environmental conservation. Since its inception, the Shell Sustainable Development Grants Programme has remained focused on two key areas: environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood.
Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Bin Haji Nik, Deputy Secretary General (Environmental), Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment and Mr. Iain Lo, Chairman, Shell Malaysia, presented the grants to three from Peninsular Malaysia, six from Sabah and four from Sarawak recipients at the award ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
Iain Lo Chairman of Shell Malaysia said, “At Shell we believe that sustainable development is about operating in a manner that is attuned to community expectations and which acknowledges that businesses have a shared responsibility with government, and more broadly society, to help facilitate the development of strong and sustainable communities.”
He added “The Shell Sustainable Development Grants offers concrete evidence of the benefits of putting sustainability to work and of staying true to our own theme of helping to address the world’s growing need for energy in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. That means, running our business in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs”
Applauding Shell Malaysia on the project’s successes, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Bin Haji Nik, said, “With 5 years in the running, this programme has grown to reflect a true testament of how much excellent progress can be achieved when key stakeholders, NGOs, government departments and the community work hand in hand.“
Through Shell’s continued cooperation working with Malaysia-based NGOs, the awarded grants have assisted underprivileged communities to not only generate alternate and sustainable sources of income and employment via projects initiated, but also continue to provide education regarding the importance of environmental conservation issues to youth and the community at large.
While the most significant opportunities we bring to local communities are those directly related to our operations, it is part of our integral values to invest in the general wellbeing of the community and the broader publics who grant our license to operate.
From a list of over 63 applications, the following were selected for the 2013 Shell Malaysia Sustainable Development Grants: