KOTA KINABALU, 1 August 2017 – Shell Malaysia today awarded financial grants to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who will undertake six special projects that will benefit Sabahan and Sarawakian communities.
Yang Berhormat Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, and Minister for Industrial Development was in attendance at a special exhibition at the Kivatu Nature Farm in Penampang to learn more about these projects where each receiving organisation showcased their initiatives and the benefits to the communities that they serve. The event was hosted by Sabah Shell Petroleum Company on behalf of Shell Companies in Malaysia.
The Shell Sustainable Development (SD) Grants Program serves as a catalyst to elevate sustainable development projects undertaken by NGOs and special interest groups. Grants are awarded to specific projects based on practicality, its direct benefits to the community, sustainability and longevity of the project, and financial requirements of each project.
“In Sabah, our relationship with the State goes beyond commercial benefits. In addition to SD Grants, Shell plays an active role in developing local community skills and enterprise development through our other partnerships and social investment activities. Shell builds on our legacy and long-standing partnerships to achieve more together for environmental conservation, sustainable livelihood and traditions, and empowering the next generation of Malaysians,” said Ian Lim, General Manager of Sabah Shell Petroleum Company.
Since its introduction in 2008, the SD Grants have been awarded to 90 different projects across the nation. In 2017, Shell Malaysia’s contribution to sustainable development projects increased by 18% compared to last year’s grant award.
This year’s recipients are LEAP Spiral, Binturong Alam Ventures, PACOS Trust, Light Up Borneo, UniMAS, and Rumah Gareh for projects that improve the livelihoods of fishermen in the wetlands and coastlines, contribute to biodiversity study, enables access to energy, and promotes sustainable farming and economic empowerment.
“We recognise that Sabah today is where it is because of the work done by its people. This demonstrates to me that we have the capacity to achieve great things. It is through partnerships like this that lasting positive impact can be enjoyed by Sabahans and I am grateful that companies like Shell Malaysia continue to support communities wherever they operate,” said Yang Berhormat Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, and Minister for Industrial Development
Note to editor:
- Shell plays an active role through the Shell SD Grants program, beyond just being a financial partner for these projects.
- Shell Malaysia works together with selected NGOs or Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to refine their respective projects using a Logic Framework as per Shell’s internal standards on social investments.
- Shell co-develops and further refines the proposed project in partnership with NGOs and CBOs to bring the most value to the benefitting communities.
- This not only equips organisations to deliver more sustainable projects but allows them to independently continue their efforts in the future.
- Shell also looks for opportunities for our own staff to volunteer and be ambassadors for activities with our partner organisations. This year alone almost 100 Shell staff have volunteered their time and effort into supporting our partner organisations.