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Farmers get a taste of food waste from GENeco, a YTL Wessex Water subsidiary
Wessex Water, 22 June 2013
Farmers from across the South West were among the first visitors to be given a tour in YTLís Wessex Water new food waste recycling and renewable energy facility in Bristol this week. The facility, which is based at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, is operated by Wessex Water through its wholly owned subsidiary company GENeco and transforms 40,000t per year of household and supermarket waste into useful by-products, such as nutrient-rich fertiliser and renewable energy. The fertiliser is produced through anaerobic digestion - a process in which bugs break down biodegradable material to produce methane gas. Each year GENeco recycle around 240,000 tonnes of this nutrient-rich fertiliser to farmers across the region.

Eco-warrior daughter charts YTL's green path
Straits Times, 21 January 2013
Years ago, when Malaysian billionaire Francis Yeoh of YTL Group was shovelling soil and planting shrubs with his eldest child Ruth at his luxury resort on Pangkor island, he was sowing the seeds of something bigger.

The father-and-daughter activity at the rainforest-nestled private island along peninsular Malaysia's west coast formed the green shoots of the corporate eco warrior the girl would become one day.

"He explained that as I grew, so would the seeds, to become majestic trees," she recalls. "Since then, I have always appreciated nature and wanted to do more."

"Weaving environmental protection into the group's businesses was straightforward. YTL has been clean and green for decades, even before words such as 'sustainability', 'corporate social responsibility' and 'carbon credits' became popular terms," she says.

Significant strides to cut waste and carbon footprint have been made within the group's business. GENeco - a subsidiary of YTL's water utilities business in the UK, Wessex Water - has developed a Volkswagen vehicle named the "Bio Bug" which runs on biogas.

Meanwhile, cement manufacturing arm, YTL Cement, produced the first "green" cement in Malaysia by intensifying the production of blended cement.

YTL Corp receives Green Leadership Award at AREA 2012
Singapore, 3 July 2012
YTL Corporation Berhad was among twenty-four companies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to receive the prestigious Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards 2012 for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. YTL Corp received an award for their Coral Reef Conservation and Rehabitation project at Pangkor Island.

YTL Communications wins award at Global CSR Awards 2012 for Product Excellence
YTL Community, 16 May 2012
YTL Communications won the Bronze award at the Global CSR Awards 2012 for Product Excellence. The Sustainability Division of YTL Corporation Bhd made this submission on behalf of The YTL Group and YTL Communications.

Thirteen companies from China, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore were recognised for their outstanding corporate social responsibility initiatives programs and services at the 4th Annual Global CSR Awards 2012 held in conjunction with The Global CSR 2012 Summit held on 19th April 2012 at the Shangri-La hotel, Boracay, Philippines, one of the world's top beach destinations. The competition has been the most intense this year with over 80 submissions from various companies around the world.

The event, dubbed Asia's Most Prestigious Recognition Awards programme for Corporate Social Responsibility, recognises and honours companies for outstanding, innovative and world-class products, services, projects and programmes implemented in 2011/2012. These projects demonstrate the company's leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment in incorporating ethical values, compliance with legal requirements, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment in the way they do business.

The Product Excellence Award has been given to companies that have created products that have brought alive positive impact to societies while contributing positively to the organiser's bottom line. An in-depth search and selection process has been conducted for the Awards comprising the generation of entries, initial screening, comments by advisors and final judging.

Green Generation
The Edge Singapore, 3 April 2012
Ruth Yeoh is building YTL's next business pillar and driving home the sustainability message across its divisions. Poised and elegant, Ruth Yeoh chats confidently about her efforts to make YTL a greener business. Looking at her, it's hard to imagine the 29-year-old quaking in her high-heeled shoes. But Yeoh says that's exactly how she felt in 2006, when she first went to the YTL board with the idea of publishing a sustainability report. "You join the company at a very young age and you're in a board room with all these people (who are much older than you). You can imagine how I felt," she says.

"I said we should have a story board that shows what we do, because we do so much. We collect the data but don't report it formally, so my intention was to start doing so. Thankfully, there was buy-in from the start. They knew that this had to be done." "When you talk about capital, it's not just about economic capital. It's about natural capital as well. They go hand in hand. What my father likes to say is business is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment and not the other way around." She also believes the green business can be the next growth driver for the future. And she's doing all she can to drive it.

The same principles for reducing emissions and waste apply across the entire YTL group - using less paper, power and water, and recycling resources. All 36 of the company's subsidiaries and properties now participate in the annual Earth Hour campaign, switching off their lights for 1 Ĺ hours in March last year.

However, she also points out that although the environment division is a new business for YTL, it is not the newest. "The newest is actually the YES 4G business. You can look at these as fourth-generation businesses." In late 2010, YTL put RM3.3billion into a mobile broadband business called YES 4G that is being marketed as the most affordable 4G mobile internet service in Malaysia. "What we are trying to do in Malaysia is make fast Internet access available to the masses, and that's doing a service to the community too."

Yeoh acknowledges that her environmental business is still a small one - certainly smaller than the communications business. "But it's a growing one. (YTL-SV Carbon) has 18 registered projects and more than 50 in the pipeline. And we're active not only in Malaysia but in Indonesia and Thailand as well." Meanwhile, she continues to labour over her sustainability reporting, with the aim of issuing a sustainability report that conforms to the guidelines of the universally accepted Global Reporting Initiative. And she is pushing for higher standards of sustainability and accountability within the company.

What kind of company will her generation pass on to the next? "I think it will be one that will have definitely established a responsibility legacy," she says.

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