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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 ½ 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.

YTL's Wessex Water wins green scheme awards
Bristol Business News, 24 August 2011
YTL's Wessex Water has won two Green Apple Awards in a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.The company, which supplies sewerage services in Bristol, submitted entries for its catchment management and waste reduction and recycling projects, competing against 500 other nominations.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.Bath-based Wessex Water’s catchment management work, launched in 2005, is a cheaper and greener approach to safeguarding drinking water supplies by working with farmers to stop pollutants entering water sources.

The waste reduction and recycling programme was developed to manage waste effectively and responsibly through reuse and recycling facilities which will help the company meet its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020.

Many 'firsts' at Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011:Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh honoured at being the first Asian Chairman of Judges Olivia Lum, first female Entrepreneur crowned at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011
By Alvin Goh, 8 June 2011
Olivia Lum of Singapore, Group CEO and President of Hyflux Limited was made this year's World Entrepreneur of the Year. Thanking her Lord Jesus Christ and various "angels" in her life, Ms Lum also wished that her award will encourage more women entrepreneurs to participate in the competition. But unbeknownst to her, she had become the first female winner of this award in its 25 years history.

Apart from Ms Lum, there was also another 'first' in this year's World Entrepreneur of the Year. Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies was the Chairman of Judges and the first Asian to preside over a judging panel that was made up of illustrious entrepreneurs from around the world.

Chairman of the Judges, Dr Yeoh gave a speech and actually congratulated all 49 entrepreneurs for championing business as a force for good. “The judges were genuinely impressed by how much these entrepreneurs are turning the world upside down! I wish we could clone every single one of them hundred times,” he said later.

"It is a very rare privilege for me to preside over the judging of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. I speak for my fellow judges, when I say that being a judge was never boring. In fact, it was one of the most productive things we have done in the short space of two days. We found ourselves enlightened, overwhelmed and inspired by 49 compelling stories. Entrepreneurs who make this world a much better place with their passion, vision and determination!"

Commenting on Ms Lum's success, Dr Yeoh emphasised that none of the judges knew that there had never been a female winner in the history of the award. There were various criteria in the judging process but they were fully geared towards finding the 'entrepreneur of entrepreneurs' - the Primus Inter Pares or 'First Among Equals'.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh wins CNBC Corporate Social Responsibility Award at CNBC’s 9th Asian Business Leaders Awards 2010
YTL Community, 26 November 2010
“I salute my Lord Jesus Christ and give Him all the honour and credit for this award. I salute all at YTL and fellow nominees for having a heart for Corporate Social Responsibility and for bringing positive change and for incorporating CSR in your DNA rather than being a PR exercise. Thank you very much and God Bless all of you,” said Yeoh when receiving the award.

This year YTL Corporation launched the 'YTL Fellowship for a Rare Planet', a community-based conservation programme that is set to directly benefit environmentally-threatened sites in Malaysia and Asia, home to some of the world’s richest natural resources and most extraordinary species and habitats. The US$ 2 million Fellowship fund is in support of Rare, an international conservation group with success in 50 countries.

The US$ 2 million Fellowship fund is in support of Rare, an international conservation group with success in 50 countries. Over the next four years, the 'YTL Fellowship for a Rare Planet' will run Rare's proven model of training local leaders (Fellows) in Asia, to foster conservation at the community level while improving their livelihoods through what are called Pride campaigns - so named because they inspire people to take pride in the natural assets that make their communities valuable.

 
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