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on 30 Oct, 15:30

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013 – Evening Programme

After the successful launch of the MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA) in 2011, MDBC has continued to grow and evolve the awards program. Created to acknowledge, showcase, honor and reward the outstanding Best Practices of MDBC member companies in sustainability, it is in line with the efforts of the MDBC and the Netherlands Embassy over the past years to be involved in events and share information on CSR, Corporate Governance, Green Technology, Sustainable Development and more.

This year, the evening program consists of a cocktail reception with a special exhibition by shortlisted companies and more! This will be followed by the awards presentation to the winners in each category with a judges report on why those organizations won.

We are pleased to inform you that MDBC Patron and Minister of International Trade & Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed will be our guest of honor for the MSA13 awards ceremony & dinner.

Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Time: 18:30 hrs – 23:00 hrs
Venue: Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

Pricing:
Member Ticket(s) are:
RM 275 / person
RM 500 / couple
1 Table of 8 persons @ RM 1,888

Non-Member ticket(s) are:
RM 320 / person
RM 580 / couple.
Non-members RM 2,300 / Table

Please note: Registration ends Friday, 1 November 2013. There will be no refund if cancellation is made after this date but substitutions are allowed.

Non – members interested in attending these events, please e mail us at info@mdbc.com.my with your full details (Name, Company, Designation, E mail and Contact Number). Please also include the name of the event in your subject line. We will respond to you with further details upon the receipt of your e mail. At events where space availability is limited, preference will be given to MDBC members.

on 30 Oct, 15:25

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013 – Day Programme

The MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA) has proven to be a frontrunner in sharing the best practices of MDBC member – companies in a wide variety of categories related to Sustainability and CSR. The day program will feature presentations by the shortlisted companies in this year’s MSA. These presentations are open to all for the purpose of sharing best practices. Questions may be posted by the judges and from the floor. This is a great opportunity to learn from the organizations that have made it through to the final round and for you to get more ideas on project conceptualization, implementation, reporting and more.

The MSA is unique and a frontrunner!
* Each year we have new categories which are timely and provide for high-value information, for MSA13 the focus is on the sectors Communication, Workplace and Logistics.
* With an acclaimed panel of judges and a 2-tier transparent judging process inclusive of ‘public’ presentations by the shortlisted companies, our MSA award winners can truly be considered extraordinary leaders!

Date: Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Time: 12:00 nn – 18:00 hrs
Venue: Parkroyal Kuala Lumpur

So do join us for this day, learn from the experiences of others, share in the best practices, support your fellow member companies and be inspired!

To register, please respond to the e mail invitation which was sent to all members. A reconfirmation with more details on the venue and itinerary will be sent to all registered guests.

Please note:
Attendance for the day program is free of charge for MDBC Members. (As we incur costs per registration, please be so kind to cancel early (48 hours before the event) or ensure to send a replacement in case of sudden change of plans, thank you). No show charges will apply.

Please note that for this day-program, complimentary registrations are based on your membership level.

Non members and additional guests may be registered at RM150 per person. Non – members interested in attending these events, please e mail us at info@mdbc.com.my with your full details (Name, Company, Designation, E mail and Contact Number). Please also include the name of the event in your subject line. We will respond to you with further details upon the receipt of your e mail. At events where space availability is limited, preference will be given to MDBC members.

on 13 Aug, 11:55

Best corporate sustainability related to Waste Management (MSA’12)

Best corporate sustainability related to Waste Management (MSA’12)
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Winner of the MSA’12 Best Corporate Sustainability related to Waste Management category, Bell Group of Companies is an established palm oil milling company with upstream processing of crude palm oil and downstream manufacturing of soaps, toiletries, skincare, haircare and cosmetic products.

The Group processes about 2.5 million m/t of fresh fruit bunches annually, equivalent to 100,000 hectares of oil palm plantation.  They own and operate 7 palm oil mills in Malaysia and one in Indonesia.

In 2006, Bell Group created a paradigm shift from an independent Palm Oil Miller to a Green Independent Power Producer, applying technology to biomass and biogas digeston which revolutionised the palm oil industry.

Bell Eco Power undertook the combined biogas and biomass power project for renewable energy, the first CDM certified independent green power plant in the palm oil industry.

The main objective of the Bell project was the conversion of waste to energy whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

The project had two GHG reduction components:
1.  Prevention of methane emissions by treating Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) in closed anaerobic digesters and,
2.  By supplying renewable energy to a grid which is fed predominantly by fossil fuels.

The extraction of crude palm oil from the fresh fruit bunches produces huge quantities of waste, both solid (empty fruit bunches, palm shell and fiber) and liquid POME.  POME is highly acidic and has a very high biochemical oxygen demand, thus needs to be treated first before it can be safely discharged.

85% of palm oil millers in Malaysia solely use pond systems due to low cost and ease of operation to handle POME.  While this is regarded as a more economically viable alternative to mechanical desludging, it means that POME is still one of the country’s major sources of acquatic pollution and the cause of considerable environmental problems due to the methane gas related into the atmosphere with the utilization of the open pond system.

In the wake of environmental challenges that are linked to the palm oil industry, and in order to work together with international organizations on global climate issues, Bell pushed beyond their industry’s boundaries to aim for zero carbon footprints and zero waste.

Using a variety of energy technologies available, they operate their facilities efficiently to recover the energy stored in the waste obtained from the palm oil milling process.  They installed new enclosed anaerobic digesters in their mill.  These tanks are used to recover methane from the POME and the gas is utilized for electricity generation thereby recovering biogas and reducing green house gas emissions.  This allows Bell to supply renewable energy to the national grid.

The entrapment of methane from POME is not the only source of renewable energy they supply.  The huge quantity of solid waste is also an important contributor.  Traditionally, the solid waste (consisting of palm kernal shell, mesocarp fiber and empty fruit bunch fibers) are used as fuel for boilers which supply steam for the mill.

At Bell’s biomass plant, they use the steam to generate renewable energy which is supplied to the national grid.  The solid waste (ash) resulting from the combustion of the fuel in the boiler is then used as fertilizer and the gaseous waste is treated to be environmentally compatible before being released into the atmosphere.

This means that the palm oil milling sector is not only able to achieve maximization of revenue and zero waste control, it has the capability to establish an integrated value added downstream industry which utilizes steam and power from the co-generation plant for high value activities.

Unwanted waste has now become essential income generators.  The liquid and solid waste from palm oil production can be used as a consistent, non – contaminated feedstock for both Biogas & Biomass Green Power Plants.  Palm oil mills can be transformed into Green Independent Power Plants and operated as a Center of Energy Efficiency.

In upgrading their palm oil mill into a green power producing center, Bell also contributed the following social, economic and environmental benefits, as well as technological benefits:
Social benefits
* Providing new employment opportunities for the local population
* Increasing local businesses such as transportation, maintenance, parts supplies, food and other services
* Improving the technical skill sets of the staff in the plant

Economic & Environmental benefits
* Decreasing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels
* Improving the local economic activity

Technological benefits
* Working in tandem to meet Malaysia’s Ninth Plan target of 350 MW from renewable energy
* Establishing an efficient, higher energy generation system than that currently being used in the palm oil industry locally

Ultimately, the judges in this category chose Bell as the winner based on the overall potential waste impact while also taking into consideration the strength of the Malaysian participation.

 

For more information about the Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) and the MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013 (MSA’13), please have a look on our website (http://www.mdbc.com.my/) or Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/mdbc.com.my?fref=ts).

Also have a look in the MSA Magazine supplements of the years 2012 and 2011 for photos, judges, short listed companies and the winners.
(http://issuu.com/mdbc/docs/msa_supplement_2012)
(http://issuu.com/mdbc/docs/msa_supplement_v4)

on 13 Aug, 10:03

MSA’13 Sponsorship Request

MSA’13 Sponsorship Request
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Be a supporter of the event which is seen as the highest accolade and the ideal platform for the sharing of best practices in sustainability in the Dutch Business Community in Malaysia.

If you are interested in sponsoring the awards please contact us at msa@mdbc.com.my.

Why sponsor the MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA)?

  • Raise your brand profile
  • Be seen as embracing sustainability
  • Get the latest on the most innovative sustainability practices and products
  • Network with an audience of leading executives
  • Entertain key clients

There are a number of sponsorship packages available to fit every budget and bespoke packages can be discussed.  Whatever your objectives are we will work with you to achieve them.

sponsor packages msa 13

For more information please have a look at our website

on 31 Jul, 09:49

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013, Open to receive nominations and recommendations!

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013, Open to receive nominations and recommendations!
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Following on the success of the first two editions of the MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA’11 and ’12), it is with much pride and anticipation that we hereby present to you the MSA’13!

Inspire yourself, your colleagues and employees, your stakeholders and your partners!  Inspire us at MDBC, other MDBC member-companies and of course the judges!  Submit your nominations and be a part of the MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013′s success!
For more information, the nomination and recommendation forms and a full description of each category, please have a look on our website. (http://www.mdbc.com.my/sustainability/msa-13/)

The categories for this year’s MSA are as follows:

  1. Best Sustainability Communication
  2. Best Corporate Governance & Ethics
  3. Best Sustainable Workplace
  4. Best Sustainable Supply Chain Management OR Logistics Project (Members & Non Members)

For a full description of each category please check out our website. (http://www.mdbc.com.my/sustainability/msa-13/msa-13-categories/)

For categories 1, 2, 3 (Members only):
A submission can be focused on any project that your organization sells, produces, trades, provides, or implements, which is related to relevant theme (e.g. supply chain management) and is open only to MDBC member – companies.  Other projects such as educational or awareness raising projects among a specific target group will also be considered.  Also open to consideration are projects involved in, but not limited to:  doing research, construction, design of plants, pilot projects or projects that are in any way related to one of these categories.

For category 4 (Members & Non Members):
In this category, MDBC will accept submissions by non – member companies as long as these submissions are endorsed by an MDBC member. See our website for the MDBC members and encourage them to submit a recommendation or nomination!

Benefits for Winners and Short listed Finalists in each category

  • Special Awards and/or Certificates
  • Publicity / Coverage in the special MSA Supplement as part of the MDBC Magazine
  • Listing on the MDBC Website and on-line media
  • Announcements via emails to all members
  • The rights to use the MSA logo for promotional and publicity purposes

Led by Netherlands Ambassador H.E. Harry Molenaar as Chief Judge, the MSA’13 panel of judges will consist of highly regarded, independent expert individuals.  Each category will feature two independent judges. More information on the panel of judges will be distributed later.

The event will consist of two main parts:
Day-time:     presentations and sharing of best practices by 3 short listed companies in each category
Evening:       the MSA’13 Awards ceremony


Timeline
:

  • Nominations for members are open until 9 September 2013;
  • Nominations for non-members are open until 29 August 2013.
  • Judges will shortlist 3 nominations in each category, to be announced in end September;
  • MSA’13 daytime:  Short listed companies will present their nominated projects to the judges, MDBC members and non-members, which serves for final voting by the judges and as the showcase and sharing of best practices. The MSA’13 daytime is OPEN TO ALL!;
  • MSA’13 evening: the MSA’13 Awards ceremony

Ladies & gentlemen, dear MDBC members, we look forward to your participation in this special event – by sending in your nominations and recommendations for MSA’13.

on 31 Jul, 09:46

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013

MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013
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After the successful launch of the MDBC Sustainability Awards (MSA) in 2011, MDBC has continued to grow and evolve the awards program.  Created to acknowledge, showcase, honor and reward the outstanding Best Practices of MDBC member companies in sustainability, it is in line with the efforts of the MDBC and the Netherlands Embassy over the past years to be involved in events and share information on CSR, Corporate Governance, Green Technology, Sustainable Development and more.

As soon as the inaugural MSA was over, we continued to work on the concept, categories and criteria. Knowing that we wanted to continue developing the MSA and build on what we have already achieved, it was decided that the categories for the awards would be changed every year.  This would ensure that different companies with a variety of specializations also have the opportunity to showcase and share their best practices in sustainability.

The categories for this year’s MSA are as follows:

  1. Best Sustainability Communication
  2. Best Corporate Governance & Ethics
  3. Best Sustainable Workplace
  4. Best Sustainable Supply Chain Management OR Logistics Project (Members & Non Members)

Though the categories are changed, the format for MSA remains the same.  MSA consists of both a day program (informative) and an evening program (social).  For the day program, shortlisted companies in each category present their projects to the judges and audience members (open to all!) in order to share their hard earned knowledge and experiences with other MDBC members.  This also provides the judges with a final opportunity to review each nomination and make their final decision on the winners in each category.  This format ensures transparency and also encourages sharing of best practices so that we can all learn from each other.  The evening program consists of the awards presentation to the winners in each category with a judges report on why those organizations won.

The independent, expert panel of judges in the MSA’13 will be led by the Chief Judge, H.E. Harry Molenaar (Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia).  The Chief Judge of MSA’11 and MSA’12 was H.E. Paul Bekkers (Former Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia).  The judges will evaluate the projects for consideration with the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness, Innovativeness and Originality of the Project.
  • Impact of the Project on stakeholders (qualitative / quantitative, short term and long term).
  • Sustainability of the Program (People, Planet, Profit).
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Project.
  • How and to what extent the Project is being communicated and reported (Internally and externally).
  • Project Management (Planning, control, assurance and improvement).
  • How easy it is to duplicate the Project.

MSA’13 will take place at the end of October 2013. We are now open to receive nomination or recommendation forms and sponsorship.

For more information about the Malaysian Dutch Business Council (MDBC) and the MDBC Sustainability Awards 2013 (MSA’13), please have a look on our website (http://www.mdbc.com.my/) or Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/mdbc.com.my?fref=ts).

Also have a look in the MSA Magazine supplements of the years 2012 and 2011 for photos, judges, short listed companies and the winners.
(http://issuu.com/mdbc/docs/msa_supplement_2012)
(http://issuu.com/mdbc/docs/msa_supplement_v4)

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