The Group organises various trainings, seminars and workshops to upgrade and enhance the skills and knowledge of employees. The training programmes for last year ranged from job-related technical trainings to soft skills, motivational talks as well as management and administrative courses as highlighted in the Corporate Governance Statement.Safety and Health
Safety and health are of paramount importance to the Group. Apart from having appropriate plans to deal with emergencies, concerted effort is made to prevent accidents and injuries at the workplace. Trainings and awareness programmes were held to inculcate a conscientious attitude and increase awareness towards safety and health among the employees.Work-Life Balance
To promote work-life balance and a healthy working environment among the employees, a leisure room was created for the employees to unwind during breaks and after work within the Company’s premise.Employee Welfare
The Group bears the cost of outpatient medical attention and fees of the employees as well as all trainees. Employees are insured under the Group’s Hospitalisation and Surgical Scheme for hospitalisation and critical illnesses and are also covered by the Group’s personal accident insurance scheme.Industrial Trainings
The Group continues to take in students from various universities and polytechnics to undergo practical trainings with durations ranging from 3 to 9 months with the objective of equipping students with the necessary working skills and knowledge. Students who successfully completed the trainings are presented with certificates of completion. Last year, 61 students from various local educational institutions completed their respective trainings with the Group with a total RM102,109.02 given to them as allowance.Sports
To promote healthy activities among the youths, PLB continued its support in sponsoring sports activities and building of sports amenities.Community & Social Activities
During the financial year, the Group had made monetary donation amounting to RM696,233.52 to various organizations like charities, sports activities, schools, religious establishments as well as natural disaster relief funds. The Group continues to express its gratitude to the society for supporting its projects by backing several community based projects. Among the notable contributions made by the Group throughout the period concerned are the adoption of a park cum outdoor gym at Butterworth, cash donations of RM200,000.00 for the improvement of infrastructure in a primary school near its development project at Balik Pulau, construction of a path for farmers to their farmlands affected by flood near its Paya Terubung project as well as sponsoring the lightning and décor along the Nibong Tebal town during the major festivals. One of its subsidiaries had also taken up the revival of the 18-year abandoned project called Phase 2A, Taman Terubung Indah located at Ayer Itam, Penang.Environmental Consciousness
The Group strongly believes and adopts environmentally-safe practices in its operations. A total amount of 1.8345 tones recycle items were collected during the financial year and the revenue therefrom donated to charity. Further, the Group supported the Earth Hour Program on 28 March 2015 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm initiated by the World Wildlife Fund.