As our Company and shareholders expectations evolve, we at Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) continue to develop and refine our approaches to managing key environmental, social and governance issues.
FHL integrates corporate social responsibility (CSR) into all its business activities with the belief that success is measured by more than just financial results. It is customer satisfaction, employee engagement, stringent governance practices and support for shareholders and the communities that the Company serves.
This year, FHL participated in a number of events that add to the enhancement of the community within the FHL Group.
Communication with stakeholders
We believe that the success of FHL is dependent on our ability to build on trusted stakeholder relationships with our shareholders which include customers, Government, communities and employees. We continuously strive to ensure that through fair, transparent and appropriate methods, we release information which will help them make sound investment decisions.
At FHL, we aim to build shareholders confidence and expectations in their investments through a dedicated team aimed at improving relationship with our shareholders. For the past nine years, FHL has been holding interactive half day workshops. The workshop allows shareholders to interact with within FHL and learn more about their investments, legal requirements for business, understanding the economy and updates on subsidiaries performances.
As a listed company, FHL is guided by the disclosure requirements of the South Pacific Stock Exchange which allows us to release information that promotes better shareholder understanding of management policies and business activities.
FHL is committed in strengthening the communities in which we operate and we continuously aim to make our economy a better place to live and work. Our approach mainly involves supporting non profitable organizations such as the Salvation Army and other projects which are not limited to charitable work only.
- TC Winston Rehabilitation donation
The FHL Group contributed $10, 000 towards Cyclone Relief and in addition to this, Basic Industries donated 10, 000 concrete blocks, 50tons of cement were also contributed by Pacific Cement, Fiji TV contributed $20, 000 worth of advertisement slots to telecast announcements from DISMAC and Red Cross. FHL Properties and Fund Management provided 100 cartons of dry rations whilst Standard Concrete donated approximately $10, 400 worth of dry food rations to affected villagers in Wailotua, Lodoni and Dawasamu.
Apart from these efforts, FHL staff held a clothes drive with the proceeds donated to the Salvation Army and bound for Taveuni and Vanua Levu, FHL owned RB Patel provided dry rations in conjunction with Salvation Army and the Rotary Club of Suva. Blue Lagoon Cruises through its flagship program “Vinaka Fiji” brought in volunteers to assist those badly affected in the communities they operate in.
- National Blood drive.
This year saw Fijian Holdings take part once again in the life saving initiative of donating blood. The event held in partnership with the National Blood Services, saw staff from the FHL Group and Directors donate. FHL is always keen to host the Blood Drive donation as it is viewed as an important way to support a lifesaving course and ensure that our families have access to it when and where it is needed most.
- Stationery drive
For their final CSR for the 2016 financial year, FHL staff collected stationery for the 43 students of Gospel School of the deaf. The school caters for students from around the region and outer lying islands. Headmistress, Mrs. Nirmal Mudaliar says the school focuses providing education and support for the deaf in the South Pacific with the youngest student is a 3 year old boy from Lau. FHL staff donated basic stationery to the school which will be used by the students.
- Medal Initiative
As corporate citizens of Fiji, FHL has also announced a reward scheme for medal winners in Team Fiji who take part on the Rio Olympics 2016. FHL is planning to provide a cash reward of $2,500 for each player in the team which wins a Gold medal and $500 worth of Units.
- Clean Up campaign
FHL organized the event which was held in partnership with the Suva City Council and close to 100 staff from the various subsidiaries turned up to clean the Suva City Foreshore. The stretch of land starting from the Suva Bowling Club to My Suva Park covered over 4.7km and the early morning event saw staff along with family pick up debris both on the walk way and along the beach front. FHL is passionate about improving our relations with stakeholders and the community we operate in.
The FHL Group is an employer of more than 1, 600 permanent employees. Our employees are our most valued asset and we actively support and reward their efforts to pursue their passions in the workplace, at home and in the community. We know that each person’s ideas, personal and professional well-being, and enthusiastic involvement are essential to the continued success of the Group.
- Health and Wellness
The Health and wellbeing of our employees is essential to achieving the desired productivity that FHL requires. As such, this year staff took part in a fun run organized in Suva which also included a free Health Checkup. Staff also took part in a team building exercise and trekked up the highest point in Suva – Mount Korobaba. These activities ensure that the staff continue to remain physically compatible with their daily task.
Every year, the FHL Group hosts an annual sports day with the main objective of promoting team work and creating a jovial environment. This event sees staff from the West and North combine for a fun filled day of sports. This is followed by an Awards night which recognises the achievements made by the FHL Group during the year and outstanding staff are rewarded for their valuable contribution towards the year’s results.
In conclusion, our corporate social responsibility programmes play a major role in the nurturing of the positive environment we are building for our shareholders, stakeholders, employees and the community at large.