As one of the leading educational book publishers in Malaysia, sustainability initiatives run deep into our core values, our day-to-day operations and business plans. Our sustainability leadership is led by our Board of Directors, who oversees and ensures that Pelangi Publishing Group Bhd (“the Group or PPG”) pursues its regulatory and commercial objectives, and remains as a responsible and sustainable organisation.
We focus strongly on delivering value to our shareholders, practising good governance, maximising contributions to stakeholders and minimising our environmental footprint. PPG focuses on the initiatives of sustainability in accordance with Environmental, Economic and Social (“EES”).
PPG produces high volume of print-based products every year. We understand the importance of minimising the environmental impact of paper use across its production processes – from acquisition of raw material to printing, distribution, use and disposal.
Being responsible and environmental friendly, PPG continuously strives for improvements in its paper procurement process by taking the following actions:
- Comply with all relevant environmental legislations, regulations and other relevant requirements and adopt a dedicated approach for more stringent requirements in the future
- Promote eco-conscious products, services and solutions and minimise consumption of natural resources;
- Promote recycling through integrated recycling system of our used products;
- Minimise emissions of pollutants to air, water and land;
- Create environmental, safety and health awareness among all employees, distributors and suppliers;
- Provide a clean and conducive working environment;
- Promote individual practices towards preserving the environment;
- Promote purchase of eco-conscious green products.
In 2016, PPG began to procure 100% recycled paper for our print products from Malaysia Newsprint Industries (“MNI”), a recycling Newsprint Mill and Newsprint provider in Malaysia, with an aim to lessen reliance on wood-based paper products.
PPG is committed in minimising the impact of our operations on the environment. We actively monitor our operational carbon footprint, promote recycling and the responsible use of resources within our employees and stakeholders.
Over the years, PPG has gradually changed to energy saving light bulbs in all our office buildings, and purchased auto saving mode machines such as printers and photocopy machines, in efforts to reduce electricity consumption in our offices. Besides, the management tracks monthly energy usage, water consumption, waste generated and increase recycling.
Through process improvement actions, PPG uses technology to reduce paper usage in its day-to-day administrative operations. PPG implemented paperless initiatives with the introduction of online sales ordering portal, online approval portal, e-leave application, e-pay slip, digital brochures and internet banking. Not only does it help to reduce wastes, but it has also resulted in savings in overhead costs.
At PPG, not only do we focus strategically on the long-term sustainability of the Company, but we also strive to play a vital role in the development of Malaysia and ASEAN education systems, in the interest of economic prosperity, social upliftment and care for our environment.
PPG aims to be the leading book publishers in ASEAN and is reputable for its quality educational publications. By working with top educators, authors and editors, we develop and improve learning methodologies to help in improving the education standards in the region, which in turn will help improve benchmark ratings such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rankings.
Fostering reading habits and increasing literary rate are also key to improve national educational systems. Every year, PPG publishes reading materials catering for different age groups. Such reading materials include story readers, comics and novels. PPG editorial teams carefully select quality reading materials from local authors or imported reading materials from around the world, before the materials are published and printed.
By continually addressing issues related to national educational systems, the Group would stay relevant and grow in coming years, in line with the goals for different national education systems.
The advancement of the Internet, mobile technology and social networking is fundamentally reshaping the way we interact with our core customers. Our focus continues to be on our core customers and finding ways to provide value and convenience. We expand our sales channels in e-commerce in recent years, such as our online bookstores Pelangibooks.com, Lazada, Google Play Books, e-Sentral, and KakiBuku. PPG also creates digital products in line with technological changes over the years. Our investment in Xentral Methods Sdn. Bhd. has facilitated the Group in creating new digital related products, combining our quality content and the latest technology available. One of our recent collaborations include the interactive revision books series (“Interactive eBooks”) and the electronic library (“eLibrary”).
In the digital era, PPG will remain relevant by embracing technological innovation and diversifying beyond publishing, to offer e-learning and technology-driven information solutions. This is also in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2026, that aims to transform the medium of teaching and learning in Malaysia from printed textbooks to digital textbooks. PPG continues to develop and explore new, innovative digital products to benefit the Malaysia’s young generation.
Content is king. Book publishing process starts with authors’ manuscripts and ends with book printing. Together, the separate but related stages in the process – authors’ manuscripts, production, dissemination and consumption – form an integrated chain of economic activities.
PPG values the importance of content and continually explores the best authors in the ASEAN region. The Group not only encourages write-in manuscripts from many different idea creators, but also approaches well-known, potential authors to create manuscripts for the Group. Every year, PPG receives hundreds of manuscripts and its experienced editorial teams vet through all manuscripts before proceeding to publications.
The explosion of technological advancement, which intensified as the 20th century drew to a close, has blurred traditional distinctions between book publishers and the print media, and the digital environment had increased the number and scope of delivery platforms still further. What used to be a relatively simple terrain for the book publishing houses, with distinct boundaries to be guarded and clearly-defined rights to be promoted and protected has mushroomed into ‘content provision’ with new forms of delivery.
In future, the content exploration and creation processes will continue, and will continue to be the backbone of PPG’s growth plans.
PPG’s success today very much relies on the talent pool of writers we have here in Malaysia, and PPG certainly sees Malaysia as an excellent country to develop its pool of writers. The Malaysian government has been supportive of copyright-based industry activities, through agencies like Majlis Buku Kebangsaan Malaysia (“MBKM”), Perbadanan Kota Buku, Institut Terjemahan Buku Malaysia and even Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia. Copyright protection is also well managed in Malaysia through government agencies such as MyIPO.
Since 2013, PPG has been collaborating with MBKM in Programme Pengkarya Guru, that trains teachers to write and publish original novels. PPG has published 25 novels under this programme and has publications being adopted as official Malay literature textbooks in national schools. Besides, PPG also collaborated with Malaysia Board of Books for Young People (“MBBY”), to launch Malay novels and organise National Young Adults Novels Writing Competition since 2009.
PPG also participates in international book fairs and publishing related conferences, not only to export PPG copyrights, but also to be exposed to new publication ideas from other countries. Such activities are important to grow the publishing portfolio over the years. With such opportunities, PPG has been able to collaborate with foreign partners in developing publications tailor-made for their markets. Countries that PPG have exported copyrights to include Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.
Through its regional offices in Thailand and Indonesia, PPG produces local publications for these local markets and other ASEAN markets. The regional offices have helped PPG tap into talent pools in different countries, sharing creative ideas and producing suitable publications for all markets.
PPG is desirous of being the leading publishing house in ASEAN. All the various publishing initiatives will only bring us closer in achieving the aim.
PPG invests in communities in our operational markets, in hope to not only inculcate reading habits, but also to develop future best-seller writers. PPG directs its community support towards local education, using the skills and resources from our core business, by collaborating with different local organisations and organising knowledge sharing sessions. Such initiatives enable us to reach out to communities and help us obtain valuable product feedback at the same time.
Recent community reach out programmes include:
- Science and Mathematics teachers’ training seminars, in collaboration witMalaysian Ministry of Education departments;
- Training of approximately 25 graduates and undergraduates from local universities/colleges under our training and internship programmes over the past 6 months, exposing them to working life and potentially become a member of our publishing team;
- School visiting trips “Publishing and Printing House Visit” to PPG office, for children to learn about the process of publishing and printing;
- Talent development through our variety of A&P activities, offering reward to encourage young minds to explore creativity in writing, eg. short story, novel, etc;
- Inculcate reading and writing culture through organising annual competitions eg. Children Poetry Writing Competition which has been held for 19 years and Fable Writing Competition for 12 years.
PPG is committed in giving back to communities and being a responsible corporate citizen. PPG has been active in the community and supported a range of activities, including donations to orphanage and old folk homes. Employee participation is key to success of these initiatives. Such initiatives help to increase employee interaction outside working hours, build camaraderie and support inter-departmental bonds. Whilst communities benefit, our employees benefit too.
Throughout the financial year 2016, some of PPG’s key CSR initiatives include:
- “Sadaqah Charity Drive” to three homes at Rumah Bakti Al-Kausar (Bangi), Rumah Jagaan Baitul Hidayah (Puchong) & Rumah Baitul Fitrah (Rawang)
- “Program Buku Ke Buku” to selected rural schools, in collaboration with YSPM in Jerantut, Pahang
- Myammar Refugee Education Center, Bandar Sungai Long Kajang Selangor
- Lotus Charity Drive, Semenyih
- Sekolah Jalinan Bimbingan Kasih (SJBK)
- Al- Fateh Building Camp at Hutan Rekreasi Paya Laut Kuala Linggi
- Pulai Spring Resort’s Christmas Charity for Orphanage
- Rainbow Bridge Paternity Library, Batu Pahat Johor
- Creative Model Building Competition (CMBC), Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus
Performance appraisals offer valuable opportunities to focus on quality of work and common objectives, to identify and correct problems, and to encourage improved performance. In fiscal year 2016, 100% of our permanent employees went through performance appraisals. We responded to the outcomes of the appraisals, by providing training in areas such as sales, technical skills, compliance with ISO criteria and hazardous waste management.
Women comprise of approximately 50% of our workforce. We believe that it is important to remove any barriers to women’s progress in the workplace so that every individual has the opportunities to reach their full potential. All of our employees, regardless of gender, are given equal opportunities.
In 2016, PPG introduced Employees’ Share Option Scheme (“ESOS”) for all its eligible employees. Under the scheme, PPG employees have the option to exercise their entitled share options from 2017 onwards. The scheme is a way to reward good-performing loyal employees, while motivating employees to help PPG in reaching greater heights in future years.
Providing our employees an interactive and conducive working environment remains a priority for us. We believe in employing outstanding individuals and providing them with opportunities to grow, as we believe this is the key to any successful business.
Compliance in the workplace starts with respect for basic human rights and dignity. PPG Code of Conduct gives us clear guidance on ethics at the workplace. Modules on human rights, sexual harassment, power harassment and mental health are part of the training programme for new employees and managers.
PPG is committed to the highest standards of ethical business conduct and we take a zero tolerance position in relation to bribery and corruption. The Code of Business Practice also applies to vendors, contractors and temporary employees.
PPG strives to create long-term value for our shareholders. It is imperative that the Group continues to create value not only for the communities it serves, but also for the future growth of the Group. The Group stands by its promise of being transparent, upholding integrity and embracing the best governance practices.