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STATEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY

INTRODUCTION

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 PPG pursues its regulatory and commercial objectives, and remains as a responsible and sustainable organisation.

We focus strongly on delivering value to our shareholders, practicing 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”) risks and opportunities of the business. Our Sustainability Strategy is closely aligned with the global sustainability guidelines as well as those outlined by Bursa Malaysia Sustainability Reporting Guide for companies listed on the Main Market.

MARKET PLACE

Book Publishing initially starts with author’s manuscripts and ends with book printing. With the explosion of technological advancement, the digital environment had increased the number and scope of delivery platforms.

At PPG, not only do we focus strategically on the long-term sustainability of the Group, 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 publisher 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 the national benchmark ratings such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) rankings.

By continually addressing issues related to the trends in education, the Group would stay relevant and grow in coming years, in line with the goals for different education systems and delivery forms.

PPG creates digital educational products to keep abreast with technological changes over the years. Our investment in Xentral Method Sdn. Bhd. has facilitated the Group in creating new digital related products, combining our quality contents and the latest technology available. The digital educational products include the interactive revision books series (“Interactive eBooks”), the electronic library (“eLibrary”), e-books, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), mobile based learning, customized assessment tools and other multimedia learning tools.

Moving forward to the regional markets, we tend to bring our digital products to enter into ASEAN market. By sharing the concept of developing existing digital products developed by local team, our team of regional offices in Thailand and Indonesia are exploring the markets for digital products locally.

In 2017, PPG as a content provider collaborated with Frogasia Sdn. Bhd. of YTL Communication Sdn. Bhd. to deliver free digital quizzes and tests to 5 million students, 500,000 teachers from 10,000 government schools nationwide via Frog Virtual Learning Environment (“Frog VLE”) platform. In addition, PPG also collaborated with Home Tutor, to incorporate our content in their programme and offer the tutoring service through their online learning platform.

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 2013-2025, 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 young generation.

PPG sees the potential markets in the ASEAN countries, concerning the youth under age of 30 to make up one of the largest segments of the ASEAN Community.

Through our regional offices, more investment and product development will be placed in growing PPG’s footprint in ASEAN markets. With our stronger management team in place, the Group expects further growth in the coming years.

PPG will continue to explore new forms of collaborations and develop new business models across the publishing or digital education boundaries in ASEAN countries.

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, KakiBuku and so on. In addition, we have expanded our sales channels including the TV channel like Astro-Go-Shop, participation in baby products platforms, digital fairs and so on.

Digital marketing and its associated channels are important like any other form of marketing. It is all about promoting products, building brands, developing leads, and engaging customers via online. PPG promotes its products or brands via one or more forms of electronic media. As part of the digital marketing strategy, the advertising mediums include promotional efforts made via the website, social media, mobile, direct mail, point of sale and many more.

PPG’s consolidated view of customer preferences and expectations across all channels are utilised by our marketing and publishing teams to create and anticipate consistent, coordinated customer experiences that will move customers along in the buying cycle and improvement on our products.

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 own pool of writers. 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 Program Pengkarya Guru in training teachers to write and publish original novels. PPG has published 25 novels under this programme. Besides this, PPG also collaborated with Malaysian Board of Books for Young People (MBBY), to launch Malay novels and organise National Young Adults Novels Writing Competition since 2009. One of the novels has being adopted as the official Malay literature textbook in the national schools.

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. PPG has exported copyrights to several countries which include Vietnam, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka.

Through its regional offices in Thailand and Indonesia, PPG produces local publications for their markets and other ASEAN markets. The regional offices have helped PPG tap into the 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.

Copyright is important in all forms of media because it provides legal ownership over the works produced. In this digital age, copyright is equally important for online contents too. In line with the protection of our copyrights, PPG initiates legal action against any copyright infringement in order to protect the copyright ownership of our products.

ENVIRONMENT

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:

  1. Comply with all relevant environmental legislations, regulations and other relevant requirements and adopt a dedicated approach for more stringent requirements in the future;
  2. Promote eco-conscious products, services and solutions and minimise consumption of natural resources;
  3. Promote recycling through integrated recycling system of our used products;
  4. Minimise emissions of pollutants to air, water and land;
  5. Create environmental, safety and health awareness among all employees, distributors and suppliers;
  6. Provide a clean and conducive working environment;
  7. Promote individual practices towards preserving the environment;
  8. Promote purchase of eco-conscious green 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 been putting efforts made to reduce the consumption of energy usage. We gradually changed to energy saving light bulbs in all our office buildings and make purchases of the auto saving mode machines such as printers and photocopy machines. In addition, the translucent roofing panels have been installed in part of warehouse area to improve the transmission of natural lights into the interior of the building. With these approaches, we are reducing the usage of electricity and energy wastage

While aiming for greater cost efficiency in our operations, PPG also pays close attention to the waste management and paper usage practices in our own offices and branches. Usage of paper is one of the most concrete ways to limit the amount of waste originating from our office operations. PPG implemented paperless initiatives by upgrading its manual process to computerised system in its warehouse, publishing and operation departments. In terms of packing, PPG is also minimising the usage of cartons by palletising the books.

With the initiatives to save the environment, the management tracks monthly energy usage, water consumption, waste generated and recycling initiatives.

WORKPLACE

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 2017, 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.

Since 2016, PPG introduced 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.

PPG recognises that employees are important assets to the company. In line with this belief, PPG has provided a safe and healthy working environment to its employees with comprehensive occupational health and safety resources. PPG also plans to conduct Health and Safety Awareness training to train and develop its employees to anticipate changing requirements of today’s working needs and latest technology in the industry.

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 this is the key to any successful businesses.

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.

Compliance in the workplace starts with respect for basic human rights and dignity. PPG Code of Conduct gives us clear guidance on ethics at 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 provide equality of opportunity to all existing and prospective employees without unlawful discrimination on the basis of religion, gender, race, marital status, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, age or disability.

Women comprise of more than 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 his/her full potential. All of our employees, regardless of gender, are given equal opportunities.

Women comprise of more than 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 his/her full potential. All of our employees, regardless of gender, are given equal opportunities.

COMMUNITY

PPG invests in communities in our operational markets, in hope to not only inculcate reading habits, but also to develop future bestseller 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:

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 folks’ house. Employee’s participation is the key to success of these initiatives. Such initiatives help to increase employee’s interaction outside working hours, build camaraderie and support inter-departmental bonds. Whilst communities benefit, our employees benefit too.

Throughout the financial year 2017, some of PPG’s key CSR initiatives include:

CONCLUSION

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.