ANSA McAL Group CSR Report 2010
The ANSA McAL Group of Companies places great importance not just on what we achieve, but on how we achieve it. As such, strong values are central to business success. Being a responsible business means connecting our business decisions to society’s needs and operating in a way that reflects our values.
The strength behind any successful business is its people. At the ANSA McAL Group we continue to build a strong ethical culture. We do this by developing robust policies, recruiting the right people and equipping them with the information they need to make ethical decisions. We ensure our people are customer focused and they understand the importance of their role in our ongoing success.
The Group employs over six thousand people locally, regionally and internationally. Our people and their ‘can do’ attitude are what make our Group an employer of choice for talented people from all backgrounds, and we believe that we have the best team on the planet.
The key to the Group’s success includes the varied partnerships fostered within communities and amongst people. 2010, though challenging, was also one filled with opportunities, where we were still able to contribute positively to our environment, our culture, our heritage, sports, our communities and our regional neighbors, through NGOs, organizations and individuals.
In 2010, the ANSA McAL Group invested over eight million TT dollars in development and support projects on a local and regional level. Each of these projects contributed significantly to the advancement of our People, our Communities, our Environment and our patrimony. We support local programmes that are tailored to the specific needs and challenges of our many different markets. It is our belief that business has an important role to play in society, and the contribution we make through our investment, is a key element of this. Our support includes donations of time, money, expertise and products. Most of our investment is made through specialist non-profit organizations, which are best placed to understand local community needs and target resources effectively. We partner with and support organizations whose goals and objectives reflect our mission to improve the quality of human life. We believe our efforts in 2010 helped in making a difference for many people less fortunate than ourselves.
It is comforting to know that we as a conglomerate and our staff as individuals are helping organizations and communities in a very real and appreciated way.
The donations and initiatives have been diverse.
We recognize the significant concerns about climate change. As such, every individual and organization must place some emphasis on protecting the environment. Our Group has adopted a comprehensive plan to manage our environmental impacts and strengthen our environmental processes. This includes investing in energy efficient technology, utilizing energy efficient work practices and energy conservation programs. Never before has it been more important for collective action to be embraced for the benefit of our environment.
The ANSA McAL Group continues to pay attention to our fragile eco-system and with our Recycling Glass Programme, an initiative of Carib Glassworks Limited (CGL), we have involved:
- 28 Communities
- 21 Schools
- 52 Companies
- 134 Restaurants & Bars
- 22 NGOs
- 10 Hotels
- 17 Supermarkets
For 2010, CGL removed approximately:
- Six thousand Metric Tons (6000 m tons) of cullet, which is equivalent to 15 million bottles, from land-fills, drains, rivers, communities and our coast line.
- We continue to support the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) through their local body The National Planning Committee of Trinidad & Tobago, where every third Saturday of September, we participate with countries from around the world. In 2010, we again participated at Balandra Bay and removed 950 tons of debris from the surrounding area. CGL also supplied transport for collection of waste from other beach sites for that day. Eighty five volunteers, comprising of staff and family members, participated in the ICC.
In a bid to push for environmental awareness, legislation and enforcement, the Guardian Media Group produced the highly acclaimed “Cleaning up the Mess” series, consisting of a total of eighteen television programmes which aired on CNC 3, a weekly guest column in the Trinidad Guardian and an active Facebook page. This project received massive social, legal and political impact, so much so that it was polled as one of the top eight programmes. The Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, speaking at the launch of the Guardian Media Group, lauded the initiative and called for greater collaboration between the government and media to create similar developmental programmes.
Additionally, two ANSA McAL Group companies, ABEL and ANSA McAL Chemicals emerged as finalists in the OSHA National Safety Awards held in April 2010. This was due to the great efforts of employees and managers in building an enviable safety record at the companies. ANSA McAL Chemicals manufacturers a number of bleach brands and is also a major supplier of liquid chlorine to the Water and Sewage Authority. ANSA McAL Chemicals is also a major exporter to the Caribbean and Latin America.
OUR NATIONAL SPORTING AND CULTURAL HERITAGE:
The brands from the ANSA McAL Group continue to lead the charge in support of our National and Cultural Heritage. Some would say that there can be no Carnival without CARIB. In 2010, CARIB Brewery Ltd again supported local culture in a significant way by sponsoring steel bands, 15 carnival bands ranging from small to medium bands and over thirty Jouvert bands, all inclusive fetes, carnival events, and kiddies carnival through Smalta and Malta.
In Tobago, CARIB has also made its mark in sports and culture. CARIB Dixieland from Mount Pleasant continues to be supported by the iconic brand for more than fifteen years. Both the Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Tournament, held at Pigeon Point and the Tobago International Game Fishing Tournament, traditionally held in Charlotteville, Tobago are partly sponsored by CARIB Pilsner and AMCO. The Trinidad Tarpon Bash Tournament held in August is also sponsored by Carib Pilsner light. For approximately ten years, CARIB has been the title sponsor of the popular Great Race, held on the last Saturday in August between Trinidad and Tobago.
Horse racing benefits from sponsorship re: the second leg of the Triple Crown, as the Mid Summer Classic is sponsored by Carib Brewery. The wildly popular Goat Racing, held every Tuesday after Easter in Tobago, benefits by CARIB sponsorship. STAG is also in the mix as the sponsor of the Annual Off-Road Car Rally, as well as the Great Fete Weekend in our sister isle. The Group commemorated eleven years of support for the Tobago Drama Festival by donating $40,000.00 towards the event, geared toward Youth Development in Tobago.
In Guyana, ANSA McAL Trading Ltd threw its support behind the Children’s Mashramani 2010 for South Ruimveldt Park Primary School, to help celebrate the South American’s 40th year as a Republic. This was South Ruimveldt’s first year participating in the event as result of ANSA McAL’s Trading sponsorship. Mashramani celebrates Guyana becoming a Republic in 1970. ANSA McAL Trading Ltd, Guyana, also gave strong support through the annual Smalta Kite Flying Competition and the Stag Beer/East Bank Football Association Division One League. Both events were widely supported.
The intricacies and beauty of the game of golf have been appreciated for many centuries and the growing popularity of golf makes it the ideal platform to increase our brand awareness. Our Group’s alignment with the world of golf epitomizes prestige, excellence, integrity and skill. In 2010, as part of a three-year partnership, the ANSA McAL Group became the official sponsor of the 103rd Trinidad & Tobago Amateur Open, pledging TT$150,000.00 to a tournament steeped in history, with over one hundred and forty registered players.
As a progressive Group, present in a number of territories in the English speaking Caribbean from Guyana in South America to Miami in North America, we believe that good talent must be nurtured, cultivated and developed. Value resides not only in the monetary support, but also intangible gains, such as inspired discipline, dedicated learning and the spirit and practice of sportsmanship.
The Group’s bi-annual Sports & Family Day is a much anticipated event in the ANSA McAL Employee’s calendar, and 2010 was no exception. The day incorporated an avidly contested 5K run/walk, a round of football competitions, a full sports day and cook-out and cool-down at the riverside.
Throughout the region, the Group has supported a number of other sporting disciplines, including cricket, basketball, long-distance running, motorsports, swimming, darts, martial arts, squash, weightlifting and the Paralympics.
In the sphere of Regional Excellence, three of the Caribbean’s most talented and distinguished people, were selected as the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence 2010 Laureates. The Laureates were honored for their work in the following categories: Art & Letters – Mr. Adrian Augier; Public & Civic Contributions – Mr. Sydney Allicock and for Science & Technology, Professor Kathleen Coard. Each Laureate received The ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence Medal, a Citation to recognize and commend their achievements and TT$500,000.00 to support their work and professional development. Laureates were chosen from an exceptional field of nominations of highly accredited professionals from across the Caribbean that included Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the OECS including Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent & the Grenadines.
OUR ORGANISATIONS/COMMUNITIES/NGOS/SMALL GROUPS/REGIONAL PARTNERS:
Our commitment to the community extends well beyond our borders. The ANSA McAL Group pledged a substantial allocation in relief and aid supplies to earthquake-stricken Haiti in early 2010. Supplies included food, matches, pharmaceuticals and beverages. Group employees wasted no time in calling to find out how, when and where they could contribute. Deliveries were received from subsidiaries across the Group. The Guardian Media Group was first of the mark in gathering data to ensure Trinidad & Tobago was given sufficient information on how and where to contribute and how contributions would be used.
When Hurricane Tomas devastated the island of St Lucia The ANSA McAL Group of Companies in partnership with the Customs & Excise Division of Trinidad & Tobago, donated 700 cases of water to the people of St Lucia. The quantity of water, which was able to fill a 20ft container, benefited our Caribbean neighbors in their time of need.
The Cancer Treatment Foundation got a boost from TATIL in June 2010. This took place in the form of a Cricket/Football Clinic which was hosted by Brian Lara and other local sporting icons, namely Russell Lataphy and Dwight Yorke. They spent quality time coaching and showing some cricket and football skills.
We are happy then to support initiatives which are progressive, built on determination, driven by a vibrant team spirit, with the pursuit of excellence, and which have stood the test of time.