Flextronics CSR starts at home

  • Business
  • Monday, 01 Oct 2007

IT is not often that we hear of employers providing accommodation for its workers. 

However, Flextronics Manufacturing (M) Sdn Bhd (a leading electronics manufacturing services company), has rented over 20 houses in Taman Mutiara, near its Shah Alam factory for its 400 female Indonesian workers under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. 

The houses are well furnished and come with washing machines, refrigerators and stoves. The kitchen is also equipped with utensils, and more importantly, the hostel is very close to the plant and amenities such as banks, shopping malls, food courts, government agencies, and transportation hubs. 

There is also a hostel counsellor who serves as a “foster parent” for the workers. The counsellor also ensures that everyone lives in harmony and cleanliness is maintained.  

Flextronics general manager (Shah Alam) C.S. Tan said providing a good environment for the workers would keep them happy at work and at home and this would enhance productivity. 

Two workers in their well-equipped bedroom in the company’s hostel

“In a diverse yet inter-connected world, corporate objectives and social citizenship are undeniably coming together. Corporate responsibility is increasingly becoming a component of corporate strategy and forms an integral part of a long-term formula for success. 

“As a global citizen, Flextronics is committed to good humane practices that serve the best interests of our workers, environment and stakeholders.  

“We strive to give the workers the best because we feel it is our corporate responsibility to care for them,” he said. 

With a network of facilities in over 30 countries, Flextronics makes electronics appliances for aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer digital, industrial, medical and mobile OEM customers. 

“We have set up this new hostel units for the benefit of our permanent direct labour staff. Many of them are former employees of our vendors and when we absorbed them as our staff we have to follow our worldwide (CSR) practices.” 

Nuri Mistara, 20, from Java Barat, who has stayed at the hostel for about two years, said: “I am very happy with the new living hostel. It is spacious, airy, and is well located near shopping malls, market, banking facilities and also near a commuter train station. 

C.S. Tan (centre) and Jayesh Menon (standing) having a discussion with Indonesian workers

“Our unit is equipped with kitchen utensils, a rice cooker, refrigerator, stove, and gas cylinder for us to cook our own meals.” 

Human Resources director Jayesh Menon said: “We place the safety of our employees above all else, and have engaged an external security services company to patrol and safeguard the hostel area. 

“There are rules and regulations which every hostel occupant has to abide by keeping their rooms clean and tidy at all times. The bed must be made every morning.  

“No vandalism will be tolerated in the house and within the rooms and they should not throw any rubbish into drains to avoid blockages. No gambling, drinking or illegal and immoral activities are allowed, and offenders would be handed over to the police.”  

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