KUCHING: Sarawak Energy’s Bhd (SEB) determined effort to empower the Penans in Murum through literacy and education programmes has received international recognition.
The state-owned utilities company bagged the coveted “Excellence in Provision of Literacy and Education Gold Award” at the seventh annual Global CSR Summit and Awards 2015 recently.
Indonesia’s Assistant International Cooperation Minister, Prof Ir Tahlim Sudaryanto, presented the award to SEB corporate services chief Aisah Eden, who was representing chief executive Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit at the award ceremony held at Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta.
In SEB’s submission, the company put forward its literacy programme, which provided basic reading, writing and numeracy skills for the Penan community, resettled due the Murum Hydropower Electric project.
Aisah said winning the accolade was testament of SEB’s commitment towards providing education through corporate social responsible initiatives.
“Some 350 participants have completed stage two of the literacy programme. They can already read and write simple sentences. We are now in stage three of the programme, where the participants are taught simple accounting and home economy,” Aisah said in a press release.
She also highlighted other initiatives, including the construction of two primary schools at the resettlement site.
Other winning companies include Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Petronas, Bank Indonesia, Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia, Levi Strauss Indonesia, L’Oreal Indonesia, DHL Express Philippines, Samsung Asia, Dubai Customs, and Proctor & Gamble.
The Global CSR Summit and Awards has been a voice of change by promoting corporate consciousness since 2009.