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“Building into an ideal group” has always been our long term corporate vision. In my opinion, “an ideal group” means more attentions on protecting the ecological environment of the planet we live in, improving the social and cultural conditions of the Company and enhancing the internal governance level of the Company, in addition to the production of high-quality products and achieving good returns for shareholders. Our requirements on ESG are not only reflecting our responses to the concerns of investors, but also guiding conscious actions from the executive body to every employee of the Group.

 

Back to 2008, Wilmar International, the parent company of Yihai Kerry, had become a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). In 2013, Wilmar International announced its No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) Policy for its plantations and palm products, which covers the entire supply chain including third-party suppliers. During the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2021, Wilmar International, together with 12 of the world's leading agricultural trading and processing companies, issued a joint statement pledging to launch a common supply chain action plan to help achieve the 1.5oC temperature control target.

 

Recently, Wilmar International is officially included in the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World Index for the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry Grouping. This is the second time Wilmar International has been included in the list of 322 world index companies based on its excellent ESG performance, following its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index in 2020. Wilmar scored 70 on the Standard & Poor's Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), well above the industry average of 25, reflecting that it has been widely recognized for its outstanding performance in corporate governance, economy, environment and society.

 

Upholding the strong commitment of the parent company to achieve sustainable development, Yihai Kerry also applies ESG concepts throughout the whole process of production, construction and operation. For example, with the help of technological innovation, we are the first to realize the “rice circular economy model” in the grain industry, by “squeezing up” every grain of rice; we extract natural VE and phytosterol from the by-products of oil processing to produce biofuel, making the best use of everything; through green, precise and moderate processing, we not only maximize the retention of nutrients in food, but also reduce energy consumption, waste water discharge and carbon emissions; we continuously promote the comprehensive utilisation of clean energy such as photovoltaic and biogas and combustible waste gas to build “green factories”; we promote green supply chain and light-weighted packaging, improving the efficiency of resource utilisation.

 

In order to better promote and manage ESG work, the Board of Directors of the Group specifically set up a Sustainability Committee in October this year, supporting by the new Sustainability Department of the Group. We will also establish a “Group Sustainability Award” to recognize outstanding ESG departments and individuals within the Group. Based on the national “30/60 Dual Carbon Goals”, we strive to cooperating with upstream and downstream supply chain partners to achieve the balanced development of enterprises, society and environment, and to create a sustainable future for the planet and human society.

 

Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings Co., Ltd.

Kuok Khoon Hong, Chairman