The many awards and accolades garnered by Kulim in 2012 underscore its commitment to balance its strong financial performance with excellent social and environmental out comes. Kulim is committed to ensure its businesses serve a higher cause, one that goes beyond merely making profits. To this end, Kulim continues to make good progress in implementing a comprehensive set of policies and developing an integrated policy framework for its sustainable development efforts.

In its 2011 Annual Report, Kulim highlighted that it was preparing to obtain the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) which would give Kulim access to the EU market and afford an additional competitive edge, as well as increases customer loyalty and the marketability of its products. Kulim is pleased to report that it has successfully completed this exercise in January 2013. Not only does the ISSC underpin Kulim’s commitment to strengthen its sustainability agenda, it will also enable potential re-activation of Kulim’s biodiesel plant, Nexsol, for the EU market via strategic collaborations.

Kulim is also pleased to report that NBPOL has obtained commendations for Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification for its Milne Bay and Higaturu estates in late 2012. Together with the certification of Poliamba in March 2012, NBPOL’s entire production base (including smallholders) has acquired certification. This means that all NBPOL’s palm oil production is 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil. With regard to Malaysia Plantations, Kulim is pleased to report that all of the Group’s (including JCorp’s) domestic operating units have successfully undergone the annual surveillance audit for the purpose of maintaining its RSPO certification.