Fatty Chemical (Malaysia) Wins Hibiscus Award

Mar. 10, 2010

In November 2009, Fatty Chemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (FCM) received the Prime Minister´s Hibiscus Award, Malaysia´s national environmental prize. FCM manufactures and supplys oleochemical products such as fatty alcohol.

The Hibiscus Award is presented every two years to businesses reflecting excellent environmental stewardship. Eligibility extends to companies from any industrial or other sector operating within Malaysia. Winners receive federal certification and the right to use the PMHA logo, an artistic rendering of the hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia, throughout their business activities.

FCM received this award on behalf of the four Kao firms based in the Penang State-including Kao Soap (Malaysia) (KSM), Kao Oleochemical (Malaysia) (KOM) and Kao Plasticizer (Malaysia) (KPM). The companies were recognized for organizational and systematic changes ensuring sustainable environmental management as well as for implementation of demonstrable environmental improvements within their daily business activities. This award specifies improvements to the environment of Malaysia.
Specifically, the companies showed significant reductions in waste through the integration of the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) + Recovery in daily business activities, and set target levels for reductions in nitrogen, electricity and steam. Progress was also made in production facilities, including the switch from diesel oil to natural gas to reduce CO2 emission rates, the installation of heat recovery equipment on boilers, and increased capacity in wastewater treatment equipment to lessen environmental impact.

The award ceremony was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia´s capital. With over 400 people in attendance, 31 businesses were awarded certificates and plaques for their environmental achievements by dignitaries including the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia. FCM was one of only two corporations from the Penang State to be honored this year.

We at FCM, KSM, KOM and KPM consider this award the first step in sustained and enhanced environmental management, and in the achievement of future developments in environmental protection.

Kao continues to promote its mission of “Enriching lives, in harmony with nature,” while remaining involved in environmental improvement activities on a global scale.

Hibiscus Award Ceremony participants from various industries
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