KUCHING: Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, the operating company of the State’s Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS), was recently the winner of the 7th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Environmental (CMEA) 2015/2016 Award under the Large Enterprise (services and other sectors) category.
The company’s Chairman, Jurgen Pickenhagen was present to receive the award from Chief Minister YAB Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg at the award presentation dinner held here on 1 March 2017.
“We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. It is a significant achievement that highlights our company’s strong commitment and on-going dedication to contribute towards a clean and healthy Sarawak for the people of Sarawak,” he said, and expressed his gratitude to the state government for recognising Trienekens’ efforts.
In this increasingly environmentally-conscious world, Pickenhagen said that businesses had a growing ethical and moral obligation to protect the environment.
“Indeed, the theme of the 2015/2016 Sarawak Chief Minister’s Environmental Award (CMEA), ‘Environmental Stewardship Begins With Me’ has never been so opportune as it is our (whether as a business, or an individual’s) responsibility to protect the environment.
We at Trienekens have always worked along a similar objective, by promoting green practices to our team members and encouraging our business associates – including our contractors, suppliers and customers; to do the same,” he stressed.
Pickenhagen noted that the company viewed staff awareness and participation essential in the understanding of basic environment and human rights, besides also fostering a greater sense of responsibility for proactive environmental citizenship.
“By actively involving our team members in environmental education, awareness and training programmes; we further hope to effectively provide a forum for sharing ideas and findings with our team members as well as creating a better sense of environmental ownership,” he said.
He added that with the award, Trienekens was encouraged to work closer with all the relevant agencies and members of the community to deliver higher standards of waste management services. He concluded, “Together, we can invest in a greener and cleaner future for Sarawak.”
The Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak, in collaboration with the Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), has been jointly organising the CMEA event since 2001. The Award is held biennially and is recognised as the premier environmental award for small, medium and large enterprises as well as local authorities, in the State.