Mauritius sugar major Terra reinforces CSR thrust with Rs 4.8 mn to 19 NGOs
The environment is one of five focus areas of the Terra Foundation to ensure its continued commitment towards the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) project for a sustainable island economy. (Image: Company)
Mauritius sugar major Terra’s CSR arm, the Terra Foundation, presented a series of cheques totaling Rs 4.8 million to 19 NGOs.
With these grants, ranging from Rs 45,000 to Rs 500,000, the Terra Foundation reiterates its support to various NGOs, despite a significant reduction in its CSR budget this year.
The heads of these non-governmental organizations were invited to receive cheques from Daniel Nairac, Chairman of Terra and Terra Foundation, Cyril Mayer, Managing Director of Terra Group and Louis Denis Koenig, Chairman of the CSR Committee at Terra.
During the ceremony, a cheque of Rs 500,000 was presented to the NGO Mission Verte (Green Mission) for the purchase of a second pickup truck for recyclable waste.
Since the ‘Green Month’ initiative of Terra Foundation in 2013, the CSR wing, with the help of the NGO Green Mission, has the overarching goal to raise public awareness on the 3 ‘R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and to inspire people to take action to save the environment.
The environment is one of five focus areas of the foundation to ensure its continued commitment towards the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) project for a sustainable island economy.
Other flagship projects supported by the Terra Foundation this year are tie-ups with NGOs such as the Dominic Savio Association, which deals with persons with mental and physical disabilities; Le Mouvement Civique (The Civic Movement) at the Baie du Tombeau for educators of the ‘Ecole de la Vie’ (or ‘School of life’) project and for the ‘care givers’ of l’Abri de lumière (or ‘the vault of light’) project which cares for unwed mothers, and the ‘Les Amis de Zippy’ (‘The friends of Zippy’) project of the Institut Cardinal Jean Margéot (ICJM) covering four schools to the north, and, finally, the project by SAFIRE for rehabilitation of youth from the ‘Cité Mère Téresa’ (Mother Teresa City) in Triolet. Dylan, one of the beneficiaries of this program, was present at the ceremony, having been selected to participate in Street Child World Cup held in Brazil in March.
Also present at the ceremony were athletes under the Badminton Trust Fund for Excellence in Sports sponsored by the foundation, together with Michael Glover who reported on the progress of each month in the recent past.
“To honor our slogan, ‘A rock solid partner’, we met our commitments to our partners, despite a significant reduction in our CSR budget for 2014. We are pleased to once again offer our support, even if limited, to projects that have a significant impact on the community and to integrate new ones, including that of the BPS Fatima school for the ‘Education for Sustainability’ project and that of CEDEM for its therapeutic center in Grand Gaube,” said Auguste Marie-Annick, the CSR Manager of the Terra Foundation.
During the ceremony, Daniel Nairac, Chairman of Terra, praised the dedication of the associations for all actions carried out during this year to help various beneficiaries.
“The development of a society is not possible without the contribution of NGOs which have for several years been key partners of Terra, which is committed to building a world where the balance between human development, social and environmental would be maintained for a better future,” he said.
As 2014 is the year of integrity at Terra, the ceremony ended with a presentation by Ethics Officer Gilbert Bouic on the new code of ethics at Terra.
A copy was given to each NGO present and this exercise will be repeated during the year with various other NGOs sponsored by Terra, in order to communicate this Code to all company partners.
Terra, whose origins date back to 1838, is a conglomerate based in Mauritius, with regional operations.
The Terra Group is one of the major players in the sugar industry Mauritius, cultivating some 6,000 hectares of sugarcane in the north of the island (from a total of 7,000 hectares owned by Terra).
The group has managed, over the years, to diversify a predominantly sugar oriented company into a conglomerate with interests in power generation, alcohol manufacturing, commercial distribution, real estate development, construction and financial services.