The Yoma Group’s sustainability strategy is centred on building capacity and giving back to the communities in which it operates. The Yoma Group is committed to creating long-term economic value and growth for its stakeholders. This is achieved through the management of its operations and projects in a way that ensures commercial viability without compromising the environment in the longer term. The Yoma Group’s role in shaping the long-term viability of its strategy includes providing guidance on matters relating to stakeholders and incorporating sustainable practices into its business operations. The Yoma Group’s sustainability strategy targets the 3Ps — People, Planet and Profit.
By creating a good workforce,
conducting labour management,
respecting human rights,
and implementing good governance.
By respecting the environment,
reducing greenhouse gas
emissions as well as energy, water
consumption and managing solid waste.
consumer satisfaction and
The United Nations (“UN”) Global Compact was initiated in 2000 by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to promote global corporate responsibility with 10 guiding principles. FMI has acceded to the UN Global Compact since November 2012 and is committed to running the company based on its framework of sustainable, transparent and responsible business practices. The Company is also communicating transparently on its responsible business activities in accordance with the 10 principles relating to human rights, labour rights, environment and anti-corruption. This is a significant change from the traditional ‘CSR’ communication of FMI featuring photographs of philanthropy.
FMI recognises the value of aligning with the international standards for responsible business and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. It believes and subscribes to continually improve the integration of the UN Global Compact and its principles into business strategy, culture and daily operations.
The Group is committed in doing business that contributes to Myanmar while at the same time improve the quality of life of the workforce in the FMI Group, in the community and in the society at large. The essence of FMI is to invest in a sustainable manner and to make sure that its businesses positively impact the environment and the lives of local citizens. FMI also looks beyond profits and focuses on how our business can benefit the greater community.
The Yoma Group Employee Satisfaction Vision is: We invest in our people to build careers around a shared culture of fairness, diversity, empowerment and recognition.
This reaffirms the Yoma Group’s core belief that great teamwork is the foundation of its business and empowering its employees will make the Yoma Group stronger. A strong workforce will enable the Yoma Group to better capitalise on the emerging opportunities in Myanmar. To this end, the Yoma Group has made a conscious effort to develop talent and create a diverse and inclusive work environment for its employees and ensure a strong understanding of its core values.
This focus was celebrated with the First Annual Myanmar Employer Award (2017), Yoma Bank was named the “Overall Best of the Best Local Myanmar Employer of the Year” and won a total of six other Awards.
The Group Human Resources Department continually reviews and adjusts its organisational and workforce profile to align with the business opportunities and challenges. As of 31 March 2018, FMI had a workforce of 3,642 employees. Full-time employees represent over 97% of the FMI Group’s total staff, with Yoma Bank accounting for 81%. The competition for talent continues and total turnover was 18.6% in FY2018.
EDGE Certification (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality Certification) is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. EDGE Certification has been designed to help organizations not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also benefit from it. We are very delighted to express that Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospital received the certification as the very first hospital in the world. FMI is also in process of achieving the certificate as one of six businesses recognized for their genders initiatives at workplace in Myanmar.
In order to encourage gender equality opportunities in the workplace in Myanmar, we have committed in participating as a chairperson of BCGE to lead the initiatives, spread the awareness, promote women empowerment in the leading positions. We believe that economic gender equality participation is key to Myanmar economy and to create smart economy. To find out more about BCGE and our achievements of contributing to the people, please refer to this link.
On 18 December 2015, Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (“LIFT”), a multi-donor fund (that has collaborations with UK aid, USAID and Australia Aid), and Yoma Bank signed an agreement that aims to increase agricultural productivity in Myanmar by collaborating with the private sector. The programme has three objectives: 1) increase mechanisation in the agricultural sector; 2) stimulate savings within the rural communities; and 3) improve agricultural productivity through access to finance.
The programme is estimated to reach or help 181,000 rural families in Myanmar through direct and indirect changes. Rather than using an intermediary to simply pass on donor money to the intended recipients, the LIFT funds leverages Yoma Bank’s existing lending network to disburse funds. Backed by a donor-funded loan loss reserve, Yoma Bank is incentivised to lend to rural SMEs, smallholders and intermediaries on terms that might otherwise not be commercially viable given the prevailing interest rate ceiling and the banking industry’s lack of experience in the agricultural sector.
PHSH serves all socioeconomic segments of the population with two complementary business models. Most of the wards in the hospital operate as a private facility that charges rates appropriate for a high-quality care environment. In addition, the hospital also offers a Silver Ward section with six beds. This is available at significantly reduced rates for those who may not consider using private health due to cost concern and the standard of medical care is exactly the same as the private facility. Treatment is provided by the same doctors and patients in the Silver Ward and they will also have access to the same operating theatres. Silver Ward patients are provided with a bed, meals and other necessities for the duration of their stay.
The Yoma Yangon International Marathon (“YYIM”) which started in 2013 aims to inspire a healthy lifestyle and to connect communities both locally and internationally through a shared passion for running. The sixth YYIM was held together with the YCDC on 21 January 2018, which received overwhelming interest and brought together 9,000 runners which is 12% more than in 2017. The funds raised from the YYIM registration fees were donated to five adopted charities that are committed to the education and healthcare of underprivileged children in Myanmar. A total of more than 3,000 children and students benefitted from these donations. Please find more details in Yoma Marathon website: https://yomayangonmarathon.com
A Community Light Centre is an area the size of a football field that is illuminated by four solar lights. It is charged during the daytime, even in the rainy season and is automatically switched on at night. This community area provides a bright, safe and common place for the local villagers to gather, engage in sporting activities, and study.
A particularly important aspect of Community Light Centre is their impact on education. In many rural areas, due to lack of government electricity infrastructure, candles are used by students to do their homework and study at night. Those who could not afford candles could therefore only study during daytime. A Community Light Centre changes this dynamically by providing a place for children to study, while also providing a place for teachers to hold additional classes, which is an extremely heart-warming phenomenon to witness.
FMI has built a total of 15 Community Light Centre in Magway, Bago and Ayeyarwady Regions, as well as Rakhine, Kayin and Shan States, which has brought about a significant transformation in village life after sundown. Due to the huge impact of these Community Light Centres on the quality of life, the FMI Group has decided to take on this project as a significant part of its CSR efforts. FMI plans to continue building more Community Light Centres in the coming financial year. The cost of building one Community Light Centre is approximately MMK 8.5 million, and FMI welcomes any sponsorship, donation or support for this project from shareholders and the general public.
The Yoma Group has always recognised the value it can create through providing employment. As the economy of Myanmar transitions from a reliance on agriculture to one where services play a greater role, there has been a significant lack of skilled workers. In response to this, the Yoma Group has recently focused on the upskilling of the workforce to support an economy. As part of the planning for Keinnara Hpa-An, the Yoma Group put in place vocational training to help construction workers move into hotel roles. The training programme has been successful with many roles in the hotel now filled by previously unskilled workers.
Pun Hlaing Siloam Hosptials – Medical Aid and Health Assessments
Dr. Ye Moe Myint of Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospital (PHSH) traveled to Sittwe where he met with health officials at Kyaut Taw clinic to assess the medical needs of the township. Kyaut Taw township has nearly 100 villages and a population of around 200,000. The key challenge now is to prevent an outbreak of cholera and to ensure well-coordinated relief efforts. PHSH is also working on providing clean drinking water through the donation of water filters.
FMI Air – Providing a Vital Transportation Link
FMI Air has been flying emergency aid to Sittwe in Rakhine State. This area is one of the worst affected by the floods. Aid relief items have been unloaded and are being distributed to the surrounding areas.
Pun Hlaing Golf Estate – Raising Funds
Pun Hlaing Golf Estate has been selling t-shirts and baked goods to raise funds for flood victims. The funds raised are being channeled back into the Group’s relief efforts in and around the Sittwe area.
Balloons Over Bagan – On the Ground Relief Efforts
Balloons Over Bagan has been active on the ground providing supplies to flood victims. The Balloons Over Bagan team traveled by boat to Kyet Sher village, Pakokku Township, where they donated rice, oil, canned fish, water, t-shirts, and hats to 360 families. The team was the first to reach the village.
FMI and the SPA group believe in giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate. To this end, we regularly donate food and school supplies to disadvantaged communities. Every year FMI and the SPA group make special donations to orphanages in Twante.
FMI also provides fun activities for Hlaing Thayar youth living near FMI City. In addition to providing employment to many Hlaing Thayar residents, we believe in developing the next generation into productive and responsible citizens.
In order to foster responsible investment in the Maw Tin Estate near Pathein, FMI and its affiliates have implemented several social programs aimed at improving the local community. The first of these is the Sin Wine School, built on the estate to educate the children of employees. Our group was not only involved in the construction of the school, but continues to pay the salaries of the teachers employed there.
In addition to this important educational initiative, a healthcare program has also been implemented at Maw Tin. This includes an anti-malaria campaign, which provides workers with treatment and education on preventative measures, as well as a local clinic which is staffed by doctors sponsored by the SPA group.
Apart from education and healthcare, we also provide employees with clean and safe accommodation. Employees with families are provided their own homes complete with an onsite vegetable plot, while single workers are housed in spacious dormitories.
Due to persistent traffic problems around the area near Bayintnaung market, the Yangon authorities decided to build a flyover bridge. The construction of this flyover was undertaken by FMI, and travel times around this area have been significantly improved.
Pun Hlaing Siloam Hospital is committed to providing the larger community with health and education programs. The hospital regularly organizes public education seminars to inform the public about women’s health issues, and also arranges talks for students to help them address health concerns.
In addition to these education programs, the hospital also conducts health screening at various schools in Yangon and was instrumental in providing the victims of Cyclone Nargis with health services. The hospital’s employees regularly organize charity events including donating to orphanages in the Yangon area.
FMI has been active in relief and rehabilitation work for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, in particular the construction of the first Environmentally Sustainable Pilot Village (ESPV) in Auk Pyun Wa including the village pagoda, monastery, ordination hall (thain) and an Arr Yon Khan Tazaung, an open hall for the villagers to pay homage to the pagoda and conduct religious ceremonies.
This was done with consultation with the villagers and filled a void in their spiritual lives which was completely obliterated by the cyclone and has not been replaced. With the generous donations from the SPA/FMI Group, staff members, friends and well-wishers from within the country and abroad, and the villagers themselves, construction of these religious structures began in October 2009 and was completed at the end of December 2009.
Directors of SPA/FMI Group, accompanied by staff members, well-wishers and friends visited Auk Pyun Wa village on the of 4th of January 2010 and participated in the religious ceremony to share merits for the good deeds done. FMI also undertook the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee’s assignment to construct a 500-person capacity Cyclone Shelter near Kwin Gyi village on Ale Kyun and was honoured, together with other construction companies who also constructed Cyclone Shelters, by the Chairman of the National Disaster Preparedness Central Committee and then-Prime Minister of Myanmar U Thein Sein.
SPA START is a business-coaching program tailored for young Myanmar entrepreneurs, who can seek advice and suggestions from assigned mentors on a semi-structured basis over the course of six months.
The mentors are senior executives, managers and CEOs of subsidiary companies within the SPA Group, and are volunteering their time to meet and counsel young Myanmar entrepreneurs. This program is a way for FMI and the SPA Group to give back to the community by nurturing the next generation of businesspeople and guiding them through the obstacles faced by new ventures.
Dai Su village Water Pumping Station
With assistance from the Yeon Tippetts Well Program and Pun Hlaing Golf Estate, the SPA group donated a water pumping station to Dai Su Village in Hlaing Thayar Township, Yangon in June 2014. The water pumping station gives villagers convenient access to clean water without having to drill their own wells, which can be prohibitively expensive.
The six water taps for villagers’ use are supplied by an 800 gallon pressure tank which is filled from a 2,200 gallon lower tank within the base of the pumping station. The lower tank is fed from a 160 foot tube well dug beneath the station. In recognition of the water quality obtained, guests at the opening ceremony drank tea made directly with Dai Su water.
Nyaung Ywa Maternity Clinic
The Nyaung Ywa Maternity Clinic in Hlaing Thayar Township was donated by the SPA Group and Pun Hlaing Golf Estate in order to provide safe maternity care for local mothers and reduce the incidence of childbirth complications in the community.
Designed and built by SPA Project Management, it had its grand opening on May 25, 2002. The clinic continues to provide vital services to the area’s expanding population, ensuring that expectant mothers receive the information they need to develop good nutritional habits and providing a hygienic location for safe deliveries.
FMI is dedicated to safeguarding and, where possible, improving Myanmar’s environment – for the people of Myanmar and to ensure the sustainability of its own businesses. FMI is mindful of its environmental impact and aware of the complexities involved in topics like climate change and water preservation and considers its net impact on the environment to be positive, but many challenges remain in a country developing as rapidly as Myanmar.
Myanmar participated in World Cleanup Day for the first time this year. The Yangon offshoot of the worldwide event took place on Saturday, September 15 2018, and FMI was the diamond sponsor of the event. More than 200 employees from FMI and Yoma Group volunteered for this movement to clean the streets of Yangon’s neighborhoods, spreading awareness to create a cleaner and greener city. Over 150 countries take part in World Cleanup day every year, making it the biggest civic action in history. World Cleanup Day 2018 in Yangon was jointly organised by Junior Chamber International Yangon, Trash Heroes, Clean Yangon and YCDC. Be a part of history, and join us as one of the millions of volunteers around the world on this single day.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually by encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. This year, the Yoma Group partnered with WWF to join Earth Hour by turning off lights as a symbolic gesture of energy saving in the fight against climate change on 24 March 2018 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. To mark Earth Hour on The Campus (the new office building in the Pun Hlaing Estate), the newly installed solar panels located on the roof of The Campus went operational and now provide a substantial amount of the building’s energy.
A paperless culture is promoted across the Yoma Group and electronic communication is used predominantly. This is further supported by a cloud-based file sharing system to eliminate the need to print and photocopy paper-based documents.
The Less Single Use Plastic Campaign is one of the Yoma Group’s first initiatives to reduce plastic consumption. The Yoma Group saw amazing participation and contribution from its employees for Community Clean Up Day in StarCity on 27 March 2018.
PHSH has started the first EMR-ERP system in Myanmar with a fully automated paperless global best practice technology platform that is set up to achieve Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (USA) Level 6 accreditation (Global Gold Standard for Healthcare Delivery Systems) within the next three years. The platform integrates all our clinical and non-clinical operations real-time with a new financial management system. The key feature of this platform is a fully computerised and standardised clinical recording and order system driving all parts of hospital operations and resource consumption right across the network.
Sustainability is the key requirement of unlocking the Group’s commercial success and securing its long term viability as it continues to make significant contributions to Myanmar’s rapid development. We commit to deliver attractive investment return while contributing the profit to community and people of their needs for the long term.
Access to finance is a key challenge in the agricultural sector. Wave Money provides a simple and fast way of sending and receiving money either over the counter or via an easy to use mobile app. Through Wave Money, thousands of people a day are able to send money to support their families and facilitate business operations, giving millions of people access to formal financial services.
FMI has unbroken track record of profitability and dividend payments to our 8,600+ shareholders for 26 years since its inception. We are proud that having strong commitment to create value to our shareholders during challenges from the major transformation in our country and as well in the future.
FMI have given the consolidated tax payments to the Internal Revenue Department of Myanmar every year since its founding year, 1992. Please refer to the link what we have contributed to Myanmar government and society.
Pun Hlaing Siloam hospital vision is aligning with our group ‘Built a better Myanmar for its people’ with existing unique healthcare faculties in Yangon and Mandalay. PHSH trying to reach a national network with over 10 hospitals across Myanmar by 2023. We targeting to deliver affordable and accessible healthcare to all socio economic segments throughout the nationwide and adding value system and ethos to the community.
FMIDecaux aims to set a new benchmark for bus shelters in Yangon. The provision of all street furniture items is backed by second-to-none cleaning and maintenance. The whole duration of the project is financed by advertising proceeds according to the business model invented by JCDecaux SA in 1964. This project will be at no cost to Yangon city or its people.