SUSTAINABILITY
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY

SUSTAINABILITY
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY

SUSTAINABILITY
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY

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At PCL, we are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment and empowering our employees to make a difference through a wide range of community engagement initiatives.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Our employees' health and well-being are our foremost priority. We conscientiously look after the welfare of our employees through actively driving key employee support initiatives and encouraging them to achieve a work-life balance.

  • In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stepped up our welfare support by rolling out new crew welfare initiatives to provide benefits such as enhanced internet service on board to help crew stay in touch with their loved ones and hardship allowance for those in need of financial assistance. We also extend our support to the crew’s next-of-kin through a family assistance programme.
  • Amid the crew change crisis that shipping is dealing with, PCL works closely with Maritime Port Authority (MPA) to facilitate crew change in a safe and calibrated manner. We endeavour to minimise crew overstay on board our ships.
  • PCL is a member of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) which works to promote and support the welfare of seafarers all over the world. This membership provides our seafarers seamless access to welfare services and facilities both on board and ashore. Additionally, there is a 24-hour helpline available to all crew members in the event of emergencies or crises.

 

OPERATIONAL SAFETY

We adhere to several policies to ensure a safe workplace for our employees:

  • Health Safety and Environmental Policy
  • Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Smoking Policy
  • Stop Work Policy
  • Security Policy
  • Safety of Navigation Policy​

It is necessary for us to implement strict working procedures and conduct regular training to anchor safe operations onboard. Our HSQE programme clearly outlines and strictly enforces standard working procedures such as the appropriate use of PPE in certain work conditions and regular inspection of our vessels to ensure a safe working environment for our crew.

We believe in raising our crew’s safety awareness and adherence to safety by providing regular training and reinforcing occupational safety. Most importantly, we inculcate a safety mindset in our seafarers and empower them to stop carrying out any unsafe work on board. All our employees play a significant role in ensuring our business is conducted safely.

PCL is one of the signatories to the Neptune Declaration for Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change initiated by the Global Maritime Forum (GMF). We are committed to ensuring the rights, safety and well-being of our frontline workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.​ PCL has participated in the Sea-Air Vaccination Exercise (SAVE) programme in support of the Government’s ongoing efforts to vaccinate our sea staff and key shore personnel.

We also continuously roll out safety campaigns to regularly remind our crew about the importance of adherence to safety compliance on board vessels. One of our winning safety slogans “START WITH SAFETY, END WITH SAFETY” now pervades the company as we continue to bring our serious approach to safety to everything that we do.

HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT

As of January 2021, PCL employs a diverse workforce of 2,500 employees from 29 different countries, bringing together a range of skills, backgrounds, and experiences. We are constantly enhancing training for all our employees–both onshore and offshore, to ensure they can remain agile to the evolving business landscape and overcome unprecedented headwinds in this industry.

  • In 2019 and 2020, we placed talents in our seafarer pool on short stints/projects or employed them under our Ship-to-Shore conversion programme to support our office workforce.
  • ​In alignment with the KSL Group, we continue to invest in programmes to continuously emphasise the key messages of a growth mindset. These include the launch of internally branded programmes such as Learning Festivals, Business Challenges, Innovation Culture, and lunch-and-learn talks.
  • We partner with external stakeholders such as NUS to provide a platform for employees to engage with start-ups in the field of maritime solutions.
  • We conduct “Career Development” workshops for all employees to inculcate the mindset of self-ownership for their own career development.

Scholarship programme for rising maritime talents​

PCL is one of the sponsors of the MaritimeONE and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS). To nurture rising talents in the Singapore maritime industry, we will continue to collaborate with Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) & Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and support their concerted efforts to groom promising leaders of the future.​

We are also one of the host companies that participated in the MPA Global Internship Award program. This programme offers academically gifted students an enriching maritime experience in Singapore and abroad. PCL has sponsored five students to date, exposing them to a diverse range of possible career opportunities with maritime companies.

Caring for Our Community

We support the communities we serve and collaborate closely with non-profit organisations to create long-term benefits—while encouraging our employees to reach their fullest potential.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community work includes:

  • Organising the 2017 Charity Walk at Punggol Waterway Park that raised more than S$50,000 for SUN-DAC, a non-profit social service agency that serves and cares for clients with disabilities
  • Hosting the 2018 Charity Walk at Gardens by the Bay to raise more than S$150,000 for SUN-DAC and Care SG, offering some support for caring and serving those with varying intellectual, physical, mental, sensory and learning disabilities
  • Volunteering for #BYOBclean, a Stay Prepared initiative led by Temasek Foundation, where our employees distributed free hand sanitisers to households, to help the community stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Spearheading a charity initiative in Balikpapan, which is the homeport of three of our Palm tankers. Our crew distributed welfare packages to the boatmen and drivers whose livelihoods were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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