Corporate Responsibility

Woodman ensures that new oil palm planting as well as existing oil palm tree maintenance and harvesting operations are planned and conducted efficiently with minimal damage to the environment.

Palm biomass such as pruned fronds, emptied fruit bunches (EFB) and old palm stems are recycled back to the soil as natural fertilizers. Kernel shells and EFB’s are also used as renewable energy source in our CPO Mill via steam generation for power.

Woodman seeks to maximize its yield per hectare through agronomy best practices, science and technology. In 2008, Woodman’s average yield is 40% above Sarawak’s average yield. By 2010, Woodman aims to double that of Sarawak’s average yield. This means Woodman is able to achieve higher oil yields at half the impact on the environment.

In terms of fertilizer, more than half of its annual fertilizer budget is spent on organic and bio-fertilizers. Unlike chemical fertilizers, organic and bio-fertilizers are environmentally friendly as it solves the problem of salinity of the soil and chemical run-offs from the fields into the drain and consequently rivers. The primary advantages of bio-fertilizer are that it enhances the availability of different nutrients in the soil to be absorbed by the plant by their inherent metabolic activities.

Woodman sees bio-fertilizers as the future of fertilizers because it is effective in restoring the natural soil fertility in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Woodman also observes Zero Burning Policy in its new planting development. We understand the need to strike a balance between economic performance and social and environmental responsibility.

In Sarawak, there are many indigenous people who live in the areas of our operations, including the Kenyah, Kelabit, Kayan, Iban, Penan, Punan, Lun Bawang, Saban and many others. Here at Woodman, we pride ourselves in being an equal opportunity employer and hire people regardless of thier race, religion or cultural background. Our continued success goes hand-in-hand with our role as neighbours to communities and the wider society.