Current/Past CSR Activities

Corporate Social Responsibility

GREEN & CSR HISTORY
Asian Overland Services has been a making many charitable donations and advocating going Green even before the word CSR came to being or it was ethically fashionable for business to go Green!

Our owner Mr. Anthony Wong’s life journey is very much a rag to riches story. His hard life has taught him to be strong, focus, compassion and much humility. Although he came from a poor family but chasing money and big profits have never been his main goal in life. His passion for nature and the outdoors have always impacted his business principles. Needless to say, the environmental issue is of prominence in the way we run our business and in our social commitments.

Although most of our CSR gestures grew from a passion and the need to share and give back to the society but we must also not lose sight of the fact that we are also a profit making business. There must be a healthy balance between focusing on making the profit and giving back.

Therefore, Asian Overland sees CSR as a small business support entity - financial backing is needed to plan the CSR activities which is a short term need but the long term payback is ten fold in terms of financial savings, educating and branding.

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Wheelchair Friendly Office
In a country where a handicapped person is often frowned upon and left to fend for themselves, getting on with life can be extremely challenging and hard.

As part of AOS’ CSR practices, the company has decided to reach out to this group of people and hire them to work with us. We have had professional who specializes in renovation come to evaluate and advice us on how to make the office building wheelchairs friendly.

Recycle Air conditioned water for urinal flush
Water from the air condition units on the different floors are channel to our urinal units to be used for toilet flushing.

Recycling
Most of our A4 papers are twice recycled. They are recycled for 2nd printing on the blank side of the paper. We also reduce the size of the font to print 2 A4 size materials into 1 A4 size. Once they are of no use, the paper is collected in our recycle bins and sold to paper vendors. We also recycle plastics in the office.

The company is working towards minimizing the usage of paper by investing in a software that allowed staff to do e-filling.

Sharing Knowledge & Educating
Our owner Mr. Anthony Wong is a respected speaker on topics related to green tourism and MICE. He is regularly invited to give talks at local and international conference where the audience consisting of distinguished personalities. In 2009, he has spoken in these events
Hospitality & Leisure Conference, 2nd Annual Environmental Conference, Malaysia Domestic Travel Fair and 2nd Annual Waste Management Seminar. He is a regular speaker in the filed of green and sustainable tourism in the South east Asian region.

Beside Mr. Wong, our Executive Director and senior staffs also give talks to local universities and tourism colleges. Recently, our Research & Development Director was invited to speak in the Philippines by Tourism Malaysia. This free service is one way the company is helping the tourism industry, educating the future workforce and giving back to society.

AOS has been and I still hosting and fully sponsoring agent visits to the country on a regular basis with the intention to educate and promote the country.

Free Monthly Staff Luncheon

Every third Thursday of the month, the company provides free lunch for the staff. Thirty minutes are allocated for education purposes. We also celebrate all the main different racial festivals during the monthly luncheon such as the Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas. Decorations are donated or loan by the staff who also helped to decorate the room to enhance the festive atmosphere.

The company has a rustic lodge in the outskirt of the city. The Jungle Lodge Alang Sedayu is used to run nature camp with the purpose to share and educate people on the beauty of the rainforest.В  This non profit project synchronizes with our belief that to see and first hand experience is the first step to realization. With realization come understanding and hence the awareness of the need to protect our environment.

AOS CSR & Green Committee
A committee consisting of senior staff has been set up to be the guardians of our CSR and Green projects. In addition to ensuring the implementation of green and socially responsible projects and activities, the committee is also responsible to teach and educate the staff in their particular departments.

AOS OSHA (Occupation Safety Health Administration) Committee

To ensure that the staff work in a safe environment, we have set up another committee to upkeep the safety measures in the company. The committee is also responsible to implement related activities to educate the staff.

Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, a green resort
Our resort is now a model green resort and we often accommodate visiting school children and university students to come and study our sustainable projects. We have an environmental engineer based in the resort to overlook and continuously improve to be an even greener resort.

Energy Saving
Since the beginning of the year, all our ceiling fluorescent bulbs have been reduced to half. To make up, glass windows are slightly tinted to minimize the heat while gathering enough natural day light. Some of the workstations near the glass window don’t turn on the light during day time as they have enough natural light to function.

Our 24 hours hot & cold water dispenser is substituted with manual kettle for hot water and thermos flask.

 

PAST ACTIVITIES

Adoption of the Stamang long house
AOS adopted a traditional wooden longhouse in Sarawak. The project was to preserve the culture and traditional ways of live of the Ibans in the longhouse. To assist the daily income of Ibans, we send or tourists to the long house. They experience dining local simple traditional cuisines and were entertained with traditional native’s dances.

Blood Donations

We work with the country’s Blood Bank to organize blood donation campaign amongst our staff.

Charity Donation
Every year we allocate an amount to give away to charitable homes. Some of the recipients include Montfort Boys Town, Shelter Home, Hospice Malaysia, Warrior's Day Campaign, World Missions New York, WWF Malaysia, The Salvation Army, Medicare Kidney Charity Fund, UNICEF, Mercy Malaysia Humanitarian Fund and the list goes on.

Sharing Knowledge & Educating (past and present)
Our owner Mr. Anthony Wong is a respected speaker on topics related to green tourism and MICE. He is regularly invited to give talks at universities, tourism colleges, local and international conference where the audience consisting of distinguished personalities. Beside Mr. Wong, our Executive Director and senior staff also speaks and share their knowledge with the education establishments.

This free service is one way the company is helping the tourism industry, educating the future workforce and giving back to society.

AOS has been and I still hosting and fully sponsoring agent visits to the country on a regular basis with the intention to educate and promote the country.