Malaysia’s leading hypermarket committed to engaging local communities for World Cleanup Day 2018
KEPONG, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- In conjunction with World Clean Up Day, which is the biggest global civic action in human history celebrated on 15 September, Tesco Malaysia is working together with RCOMM Lestari to host community engagements at four locations concurrently as a commitment towards a cleaner environment.
RCOMM Lestari is an NGO officially appointed by Let’s Do It World Foundation, the creator for World Cleanup Day to lead and implement this environmental movement in Malaysia. With an extensive network of NGOs, civic groups and educational institutions, RCOMM is organising mass clean-up activities at 150 locations throughout Malaysia with the endorsement from Ministry of Housing and Local Government and with global support from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
During the one-day, five hours event, Tesco will be joined by its colleagues, local communities as well as students from local schools from nearby four Tesco stores which are Tesco Sungai Petani South, Kedah, Tesco Tanjung Pinang, Penang, Tesco Manjung, Perak and Tesco Kota Bharu, Kelantan to do clean-up activities together. Apart from gathering the waste, the communities will also be briefed about waste management like waste separation, identifying recyclable items and ideal ways to dispose of waste which will be delivered by local RCOMM representative at respective locations. Volunteers from Tesco will be among millions of volunteers in 150 countries to clean up the world in one day.
Paul Ritchie, CEO Tesco Malaysia said during the announcement, “We look forward to be part of this important initiative because we know that every small effort made to clean the environment will bring great benefits to the community we serve. I’m pleased that through this global movement, our colleagues and the community including students from our adopted schools will come together to make a great impact to the environment.”
World Cleanup Day Network Mentor for Southeast Asia, Mohamad Bin Budin commented, “We know that Malaysians generates about 38,000 metric tonnes of waste daily and most of it could be avoided if we start doing waste separation and recycling. Through this global movement, we have great opportunities to engage and educate the public. We are very happy to have Tesco Malaysia on board to be part of this movement in such a big scale. With more than 1,500 communities that will be working together at four different locations, I believe we would be able to make a great impact on that day.” he explained.
In helping reducing waste, Tesco has led in the efforts to reduce food wastage through its Food Surplus Donation Programme in which edible unsold food are donated to charities on a daily basis from all its stores nationwide through Food Aid Foundation and KECHARA Soup Kitchen. Tesco also launched The Unforgettable Bag campaign in April this year to reduce plastic waste by providing 20 sen rebates for every Unforgettable Bag reused.
“We could see that more than 60% of the Unforgettable Bags sold are reused by our customers. We believe that every bag reused, one less in our rivers and oceans. I hope during the World Cleanup Day, we could empower the local communities to take charge of the cleanliness of their surroundings while making a significant impact together,” added Richie.
Caption photo IMG_9495: From left, Miza Pawan Chik, President, RCOMM Lestari and Country Leader for World Cleanup Day together with Mohamad bin Budin, World Cleanup Day Network Mentor for Southeast Asia handed over official World Cleanup Day t-shirt to Paul Ritchie, CEO Tesco Malaysia for Tesco volunteers at Tesco Malaysia Head Office in Kepong today.
About Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a joint-venture company between Tesco PLC and Sime Darby Berhad. Tesco PLC is one of the world’s largest international retailers with international operations, employing over 440,000 people and serving millions of customers every week. Across its operations worldwide, Tesco believes in giving local customers what they want and creating value while earning their lifetime loyalty.
Tesco Malaysia, established in May 2002 with its first hypermarket in Puchong, Selangor, today continues to deliver excellence in areas that matters most to Malaysian customers from service excellence, diverse product range and quality to great prices and store environment. Tesco Malaysia employs over 7,000 employees and operates more than 56 stores throughout Peninsula Malaysia. In 2013, Tesco paved the way in online grocery shopping with the launch of its online Grocery Home Shopping service, offering even greater convenience to customers in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru. This service offers customers 20,000 lines of fresh and frozen food, groceries and non-food items such as health and beauty, baby needs and basic household items with delivery to their homes.
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