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Noble supports the UN Global Compact

By approach, CSR

Noble Group Holdings Limited (“Noble”) has become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles relating to business activities.

William Randall, CEO and Executive Director, said: “We believe running a sustainable business is the only way to thrive in a world that increasingly demands ESG disclosures and transparent sustainability reporting. Doing good, and the right thing, is a business imperative for Noble’s long-term success. Today, companies need to show their business are fit for a clean, more sustainable and inclusive future. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UNGC into our strategies and daily operations, we are making ourselves accountable in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. We aspire to support the UN Sustainability Development Goals.”

ESG factors, or sustainability criteria, are increasingly used as inputs in the lending decisions of major banks, and as a positive incentive for granting ESG-linked bank loans. Our plan relating to clearer communication of material sustainability criteria through an annual Communication on Progress report demonstrates Noble’s commitment to show greater transparency.

We are repositioning our businesses and are investing in the supply chains that support renewable energy generation. To meet the ambitions set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, the transition to cleaner renewable energy sources means investing in products that create solar panels and batteries for electric vehicles. Investing in solar farms also represent strong and viable business opportunities. However, the production and processing of vital component materials such as neodymium for wind turbines, lithium and cobalt for batteries could pose severe environmental impacts.

Responsible sourcing is an important focus of our sustainability strategy. As a founding member of the Global Rare Earth Industry Association (GloREIA), Noble is establishing a global association to develop an integrated, de-risked and sustainable value chain for rare earth materials.

Wang Bin – 11 Years On

By CSR, foundation

A young survivor of a devastating earthquake

In May 2008, a devastating earthquake in southwest Sichuan Province in China took away many lives and injured a brave girl – Wang Bin.

This young survivor lost her right arm and broke her left while trying to rescue one of her schoolmates. To honor her altruistic act, Noble has committed to sponsor her education from primary school until she finishes university.

Eleven years on, Wang Bin is going to start college this September. Ting Ting Wang in our Beijing office is in close contact with her. In their recent conversation, we know that although she is not satisfied with the results of her college entrance exam, she is excited and looking forward to her college life in the coming 3 years.

In the Guang’an Vocational & Technical College, Sichuan province, she will live in a student dormitory and have the chance to participate in student clubs and social activities. She likes playing badminton and was an awarded sprint athlete in the 5th Chongqing Disabled Games. She is determined to complete her study and has a goal to pursue a bachelor degree with an additional 1-2 years of study.

We wish her every success in her next chapter of college life!

Wang Bin visited to our Beijing office in 2012.


In 2019, she is going to start college in Sichuan.

Towards Carbon Neutrality

By Climate Change, CSR

Noble reduces carbon footprint for the 13th consecutive year.

Noble is committed to supporting Asia’s transition to a low-carbon future. It is doing this by operating its business in a sustainable way for the long-term and by helping its customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By supplying raw materials for alternative and renewable energy sources and cleaner fuel blends, as well as implementing an efficient and responsible sourcing strategy, the company is helping to drive sustainable growth across Asia and beyond, while minimising the environmental impact to the parts of the supply chain it control.

In 2007, Noble started to calculate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by its Hong Kong headquarters and its beneficiary ships. The project was then extended to assess and offset CO2 emissions from the company’s main trading centres, followed by multiple business operations.

Taking another step forward, this year Noble offset the carbon footprint of its global offices and publications in 2018.

The company raises awareness of reducing its CO2 emissions and promotes eco-friendly habits through its publications and by conducting a regular commuting and business travel survey. In the latest survey, the results revealed approximately 60% of staff walk, cycle or commute to work using public transportation. Noble’s travel policy is effective at managing and reducing business travel and encouraging the adoption of technology such as video conferencing.

Unavoidable CO2 emissions are balanced out by climate protection projects such as the purchase and retirement of verified carbon credits. Noble has invested in renewable and energy efficient projects that are proven to fight climate change and positively impact the social and economic wellbeing of the community.

What is carbon neutrality?

Carbon neutrality means balancing the CO2 emissions an organisation produces via climate protection projects that provide an equivalent amount of power using clean, renewable methods.

A key principle of carbon neutrality is reducing CO2 emissions, not just offsetting them. At Noble, we strive to use our expertise to conduct business in more eco-friendly ways. The company does this by identifying the parts of the supply chain it controls, and by working with partners and customers to reduce CO2 emissions in the supply chain and production processes, respectively.

The company raises awareness of reducing its CO2 emissions and promotes eco-friendly habits through its publications and by conducting a regular commuting and business travel survey. In the latest survey, the results revealed approximately 60% of staff walk, cycle or commute to work using public transportation. Noble’s travel policy is effective at managing and reducing business travel and encouraging the adoption of technology such as video conferencing.

Early Intervention for Autism

By CSR, foundation

Transform the prospect of autistic children in Hong Kong.

Children with autism or on the autism spectrum have difficulty in social communication and show inclination to routines. Intervention at an early age is suggested to be the most effective to equip children with autism on life skills and coping mechanisms.

In Hong Kong, limited government-subsidised services on special education combines with a long waiting time. As a result, autistic children from low income families who cannot afford private treatments and therapies are failing to receive necessary training before going to ordinary schools.

In mid-2017, a Hong Kong charity – Operation Blessing set up a pilot programme to help 10 low income families in Hong Kong with autistic children at aged 2-6. The charity teams up with a number of professional providers to carry out initial assessments, cognitive trainings, and speech and language therapies.

Through a series of workshops and excursions, parents are equipped with necessary skills to provide the right guidance in everyday life. Notably, a team of dedicated volunteers provide ongoing emotional support to each autistic family. During home visits and peers support groups, families are encouraged to discuss their predicament, and consultations are tailored to suit individual family’s needs.

Noble Foundation cofounded this early intervention support programme and sponsored 4 low income families in 2019 to gain the tools and skills they need to thrive.

An initial assessment is conducted to assess individual training needs for each beneficiary.

Helping Migrant Mothers

By CSR, foundation

Noble Foundation funds re-integration programme in Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The PathFinders organisation is dedicated to protecting the rights of migrant worker women and their children in Hong Kong. It assists both undocumented and documented women who are pregnant or have children in Hong Kong to make informed decisions, understand their legal rights and obligations, and access critical humanitarian services and support networks.

Importantly, its service empowers the mothers to make decisions based on the children’s best interests. Often these decisions include leaving Hong Kong and returning to the mother’s home country – often Indonesia.

The Home Country Integration Programme was launched in 2014 with ongoing support from Noble Foundation. Since the programme began, Pathfinders has identified a number of service providers to deliver culturally appropriate re-integration support and educational materials, such as skills training on mushroom cultivation, in order to equip these mothers with the tools they need to care for their children in a safe environment. They are also building a network of key influencers, government officials, community and religious leaders for longer term preventive efforts in Indonesia.

In 2018, the programme supported 35 families to prepare to return home, and more than 250 mothers attended home preparation classes in Hong Kong. With the re-integration support provided by Pathfinders, the babies and children and their mothers are now able to access essential medical services and re-integration support that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

For more information, please visit the PathFinders website.

Returned migrant worker acquires essential skills in mushroom cultivation to enhance livelihoods.

Family Planning in East Africa

By CSR, foundation

Mobile health service visits rural communities.

Imagine trying to feed a small family on US$1.50 a day. Now imagine how much harder it would be if you had six or more children.

Community Health and Sustainable Environment (CHASE) Africa, a UK-registered charity, is working in rural Kenya and Uganda to help address the complex issue of population pressures and the related concerns of poverty, ill health and environmental degradation.

CHASE provides access to free, voluntary family planning and basic health care services using mobile clinics. These clinics offer contraception advice, vaccinations, prenatal care, HIV testing, cervical screening, and deworming. As part of the programme, trusted local ‘mobilisers’ are deployed to the area where these clinics will operate, to build an understanding of family planning and maximize attendance at the clinics.

Noble Foundation has been part of the initiative since 2016. So far, we have funded more than 20 day clinics in rural communities across Kenya. The clinic enables women to access to contraception, many for the first time. The family planning element of the projects we supported have achieved over 8,000 Couple year protection (CYP). Each CYP refers to a woman having 1 year protection from unintended pregnancy. The value is calculated based on the total volume of various contraceptive protection disturbed during the year.

In 2018 alone, over 9,000 patients received primary health care in our day clinics, 3,800 of those were children treated for worms. Intestinal worms is a leading cause of death among children, these infections can impede mental and physical development. While hundreds of other patients were screened for cancer and HIV, and immunisations.

With smaller families and longer periods between births, resources will not need to be stretched so far. Women with fewer children have more time available for productive work and income-generating activities.

Mobile clinics bring basic healthcare services to underserved villages in Kenya.

Education and Empowerment

By Community, CSR

Bringing safety to street and slum children in India

Every night children sleep alone on the streets and around the Kolkata’s main stations. Many are ill, most suffer serious forms of exploitation and all are vulnerable.

A dedicated charity – Future Hope has been helping destitute children escape poverty and danger of the streets for the over 30 years. They provide a safe home where children can feel cared for and help them to become independent, self-supporting members of society.

Noble Foundation is a proud partner of Future Hope for almost a decade. In 2018, 140 children are kept safe in their six homes. Around 250 children are offered with full time and all-round education. Their sports and cultural programmes give children the opportunity to build confidence and explore their individual talents. We also see 500 young families are now raise by self-sufficient Future Hope Alumni.

Future Hope school offers an all-round education to the most vulnerable children in Kolkata irrespective of caste, creed, race, and gender.

As the Section 135 of the Companies Act and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Rules in India came into effective in 2014, we have taken steps to ensure that we comply with the two percent spending of our profits on charitable activities. We formulated a CSR policy and had set up a CSR committee to oversee our projects selection and implementation of our Indian operations.

The CSR committee reviews our programme every year, and since 2017, our Indian subsidiary has picked up the baton to continuing our financial assistance to Future Hope.

“We feel this project – Future Hope is well aligned with the thematic areas set out by Schedule VII of the Act, particularly on its goal to reduce inequality, provide free education and medical care for destitute children. “said Jeffrey Alam, Chairman and Director of the CSR Committee.

Community Connections

By Community, CSR

Supporting rural infrastructure, education and health care in Indonesia

Noble has a number of operations in Indonesia. We tailor our community engagement to meet local needs and tackle developmental challenges in underprivileged regions. Our long-running initiatives support Indonesia’s priorities in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Improved road access to remote villages

Rural roads play a critical role in connecting people to facilities and services. In Kalimantan, we support ongoing road development in remote villages by providing heavy equipment and embankment materials for road maintenance. This includes improving the structural condition of roads, road resurfacing and repairing potholes. The improvement in the quality of the roads means that they are now accessible to motorised transport and save users a lot of travel time.

In 2018, we supported local infrastructure projects by donating building materials and allowing temporary passage of people and material across our hauling road and port facility.

Bringing healthcare and food aid

Child malnutrition and maternal health are some of the major challenges in the health sector. For most rural children and pregnant women, monthly gatherings with health clinic staff and volunteers in their villages are their primary source of maternal health care, nutrition advice and vaccinations. Our funding has been put towards to multiple service centres in Sorong (Klamono, Klasafet, Malalilis) and Timika.

Mothers and young children attend the monthly clinic to monitor health conditions, obtain vaccinations and nutritional supplements.

In Ipumea village, East Barito, we support a supplementary feeding programme in collaboration with the regional community health service centre. Eggs, milk, rice, chicken porridge, green bean porridge, and bread are provided in this way. Since 2018, we have extended the food aid programme in Sumber Garunggung village. Currently 125 children and 110 elderly persons are benefiting from having extra nutrition in their diets.

Boosting school attendance

According to statistics from the World Bank, net primary school enrolment rates are below 60% in poor districts of Indonesia, while net enrolment rates for secondary education are even lower: below 50%. To increase access to education, we have been providing multiple levels of scholarships to more than 103 villagers within the community, to help keep children in school.

Attendance at school is often hindered by the fact that most children live in remote areas. To facilitate student transportation in West Papua, additional school bus services has now provided with our grant. Sponsorship has been given to schools’ operation and to pay teachers’ wages across 8 schools in Papua and West Papua.

School bus service for students living in remote villages.

Building Pride

By Community, CSR

From building human capital to supporting social renewal, we are playing an active role in the Jamaican mining community.

As a major shareholder in Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refinery, Noble continues to develop its social responsibility objectives and build lasting partnerships within the community. Over the years, we have conducted site visits and met with local officials to evaluate education, health and community needs in the area.

In the past three years, Noble Foundation had funded a range of community development and empowerment programmes in Jamaica. Each initiative has been shown to enrich and improve the lives of the communities within the refineries’ operating areas. Here are a few examples of projects we supported in 2018.

Facilities upgrade and skills trainings

Healthcare service across Jamaica faces chronic shortage on medical supplies and equipment. The lack of vital facilities affect the quality of patient care. In line with our ongoing focus on health, we worked with the Southern Regional Health Authority to identify the supplies that are most needed by hospitals in the region.

In 2018, we donated a hand drill, emergency patient stretcher trolleys and orthopaedic beds with mattresses. In Manchester, we support the refurbishment and building of a new examination room in the Pratville Health Centre, the construction is expected to complete by mid-2019.

Advancing Childhood Education Programme is a lasting initiative to offer specialist training on early childhood education. This one-year programme has entered its fifth year to cover topics such as child psychology, behaviour management and teaching of literacy, numeracy and children with special needs. Our contribution has enabled 25 basic school teachers to undergo training, and the objective is to increase the readiness of children amongst 6 year olds.

An education centre for children with special needs was inaugurated at the Mocho Primary and Infant School.

Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme recruits and trains high school dropouts to continue their education. In 2018, Noble Foundation sponsored 60 young persons from Clarendon and Manchester to receive trainings in welding, electrical installation and cosmetology. The class will graduate in the first quarter of 2019.

In Clarendon, a special education unit was recently inaugurated in the Mocho Primary and Infant School. With a grant jointly provided by Noble Foundation and Jamalco, the centre is now equipped with a library, sensory room, reading room and computer tablets. Children with special needs now have access to a state-of-the-art unit that will facilitate their academic, behavioural and social skills development.

An education centre for children with special needs was inaugurated at the Mocho Primary and Infant School.

Support staff volunteering in social renewal projects

Every year, staff from Jamalco organise themselves to embark on sponsored refurbishment and renovation projects in the nearby schools and social facilities. In 2018, over 25 community based organizations and institutions benefitted from Good Deeds grants from the Noble Foundation and Jamalco. In addition, 142 team members each successfully completed 50 hours of service and obtained a donation for their respective project.

Sustainability Report 2018

By approach, CSR

Creating sustainable values for our shareholders, customers, employees and for society.

Our approach to responsible business is fostered by our desire to understand the concerns and expectations of our key stakeholders. Aligning our entrepreneurial culture with the highest standards of integrity, sustainability remains embedded in our core businesses.

Noble Holdings’ sustainability efforts focus on health, the safety and wellbeing of our employees, resource efficiency and pollution prevention; and supply chain transparency and community relations. Our businesses pursue opportunities to advance in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on education, energy access, public facilities and climate protection.

This Sustainability Report provides our annual update on important non-financial topics at Noble Group Holdings Limited. In accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core Option, material performance data is accompanied by a brief description of our policies and management systems, as well as our activities and their impact on our day-to-day business.

The report also serves as our annual “Communication On Progress” to the United Nations Global Compact. Noble Group has supported the initiative since 2010 – a strategic policy agreement for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour practice, environment protection and anti-corruption. Noble Group Holdings Limited rejoined in July 2019.