Supporting our people, customers and communities

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International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (“ICTSI” or the “Group”) in unity with its host communities around the world in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, has contributed approximately US$6.9m to national and local government health agencies, immediate communities, employees, and port stakeholders.  Additionally, the Group highlights its sustainability initiatives from its 2019 Sustainability Report “Turning Ports into Turning Points”.

Our commitment

As a global ports and terminal operator, we recognize that our organization touches on the lives of many, and over the years our deep commitment to communities has become part of our values and social purpose, as stated in our annual sustainability report.  The outbreak of COVID-19 presents an unprecedented human, economic and social challenge and it is having, and will continue to have devastating effects for many.  We therefore have a duty of care and responsibility to help and support our stakeholders not just through this crisis, but in their everyday lives, including providing education and reducing our carbon footprint.  Highlighted below are some of our key sustainability initiatives that we have taken in the last year and our purpose as a good corporate citizen.

Enrique K. Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President said:

“As a global port and terminals operator, we have been doing everything we can to look after our stakeholders through this crisis. This has been made possible by the thousands of dedicated ICTSI people in the Philippines and around the world who are doing their utmost to make sure their country’s people get the food, medical supplies and necessities they need and support local economies. Our deeply embedded social purpose and values means we are acutely aware of our duty of care and the coronavirus pandemic is a war which we must fight together.  However, it must not end in the aftermath of the virus. We have a responsibility to our community to take bold steps to address critical issues such as climate change and persisting economic disparities.”

Our people, customers and communities

The health and safety of our people has always been at the core of everything we do and in these difficult times, our frontline employees are keeping our ports open to enable food, medical supplies and equipment along with basic necessities to be delivered.  We are following the guidelines from organisations such as the World Health Organization, International Maritime Organization, and all relevant government institutions to ensure our employees are all safe.

Across our locations around the world we have donated personal protective equipment, ventilators and test kits to private and government healthcare facilities, disinfectants to healthcare workers, and food and other critical supplies to truckers, vulnerable communities and other stakeholders. Logistical support has also been given to hospitals as well as mental healthcare support for those who need it.

Improving communities – Highlights of Sustainability 2019 report “Turning Ports into Turning Points”

The report focuses on eight of its major terminals in the Philippines, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar, Pakistan, Iraq, Mexico, and Honduras. These terminals have strong position in their respective markets and for the year in review, accounted for 66% of ICTSI’s total throughput, and 75% of revenues.

Key environmental indicators (Year-on-Year comparisons)

  • Total energy consumption down c.9% to 1.55 gigajoules
  • Total Direct GHG Emissions in Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent down 11%

ICTSI has adopted alternative energy sources, smarter power distribution systems, energy consumption measurement systems, and other innovative technologies to achieve these goals.

Improving communities – Highlights of Sustainability 2019 report “Turning Ports into Turning Points”

The report focuses on eight of its major terminals in the Philippines, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar, Pakistan, Iraq, Mexico, and Honduras. These terminals have strong position in their respective markets and for the year in review, accounted for 66% of ICTSI’s total throughput, and 75% of revenues.

Key environmental indicators (Year-on-Year comparisons)

  • Total energy consumption down c.9% to 1.55 gigajoules
  • Total Direct GHG Emissions in Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent down 11%

ICTSI has adopted alternative energy sources, smarter power distribution systems, energy consumption measurement systems, and other innovative technologies to achieve these goals.

Improving communities – Highlights of Sustainability 2019 report “Turning Ports into Turning Points”

The report focuses on eight of its major terminals in the Philippines, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar, Pakistan, Iraq, Mexico, and Honduras. These terminals have strong position in their respective markets and for the year in review, accounted for 66% of ICTSI’s total throughput, and 75% of revenues.

Key environmental indicators (Year-on-Year comparisons)

  • Total energy consumption down c.9% to 1.55 gigajoules
  • Total Direct GHG Emissions in Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent down 11%

ICTSI has adopted alternative energy sources, smarter power distribution systems, energy consumption measurement systems, and other innovative technologies to achieve these goals.

  • Total hazardous waste down c.11% to 840 tons
  • Total non-hazardous waste down 1% to 4,354 tons
  • Used lead acid batteries decreased by 21% to 1,188 pieces

These reductions resulted from waste management policies which seek to reduce waste generation and minimise the potential effects of waste materials on the surrounding environment.

Contributing to local economies

The sustainable growth that ICTSI works for goes beyond port profitability and a region’s economic development; it includes transforming the lives of stakeholders such as communities; providing employment to the locals; improved work conditions and benefits; greening the supply chain and managing the carbon footprint; and creating better and more efficient infrastructure and connectivity in both land and sea.

These reductions resulted from waste management policies which seek to reduce waste generation and minimise the potential effects of waste materials on the surrounding environment.

Contributing to local economies

The sustainable growth that ICTSI works for goes beyond port profitability and a region’s economic development; it includes transforming the lives of stakeholders such as communities; providing employment to the locals; improved work conditions and benefits; greening the supply chain and managing the carbon footprint; and creating better and more efficient infrastructure and connectivity in both land and sea.

These reductions resulted from waste management policies which seek to reduce waste generation and minimise the potential effects of waste materials on the surrounding environment.

Contributing to local economies

The sustainable growth that ICTSI works for goes beyond port profitability and a region’s economic development; it includes transforming the lives of stakeholders such as communities; providing employment to the locals; improved work conditions and benefits; greening the supply chain and managing the carbon footprint; and creating better and more efficient infrastructure and connectivity in both land and sea.

  • Community investments nearly tripled to US$9.8 million (2018: US$3.4m)
  • ICTSI has a longstanding policy of local hiring – percentage of senior management hired from the local communities was 49% versus 24% in 2018  

Excellence in corporate governance

ICTSI has received multiple awards and recognition from around the world.  These include:

  • Asia Money – 2019 Philippines Most Outstanding Company in the Transportation sector
  • 9th Asian Excellence Awards – Best Investor Relations Company
  • 17th Philippine Quill Awards – Awards of Excellence for ICTSI’s 2017 Sustainability Report and Award of Merit for the Public Relations Program for Papua New Guinea Communities
  • Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards – Excellence in Port Management and Infrastructure: Victoria International Container Terminal, Australia
  • Pakistan – Corporate Excellence Award for best management practices and responsible business operation
Sue Terpilowski
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Executive Editor of SeaNews