DP World's constant endeavour to support the society and people of Kochi through awareness campaigns for the people of Vallarpadam and adjoining areas of the International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) was further reaffirmed on Tuesday under the guidance of Ms Kathryn Wightman-Beaven, Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, DP World. She visited a string of initiatives undertaken by DP World in Vallarpadam that include organising and supporting a medical health camp, equipping the St. Mary's School with environmentally friendly kitchen appliances, supplying and planting tree saplings, and contributing new fans and chairs to the Ochanturth orphanage, according to Exim News Service.
DP World invested in Cochin 8 years ago, and was one of the first large international firms to establish a facility in Kerala, bringing employment to many and changing the face of the shipping industry as well as trade and commerce in the state. Over the years, DP World has been involved in many community activities in Kerala. The company supported the open heart surgery procedure of 21 children, eco-friendly toilet facilities were established for truck cleaners at the terminal, it conducted an awareness programme on waste management for the local community and, as part of its environment initiatives, conducted a beach clean-up drive. The company also believes strongly in developing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, and to this end is constantly recognising talent and felicitating children with awards encouraging education.
DP World developed its association with the Ochanturth orphanage when the ICTT became operational in February 2011. The orphanage houses around 25 girls between the ages of 3-15. DP World has been providing the orphanage with books, clothes and other essential items such as bed sheets for the last two years. Its employees also spend time and share a meal with the children on festive occasions like Onam. Speaking at the orphanage, Ms Kathryn Wightman-Beaven said, "The approach at DP World is focused on the four quadrant model of community, people, environment and marketplace. This provides the framework to ensure responsibility is woven into the fabric of our company and its values. DP World firmly supports the integration of responsible business practices into our operations and changing lives of people that live in the communities around our ports."
Commented Mr K.K. Krishnadas, CEO of DP World Cochin: "We inaugurated ICTT in February 2011, and over the last year or so we have been making considerable effort to work with the community living in Vallarpadam, our new home. Improving the standard of living and creating a clean safe environment in Vallarpadam is as much our responsibility as is the government of Kerala's."
Mr Anil Singh, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of DP World Subcontinent Region, said, "We are glad that Kathryn Wightman-Beaven is here to share her extensive knowledge and we look to incorporate her insights into our programmes in the near future. DP World supports programmes in the field of education, environment protection and sustainability across all our 5 terminals in India, for which in March 2012 DP World was awarded the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for 2012 for its work in India."