At the core of our Business
The Currimjee Jeewanjee Group (CJ) has long believed that business growth and the environment go hand in hand. We recognise the compelling challenges faced by our planet and island, from biodiversity loss to dwindling natural resources, and we are resolved to playing a meaningful role in addressing these.
Our commitment to environmental sustainability extends beyond compliance and one-off actions; instead, we use sustainability as a lens to drive our strategies, operations and behaviors. This applies to our corporate office, our clusters and individual business units. Through our adherence to international frameworks and standards, our ongoing digitisation initiatives, responsible waste management and the use of renewable energy, amongst others, we strive to contribute to a more sustainable society.
Guided by our core values, we have developed a Group-level E&S framework that considers the environmental and sustainability aspects most pertinent to our planet, and relevant to our strategy and stakeholders, with the UN SDGS as our blueprint. Strong leadership, effective management and the continuous engagement of our employees are all key to ensuring that we progress towards achieving our sustainability goals.
Addressing Climate Change
As a Small Island Developing State, we are keenly aware of the critical challenges posed by climate change and diligently honour our responsibility to reduce our contribution and vulnerability to this global threat. The adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 committed the world to the long term objective to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) induced global warming to below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise even further to 1.5ºC.
At CJ, we aim to support this goal by decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions from our operations through the promotion of renewable solar energy harvesting, facilitating energy efficiency, proper fleet management, and carbon offset revegetation programmes.
Preserving Ecosystems and Natural Resources
We are committed to preserving the unique but endangered native and endemic flora, fauna, and supporting ecosystems of Mauritius, as we are conscious of their ecological importance for humankind. We do so by supporting and actively participating in terrestrial and marine ecosystem restoration programmes such as revegetation of native forest areas, coral farming, mangrove planting, and flora and fauna conservation programmes.
Within our operations CJ has been only procuring paper sourced from responsibly managed forests (FSC and PEFC certified), and has also worked hard to reduce use of paper through digitisation. Water is a particularly important resource for island states such as Mauritius, and we minimise the demands our operations place on the local water supply by installing water saving devices and capturing rainwater for use, as applicable.
Responsible Waste Management
We actively promote the circular economy of our waste materials through the recycling and upcycling of as many of these as possible. A waste management system facilitates responsible disposal of all paper, PET and electronic waste generated by our operations through registered recyclers. The process is supported by our Waste Management Policy which provides guidelines for this initiative. CJ also encourages employees to bring their personal recyclable paper, plastic and electronic waste from home to dispose of through the facilities provided by the company. This initiative is also extended to the community through our national e-waste collection programme, and through the network of PET plastic collection bins placed in key locations across Mauritius.
Engaging our employees in our sustainability agenda is key to achieving our overall, long term objective of protecting and preserving the environment. By promoting environmental stewardship, we are establishing values that will develop and foster an awareness of the importance of our environment, and the vital resources we depend on. We do so through group wide environmental awareness sessions and by encouraging our employees’ participation in the environmental related activities delivered both internally within our companies, and externally in the communities we operate in.
CJ considers human capital as a key enabler in the execution of its strategy and for its long term growth. Governed by our 5 values, we ensure our people are provided with a fair, inclusive and safe working environment and are given the right learning and development opportunities to unleash their potential and cope with the changing market dynamics.
Across the organisation, we also focus on creating a culture promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, and we emphasize on the importance of the wellbeing of our employees.
The HR strategy is built around five pillars: talent development, learning and competence development, employee engagement, employee wellbeing and organisational efficiencies.
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« Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.» This old adage undoubtedly sums up the philosophy that guides Currimjee Jeewanjee's action on empowerment. This commitment has led to the implementation of many projects during the past years. The objective is to support the most vulnerable by giving them access to training, or by accompanying social entrepreneurs in the setting up of their business like through TRAMPOLINE.
TRAMPOLINE, a social impact accelerator created in 2021 by the Currimjee Group, forms part of our goal to empower our communities. It aims to support social entrepreneurship in Mauritius by promoting startups that place social challenges at the heart of their purpose.
The Arts and Culture
The Currimjee Group believes passionately in the power of the Arts and Culture to strengthen our communities and sustain their collective identity. Not only are they fundamental to our humanity, but they also foster creativity, build bridges between cultures, and enhance our social fabric, allowing real connection between people across barriers and obstacles that exist in the everyday.
Nurturing a love of creativity, and encouraging the celebration of diversity and differences, is integral to the magic of Arts and Culture. For many years we have supported homegrown talent and been proud sponsors of a range of cultural events, aspiring to empower our youth in particular, to express themselves through dance, music, painting, crafts, and literature.
Planet’R Temporary exhibition
Currimjee was the proud sponsor of the temporary exhibition “Planet’R” (Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rot) organized by L’Aventure du Sucre. By supporting and promoting this temporary exhibition, the Group reiterates its commitment towards sustainable development and particularly towards the protection of our Planet and hence embarking on this journey to sensitize the public at large.
Currimjee supports "The Blue Penny", 100% Proudly Mauritian made film
In line with its commitment to Arts and Culture, the Currimjee Group, along with other sponsors, has supported the film “The Blue Penny”, a 100% local production, and in doing so, is contributing to promote Mauritian artistic creation, enhance heritage, and participate more broadly in the development of the Mauritian film industry.
‘Natir’ - Let's take care of our planet!
The employees of Currimjee Jeewanjee together with the young artists of l’Atelier Mo’zar, NGO that we’ve been supporting for years now, gathered to compose and sing, an original song that stands as a call for urgent actions to safeguard our planet.
The music was composed by local famous Jazzman, Philippe Thomas, and the amazing artists of Mo'Zar. This initiative reflects our support to Arts and culture while raising awareness on environmental issues.
Sponsoring homegrown talents at Otentic eco tent
CJ has been proudly supporting l’Atelier Mo’Zar for years, a music school whose philosophy is centred on using music to enable social inclusion.
In 2020, CJ continued lending its support to l’Atelier Mo’Zar’s talented young artists by contributing to the organisation of a residential music course at Otentic Eco Tent, from 9th – 12th December 2020. Their immersion in nature, nights spent jamming around a bonfire and the collision of different artistic energies gave rise to the creation of a new song, ‘Koumadir dan paradis’. CJ aims to continue playing a meaningful part in empowering our youth to express themselves through creativity and culture.
‘AQUEEQA’ by Assad Bhuglah honours Muslim traditions
In the spirit of bringing to the fore the rich cultural practices and rituals in Mauritius, Assad Bhuglah sheds new light on the Muslim tradition of celebrating the arrival of a newborn in a family. Currimjee Jeewanjee co-sponsored the publication of the author’s new book, Aqeeqa, which was unveiled in September 2020. The artwork on the cover was painted by Nasreen Banu Ahseek.
Written both in English and Kreol, the book is set in a context of conviviality and peaceful coexistence between our diverse communities. It delves into the important place that multiculturalism holds in Mauritius, and how the birth of a child is a celebration shared by neighbours and friends of all faiths and creeds. The idea behind the book is to highlight how sharing and understanding of our differences solidifies our binds and shapes our collective strength. Yet another local talent proudly supported by Currimjee Jeewanjee!
Joshila Dhaby flies the Mauritian flag in Dubai
Currimjee Jeewanjee was honoured to co-sponsor the participation of Joshila Dharby in the 4th edition of Arts Connect Women 2020. The international art exhibition was held in Dubai from 5th – 8th March 2020 and aims to shine a light on global talents who have the determination and creativity to express women empowerment through their artworks.
The artists were tasked with commemorating the International Women’s Day 2020 theme, #Each For Equal, to demonstrate how women can challenge stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions around gender. Joshila Dhaby, who represented Mauritius at the event, was one of only 100 women to have made it to the impressive lineup of international artists. Her participation in the prestigious exhibition authenticates how art can be a vehicle for sending strong messages and make a positive difference in society.
Celebrating aspiring local poets
For the third consecutive year, Currimjee Jeewanjee is delighted to be one of the partners of the ‘Prix de Poésie Edouard Maunick 2020-2021’. This annual event, organised by IMMEDIA, is open to Mauritians of all ages and invites aspiring writers to submit original peoms. The event took place in mid-2020 and the chosen theme for this edition was ‘Renaissances’. Select participants from all three editions also had the unique opportunity of having their prize-winning poems published in a collection of poems, which was later launched at the ceremony.
“Hervé Masson” Exhibition
CJ was delighted to be one of the partners of the ‘Hervé Masson’ exhibition, an event that celebrated the illustrious life and career of an iconic artist who would have celebrated his 100th birthday. The exhibition took place at Plaza in Rose Hill, from 26th September to 12th October 2019.
The Group also co-sponsored ‘Conversations’, and exhibition by l’Institut Français de Maurice that brought together some of the Indiand Ocean’s most talented contemporary artists. Held between 29th September and 30th November 2019 in the newly renovated Natural History Museum in Port Louis, attendees were guided on a tour of the historical site and enjoyed a host of activities which included an open-air cinema amongst others.
The Currimjee Foundation (CF), established in 2009, is the vehicle through which the activities of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)programme are managed and monitored. Through a coordinated and focused approach, all clusters are aligned to the programme and the five main areas of intervention to which the Group and its subsidiaries are committed, through the contribution of their funds, time, and efforts.
Poverty Alleviation | Quality Health | Quality Education | Environment
Key to the execution of our CSR projects and initiatives, are our employees’ continuous engagement and participation, and the partnerships the Currimjee Foundation has forged with NGOs over the years.
We are committed to contributing to Mauritius’ socio-economic development through community empowerment, by creating meaningful partnerships with Government bodies and NGOs, and by investing in sustainable community projects.
We address the health and welfare needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities through the implementation of awareness initiatives, and sponsorship/investment in programmes aimed at the prevention and treatment of diseases.
We believe that education is a steppingstone to economic and social inclusion. We empower the youth in vulnerable communities by providing relevant knowledge and skills training to help them achieve useful levels of education.
We aim to reduce our environmental footprint through the protection of our biodiversity and ecosystems, and the efficient use of natural resources, so that future generations may benefit from a healthy, habitable planet.
Building a better today & tomorrow for future generations
Since the very beginning, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a key element of CJ’s sustainability ethos. The local communities we operate in have been fundamental to our growth, and we leverage our unique position to engage with them in a meaningful way, improve their quality of life and contribute to the greater common good of society.
In addition to providing temporary relief to individuals on a case-by-case basis, our CSR approach has evolved further, becoming a more sustainable form of intervention which involves making incremental, measurable, and lasting positive impacts in our communities.
The group-wide aim to support and empower these communities in the most effective, sustainable way is facilitated by the work of the Currimjee Foundation (CF). The Foundation oversees collaboration with non-profit organisations, and distributes financial contributions and in-kind donations, ensuring that these resources target the needs of the communities appropriately. CF co-ordinates the implementation of a number of socially inclusive projects including poverty alleviation programmes, improvements to healthcare access, and initiatives focussed specifically on education and the youth.