- We care
We Care about Sustainability.
We Care because as responsible citizens and actors who operate in major industries of the economy, it is our duty to help Mauritius transition towards a more sustainable future for all.
Currimjee Group has been deeply committed to being a force for good since its foundation. We are firm believers that our success is not only reflected in our bottom line, but also in the positive impact we have on our communities and the environment. This philosophy guides us every day in how: we work with our suppliers and partners; we treat our employees; we develop products and services; we build our strategies; we empower our community members and we use our natural resources.
At the core of our Business
CJ has long believed that business growth and the environment go hand in hand. We are aware of the pressing challenges facing our planet and island-from biodiversity loss to resource scarcity.
Our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship 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 digitization initiatives, better waste management and the use of renewable energy, amongst others, we strive to contribute to a more sustainable society.
Our Environment & Sustainability (E&S) Commitments
Guided by our core values, we have developed a Group-level E&S framework that takes into account the key environmental and sustainability aspects considered most pertinent to our planet and relevant to our strategy and stakeholders. Strong leadership, effective management and the continuous engagement of our employees are all key to ensuring that we progress towards our sustainability goals.
Addressing Climate Change
Being present in a Small Island Developing State, we recognise the critical challenges posed by climate change and diligently honour our responsibility to reduce our contribution to this global phenomena. Through the Paris Agreement in 2015, the world committed to the long-term objective to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) induced global warming to below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level.
At CJ, we thrive to support this goal by decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions from our operations through promotion of renewable solar energy harvesting, energy efficiency, proper fleet management, and carbon offset revegetation programs.
Preserving Ecosystems and Natural Resources
We are committed to preserve the unique and yet endangered native and endemic flora, fauna and the supporting ecosystems of Mauritius as we are conscious of their important ecosystem services and their role in climate change mitigation. We do so by diligently 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.
Over the years, we have been also working reduce our usage of natural resources such as paper through digitisation and by procuring only paper which have been sourced from responsibly managed forests (FSC and PEFC certified). For water which is an important resource for our country, we ensure our operations are not putting additional pressure on the local water supply by using water saving devices and by capturing rainwater for our use.
Responsible Waste Management
We thrive to promote the circular economy of our waste materials and try to as far as possible to give a second life to these resources. We have a waste management system deployed to ensure responsible disposal of all paper, PET and electronic wastes generated by our operations through registered recyclers. The process is supported by our Waste Management Policy which provides the guidelines for this initiative. CJ also encourages its employees to bring their personal recyclable paper, plastic and electronic wastes from home to dispose through the facilities provided by the company. We also extended this initiative to the community through our National E-waste collection programme and through our PET plastic collection bins placed in key locations across Mauritius.
Engaging our employees in our sustainability agenda is key to achieve our objectives. By promoting environmental stewardship, we aim to set the values that will guide our people to become aware of the importance of our environment and its vital services we depend on. We do so through group wide environmental awareness sessions and by encouraging the participation of our employees in our environmental related activities within and outside our companies.
The Currimjee Foundation (CF), set up in 2009, is the vehicle through which the Group’s CSR activities are managed and monitored. It uses a coordinated and focused approach to CSR by aligning all clusters around the Group’s CSR programme, For our CSR activities, we focus on five areas of intervention which the Group and its subsidiaries contribute their funds, time and commitment:
Health | Education | Leisure & Sports | Socio-Economic Development | Environment
Key to the execution of our CSR projects and initiatives, are the employees’ continuous engagement and participation and the partnerships the Currimjee Foundation has built with NGOs over the years.
Our health initiatives address the needs of some vulnerable people through activities that include awareness programmes and sponsorship/investments in the prevention and treatment of diseases.
We believe that education is a stepping stone to economic and social inclusion. We empower the youths in vulnerable communities by providing them with the relevant skills and knowledge they need.
Leisure & Sports
Sports activities help children/adults learn crucial life skills such as discipline, hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork and respect. Through sports, we seek to nurture these core values helping them improve their physical, cognitive and mental abilities.
We are committed to contribute to Mauritius’ socio-economic development through community empowerment and meaningful partnerships with the Government and NGOs and by investing in sustainable community projects.
We aim to reduce our environmental footprint through the protection of our biodiversity and ecosystems and the efficient use of resources for future generations to benefit from a liveable and healthy planet.
TRAMPOLINE, a social impact accelerator we created in 2021, forms part of our desire 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.
Arts and Culture
Currimjee Group strongly believes in the power of the Arts and Culture in strengthening our communities and collective identity. Not only are they fundamental to our humanity, but they also foster creativity, build bridges between cultures and strengthen our social fabric—even more so in challenging times.
We have proudly been sponsoring cultural events and supporting homegrown talent for many years, aspiring to empower our youth to express themselves through dance, music, painting, crafts, literature, and so much more.
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 to 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 our differences solidifies our bonds and shapes our collective strength. Yet another local talent proudly endorsed by CJ!
Joshila Dhaby flies the Mauritian flag in Dubai
Currimjee Jeewanjee was honoured to co-sponsor the participation of Joshila Dhaby in the 4th edition of Art Connects Women 2020. The international art exhibition was held in Dubai from 5th to 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, #EachForEqual, 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 poems. 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 awards 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 26 September to 12 October 2019.
The Group also co-sponsored “Conversations”, an exhibition by l’Institut Français de Maurice that brought together some of the Indian Ocean’s most talented contemporary artists. Held between 29 September and 30 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.