Read about the great employee initiatives at our Malaysian site that have earned it the Employer of Choice 2011 Award

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What do Apple Days, teddy bear sales and the acquisition of new work skills have in common? The answer, from the Emission Control Technologies site at Nilai, Malaysia, is that these are all elements in its community, welfare and training activities. The site's proactive approach to community participation, together with its employee health and training programmes, have earned it the Employer of Choice 2011 award, which was presented by the Hon. Minister of Human Resources. The awards were organised by the Malaysian Institute of Human Resources and JobStreet.

In one initiative, the site joined forces with a local hospital for a charity drive in aid of pediatric healthcare. Two hundred teddy bears were bought as part of a Teddy Bear campaign, a number of which were donated to a local school and hospitals, with the remaining bears sold to raise funds which were given to local orphanages. The office's old furniture was also donated to a school in a disadvantaged area, offering the students new tools and a better environment in which to learn.

The social programme is equally evident in house with a variety of employee wellbeing and development programmes. Activities have included an event called the Back to School Campaign, where management gives school supplies to non-executive employees with school going children, the annual dinner and family day beach party and the environment, health and safety (EHS) family treasure hunt.

Johnson Matthey is known for its strong tradition of looking after its employees. To promote health and safety on site they are regularly sent on training courses which include first aid, emergency treatment if someone suffers cardiac arrest (CPR) and fire drill training. Activities related to healthier lifestyles include a health monitoring programme and 'Apple Days' which are held twice a week to promote healthy eating. The Occupational Health department works to encourage good eating among employees, as well as providing support to those who are trying to stop smoking.

A large capital investment project is underway at the Nilai site. A second production line is being constructed and new production processes will be introduced. As the day to day jobs of employees change, training will be given to enable them to develop their skill sets. This mix of community involvement, concern for employee health and wellbeing and training to meet the needs of a changing industry makes Johnson Matthey Malaysia an attractive place to work.