Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility
As a responsible organisation, we treat our stakeholders in a responsible and sustainable manner through Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility goals. Air Mauritius takes its social and environmental responsibilities seriously and intends to continue to improve its environmental efficiency and to minimise emissions.
As responsible corporate citizen and in collaboration with the Air Mauritius Foundation, Air Mauritius actively supports thousands of Mauritians in their travels abroad, patients who travel overseas for treatments, students who travel abroad for higher education studies, sports people as well as artists also who travel to take part in regional or international events.
Further, we are also committed to the environment. We are engaged in supporting the UN Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) initiatives.
Here’s an overview of what we did in the past and what we intend to undertake in the future:
To mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, whilst adapting to climate change, we took the initiative to plant more than 500 units of mangrove propagules at the International Ramsar Site of Pointe D’esny, in the south-eastern part of Mauritius.
Various stakeholders, the community of the region, nearby hotels, the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub, and students from secondary schools of the regions joined this initiative.
Under the One Take-Off One Tree initiative, and as agreed upon with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, a total of 7,000 endemic and endangered plants were planted in their natural habitat, both in Mauritius and Rodrigues. In 2017, 4,959 plants were planted in Anse Quitor Nature Reserve, 8,382 in the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve (Rodrigues) and 1,731 plants were donated (1600 to Rodriguan schools, 86 to clubs and 45 to village communities). Therefore, over 15,000 plants have been planted in Rodrigues and given through donations.
Family members also had the opportunity to volunteer for weeding, potting and planting on Ile Aux Aigrettes and at the Mondrain site.
SDG 14: Life below water
In close collaboration with our social wing, the Paille-en-Queue Social Club of Air Mauritius, we participated in the annual full day awareness programme on the urgent need to keep our beaches and lagoon rubbish-free and to foster installation of water dispensers (linked to the public water system) throughout the island, thus cutting down the use of water bottles.
This was also an opportunity for the children to become acquainted with the pleasures of aquatic sports.
SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
Under one such initiative, we collected all our unused banners/roller banners and billboards and up cycled them into school bags for needy children. Nearly 100 such children received a bag. These recycling projects are done in close collaboration with our partner “SAKILI”.
A study is being carried out by the University of Kassel in collaboration with the World Airlines Clubs Association to reduce the cabin waste on board and Air Mauritius passengers were interviewed at the Airport, where many of them expressed their wish to contribute to reduce cabin waste on board.
SDG 4: Quality Education
Our employees donated school materials, and this allowed us to:
- Maintain our sustainable action towards helping the needy children cared for by the NGO “Association Elles C’est Nous”. For the third consecutive year, the children received their uniforms, shoes, school bags (which were all made from recycled banners) and school materials.
- Donated basic school materials to 60 needy children from Rodrigues island and who are under the responsibility of the NGO Care-Co and to 30 children aged between 5 and 12 of Bois des Amourettes.
We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2017 with a mini regatta that was organised in Mahebourg. This was yet another occasion to demonstrate our commitment towards the protection of the environment and the importance of social activities involving the community.
In line with the IATA resolutions to combat human trafficking including child sex abuse in travel and tourism, Air Mauritius in collaboration with the Association Airline Ambassadors organised a workshop with various stakeholders on the subject matter and this topic is also included in the course of the cabin crew abinitio.
Health and Safety
We play an active role in enhancing safety among our internal and external stakeholders through Health and Safety Communication. For the financial year 2018/19, we have achieved high standards in Reportable Incidents for the second consecutive year as we had no notifiable or reportable accident, and no fatal accident among our employees. We also ensure that we have an Emergency Preparedness Plan which is compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 2005 and the Mauritius Fire & Rescue Act of 2013.
We are also closely monitoring Communicable Diseases occurring either in Mauritius or its outstations. Regular communication exercises have been undertaken to refresh our team members’ knowledge of basic precautionary measures to be taken. Air Mauritius has been working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to prevent any kind of outbreak and the spread of Communicable Diseases at the Airport.
Management of Hazardous Wastes
In its endeavour to manage the outbreak of Communicable Diseases within the Airport premises, the following actions were initiated by the Company during the financial year 2018/19 to respond to its commitment to provide clean and environmentally safe working areas to its employees.
The following environmental initiatives were undertaken:
- Systematic cleaning of drains and yard upkeep together with the help of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life;
- Malaria Insecticides spraying and fogging; and
- Storage of unused or expired chemicals for conveyance to local hazardous chemicals storage facility.
Health Screening Campaign
We joined the Fighting Diabetes at the Workplace (FDW) programme launched by the Mauritius Research Council, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Almost half of the working population voluntarily participated in the first phase of the programme and the results are expected by the end of 2019.
Once received, we shall move further with the FDW programme for the wellbeing of the team members in addressing the following:
- Systematic management and follow-up of diabetic/pre-diabetic employees’ health.
- Routine screening for diabetes complications such as fasting blood glucose, urine testing for protein as a check on renal function, taking blood for lipid estimations, measuring blood pressure, examining the eyes and the feet.
Blood Donation Campaign
We regularly conduct annual blood donation campaigns where our employees, as responsible corporate citizens, contribute generously to save life by donating blood to the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life to maintain the stock of blood bank.
Enterprise Risk Management
The underlying premise of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is that every entity exists to provide value for its stakeholders. All entities face uncertainty and the challenge for management is to determine how much uncertainty to accept as it strives to grow stakeholder value.
Uncertainty presents both risk and opportunity, with the potential to erode or enhance stakeholder value. Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a strategic business discipline that supports the achievement of an organisation’s objectives by addressing the full spectrum of risks, thereby enhancing management decisions and fulfilling corporate governance obligations.
Air Mauritius has an ERM framework to ensure the process of planning, organising, leading and controlling its activities in order to minimise the effects of all type of risks on capital and earnings. The focus remains on mitigating these risks at all levels in the business, although many remain outside the company’s control such as government regulation, taxes, terrorism, adverse weather and pandemics.
Air Mauritius revisited the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) which sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry, including aviation, and power stations, can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded.
ETS is a pivotal part of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. Set up in 2005, it is the world’s first major carbon market and remains the biggest one.
It operates in all 28 EU countries in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. ETS limits emissions from more than 11,000 heavy energy-using installations (power stations and industrial plants) and airlines operating flights between these EU air space. Putting a price on carbon and trading, it delivers concrete results for the environment: In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21% lower than in 2005.
More relevant to the aviation sector and therefore Air Mauritius, is that the European Union has indicated its general acceptance of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The Package contains the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) technical rules for the international aviation carbon offsetting scheme that will apply to member states and aeroplane operators from 2019.
The rules are not without controversies. Airlines are striving to make planes more fuel and carbon efficient particularly in the light of rising fuel prices. In addition, Air Mauritius already has the One Take-off One Tree programme contributing to more endemic trees on the island, as the programme name suggests.
We have voluntarily complied with the EU ETS since 2012 and continue to do so.