“Packing in the accolades”
Berjayapak goes from strength to strength.
Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd (formerly known as Syarikat Perusahaan Berjaya) was established in Malaysia in 1984. The company changed its name five years after its inception. In 2019, it expanded its business ventures to Vietnam and is registered there under the name Berjayapak Vietnam Co. Ltd. The company’s focus is on the manufacturing of wood-based packaging which ranges from pallets, boxes, crates to custom packaging for export needs.
With 80 per cent of multinational companies in northern Malaysia as their customers, the corporation is committed to a superior level of quality and consistency in order to keep up with consumer demand.
Berjayapak Sdn. Bhd. understands how the mass manufacturing of any product can be detrimental to the environment. As a result, the company has made it their main intention to pursue its business practices sustainably. It does this by sourcing the timber for its products from responsibly managed forests or forests certified under the Forest Stewardship Council.
It practices ethics not only in the sourcing of raw materials but in human labour as well. The manufacturing company relies heavily on human resources to forge ahead, which is also why it has made it paramount to ensure its employees are properly treated and taken care of. In 2017, the company decided to restructure its wages to match competitive market rates and improve work benefits for its employees. That same year also saw the corporation growing its revenue by identifying operational gaps hindering the efficiency of its business practices. A three-pronged strategy of adopting Lean Management principles, updating its quality management system to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard and sourcing better quality materials enabled Berjayapak to skyrocket its sales revenue to a whopping 41 per cent increase, compared to 2016, making the packaging powerhouse one of the Top 100 Fast Moving Companies/ SMEs that year. For their unwavering effort towards reducing wastage during production, Berjayapak was awarded two well- deserved wins – the Lean Creanova Championship and the Golden Bull Award under the outstanding SMEs category in 2018.
Berjayapak was the only Southeast Asian company invited to dialogue at the Global Wood Packaging Forum among global leaders about the development of common positions, and issues of mutual interest such as sharing global policies for the wooden packaging and container industries, and coordinating action and distributing information through its member associations.
Its many accolades have only motivated growth, leading to its expansion into Vietnam in 2019, where the factory is located in Bau Bang Industrial Park in Ho Chi Minh. The company aims for greater growth for diversification opportunities across all its business units, as the mobilisation of resources will open up more channels and value-added opportunities in the Indo-China region.
In order to strengthen its stand on ethical production, Berjayapak contributes to the community through a plethora of corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company implements a wooden pallet recycling system which has aided in reducing approximately 6700 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (equivalent to removing 23,000 cars from the roads). It also provides wooden pallets in times of crisis, as evidenced by their response to the Penang floods of 2017.
Berjayapak also supports two local primary schools in Sungai Bakap, the area where they operate as many of their employees have children in these schools. Initiatives include outfitting the school’s special education classroom, sponsoring speakers to inspire students on the importance of academic excellence as well as supplying wood materials for their school projects such as a mini zoo. On a corporate level, Berjayapak was a sponsor for the Penang Green Council and UN-Habitat 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum.
Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group: Berjayapak is a stellar example of a company dealing in natural resources who have covenanted to operate their business in the least damaging way to the environment.