Allianz‘s 15th Employee Dialogue held in Malaysia
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In conjunction with its 125 year anniversary (“125Y”) celebration, Allianz organised Employee Dialogues worldwide to provide a platform to share ideas on mitigating the impact of global megatrends, namely demographic and environmental change. A total of 20 Employee Dialogues focusing on either one of the megatrends will be carried out in 17 countries throughout 2015. All Employee Dialogue sessions will be recorded and shared with Allianz employees worldwide via the 125Y-intranet portal for ideas sharing and exchanging.
Allianz Malaysia hosted the 15th Allianz Employee Dialogue on the topic of Environmental Change on 23 September 2015 at Aloft Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
“Over the last 125 years, Allianz has been developing knowledge and ideas for risk solutions together with its customer as well as scientists and non-governmental organisations which Allianz is now contributing towards addressing future challenges. We see risks, but above all, opportunities in two global megatrends that bring lasting changes to our lives: demographic and environmental change. Locally, we have selected Environmental Change as the emerging issue and hope to use the 125Y to draw more attention to this issue,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.
The Dialogue began with an introductory speech on the reason and purpose for the Employee Dialogue by Rangam Bir, CEO of Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad, followed by sharing sessions by four speakers on their expertise and ideas relating to the environment. One of the speakers was Adrian Yeo, the driving force behind the Power Shift movement, who shared about an issue that is of concern to many - climate change. Wong Siew Te, founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sabah, spoke about these often-overlooked animals and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Subsequently, Gupreet Singh Dhillon, one of the founders of the Biji-Biji Initiative spoke on the concept of ‘upcycling’- how with a little bit of imagination and creativity, waste materials and unwanted products could be transformed into new materials or products. Lastly, Ruben Cortes, the Associate Director of the ‘Build for Tomorrow’ initiative by Wild Asia spoke about sustainable building, in particular about ‘Earthship biotecture’- a style of self-sustainable building that provides water, food, energy, sewage treatment and comfortable temperature while reusing waste materials such as plastic, tyres, glass bottles and aluminium, among others.
There were also performances by two groups, the Tree Theatre Group, where children as young as 8 years old put on a shadow puppet show accompanied by songs with important environmental messages. The second performance was by Persatuan Belia Gendang Komuniti where, using instruments made of recycled materials, all participants of the Dialogue were involved in a drum circle.
Various interactive and informational booths were also set up at the Dialogue, where participants could learn a thing or two while having fun. Two Bicycle Juicers were placed at the Biji-Biji Initiative’s exhibition booth where participants had to power the blenders to make their juice by cycling. Wild Asia also displayed their ‘Earthship’ and other sustainable initiatives, and opened workstations where participants could create vases or bottle bricks out of their own glass bottles. These bottle bricks will be used in the building of an Earthship in Malaysia. Another booth at the event was set up by Gerai OA, a volunteer organisation that sells handmade items sourced directly from Orang Asli communities where all proceeds generated will be channelled back to the Orang Asli communities. EcoKnights also had a booth showing videos to promote their upcoming Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.
“The Employee Dialogue provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange with experts and among staff and our business partners. Environmental change is probably a topic we have heard of but are not too familiar with; and we probably know a little about Sun Bears but how much do we know? What about ‘upcycling’ and ‘Earthships’? These concepts are still foreign to most of us, if not all, so I am glad we have this chance to broaden our knowledge. We hope that through this dialogue we can take home promising ideas and approaches to address environmental change and work together to make positive impact to address this issue,” concluded Zakri.
Apart from Employee Dialogue, Allianz Malaysia has also been organising environmental related activities in Head Office and branches nationwide.