ABB staff and families celebrate World Environment Day

June 24 : More than 80 ABB staff and their families enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) on Saturday, June 8, in conjunction with the World Environment Day (WED) which is held annually to promote worldwide awareness and attention on the environment.
The outing began with a leisurely picnic which had participants enjoying breakfast in the lush surroundings of FRIM followed by an interactive environmental learning session led by several ABB staff. During the session, participants had the opportunity to explore and appreciate the natural ecosystem of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest and the diversity of its flora and fauna.

FRIM, which was founded in 1929, is one of Malaysia’s leading institutions in tropical forestry research. The 486-ha site located northwest of Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve and contains a wealth of flora and fauna.

“The program is simply aimed at allowing our people the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city in order to enjoy a refreshing day surrounded by nature,” said Joyce Yu, CSR Coordinator for ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Enjoying the serenity at FRIM

“By promoting greater understanding of how each plant, animal and insect contribute to our complex ecosystem, we hope to nurture greater appreciation of the environment and more conscious efforts to preserve our natural heritage for future generations,” she added.

“It was a good opportunity to have our family bonding with each other as well as those of our colleagues and co-workers," said Elaine Chan from the Low Voltage Systems business unit in Malaysia. “It was also good for our children who live in the city to experience the forest environment."

Later, an eco-art competition had ABB staff and their families creating nature collages using recycled materials. Demonstrating no shortage of imaginative talent, participants spent their time to create environmental-themed artwork which included a mini windmill, an electric car and an eco-robot.