In the true spirit of giving, PPGPL employees headed the call to donate their "small change" to the Couva Children's Home and Crisis Nursery In December 2012. For the past 3 years, the company set up a transparent box for employees and well-wishers to drop their "small change," to be donated to various children's homes around the country. The money is specifically used to establish an education fund for the residents of the selected homes to cover the cost of extra lessons and tuition in various subjects.
Each year, everyone would be surprised at the amount of money that was collected as employees would not only donate their "small change" but also cash notes. As one employee stated "I donate whatever loose change I have in my pocket whenever I pass by, but I know that this is never enough, it can't be. So occasionally, I would add some notes to the box as well, because I know that whatever we put in, the company will match."
PPGPL believes that by providing assistance to needy or at risk groups in the national community, it is contributing to the development of the society; the same society in which its employees live and from which its future employees will emerge. The company's success and sustainability is dependent on a number of factors, one of which is how it handles its corporate social responsibility . It is an expression of the values and philosophy that employees abide by. According to Beverly Parris, Supply Chain Management Supervisor, PPGPL and member of the Board of Couva Children's Home, "We are not the type to watch idly by while our community asks for help. We try to find a way to help and get things done. As such, whatever money is donated is also matched by the organisation."
On December 13, 2012 some of the children of the home and the manager were invited to assist employees with the counting exercise which yielded $9,299. The company agreed to contribute a further $15,701 to arrive at a total contribution of $25,000 for 2012.
In 2013, another small change education drive will begin.
PPGPL, a natural gas processing company operating in the Pt. Lisas Industrial Estate, turned sod to mark the beginning of construction of its new administrative building on December 21, 2012.
In his feature address at the event, Senator the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy & Energy Affairs noted that developments such as these in the energy sector were always a good sign for the entire nation. He went on to state that this meant that companies were still investing in the big energy related projects that would continue to employ several thousand persons while generating more revenue for the economy. He noted that the company out-performs several others when it comes to safety and that was a key element that made PPGPL attractive to external investors.
PPGPL is a safety leader in the oil and gas sector. The company has been recognised both locally and internationally for its stellar 20 year record of safe operations. The company has invested heavily in safety systems, processes, equipment and most especially, in training its employees to operate in a manner that ensures that there is no harm to people, the process plants or the environment. In keeping with its safety philosophy, the new administrative building will minimise risk to their employees, by physically locating non plant personnel away from the process plants. According to Acting President, Dominic Rampersad, "keeping our employees safe just makes good business sense. We want to ensure that anyone coming to our facilities can return home to their families safely."
In addition to this, Chairman of the board of directors, Roop Chan Chadeesingh asserted that PPGPL was pursuing new business opportunities both locally and abroad; and a key strategy to attracting new business partners was by making the PPGPL brand more visible. He indicated that the new building will not only accommodate more staff safely, but will present the company as a progressive, forward-thinking organisation as a whole. He stated that the management will now be able to focus its efforts on continuing the company's success by hosting more visits from prospective business partners, international delegations and dignitaries in a corporate setting that reflects a global business.
On May 3, 2013, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL) continued to demonstrate its long-standing commitment to the development of the local California community by handing over a cheque for TT$130,000.00 to the Caldrac Club to further enhance their cricket capabilities. Since 2005, PPGPL has been a financial contributor to the Caldrac Club of Dow Village, California. According to Joanne Salazar, vice president of Strategy & Corporate Services, PPGPL who delivered remarks on behalf of the organization, PPGPL believes that it is only through the partnership with the community that companies can sustain themselves. She noted:
In 2004, Caldrac Club approached PPGPL to assist them with the revamping of their club. At that point, the club had significantly reduced membership and impact in the community. By 2005, PPGPL had decided to contribute on a one-off project, but 8 years later, the relationship has blossomed and donations which started with a mere TT$18,000.00 has increased to over TT$580,000.00 over the 8 year period.
Anil Kamal, the club's general secretary and Mookeet Aziz, former member of the club were present for the hand-over and were able to give the employees of PPGPL a brief history of the club. Caldrac Club was founded in 1947 by Kenneth Lalla and Mohammed Aziz, who were students of Naparima College San Fernando at that time. Their intention was to establish a club that would engage the unemployed and underprivileged youth in the California area through the medium of drama. The Club's name stood for the California Literary and Drama Club (Caldrac).
The club introduced cricket and table tennis as the years passed, and soon became known for its cricketing prowess. Since 2005, PPGPL has been funding Caldrac Club for its annual cricket season. This funding has assisted in the development of the club; and has improved the club's performance over the past 8 years. Caldrac has advanced from zonal cricket in 2005 to the premier division cricket in 2013. As stated by Anil Kamal, "This remarkable improvement could not be possible without the necessary funding and support from PPGPL and because of their unwavering support, our players are all proud to wear the PPGPL logo on their shirts."