Sime Darby Berhad
Sime Darby Berhad
– Delivering Sustainable Futures –
Established in 1982, Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, Sime Darby Property Berhad and Sime Darby Berhad.
With a vision to lead and make a sustainable impact and difference in the lives of others, YSD’s objectives are supported by its five pillars: education; environment; community & health; sports; arts & culture. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, YSD works closely with the three Sime Darby companies in areas of mutual interest.
Since its inception, YSD has awarded scholarships worth RM268 million to 4,086 students both in Malaysia and abroad. Under its Community & Health pillar, YSD supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender — the YSD Sinar Harapan initiative commits RM1,000,000 annually, majority of which goes to the provision of school supplies for the underprivileged and a smaller amount for in-kind assistance during festive seasons.
YSD’s conservation projects include the Sime Darby Plant–A–Tree programme in Pahang and Perak and the Protect Team to Combat Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking in Sabah. YSD is also actively involved in the development and improvement of sports in Malaysia — the YSD Chairman’s Trophy under the Sime Darby Football Development Programme (SDFDP) for example, aims to develop children (aged 8-15) to become multiskilled professional footballers. Under the Arts & Culture pillar, YSD supports the development of a vibrant arts community in Malaysia through initiatives such as the biennial YSD Arts Festival (YSDAF) and ASK Dance Company’s Forging Traditions: Traditional Dance Training for Trainers Workshop.