We believe that the community in which we operate should benefit not only from our economic success, but from the time and energy which we invest. Packages, as a responsible corporate citizen, has always undertaken to make a positive contribution to the community it works in through employee volunteer efforts and corporate initiatives.
Our community efforts reflect our corporate culture by building strength and value through mutual assistance and good will.
RURAL SECTOR IMPROVEMENT
Pakistan is rated amongst the world's top five milk producers, even though it has no organized milk sector. Transport to the cities had traditionally been the domain of the contractors, who were unable to maintain the quality of the milk during transit. Consequently, when Packages' milk packaging plant needed a reliable daily source of milk, they were forced to buy directly from the dairy farmers when they were unable to reach an agreement with the contractors. Today, the estimated daily intake of the aseptic dairy plants in the country exceeds 3 million liters and has become a constant source of substantial income to a large sector of the rural population. This, in itself, has been a major contribution from Packages towards the uplift of the rural sector.
Today, Packages is as well known for its roses as for its industrial activities. The number of varieties of roses in our gardens exceeds 300 and includes plants, bushes and creepers, as well as exotic specimens such as miniature, green and even black roses. The company also holds an annual rose show for 2 to 3 days in spring for its patrons, customers, employees and their families.
he company has established a fair-sized nursery from which, till recently, almost 500 rose cuttings per year were provided, free of cost, to institutions and people interested in horticulture. Apart from growing its own roses, Packages has also taken a keen interest in the activities of the Horticulture Society of Pakistan and, for the last four decades, has been responsible for managing the annual Chrysanthemum and Spring Flower Show in Lahore.
To encourage young sportsmen all over the country, Packages has been organizing the annual Jafar Memorial Interschool Hockey Tournament for the last thirty six years in memory of Syed Muhammad Jafar, an ex-Olympian who died in his youth. This popular tournament has proved very useful in the early selection of promising hockey players of the future. 41 schools participated in the 36th championship held in Lahore and an estimated 35 players of the National Hockey Team have been identified through these competitive matches over the years.
Worldwide TECHNICAL aid programs
The first involvement of Packages in a foreign assignment was in 1970, when a contract for providing technical services to Kibo Paper Industries Ltd., Tanzania, was signed. The corrugated board manufacturing plant, set up in 1966, was operating at a low capacity and had accumulated substantial financial losses. The management was taken over by a team of four experts from Packages, and company operations started generating profits within the first year of this switchover.
The second opportunity followed soon after. In 1971, Packages extended similar services to a company called P T Guru in Jakarta, which was set up as a printing/packaging operation in 1970 and had run into serious financial and production problems. Packages sent another team of experts to Indonesia in 1971, and succeeded in turning the company around in a very short time period.
In the same year, the National Development Corporation of Tanzania requested Packages to take over the operation of another of its companies called Printpak Tanzania. The same success was achieved here, and a printing ink manufacturing plant was installed. A team of experts also commissioned, constructed and operated Tanzania's first paper mill.
In 1979, a six million dollar plant called Nasco Packages was set up in Jos, Nigeria for the manufacture of offset cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated containers. The plant went on to become one of the main packaging companies in Northern Nigeria, and a great financial success.
Towards the end of 1979, Packages provided expertise in the installation and management of a modern corrugated box manufacturing plant in Kuwait named Carton Industries Company SAK. A packaging plant in Yemen, engaged in the manufacture of polyethylene film was also technically supported for a short while during 1983.
Just when its assistance to these countries was coming to an end, Packages accepted the singular challenge of helping a floundering company in Russia. Tetra Pak AB (Kuban) was a packaging complex of three factories with facilities for manufacturing folding cartons, flexible packaging and corrugated boxes. In a two-and-a-half years' association, assistance was provided in formulating a management information system, streamlining production operations and training local staff.
Thus, in its history of about five decades, Packages has somewhat repaid the debt of gratitude it owes to the developed world by helping needy and disadvantaged companies in other developing countries.