What Makes Us Different

Our Core Values

Sapulut (SFD) encourages its staff to display the 8 Core Values in their work ethics and in fulfilling their duties.

The 8 Core Values:
1. Doing the right thing, even though no one is watching
2. Love and respect for self, fellow man and nature
3. Recognise and promote teamwork, and never let your team members down
4. Continuous improvement of self and Sapulut through training and learning, and practice “I see, I think and I do”
5. Discipline- discipline of self, disciplined thought and disciplined action
6. Doing ordinary things extraordinarily well
7. Know the rules, and how to break them properly
8. Ideas are easy. Execution is everything. It takes a team to win.

These core values aim to create a conducive working environment and promote character building.

The members of Sapulut align the company’s core values act with their personal values. This alignment is the foundation in building a high performing team.

“Recognize and promote teamwork, and never let your team members down – through a strong teamwork job, Sapulut achieved one of its goals to certify its Natural Forest Management (NFM) area. Without the galvanized efforts from both the top management team as well as the ground team, the success of achieving this forest certification would not have been possible. The camaraderie among the Sapulut members also gained recognition by the auditors themselves.”

Teddy Sius, FMUEM

“Forest plantation is a vital part in our FMU operations. Managing them is one of the hardest tasks because it is a multi disciplined area that requires us to do ordinary things, extraordinarily well in every aspect such as planting, nursery management, maintenance and silviculture. Practicing the core values enable us walk the extra mile to care for our trees. With love and respect for self, fellow man, and nature which underlying the commitment of the forest plantation department, we believe that Sapulut can rely on its forest plantation areas for future timber.”

Peter Philip, Acting FMUEM and Head of Plantation Department

“The Community Forestry unit plays an important role in dealing with stakeholders. We understand the need to protect the basic necessities of local communities; water source. Thus, we put maximum effort while simultaneously integrating the core values of do ordinary things extraordinary well in every community-based projects. Multiple consultations were carried out with the villagers and it is our duty to listen and work towards answering their plights as much as possible. We put continuous effort by doing frequent following-up on projects even after completion.

Goodwill visits to villagers portray the value of “I SEE, I THINK, and I DO” as it shows our efforts to disseminate information to the villagers about our practices in Sapulut based on the ideals we see and believe in Sapulut. Continuous learning has equipped us with the fundamental knowledge we need in order to respectfullyprovide communities a better perception on FMUs.”

Jeffica Jaihon, Head of Forest Protection Department

“Discipline of self, disciplined thought and disciplined action – EIA consists of many aspects that require strong discipline to ensure the compliance of Environmental Regulations within FMU14 is closely monitored. We are committed in maintaining our standard of integrity by avoiding from neglecting even the slightest environmental faults that may potentially be encountered. Doing the right thing, even though no one is watching under all circumstances is the first step in building a culture of discipline thus, we practice it via thorough inspection over environmental matters and imposing penalty on those repeat offenders.”

Lyevivialyne Sopital, EIA Unit

“In correlation with Sapulut’s core value “Love and respect for self, fellow man and nature” the general fragment of standard I have applied throughout the year is “respecting coworker’s ideas through demonstration amidst applicable collaboration and communication”.

In MEVD we also strive for continuous improvement of self and Sapulut as improvement is crucial in terms of safety, mechanical procedure and accountability of workshop management. Any ideas of improvement are unrestricted as the MEVD office is open, proceeding principal efficiency upon vast development. Esteemed collaboration with other divisions are necessary for the concept mutually reinforcement system.

From the application, I could deal with co-workers equally and respectfully and establish an enhanced level of trust with them, resulting in a healthy work environment.”

Joeyce Walter Joseph, MEVD Supervisor

“The field audit department scrutinizes doing the right thing at all times. We encourage this by vigilantly monitoring the field work done on Sapulut’s vast areas and firmly enforcing the rules or penalties when non-compliance is detected. We take this duty seriously despite being an ordinary task as it also promotes the improvement of the practices done by the workers in Sapulut.”

Joulin Taurin, Forest Officer

Lean Six Sigma Programme

Sapulut has embarked on a Lean Six Sigma Programme since early 2019. The main objectives of the programme are to develop continuous improvement of culture and to eliminate wastes in our operational processes. We believe this programme can improve our mindset as we continue to do the small things which will make big differences.

Sapulut is committed to continue this programme. We believe that it will not only improve our teamwork and overall performance, but we can be a better version of ourselves.

Data Driven Management

Sapulut invests in data capturing using drones and GIS tools, as well as its ground team. A data driven approach in Forestry is necessary to enable Sapulut to plan, monitor and manage its natural forests and plantation forests.

Pioneering BASIL

A good volume of plantation timber was produced following SFD use of the Buffer Alternate Strip Interval Lining (BASIL) method. It also helps to maintain the environment. SFD is the first to adopt the BASIL method, which was done to replace clear felling of logs.

The BASIL methods involve harvesting and replanting trees in strips between segments of forests, resulting in a zebra-like pattern of forest plantation and buffer-zones.

The buffer zones provide a myriad of environmental and biological services for the tree plantation- they provide fire break for the planted trees, habitat for beneficial insects to keep pests and diseases under control and microclimate conducive for the growth of trees.

The BASIL methods involve harvesting and replanting trees in strips between segments of forests, resulting in a zebra-like pattern of forest plantation and buffer-zones.

We want you to join us!

Sapulut hopes to encourage more people to join our mission and is eager to engage with those who share similar visions and goals. Join us in our efforts to develop a better secured and greener timber industry.