The Biji-Biji Initiative Story
Formed in 2013, a group of 4 young visionaries set out to change the sustainability scene in Malaysia through progressive ideas, changing how people look at waste and sustainability issues.

What started in a humble apartment and then a house in Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur grew rapidly due to persistence, grit, amazing team members, and an even more supportive Malaysian network. We had a head start with the Entrepreneurs for Good competition by the British Council, then a corporate gift order of 2000 banner bags in 2013 and clinching the first prize at Alliance Bank's SME Innovation Challenge Award in 2014.

What was once a disruptive group of passionate young volunteers has grown into a full-fledged team of permanent staff members from diverse nationalities and backgrounds, based in Publika, Malaysia’s artistic & creativity hub in the heart of KL.

Sustainability Successes

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Biji-biji Initiative’s Sustainability Indicators are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) we have developed, against which we measure our sustainability commitments.

There are 12 Sustainability Indicators that we measure our business activities with, which you find below:

Local Procurement

Percentage of materials sourced from local and international suppliers

Fair Wages

How many times more were the wages earned by the lowest-paid employee compared to the current national minimum wage

Social Inclusion

Total amount of money channeled to communities in need through employment or supplier engagement

Open Book Finance

Adherence to the Biji-biji Initiative Financial Model, based upon internationally recognised standards

Gender Equality

Ratio of male and female members engaged by job scope and/or in decision-making roles

Raising Awareness

How many new people we have reached through our programmes, technologies, talks, workshops, etc.

Community Engagement

How many individuals or communities we have engaged

Open Source Development

How many new open source instructables were made and shared

Waste Reduced

New methods and technologies explored to eliminate waste creation

Sustainable Procurement

How was the annual sustainable procurement budget used

Green Technology

Aspects of green technology incorporated (energy efficiency, etc)

Waste Upcycled

Amount of waste recyclables materials were incorporated into our products.