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ESG Week

May 13 @ 9:00 am - May 17 @ 5:00 pm

Dear MDBC Members,

MDBC is proud to be a supporting partner of Capital Markets Malaysia (CMM), an affiliate of Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), bringing you ESG Week, full of capacity building sessions and private roundtables, facilitated by knowledge partners and ESG subject matter experts.  A wealth of valuable and timely information is complimentary available through the range of workshops and roundtables during this week, MDBC strongly encourages our members (MNCs, SMEs, entrepreneurs, institutions) to make use of this great opportunity!

Date: Monday, 13 – Friday, 17 May 2024
Time: 09:00 – 17:00 hrs
Venue: Securities Commission Malaysia

The aim is to equip Malaysian businesses, both large and small, with the necessary knowledge and tools to enhance their ESG and sustainability efforts.  CMM also aims to create a platform where ESG stakeholders can engage in discussions with ESG experts and fellow practitioners, fostering collective progress for the corporate landscape in Malaysia.  The programs are designed to cater to sustainability professionals at various stages of their ESG journey.  Each workshop is designed for specific target groups.

Attendance to this workshop is complimentary to all Malaysian companies. However, to ensure interaction with the speakers, numbers of seat are limited and pre – registration is required.

Click here to download the event brochure.


Monday, 13 May 2024
09:00 – 13:00 hrs
Sudarsan Chandra Sekharan
(Lead Trainer, UNGCMYB Academy)
Workshop 1: ESG Essentials for SMEs

This half day workshop is designed for SMEs to elevate their awareness of ESG principles and sustainability practices, with a specific focus on materiality assessment.  It emphasizes the importance of understanding and integrating these fundamentals into their business models.  Materiality assessment forms the bedrock of any effective ESG strategy, guiding organizations to identify, prioritize, and act upon the most relevant sustainability issues affecting their operations and stakeholders.

Key Learning Outcomes:
– Global and Local Business Risks
– ESG and SMEs in Malaysia
– Malaysian SMEs Case Studies
– SME Sustainability Framework
– Materiality Indicators and Conducting a Materiality Assessment
– ESG Maturity Assessment


Monday, 13 May 2024
14:00 – 16:30 hrs
Workshop 2: Circular Economy for Businesses

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of circular economy, including what it is and why it matters in Malaysia.  It will explore circularity from different perspectives (e.g. government, manufacturers, non – profit) and provide insight on how circularity can be advanced along the value chain.

Key Themes:
– Circular Economy Definition
– Benefits of Circular Economy
– Key Trends and Opportunities
– Role of Key Stakeholders


Tuesday, 14 May 2024
09:30 – 12:30 hrs
Margie Ong
(Chief Executive Officer, Thoughts In Gear)
Workshop 3: Making Sustainability Relevant to Every Department in Your Company

The success of sustainability integration into any business strategy is reliant on the support and execution from the entire company.  However, an issue widely faced today is the concentration of sustainability knowledge and expertise among a dedicated sustainability team.  Capacity building efforts have successfully brought greater awareness across a company, but each department needs to understand their role and possible contribution.

Join this workshop to find out how you can begin to harness your entire organization in the drive towards sustainable growth.


Tuesday, 14 May 2024
14:00 – 16:30 hrs
Yulia Dobrolyubova
(Partner – Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change Lead, Asia ERM (Thailand))Charlie Knaggs
(Decarbonization Lead Partner, APAC ERM (Singapore)Samira Olei
(Consultant – Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change (ERM)
Workshop 4: Supply Chain Resilience, Ethics, and Environmental Responsibility

The global environmental, social, and economic landscape is rapidly evolving; more than ever, strong links in businesses along the entire value chain are inevitably required to operate responsibly and stay competitive.  Go in – depth on the steps required in decision making to uphold a sustainable supply chain and create value from joint sustainability initiatives between suppliers and customers.

Key Themes:
– Drivers, good practices, and challenges
– Current and future expectations on a sustainable supply chain: managing risks and creating opportunities
– Local to Global
– Relevant Malaysian Regulations and connected external policies

This session will include:
– Practical steps and solutions to improve the sustainability performance of your supply chain and how to capture value together
– Engagement with your suppliers to enhance transparency and quality of data: Digital Solutions, Soft Measures, and Joint Initiatives
– Case studies from the Asia – Pacific region


Wednesday, 15 May 2024
09:30 – 11:30 hrs
Dr Allinnettes Adigue
(Director, GRI ASEAN Network (Singapore))
Workshop 5: Small Businesses, Big Impact.  Sustainability Reporting for SMEs

This workshop is designed to help SMEs understand the importance of sustainability reporting and how to develop their own sustainability agenda.

This session will include:
– The business for embracing sustainability by SMEs
– GRI Reporting Standards
– Guidance on Sustainability Reporting
– Case Studies and Practical Examples



Wednesday, 15 May 2024
14:00 – 16:30 hrs
Sam Cheung
(Regional Lead, Capital Markets Southeast Asia and Oceania CDP (Hong Kong))
Workshop 6: From Commitment to Action – Insights into Climate Transition Plans and APAC Readiness

In recent years, numerous companies and financial institutions have made public commitments to achieving net zero emissions.  As these commitments are being put into place, there is increasing recognition of the crucial role that transition plans play in delivering these targets.  Join this insightful workshop on climate transition plans where we will delve into three key questions that shape the path to achieving a net zero future:

– What role does a transition plan play in the net zero journey:
– What makes a transition plan credible?
– Are APAC companies ready for climate transition?


ASIA INVESTOR GROUP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ROUNDTABLES: Roundtables are closed – door sessions and by invitation only.  They will be held under Chatham House Rule.
These roundtable discussions aim to gather senior leaders from finance, policymaking, and research to discuss Malaysia’s national agenda in adaptation planning, nature, biodiversity, and the energy transition, with the objective of igniting new partnerships that will bring about practical ideas on how to address these pressing issues considering the stakeholders involved.

Thursday, 16 May 2024
09:00 – 11:00 hrs
Roundtable 1: Asia Utilities Engagement Program Roundtable on Malaysia’s Energy

Key Themes:
– The potential of energy storage to improve efficiency of renewable energy sources
– The role of gas and CCS technology in Malaysia’s decarbonization plan and perspectives from investors on expectations for the natural gas plan, and how investors can support decarbonization through the increased flow of private capital to support credible plans.
– Links to utility transition pathways and investor perspectives on how companies are progressing.

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Thursday, 16 May 2024
13:00 – 14:20 hrs
Roundtable 2: 2024 Policy Roundtable on Malaysia’s Forest and Land Use

Key Themes:
– Investor perspectives on the importance of nature – related risk assessments and integration of nature into the investment process
– The current level of awareness and policy progress on TNFD – aligned disclosure
– The integration of TNFD – aligned disclosures within sustainability reporting guidelines (special section and case study on TNFD reporting)
– How investors can support the implementation of TNFD – aligned disclosure.

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Thursday, 16 May 2024
15:00 – 17:00 hrs
Roundtable 3: 2024 Policy Roundtable on Malaysia’s National Adaptation Plan
Key Themes:
– Including investor considerations in Malaysia’s national adaptation planning
– Perspectives on company – level issues in adaptation and resilience planning
– Adaptation project formulation, financing, and implementation



Friday, 17 May 2024
09:30 – 12:00 hrs
Dr. Yeoh Ken Kyid
(Senior Vice President – Country Sustainability Office, UOB Malaysia)Mok Fan Wai
(Head of Sustainability, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad)Tan Ming Han
(Head of Portfolio Development – Business Banking, AmBank Group)
Workshop 7: Sustainable Financing for SMEs

The Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3 Malaysia) SME Focus Group aims to enhance awareness and facilitate certification and disclosure by SMEs in an effort to ease the process and reduce the overall transition cost for SMEs

  • ESG Jumpstart Portal: One – Stop ESG Portals for SMES
    About the JC3 and ESG Jumpstart Portal for SMEs
    – Resources for SMEs:
    * References (e.g. National policies, guidelines, overview of requirements from BNM and financial institutions, etc.)
    * Training programs and materials (e.g. UNGC Academy for SMEs)
    * Toolkits
    * Events
    * How SMEs can leverage the ESG Jumpstart Portal
  • ESG 101: What Banks Will Require from SME Customers
    – Overview of what financial institutions will be seeking from SMEs from an ESG perspective (simplified overview of CCPT & SEDG requirements)
    – Actions SMEs can take to prepare
  • Sustainable Financing Offerings for SMEs
    – Overview of BMW LCTF, HTG for SMEs
    – Offerings / incentive by other entities (e.g. GTFS, MGTC, MIDA, etc.)


ROUNDTABLES: Roundtables are closed – door sessions and by invitation only.  They will be held under Chatham House Rule.

Friday, 17 May 2024
14:30 – 16:30 hrs
Roundtable 4: Blue Finance – Bonds, Sukuk, and Loans

Blue Finance, an emerging area of climate finance, has been able to mobilize private capital to support financial institutions and other issuers globally whilst helping to fund the transition toward a more efficient, resilient, and sustainable use of water resources.

This roundtable aims to bring awareness to the current issues in blue economy and what kind of opportunities blue finance can offer to financial institutions as well as to share IFC’s global experience in blue finance with other financial institutions.  This will be an interactive session among participants where IFC aims to bring industry experts and a previous blue bond issuer to share their experience with financial institutions in Malaysia.


Please Note:
MDBC will NOT be handling registrations for this event.
– Seats are limited and are available on a first – come, first – served basis.
– CMM reserves the right to refuse registration at its discretion.


We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,
MDBC Secretariat


May 13 @ 9:00 am
May 17 @ 5:00 pm
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