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MSA 2012

After the successful launch of the MDBC Sustainability Awards in 2011, MDBC was encouraged to continue the Awards Program.  We worked on the concept, categories, and criteria.  Knowing that we wanted to continue developing the Awards Program and build on what had been achieved after the inaugural edition, we decided that the underlying aim of the program would be best served by introducing new categories every year.  

Having new categories, new focuses every year, would enable us to ensure a balanced, thorough development and understanding of Sustainability (and Innovation).  It would also ultimately ensure that different companies, with a variety of specializations, would have the opportunity to showcase and share their best practices.

The award categories chosen for MSA ’12 were:

* Best Corporate Sustainability related to Water
* Best Corporate Sustainability related to Waste Management
* Best Corporate Sustainability related to Primary Commodities
* Best Sustainability Project by an SME

Congratulations to the MDBC Sustainability Awards 2012 Winners!  l to r: H.E. Paul Bekkers (Chief Judge & Netherlands Ambassador), Wanda Verstappen (MDBC MSA Executive), Cornelis Spaapen (Director, Lantec Far East), Oluchi Chiazor (Junior Engineer, Bell Group of Companies), Brian Lariche (Founder, Lariche Community), Mark Wong (Head of Sustainability Reporting, Sime Darby Group of Companies), YB Dato’ Sri Peter Chin (Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology, and Water), and Marco Winter (Executive Director, MDBC).

MSA 2012 Categories

2012 Categories

Please note that as always, the expert panel of MSA Judges have the right to move a participant from one category to another if the judges believe that a different category is more appropriate / applicable.  For more information on the Judges of MSA 2012, please see the Judges panel.

The award categories for MSA 2012 were:

  1. Best Corporate Sustainability related to Water
    Water has and always will be an essential for life. It is therefore of great importance, especially now, to take responsibility. The following as just some examples of projects eligible for consideration: projects related to water usage, storage, transport, infrastructure (water systems), supply, renewable energy technologies, water treatment (industrial or public), or in any other way related to water.
  2. Best Corporate Sustainability related to Waste Management
    Waste management can be improved in so many ways, such as the implementation of innovative technologies. One can think of the collection, monitoring, transport, etc. The following are just some examples of projects eligible for consideration: projects related to recycling, reuse, reduction and energy recovery of waste in urban areas or rural areas for housing and / or industry.
  3. Best Corporate Sustainability related to Primary Commodities
    (Including but not limited to: Palm Oil, Forestry, Rubber, Cocoa, Oil & Gas) Commodity production remains one of the greatest challenges for economic development, poverty reduction and global environmental stewardship, whether preventing loss of biodiversity, reducing environmental pollution and addressing the production of greenhouse gases, promoting rural development, or strengthening governance. Recent changes in market conditions combined with an increased awareness among consumers, industry and civil society, have given rise to unprecedented opportunities for leveraging supply chain actors towards a comprehensive vision for sustainable commodity production and trade. The following are just some examples of projects eligible for consideration: projects linked to usage, (biodiversity) conservation, energy, re – usability, renewable sources or recovery of such primary commodities. All projects must be directly related to the organization’s core business.
  4. Best Sustainability Project by a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME)
    Category 4 is open to members and non – members, whereby members have the opportunity to nominate / recommend non – members. A member can nominate projects of a non – member SME if that project affects or is part of the members’ products, services or supply chain. Within this category, SMEs have the opportunity to propose a project which has had any positive sustainable effect. ALL projects related to sustainability which take place in Malaysia or are related to Malaysia are eligible for consideration in this category, thus not necessarily restricted to the above mentioned themes in categories 1, 2 or 3.
MSA 2012 Shortlisted

These shortlisted companies for MSA 2012 were invited to present their projects during the MSA 2012 Day Program (which was open to the general public) for a Q&A session and final judging.

Please note: Shortlisted nominees are listed in alphabetical order; the order is NOT indicative of any ranking.

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Corporate Sustainability related to Water’ category were:

* Aquaver – Aquaver developed novel water treatment systems which are the next stage in energy efficiency: advanced products powered by waste heat.  These are the world’s first commercial products based on membrane distillation and operates at low temperatures, drastically lowering energy consumption.

* Guinness Anchor Berhad – Guinness Anchor Berhad (GAB) Foundation, in collaboration with the Global Environment Centre (GEC), embarked on a project to rehabilitate the Sungai Wei river through its W.A.T.E.R. (Working Actively Through Education & Rehabilitation) project.

* Lantec Far East – Lantec successfully developed, transferred, and applied in Malaysia, the latest surface aeration technology for waste water treatment.  

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Corporate Sustainability related to Waste Management’ category were:

* AkzoNobel – AkzoNobel’s project aimed at reducing the disposal of wash water waste usually generated from their production plan for the mixer, piping, and filing line cleaning.  This was done through the construction of a new wash water treatment plant facility, allowing them to reduce their water usage rate by recycling treated wash water.

* Bell Group of Companies – Bell Group applied technology to biomass and biogas digestion.  It was the first CDM certified independent green power plant in the palm oil industry.

* Siangpack– Siangpack produces packaging from recycled paper for industries such as poultry, fruit and vegetable, and electronics.  They only use waste materials as raw materials with no other materials being used or added.  

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Corporate Sustainability related to Primary Commodities’ category were:

* Lionex – Lionex is a one stop business partner for rough sawn timber and value added timber products.  They played a unique, proactive role in communicating the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), making the complex regulations easily understandable for the general public.

* Philips Malaysia – Philips committed to designing, installing, and maintaining the LED technology solution for the Federal Highway, the Middle Ring Road II, and the Subang Highway.  The system saved more than 50% in energy consumption while cutting carbon emissions by more than 50%.

* Sime Darby – Sime Darby Plantation has helped to develop and pioneer agricultural practices which are synonymous with sustainable palm oil, including: Being the first to commercially introduce zero burning; employing integrated pest management; ensuring the sustainable use of land areas; adopting alternatives to paraquate and stopping the use of it in all operations.

The shortlisted nominees and projects in the ‘Best Sustainability Project by an SME’ category were:

* Black Point Design – Black Point Design undertook an interior design and build service for Air Products Global Business Shared Services’ new corporate office in Bangsar South.  They utilized double glazed reflective glass to cut down the rooms, maximizing natural light penetration, used biodegradable materials which emit few or no carcinogens along with environmentally friendly and energy saving office equipment to maintain a green and sustainable environment throughout.

* Lariche Community – The primary aim of the Lariche Community services is to raise the overall standards of engagement in the community for more meaningful and sustainable programs.  Community Chest and U is one of the projects started by Lariche Community, feeding over 400 people a month.

* PC Advanced Composite– Through partnership with ALE in Holland, PC Advanced Composite (PCAC) are the only ones offering LPG gas cylinders made of Twaron composites.  These cylinders are more cost effective and efficient, safer and environmentally friendly option for the oil and gas industry, as well as the automotive industry supply chain.  

MSA 2012 Judges

As always, the panel of judges consists of highly regarded, independent expert individuals. The panel once again consisted of the Chief Judge and two independent judges for each category.

After shortlisting entries to the top 3 in each category, judges do one final round of assessment during the MSA Day Program where each shortlisted nominee gives a presentation on their submission.  Judges and audience members alike are allowed to ask questions of each nominee before category judges meet privately to confer and tally up the points.

Winners in each category are announced immediately after the Day Program at the MSA Awards Ceremony and Dinner.  This announcement is inclusive of a Judges Report on the winner’s submission highlighting the underlying core concept of the MDBC Awards Program – the sharing of best practices which leads to an elevation in the understanding in the subject matter.

CHIEF JUDGE – H.E. Paul Bekkers
Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

His Excellency Paul Bekkers has been the Netherlands Ambassador to Malaysia since 2009.  Having studied Law (LL.M.), Economics, and History before joining the diplomatic service, the Ambassador has been stationed in Ghana, Zaire, South Africa, and Turkey.  

He has a variety of responsibilities in The Hague, most recently as Director for Health, Gender and Civil Society as well as Special Ambassador for HIV / AIDS.


JUDGE A – Dato’ Ir. Hj Keizrul Abdullah
Chairman, Malaysian Green Tech Corp

Dato’ Keizrul has been involved in water and water resources engineering for the past 37 years.  He is President of the Netherlands Alumni Association in Malaysia and Past President of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.



JUDGE B – Rahul Colaco
Managing Director, Dutch Lady Milk Industries

Mr. Colaco brings with him 16 years of experience in Marketing, Supply Chain, and Finance, primarily in fast moving consumer goods.  Before joining Dutch Lady Milk Industries (Friesland Campina), Mr. Colaco also worked at Unilever and KPMG.



ALTERNATE JUDGE – Ir. Lee Loke Chong
Chief Engineer, Ekovest – MRCB JV

Mr. Lee is an engineer with extensive experience in flood mitigation, irrigation, and drainage projects as well as agricultural development.


JUDGE A – Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Michael Yeoh
Co Founder & CEO, ASLI

Tan Sri Michael Yeoh’s 30 years of management includes over 10 years of experience in the Financial Sector.  In February of 2012, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to be on the Advisory Board of the Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).



JUDGE B – Dato’ Henry Barlow
Board Member, HSBC Bank & Sime Darby

Dato’ Barlow is on the grievance committee of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and since 2009, has been the joint chairman of its Biodiversity Technical Committee.



JUDGE A – Dato’ Saw Choo Boon
Board Member, Shell Malaysia / Chairman, Guinness Anchor Berhad

Dato’ Saw is a member of PEMUDAH, a council member of FMM, and a Director of the Board of the Socio – Economic Research Centre (SERC).




JUDGE B – Darrel Webber
Secretary General, RSPO

Mr. Webber joined the RSPO as Secretary General in January 2011.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a role which required him to provide counsel about agricultural development.



Managing Director, LMSC Global

Mr. Tham was previously Deputy CEO of the Malaysian Timber Council.  He was also the former Director of the MTC European office in London for 12 years.


JUDGE A – Ralph Dixon
Director – Environmental Investments, YTL

Mr. Dixon has often pushed for sustaianbility policies and accreditations.  He is a Trustee with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and acts as an alternate Trustee for Reef Check Malaysia.



JUDGE B – Dato’ Praba Thiagarajah
CEO, Basis Bay

Dato’ Praba ventured into the IT business very early on and has close to 20 years of experience in the industry.  A firm believer in sustainability, Dato’ ensured that his company adopted sustainable practices, becoming a Green IT provider.

MSA 2012 – Video 1

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MSA 2012 – Video 2

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MSA 2012 – Video 3

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MSA 2012 – Video 4 (Evening)

MDBC: MSA 2012 – Video 4 (Evening)

MSA 2012 Supplement