KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Rating Corporation Bhd (MARC) has assigned a “Gold” sustainability Sukuk assessment to UEM Sunrise Bhd’s (UEMS) sustainability Sukuk framework.
In a statement on Monday, MARC said the framework will finance green, social or sustainability projects falling under six categories.
They are green buildings, energy efficiency and renewable energy, affordable housing, pollution prevention and control, sustainable water and wastewater management, and socioeconomic advancement and empowerment.
“MARC is of the opinion that the framework is aligned with the core components of the Asean Sustainability Bond Standards (Asean SUS), the Asean Green Bond Standards (Asean GBS) and the Asean Social Bond Standards (Asean SBS) in addition to Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Sukuk Framework,” it said.
The rating agency pointed out a key underpinning of the Gold assessment is that the assets, businesses, projects and/or products eligible for financing under UEMS’ framework align and are highly coherent with its sustainability strategy and objectives.
The green and social projects contemplated by the framework address a number of themes and pressing challenges — climate change mitigation and adaptation, housing, sustainable use of water, circular economy transition and economic inequity.
The eligible projects have a strong link with the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives implemented by UEMS which, in turn, address key sustainability issues that are highly relevant for property sector and global as well as national sustainable development goals and priorities.
The assessment is also supported by UEMS’ overall effectiveness at managing and embedding sustainability in its operations.
UEMS is the property development arm of UEM Group Bhd, a unit of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the government’s strategic investment fund.
The principal activities of the UEMS Group of Companies are the development of large townships as well as high-rise and landed residential, commercial, retail and integrated development properties. It is also involved in project, construction and property management.