UN chapter to end poverty in Johor

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Nov 2019

(Front row, from left) Rashid, Sim, GCMY treasurer and Johor chapter director Edey Suresh and Faroze at the launch of the Johor chapter.

JOHOR BARU: Johor has received its very own chapter in a United Nations (UN) initiative that seeks to end poverty by tapping into the profit of large businesses.

The Johor Chapter was announced during an event organised by the Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) and UN Country Team Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon, who was present to witness the launch of the chapter, said it was in light of the fast growing economic pace of the state.

“This chapter will serve as a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action in creating sustainable business practices in the state.

“It will also serve as a guide and one-stop concierge for businesses who are just beginning to understand the necessary corporate social responsibilities (CSR) which they need to carry out, ” he said.

Based on the chapter, businesses will need to conduct CSR events that are in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The SDG, set out by the UN, cover principles in human rights, labour laws, anti-corruption and environmental concerns at both country and global levels.

GCMY executive director Faroze Nadar, in a statement, said it was important for the private sector to step up and play a key role in accelerating the SDG agenda.

“We want to see the Malaysian private sector as a key global stakeholder in leading the SDGs and initiatives

“For this to materialise, collaborations involving the government, GCMY and the private sector are needed, ” he said, adding that this will benefit business growth and key stake holders.

Also present during the event were Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim and UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Stefan Priesner.

Priesner in his speech spoke on the importance of businesses observing the SDGs to support the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

“It is crucial for the private sector to recognise the importance of SDGs under the 2030 Agenda.

“This must be integrated into their long-term business strategies, ” he said.

The 2030 agenda by the UN seeks to eradicate all forms of poverty, and provide peace and prosperity while protecting the planet, through partnership with numerous organisations worldwide.

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