Award encourages more firms to embrace UN’s sustainable goals

JCIMSDA committee members and mentor Tio (seventh from left) highlighting the award to be held in Penang on Sept 17 and urging companies to send in their nominations.

INDUSTRY leaders, NGOs and government agencies attended a talk called “Embrace Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Your Business Sustainability” held at The Ship campus.

The talk, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) United Penang – JCI Malaysia Sustainable Development Award (JCIMSDA) committee team, was also aimed at introducing the JCIMSDA to be held on Sept 17 at Ascott Gurney Penang.

Key speakers at the recent talk shared how their organisation or firm embraced SDGs in their business sustainability blueprint.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030, all people could enjoy peace and prosperity.

JCIMSDA organising chairman Ivan Ng urged all companies that had contributed to sustainability, to nominate themselves for the award.

State exco member Chong Eng spoke about the Penang Women Entrepreneurship Mentorship Programme (PWEMP) which targeted SDG#5 on Gender Equality. The aim of this SDG is to push for more women to use their voice to promote a better future for humanity.

Mentor for the award, Datuk Seri Michael Tio, called for all corporations, NGOs and government agencies to be certified through the upcoming award event while engineer Ashwin Thurairajah from GreenRe said Malaysia was taking small but firm steps towards a more sustainable future.

PKT Logistics business development director Kuan Eu Jin shared how embracing SDGs helped their business to grow.

Bosch Rexroth Sdn Bhd director consultant Royce T.S. Tan explained that the firm was preparing for the effects of global warming by elevating the foundation of their new plant in Batu Kawan by 3m.

“We are committed to a long-term stay in Penang,” he said.

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