The Johor chapter will act as a one-stop concierge service for businesses to begin, deepen and broaden their CSR initiatives to achieve the SDGs for sustainable growth in a holistic manner
The Malaysian Houses of Parliament had hosted over 100 corporate companies to a talk session organised by the Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) and United Nations Country Team Malaysia which ended with the launching of the GCMY Johor Chapter.
Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Dato’ Haji Mohd Rashid bin Hasnon, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim and UN Resident Coordinator, Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Stefan Priesner witnessed the launch of the chapter.
GCMY is the local chapter of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) network and promotes UNGC’s 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, anti-corruption and the environment at country level as well as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
With 162 participating countries in the Global Compact, the GCMY helps nurture the next generation of responsible business leaders through its programmes and initiatives.
“With the fast-growing economic pace of Johor, I am pleased to announce the launch of the Global Compact Network Malaysia Johor Chapter, which will serve as a platform for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action in creating sustainable business practices in the state,” said Dato’ Haji Mohd Rashid bin Hasnon in his keynote address.
The Johor chapter will act as a one-stop concierge service for businesses to begin, deepen and broaden their CSR initiatives to achieve the SDGs for sustainable growth in a holistic manner for the people of Johor.
The talk session organised by GCMY at the Malaysian Houses of Parliament titled ‘Financing the SDGs: Malaysian Private Sector Role in Bridging The Gap From Goals To Action’ had prominent panellist such as Caring Group/Climate Governance Initiative Founder Datin Seri Sunita Rajkumar, RRJ Capital Director Rizal Ishak and Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) CEO Dzuleira Abu Bakar.
“It is crucial for private sector companies to recognise the importance of SDGs under the 2030 Agenda and this must be integrated into their long-term business strategies. We are optimistic that this would lead into their buy-in of the 2030 Agenda,” said Stefan Priesner, when he delivered the keynote address.
Feroze Nadar, Executive Director of GCMY, who mooted the SDGs Expert Insight series, said that it is 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 and for this to materialise there needs to be strategic tripartite collaborations involving the government, GCMY and the private sector. From strategies to measurable impact, the tripartite group would be instrumental in transforming goals into action, thus benefiting both business growth and wellbeing of key stakeholders.”