Know more about The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit 2019 here.

The Cooler Earth 2020:

Recovery, Resilience, Responsibility 

Humanity is at a crossroads. With the unprecedented global climate emergency, we are seeing tipping points with social and environmental upheaval in countries worldwide. The conversation around social inequalities and injustice has risen to the fore. The unprecedented pandemic has put us through a stress test of a world impacted by various environmental and social risks. We can neither live in denial nor ignore the need for urgent action. The new normal is all about Recovery, Resilience, and Responsibility. Only sustainable businesses and communities can emerge stronger and better prepared for future challenges.

 

Join CIMB and its knowledge partners, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Impacto, and Think City at The Cooler Earth 2020. The Cooler Earth is our mission to convene global citizens, experts and important stakeholders to deliberate on what you can do today as an individual and as a business to shape a more sustainable tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

Being Responsible Today to Shape a Better Tomorrow 

This year, The Cooler Earth 2020 takes place throughout September and October 2020 and will continue with an urgent call-to-action on sustainable development, and discuss how our actions today will directly impact the well-being of the current and future generations.

 

This year’s Summit expands its focus to the ASEAN region, and through both digital and in-person engagements, encourages participation of leading industry practitioners, global experts, leaders, financiers, investors, policy-makers, and every individual who wishes to influence the present and shape our future. 

Summit Agenda

 

*Important Notice

In view of the recent rising number of COVID 19 cases, we have decided to cancel all the physical in-person Experiential Learning Sessions in Malaysia.

 

 

Week 1 | 7 - 13 Sep 2020 | Profits with a Purpose
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 8 Sep, 4.00pm

Webinar: Profits with a Purpose

 

Thursday 10 Sep, 10.00am

Online Masterclass: Using Environmental Reporting and TCFD to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

 

Thursday 10 Sep, 5.00pm 

Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Building a Sustainable World

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Open Studio: Art Exhibition (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Guided Biodiversity Walk (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Weekend Marketplace at REXKL (in-person in Kuala Lumpur) and more.

 

 

Week 2 | 14 – 20 Sep 2020 | Resilient Communities
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 15 Sep, 10.00am

Webinar: Resilient Cities and Communities

 

Wednesday 16 Sep, 8.00pm

Online Workshop: Sea Monkey Upcycle Totebag Handicraft Workshop

 

Thursday 17 Sep, 10.00am

Online Masterclass: Integrating SDGs into Corporate Reporting

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Dialogue In The Dark Experiential Tour (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Edible Garden Tour (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Curiocity Walking Tour (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop (in person in Subang), Weekend Marketplace at REXKL (in-person in Kuala Lumpur) and more.

 

 

Week 3 | 21 – 27 Sep 2020 | Boards and Sustainability Leadership
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 22 Sep, 4.00pm

Webinar: Regulation and Board Intervention

 

Thursday 24 Sep, 5.00pm

Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Managing Change for Sustainability 

 

Thursday 24 Sep, 10.00am

Online Masterclass: Developing Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chain for Forest-Risk Sectors

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Open Studio: Art Exhibition (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Nature Education Workshop (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Weekend Marketplace at REXKL (in-person in Kuala Lumpur) and more.

 

 

Week 4 | 28 Sep – 4 Oct 2020 | Green Growth
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 29 Sep, 10.00am

Webinar: Building on the Past for the Future

 

Thursday 1 Oct, 9.00am  

Webinar: Business and the Environment

 

Friday 2 Oct, 10.00am  

Online Masterclass: Tools and Resources for Environmental Risk Management

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Urban Farming Workshop (in-person in Singapore),  Modern Sustainable Architecture Guided Tour (in-person in Singapore), Dialogue In The Dark Experiential Tour (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), CIMB Artober 2020Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop (in-person in Subang) and more.

 

 

Week 5 | 5 – 11 Oct 2020 | Climate Action
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 6 Oct, 6.30pm

Webinar: Business and Climate Consciousness

 

Thursday 8 Oct, 5.00pm

Online Talk: Sustainability Careers| Operationalising Sustainability

 

Friday 9 Oct, 10.00am

Online Masterclass: Understanding the Financial Impacts of Climate Change

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Guided Biodiversity Walk (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Dialogue in the Dark Experiential Tour (in-person in Kuala Lumpur) and more.

 

 

Week 6 | 12 – 18 Oct 2020 | Sustainable Finance
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Monday 12 Oct, 11.00am

Webinar: Developing Impactful Green Finance Products, The Indonesia Experience

 

Tuesday 13 Oct, 10.00am

Webinar: Urban Financing

 

Thursday 15 Oct, 4.00pm

Webinar: ESG Financing for Business

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Cuisine In The Dark (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), Upcycled Tote Bag Workshop (in-person in Kuala Lumpur), and more.

 

 

Week 7 | 19 – 25 Oct 2020 | Equitable Societies
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 20 Oct, 11.00am

Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain: Buyer and Consumer Expectations, The Indonesia Experience

 

Tuesday 20 Oct, 4.00pm

Webinar: Business and Society 

 

Thursday 22 Oct, 10.00am

Online Masterclass: Rethinking Supply Chain Responsibility

 

Experiential Learning Sessions:

Nature Education Workshop (in-person in Kuala Lumpur),  and more.

 

 

Week 8 | 26 – 31 Oct 2020 | Circular Economy Club (CEC) Circular Cities Week 
Time Zone: GMT+8

 

Tuesday 27 Oct, 10.00am

Webinar: Advocating Circular Economy Towards Reducing Waste

 

Tuesday 27 Oct, 3.00pm

Webinar: Opportunities for Circular Economy Post COVID-19 in the Philippines, by CEC Manila

 

Wednesday 28 Oct, 10.30am

Webinar: Penang’s Circular Cities Pilot Projects – What we have done from 2020-2021 with our local and international partners? By CEC Penang

 

Wednesday 28 Oct, 2.00pm

Webinar: Applying the Circular Economy Model in Food and Beverage Service Industry, by CEC Petaling Jaya

 

Thursday 29 Oct, 10.00am

Webinar: Wonosidi : The Leading Circular Economy Village in Indonesia, by CEC Pacitan

 

Thursday 29 Oct, 6pm

Webinar: Fostering Community – Based Systems Change in Thailand, by CEC Bangkok

 

Friday 30 Oct, 10.00am

Online Talk: Circular Economy Development in a rapidly expanding city: Penampang, Sabah, by CEC Penampang

 

Friday 30 Oct, 3.00pm

Webinar: Circular Economy Club - Singapore

 

Saturday 31 Oct, 4.00pm

Webinar: The Rise of Circular City in London and the UK, by CEC London

 

 

Note: For Online Sessions - Subtitles in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese will be available.

Week 1 | 7  13 September | Profits with a Purpose

 

The eight-week insightful and experiential journey of sustainability begins on an introspective note. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that no individual and business is immune to sustainability risks. If you don’t act today, tomorrow may see you struggling to survive, to compete, to thrive. We are at a tipping point. Learn what we need to do to secure a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations of people and businesses.

Tuesday 8 Sep 4.00 – 6.40pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Profits with a Purpose

The global coronavirus pandemic presents lessons on business resilience and an opportunity to recover stronger and better. 

  • How does sustainability help businesses have a healthy response and recovery from the effects of COVID-19?
  • Are there viable alternatives to the current model of growth-at-all-costs?

 

04.00pm | WELCOME NOTE | Save Our Planet, Save Your Business

Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director, CIMB Group

 

 

04.10pm | INSIGHTS | Why is it Time to Rethink the Triple Bottom-Line? 

John Elkington, Author of The Triple Bottom-Line, Founder and Director, Volans

 

 

04.55pm | PANEL DISCUSSION | Sustainability Post COVID-19

Catie Shavin, Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights 

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

Kiu Jia Yaw, CSO-SDG Alliance

Moderator: Dr. Kishore Ravuri, Chief Impact Officer, Impacto

 

 

06.00pm | FIRESIDE CHAT | Social Entrepreneurship and Stakeholder Capitalism - A Profitable Model?

Julia Chong, Founder and CEO, The Truly Loving Company

Ganesh Muren, Founder, Saora Industries

Moderator: Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC)  

 

Thursday 10 Sep 10.00 – 11.00am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: Environmental Reporting & TCFD for reduction of GHG Emissions

Using Environmental Reporting and TCFD to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fredrik Andersen, Corporations & Supply Chain Lead, CDP

Elim KwokCorporate Engagement Leads, CDP Southeast Asia Head of Programme

 

Thursday 10 Sep 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Building a Sustainable World

 
Business for Good | A Social Entrepreneur's Perspective

Elaine Sim, Co-founder, Pinkcollar Employment Agency

Chanin SrisumaCo-founder & CEO, Refill Station

 
Collective Global Effort | An International Agency's Perspective 

Bernadette Victorio, Regional Program Lead, Fair Finance Asia, Oxfam

Yuki Yasui, Asia Pacific Region Co-ordination Manager, UNEP Finance Initiative

 
Planning for a Better Future | An Architect's Perspective

Ar. Michael Ching Chee Hoong, Managing Director, CH&I Architecture S/B, BGreen Design S/B

 

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

 

Saturday 12 Sep 9.30 – 11.30am

Guided Biodiversity Walk 

In-person at Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 12 Sep & Sunday 13 Sep 8.00am – 5.00pm

Open Studio: Art Exhibition

In-person at Tun Perak Co-op Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 12 Sep 10.00am – 3.00pm

Community Placemaking with Epic (Workshop)

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Week 2 | 14 – 20 September | Resilient Communities

 

We may not often think of the many adverse environmental and social impacts in the communities where we live, work, and play. The dynamics are complex. When a part of the community gets disrupted or faces threats, everyone could be affected. So, what makes communities progress and live in harmony? This week, let us learn more about resilient communities and our role in shaping them.

Tuesday 15 Sep 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Resilient Cities and Communities

10.00am | Planning for Post Pandemic Recovery

Dr. Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General, CityNet

 
 
10.30am | Social Housing Renewal – Imperative and Opportunity to Build Resilience

Uta Dietrich, Senior Programme Manager, Think City

 

 

11.00am | Community Resilience – Coastal Ecosystems

 Julian Hyde, General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia

 

 

Moderator: Duncan CaveProgramme Manager, Think City 

 

Thursday 17 Sep 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: Integrating SDGs into Corporate Reporting

Integrating SDGs into Corporate Reporting

Julie Rezler, Director, Global Reporting Initiative Singapore (GRI)

Ezy RudinHead of Programs, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY)

Redha ShukorDirector, Operations and Sustainability Leader, PwC Malaysia

Haafiz Nordin, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Malaysia

 

 

Co-hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and UN Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY).

 

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

 
Wednesday 16 Sep 8.00 – 10.30am

Malaysia Day: Streets of KL – A Guided Tour, by Heritage Output Lab

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Wednesday 16 Sep 8.00 – 9.00pm (GMT+8)

Sea Monkey Upcycle Totebag Handicraft Workshop

Online

 

Friday 18 Sep 10.30am – 12.30pm

Dialogue in the Dark – Experiential Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 19 Sep 10.00 – 11.00am

Sayur In The City at Eats, Shoots & Roots

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 19 Sep & Sunday 20 Sep 

Curiocity Walking Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 19 Sep 10.00am – 3.00pm

Community Placemaking with Epic (Workshop)

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 19 Sep 11.00am – 12.00pm, 2.00 – 3.00pm & 4.00 – 5.00pm

Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop

In-person in Subang

 

 

Week 3 | 21 – 27 September | Boards and Sustainability Leadership                       

 

Let us look at the most important aspect that will shape our future – Leadership. Without it, we are bound to lose sight of what needs to be done to survive through various economic, environmental and social risks. This week, we will look at what leaders and champions at various levels can do to help manage the fast-changing world of governance, business and society.

Tuesday 22 Sep 4.00 – 6.40pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Regulation and Board Intervention

Change must be driven by those in leadership. In this series, we will answer these questions:

  • What can and should Boards do to protect their companies against sustainability risks?
  • What government incentives can businesses and the public expect in the near future?

 

 

04.00pm | WELCOME NOTE | Leadership for Change

Teoh Su Yin, Board Member, CIMB Group

 

 

04.10pm | INSIGHTS | Are You Ready? Tough Regulations; But with Incentives 

Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang, Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Water

 

 

04.45pm | CALL TO ACTION | Intervene and Drive Action

Philippe Joubert, Founder and CEO, Earth on Board

 

 

05.20pm | FIRESIDE CHAT | Climate Transition and the Role of Boards

Karina Litvack, Founder, WEF Climate Governance Initiative

Datin Seri Sunita RajakumarFounding Chairperson, Climate Governance Malaysia

Moderator: Dr. Adam Ng, Sustainable Finance Expert, WWF-Malaysia

 

 

06.10pm | CALL TO ACTION | A Message from Investors to Boards

Amar Gill, Managing Director and Head of Investment Stewardship APAC, BlackRock

 

Thursday 24 Sep 10.00 – 11.00am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: TCFD Recommendations for Forest-risk Sectors

Adopting and Implementing TCFD Recommendations for Companies in the Forest-risk Sectors

Rini Setiawati, Project Manager, CDP Forests

Wisnu Wibisono, CDP Forests Engagement Lead

 

Thursday 24 Sep 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Managing Change for Sustainability

 
Educating Sustainability Champions | An Academic's Perspective

        Dr. Mohan V Avvari, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Prof S. ViswanathanProfessor and Director, Centre for Business Sustainability, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

 
Supporting Corporates to be Sustainable | An Environmental Consultant's Perspective 

Megan Lawson, Country Partner, ERM

 

Supporting Corporates to be Sustainable | A Sustainability Consultant's Perspective

Sahat Aritonang, Deputy Director, Daemeter Consulting

Haafiz NordinManager, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Malaysia

 

Moderator: Hussam Sultan, Regional Head, Commercial Banking, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd

 

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

 
Wednesday 23 Sep 10.30am & Saturday 26 Sep 4.00pm

Nature Education Programme 

In-person at Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

 
Friday 25 Sep 10.30am – 12.30pm, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Dialogue in the Dark – Experiential Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 26 Sep & Sunday 27 Sep 8.00am – 5.00pm

Open Studio: Art Exhibition

In-person at Tun Perak Co-op Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur   

 

Saturday 26 Sep 10.00am – 3.00pm

Community Placemaking with Epic (Workshop) 

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Week 4 | 28 September – 4 October | Green Growth

 

Without the environment, there will be no future for humanity, communities or businesses. This week, let us examine how we can thrive within the limits of the planet, and how we need to positively change our behaviour, business models, and ways of life to secure the environment that sustains everything on this planet.

Tuesday 29 Sep 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Building on the Past for the Future

10.00am | Built Heritage: A Model of Sustainability

Aufa Abd Rahman, Programme Manager, Conservation and Adaptive Reuse, Think City 

 

 

10.20am | Old Buildings, New Lives

Sazlin SabriProgramme Manager, Conservation and Adaptive Reuse, Think City 

 

 

10.40am | Building a New Tomorrow

Dr. Tan Loke Mun, Founding Director, ArchiCentre Sdn Bhd

 

Moderator: Duncan Cave, Programme Manager, Think City 

 

Thursday 1 Oct 9.00 – 10.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Business and the Environment

09.00am | WELCOME NOTE | Protecting the Environment for a Greener Planet

Luanne Sieh, Head, Group Sustainability, CIMB Group

 

 

09.10am | CALL TO ACTION | Participate to Normalise Green Behaviour  

Dechen Tsering, Director, Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme 

                                      

 

09.35am | INSIGHTS | Removing Waste from the Equation: Lessons from Subaru

Denise Coogan, Environmental Partnership Manager, Subaru America

 

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

Friday 2 Oct 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: Environmental Risk Management

Sustainability Tools & Resources for Environmental Risk Management

Sylvain Augoyard, Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF-Singapore

Dr. Adrian Fenton, Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF-Singapore

 

Environmental Risk Mitigation through Insurance 

Lim Chin Han, Managing Director and Country Head, Malaysia, Willis Towers Watson

Richard ZhangManaging Director - Alternative Risk Transfer, Asia, Willis Towers Watson 

 

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

Monday 28 Sep & Friday 2 Oct 3.00 – 6.00pm 

ComCrop Urban Farming Workshop

In-person in Singapore

 

Tuesday 29 Sep & Thursday 1 Oct 5.00 – 6.30pm

Unveiling Sustainability at Gardens By The Bay by Atelier Ten

In-person at Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

 
Friday 2 Oct 10.00am – 12.00pm, 2.30 – 5.00pm

Dialogue In the Dark – Experiential Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 3 Oct & Sunday 4 Oct 

Curiocity Walking Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 3 Oct 8.00 – 10.30am 

Streets of KL – A Guided Tour, by Heritage Output Lab

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Saturday 3 Oct 11.00am – 12.00pm, 2.00 – 3.00pm & 4.00 – 5.00pm

Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop

In-person in Subang

 

 

Week 5 | 5 – 11 October | Climate Action

 

Climate change or global heating is real. If we continue to ignore this global issue, we will face global food and water crises, lose economic assets to natural disasters, disease vectors will increase, and both human civilisation and wildlife will suffer. This week, you can hear from experts on how businesses and individuals can do the right thing and participate in climate action for the sake of our future. 

Tuesday 6 Oct 6.30 – 8.05pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Business and Climate Consciousness

06.30pm | WELCOME NOTE | Our House is on Fire

Ahmad Shahriman Mohd Shariff, CEO, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

 

 

06.40pm | CALL TO ACTION | Do the Right Thing: Make Choices for a Better Tomorrow

Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International

 

 

07.05pm | PANEL DISCUSSION | Climate Mobilisation – A Collective Responsibility

Margaret Klein Salamon, Founding Director, The Climate Mobilization

Ralph Dixon, Director of Environmental Investments, YTL Corporation 

Pushkala Ratan, Regional Lead for Climate Finance, IFC

Dr. Simon Lord, Sustainability Advisor, Sime Darby Plantation

Moderator: Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, Founding Chairperson, Climate Governance Initiative, Malaysian Chapter

 

Thursday 8 Oct 10.00 – 11.15am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Mission Impossible? Taking Action on Climate Change

10.00am | Mission Impossible? Taking Action on Climate Change

Sofia Castelo, Co-Lead, Resilience Community of Practice, Think City

Dr. Sandra Piesik, Director, 3 ideas B.V.

Christian CadeoManaging Partner, Big Idea Ventures

 

Moderator: Duncan Cave, Programme Manager, Think City

 

Thursday 8 Oct 1.00 – 2.00pm (GMT+8) | KLEFF Screening - Waste Dreams & Blue Goes Green: Net Zero Police Station

KLEFF Screening | Waste Dreams & Blue Goes Green: Net Zero Police Station

 

1) Waste Dreams by Michael Brims

Synopsis: This film captures how a community grasp the opportunity to convert trash into something useful and beneficial to the societyusing bottles stuffed with trash to build houses.

Duration: 29 minutes 19 seconds

Click here for the trailer.

 

 

2) Blue Goes Green: Net Zero Police Station by Laure Quinlivan

Synopsis: Documentary of an unlikely city building the first Net Zero Energy police station in America. How this green construction project saved taxpayer money and included a surprising benefit -- improved police-community relations. This is a Sustainability and Community Engagement success story. If Cincinnati can do it, any city can!

Duration: 26 minutes 10 seconds

Click here for the trailer.

 

Emirul RedzuanCoordinator for Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Conservation, EcoKnights

 

Thursday 8 Oct 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Operationalising Sustainability

Sustainable Financing | Perspectives from a Bank

Octa Bagus Ivanandy, Sustainability Business Practice Specialist, CIMB Niaga   

  

Sustainable Consumer Goods | Perspectives from a Global Trader

Nasuha Thaha, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Cargill Singapore     

  

Sustainable Energy | Insights from the Oil & Gas Sector        

Sarimah Talib, Head, Sustainable Development Management, Petronas

 
Sustainable Construction | Developments in line with SDGs

Dr. Renard SiewHead of Sustainability, MRCB

 
Sustainable Construction | Perspectives from the Telecommunication Sector

Adrian Suharto, Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Supply Chain Sustainability, Telenor Group

 

      

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

Friday 9 Oct 10.00 – 11.00am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: Understanding the Financial Impacts of Climate Change

Understanding the Financial Impacts of Climate Change

Megan Lawson, Country Manager, ERM

Yulia Dobrolyubova, Partner, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change, Southeast Asia, ERM

 

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

*Friday 9 Oct 10.00am – 12.00pm

Dialogue In the Dark – Experiential Tour

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 
*Saturday 10 Oct 10.30am – 12.30pm

Guided Biodiversity Walk 

In-person at Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

 
*Saturday 10 Oct 6.00pm

Glow Worms to Fireflies: The Magical Mysteries of Bukit Kiara, by Friends of Bukit Kiara

In-person at Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Week 6 | 12 – 18 October | Sustainable Finance

 

There is huge demand for resources to fund mitigation efforts and catalyse sustainable development. Banks and investors need to collaborate with not just businesses, but also civil society and communities to mainstream ESG investments. This week is dedicated to understanding the various challenges and opportunities in financing sustainable cities and with sustainable finance in general.

Monday 12 Oct 11.00am – 1.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Developing Impactful Green Finance Products, The Indonesia Experience

Welcome Note

Fransiska Oei, Compliance, Corporate Affairs & Legal Director, CIMB Niaga

 
Key Aspects to Create an Impactful Green Financial Product

Rizkiasari Yudawinata, Sustainable Finance Program Lead, WWF-Indonesia

 

Effective Energy Finance Facilities: A Business Case and Opportunities

Bangkit Oetomo, Investment Associate, Tropical Landscape Finance Facility 

 

SDG One: Closing the Indonesia's Green Financing Gap

Mohammad Ghozie Indra Dalel, Director of Project Development and Advisory, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero)

 

How to Develop a Measurable and Meaningful Impact Reporting?

Nicholas Gandolfo, Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions - Asia Pacific, Sustainalytics

 

Moderator:  Amelia YachyaNews Anchor and Producer, CNN Indonesia; International Correspondent, CNN International 

 

Tuesday 13 Oct 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Urban Financing

Driving Sustainable Development with the Creative & Cultural Economy 

Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director, Think City

 
Financing Sustainable Cities

Wadzi Katsidzira, Initiative LeadGlobal Development Incubator

 

Civil Society's Role in Funding Impact

Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Managing Director, Yayasan Hasanah

 

Moderator: Duncan Cave, Programme Manager Think City

 

Thursday 15 Oct 4.00 – 5.30pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: ESG Financing for Business

04.00pm | CALL TO ACTION | Leading Change for the Financial Sector

Rob CoombeSustainability Sponsor, CIMB Board of Directors

 

04.15pm | PANEL DISCUSSION | Changing Financing Requirements and Impacts on Customers 

Gurdip Singh Sidhu, Group Chief People Officer (Former Group Chief Strategy and Design Officer), CIMB Group

Yulanda Chung, Head of Sustainability, DBS Bank

Kylie Macfarlane, Founder and Managing Director, Novis Aurora Consulting 

Moderator: Simone Dettling, Banking Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative

 

05.00pm | INSIGHTS | Better Value through Responsible Investing

Alizakri Alias, Chief EPF Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

 

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

*Friday, 16 Oct Evening

Dialogue in the Dark: Cuisine In The Dark

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

*Saturday, 17 Oct 10.00am – 1.00pm

Upcycled Tote Bag Upcycling Workshop

In-person at YWCA, Kuala Lumpur

 

*Saturday 17 Oct & Sunday 18 Oct 9.00am – 5.00pm

Community Placemaking with Epic (Protoype Build)

In-person in Kuala Lumpur

 

Week 7 | 19 – 25 October | Equitable Societies

 

Can societies thrive if we continue to turn a blind eye towards the issues that the planet and people are facing? If social inequalities and injustices keep growing, tomorrow we will face poverty, diseases, religious and cultural intolerance, discrimination, chaos and war. Come and learn what we can do as citizens and as members of societies to shape a future that we all deserve, to secure a cooler and kinder Earth.

Tuesday 20 Oct 11.00am – 1.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Sustainable Supply Chain: Buyer and Consumer Expectations, The Indonesia Experience

Welcome Note

Fransiska OeiCompliance, Corporate Affairs & Legal Director, CIMB Niaga

 

FSC works with FMCG to Incentivize Responsible Value Chains

Cindy Cheng, Regional Director, FSC Asia Pacific

 

Downstream and Retailer Commitments and Opportunities in Indonesia 

Natalia Soebagjo, Member of the Board of Commissioner, PT Hero Supermarket Tbk

 

Partnering to Delink Deforestation from Commodity Supply Chains

Felia Salim, Board of Director, &green 

 

Moderator: Aditya BayunandaHead of Footprint and Market Transformation Program, WWF-Indonesia

 

Tuesday 20 Oct 4.00 – 5.50pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Business and Society

04.00pm | WELCOME NOTE | Advancing Customers and Society 

Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, Chairperson, CIMB Group

 

 

04.10pm | CALL TO ACTION | The Why of Work: Purpose Really Does Matter 

Mohd Farid Shah bin Mohd Basir, Chief Human Capital Officer, Telekom Malaysia

 

 

04.35pm | INSIGHTS | Stakeholder Spotlight: Civil Society Expectations Towards Businesses

Datuk Denison Jayasooria, CSO-SDG Alliance 

 

 

05.10pm | INSIGHTS | How to Identify and Assess Supply Chain Risks

Mabel Wong, Senior Director, Sustainability Consulting Asia-Pacific, ELEVATE

 

Thursday 22 Oct 10.00 – 11.00am (GMT+8) | Online Masterclass: Rethinking Responsibility in Our Supply Chain

Rethinking Models for Supply Chain Responsibility to Address Migrant Workers' Vulnerabilities

Jet Urmeneta, Senior Director, Capability Building and Consulting, Verité Southeast Asia

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

Thursday 22 Oct 2.00 – 3.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Creating a Sustainable Business Model that Works

2.00pm | FIRESIDE CHAT | Creating a Sustainable Business Model that Works

Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy Berhad

 

Moderator: Dr.  Joseph ChunPartner, ESG Practice, Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

 

Thursday 22 Oct 4.30 – 6.00pm (GMT+8) | Beyond Second Chances - A Sharing by the Yellow Ribbon Project

4.30pm | Beyond Second Chances - A Sharing by the Yellow Ribbon Project

Ivy Soh, Director of Aftercare, Yellow Ribbon Singapore

 

“Launched in 2004, the Yellow Ribbon Project seeks to engage the community in accepting ex-offenders and their families to give them a new lease at life and to inspire a ripple effect of concerted community action to support ex-offenders and their families. Join us on this exciting journey of #Beyond Second Chances as we share more with you on the initiatives by the YRP and learn more about what you can do to help our beneficiaries and their families!”

 

 

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

*Wednesday 21 Oct 10.30am – 12.30pm & *Saturday 24 Oct 4.00 – 6.00pm

Nature Education Programme 

In-person at Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Week 8 | 26 – 31 October | Circular Economy Club (CEC) Circular Cities Week

 

By 2050, 70% of humanity will live in cities. We will conclude the Summit by looking ahead to the future of cities. Circular economies and cities are an inevitable scenario amid rising demand for our planet’s finite resources and sinks. We will look at what it will take to go circular, from an individual-level, to cities and national-levels across ASEAN.

Tuesday 27 Oct 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Advocating Circular Economy Towards Reducing Waste

10.00am | Circular Economy toward Reducing Waste and Assuring Sustainable Development

Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, Visiting Professor, Nalanda University, India

 

 
10.20am | A City's Answer to Reduce Waste

Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative, Circular Economy Club Malaysia

 

 

10.40am | A Personal Answer to Reduce Waste 

Melissa Tan, Zero Waste Practitioner and TV Host 

 

 

Moderator: Duncan Cave, Programme Manager, Think City

 

Tuesday 27 Oct 3.00 – 4.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Opportunities for Circular Economy Post COVID-19 in the Philippines, by CEC Manila

WELCOME | Introducing the CEC and Circular Cities

Angela Chen, CEC Manila Organiser, Philippines

 

 PANEL DISCUSSION | Highlighting innovation in Textile, Manufacturing, and Waste Management  

Rejiel “Rage” Gonzales, CEO of Bridge360 IT Solutions and Wayste Philippines

Cecilia Martinez-Miranda, COO of Ananas Anam Philippines

Laurence Lumagbas, Manager, Sustainability Practice, Deloitte

Carlo Delantar, Head of Circular Economy and Gobi VC, Core Capital

 

 

Wednesday 28 Oct 10.30am – 12.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Penang’s Circular Cities Pilot Projects – What we have done from 2020-2021 with our local and international partners? By CEC Penang

Overview of Circular Cities Pilot Projects

Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative, Circular Economy Club Malaysia

 

 

LIVE FIRE CHAT | Spotlight on Pilot Projects and Circular City Canvas for Penang cities 

Josephine Tan, General Manager of Penang Green Council and CEC Co-Organiser for Penang 

 

 

Wednesday 28 Oct 2.00 – 3.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Applying the Circular Economy Model in Food and Beverage Service Industry, by CEC Petaling Jaya

Overview of CEC Petaling Jaya's initiatives

Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative, Circular Economy Club Malaysia

 

 

CALL TO ACTION | Circular Solutions for Food & Beverage Service Industries

Sudy Yeo, CEC Co-Organiser for Petaling Jaya

 

 

Thursday 29 Oct 10.00 – 11.30am (GMT+8) | Webinar: Wonosidi: The Leading Circular Economy Village in Indonesia, by CEC Pacitan

Opening Speech

 

How Griffith University Answers Global Waste Problem?

Associate Professor Sunil Herat, Waste Management Expert of Griffith University, Australia

 
 “The Greenwave Method” Waste Management System

Webri Veliana, CEC Pacitan Organiser, Indonesia

 

Implementation of The Greenwave Method in Wonosidi Village

Webri Veliana, CEC Pacitan Organiser, Indonesia

   

Q&A and Wrap-up

Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Social Marketing/Behavioral Change Expert of Griffith University, Australia   

 

 

Thursday 29 Oct 6.00 – 7.30pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Fostering Community – Based Systems Change in Thailand, by CEC Bangkok

Welcome Remarks 
 
Panel Discussion | Part I – The Circular Design Lab (CDL): Enabling Communities to develop Systems Change
 
Breakout Sessions | Part II: Rapid Innovation Session - Fostering Community-Based Systems Change
 
Recap & Summary | Part IIB: Idea Sharing - Fostering Community-Based Systems Change

 

Chris Oestereich and Courtney Savie LawrenceCEC Bangkok Organiser, Thailand 

 

06:00pm – 06:40pm | INSIGHTS - Is Social Entrepreneurship A Profitable Model?

Speaker:

 

Ganesh Muren

Founder
Saora Industries

06:40pm – 07:20pm | CALL-TO-ACTION - Participate to normalise green behaviour towards big impact

Speaker:

 

Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

Friday 30 Oct 10.00am – 12.00pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Circular Economy Development in a Rapidly Expanding City: Penampang, Sabah, by CEC Penampang

Welcome Remarks

Boyd Dionysius Jouman, Senior Vice President & Lead for Resilient Environment, Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Malaysia

 
Panel Presentation 1 | Development and Successes of Alternative Energy in Sabah

Senator Adrian "Banie" Lasimbang, Senator, Parliament of Malaysia

 

Panel Presentation 2 | The Pivotal Role of Developers in the Development of Circular Economy in Sabah

Benny Ng, Council Member, SHAREDA (Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association)

 

Panel Presentation 3 | Community-based Circular Projects in Penampang

Freddy Ekol, Councillor, Penampang District Council, Sabah

 

Closing Remarks

Chau Loon Wai, Senior lecturer, UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre, Johor, Malaysia     

 

Friday 30 Oct 3.00 – 4.45pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: Circular Economy Club - Singapore

FIRE SIDE CHAT | How Architectural Design can be a Core Element for influencing Circular Behaviour

Yann Follain, Managing Director & Head of Design at WY-TO Singapore

 

Moderators: Marialine Verdickt, CEC Singapore Country Organiser and Laura Iturria, CEC Singapore Organiser

 

SHARING SESSION | Why e-Commerce needs a Circular Packaging revolution

Laura Iturria, CEC Singapore Organiser 

 

Moderator: Marialine Verdickt, CEC Singapore Country Organiser

 

Saturday 31 Oct 3.00 – 5.00pm (GMT+8) | Webinar: CEC Vienna & CEC London

From Global Supply Chain to Closed Loops by, CEC Vienna

Gabriella Gyori, Sustainable Procurement Officer, CEC Mentor and Procurement Consultant, Berlin 

Liwah Wong, Guest Scientist, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin

Martin Stavenhagen Consultant/Coach/Collaborator & Co-Founder of Get Circular with SD Consulting

 

Moderator: Michael BoyleManaging Director, Procurro Solutions LLC, USA & Founder, Circular Experiences, USA (CEC Vienna Organiser)

 
 
The Rise of Circular City in London and the UK, by CEC London

Dr David Greenfield, European External Affairs Spokesperson, Circular Economy Club and Founder of SOENECS

 

This Week's Experiential Learning Sessions

Wednesday, 28 Oct | TBD

Penang Circular Cities

Online 

 

Friday, 30 Oct | TBD

Indonesia/Singapore TBC

Online

 

Saturday, 31 Oct | TBD

UN World Cities Day

In-person at Tun Perak Coop Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

 

Click here for more info on all Experiential Learning Sessions

8th September 2020, 4pm | Profits with a Purpose

Save Your Environment, Save Your Business

Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director, CIMB Group

 

Why is it Time to Rethink the Triple Bottom-Line? 

John Elkington, Author of The Triple Bottom-Line, Founder and Director, Volans

 

Sustainability Post COVID-19

Catie Shavin, Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd

Kiu Jia Yaw, CSO-SDG Alliance

Moderator: Dr. Kishore Ravuri, Chief Impact Officer, Impacto

 

Social Entrepreneurship and Stakeholder Capitalism - A Profitable Model?

Julia Chong, Founder and CEO, The Truly Loving Company

Ganesh Muren, Founder, Saora Industries

Moderator: Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC)  

 

 

 

Missed Our Past Sessions?

 

Missed out on attending our past webinars and events? Click the button below to view all our past webinars and online workshops. Please feel free to browse through and watch them at your pace. If you have not registered for The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit 2020, register now to get updates on our upcoming events. 

 

 

Week 1 | 7  13 September | Profits with a Purpose

 

The eight-week insightful and experiential journey of sustainability begins on an introspective note. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that no individual and business is immune to sustainability risks. If you don’t act today, tomorrow may see you struggling to survive, to compete, to thrive. We are at a tipping point. Learn what we need to do to secure a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations of people and businesses.

Webinar | Profits with a Purpose

 

 

8th September 2020

 

At the opening session of The Cooler Earth 2020, Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Group  asserts that businesses must consider sustainability risks and opportunities in their bottom-line assessments. Profits and sustainability are not at odds. John Elkington, author of the Triple Bottom Line, stresses that that sustainability must be understood beyond responsibility and trade-offs, and that the only way for building resilience is through regeneration. Against this backdrop, a panel with Impacto and experienced practitioners from CSO-SDG Alliance, City Developments Ltd. Singapore and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, emphasises that COVID-19 poses an opportunity to build more resilient companies and communities. The session concludes with an inspiring exchange of experiences by pioneering social entrepreneurs from Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), The Truly Loving Company and Saora Industries and their role in furthering sustainable development.

 

 

 

Masterclass | Environmental Reporting & TCFD for reduction of GHG Emissions

 

 

10th September 2020

 

On Day 2 of The Cooler Earth 2020, CDP's corporate engagement leads, Fredrik Andersen and Elim Kwok, deliver a masterclass on using environmental reporting and Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The masterclass provided context and guidance for corporates to take environmental action into business considerations. Recommendations from the TCFD were explored and key practical steps were highlighted. The masterclass also provided insights into current CDP reporting by corporates in Asia Pacific on incorporating climate-related targets and metrics, strategy and governance. The session concluded with case studies and benefits from environmental reporting. 

 

 

 

Talk | Sustainability Careers: Building a Sustainable World

 

 

10th September 2020

 

Careers for Future Change Agents and Transformative Leaders: Gabriel Chong from CIMB moderated this session with social entrepreneurs and young professionals where Yuki Yasui from UNEP-FI, Elaine Sim from Pink Collar, Chanin Srisuma from Refill Station, Bernadette Victorio from Oxfam and Ar. Michael Ching from CH&I Architecture shared their motivations that led to a career in sustainability and sustainable development. The dynamic group exchanged experiences and inspiring stories – from the Asian mind-sets that see value only in traditional career options to breaking the convention and making it big in unexplored or less preferred jobs of the future.  The panel concluded that a successful career is defined by the impact one creates in the world around you, and how happy you are in contributing to a better future, a sustainable planet. Sustainability can be both rewarding and fulfilling as a career option on both personal and professional levels. Start small, gain general experience, specialise, find your passion for the right cause, make it your job and contribute!

 

 

Photo Gallery

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Taman Tugu: Biodiversity Walk

 
12th September 2020

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Tun Perak Co-op: Open Studio

 

12th & 13th September 2020

 

Week 2 | 14 – 20 September | Resilient Communities

 

We may not often think of the many adverse environmental and social impacts in the communities where we live, work, and play. The dynamics are complex. When a part of the community gets disrupted or faces threats, everyone could be affected. So, what makes communities progress and live in harmony? This week, let us learn more about resilient communities and our role in shaping them.

Webinar | Resilient Cities and Communities

 

 

15th September 2020
 

Preparing Society for What’s Ahead: In the second week of The Cooler Earth 2020, experts on urban communities and coastal conservation convene to discuss solutions on increasing resilience in cities. The way we build our day-to-day lives is more important for resilience than having a crisis response system in place. According to Dr. Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General, CityNet resiliency begins with reducing the risks that cities face, particularly for those most vulnerable. The only way to rise to the challenge is by getting communities completely involved in the process, with a governance system that responds to their priorities. Uta Dietrich, Senior Programme Manager, Think City,  presents findings from a detailed study of communities in social housing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and potential solutions to increase community resilience with a focus on challenges that disproportionately affect social housing residents. Finally, Julian Hyde, General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia, discusses linkages between coastal communities and ecosystems and on taking action to address sustainability impacts arising from development.  The session concludes with a lively discussion on topics ranging from complex dynamics of urban communities, to biodiversity in coastal ecosystems and local stakeholder concerns in line with the resilient cities agenda. 

 

 

Masterclass | Integrating SDGs into Corporate Reporting

 

 

17th September 2020

 

Enabling Business through SDGs: On Day 5 in the second week of The Cooler Earth 2020, PwC Malaysia, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Singapore, and UN Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) collaborate to share practical tips on integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into corporate reporting. In this engaging masterclass, Julie Rezler, Director, GRI Singapore, Ezy Rudin, Head of Programmes, GCMY, and Redha Shukor, Director, Operations and Sustainability Leader and Haafiz Nordin, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change from PwC Malaysia cover what the 17 UN SDGs mean in the context of business, the current and emerging trends and tools to monitor and track sustainability performance, and actionable steps towards adoption and integration of SDGs. The experts also share global, regional, and local perspectives as well as best practices from leading organisations who are already aligning their business strategies to SDGs. The key takeaway is to go beyond incremental approaches and use SDGs to define an ambition, make commitments, and take definitive action.

 

 

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Heritage Output Lab: Streets of KL

 

16th September 2020

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Sea Monkey Upcycled Tote Bag Handicraft Workshop

 

 

16th September 2020

 

Together with passionate coastal conservation practitioners, Sydney Steenland, Founder of Seamonkey and Ee Pei Vi, Events and Education Coordinator, CIMB hosts an online workshop to teach participants how to convert plastic and fabric waste to cool, trendy handicrafts and totebags. Seamonkey is an organisation dedicated to cleaning up coastal ecosystems by recovering and upcycling waste. The process creates opportunities for local communities, helping them to realise more value from waste materials. The workshop is ideal for all ages, enabling anyone to upcycle waste materials into durable, useful products. 

 

 

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Dialogue in the Dark: Experiential Tour

 
18th September 2020

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Eats, Shoots & Roots: Sayur in the City Tour

 
19th September 2020

 

Week 3 | 21 – 27 September | Boards and Sustainability Leadership                       

 

Let us look at the most important aspect that will shape our future – Leadership. Without it, we are bound to lose sight of what needs to be done to survive through various economic, environmental and social risks. This week, we will look at what leaders and champions at various levels can do to help manage the fast-changing world of governance, business and society.

Webinar | Regulation and Board Intervention

 

 

22nd September 2020

 

Lead the Change or Get Left Behind: The focus of CIMB’s TCE 2020 this week is sustainability leadership, especially the role of Boards in achieving the sustainability agenda. Teoh Su Yin, Board Member of CIMB Group, sets the stage with a compelling narrative on leadership for change. She admits that the sustainability journey has its challenges, and urges Board members to be brave enough to push the agenda forward. Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini Ujang, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment and Water, shares some insights on the upcoming regulations and incentives that aim to encourage businesses to integrate sustainability principles in their operations and growth strategies. Philippe Joubert, Founder and CEO of Earth on Board reinforces the business case for serious climate action. There will be no business if the world continues to be in shambles, so Boards need to ensure that sustainability is at the centre of their strategy. In this context, Karina Litvack, Founder of WEF Climate Governance Initiative, and Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, Founding Chairperson of Climate Governance Malaysia, discuss the role of Boards in climate transition. Dr. Adam Ng from WWF-Malaysia moderates the panel that emphasises on the Directors’ obligation to strategise and deploy various tools to mitigate various climate risks. The day concludes with a call to action from Amar Gill, Head of Investment Stewardship Asia of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. He speaks of expectations from global investors on environmental and social impacts of businesses and how Blackrock actively participates in direct engagement and voting on board directorships to influence ESG practices.

 

 

 

Masterclass | TCFD Recommendations for Forest-risk Sectors

 

 

24th September 2020

 

Preparing Businesses for Forest-Risks Identification and Reporting: The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) shares a compelling case for businesses to adopt the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Two experts - Rini Setiawati, Project Manager and Wisnu Wibisono, Engagement Lead from CDP Forests share valuable insights on why forests matter as the planet’s most valuable ecosystems – playing a crucial role in mitigating climate change, supporting wild-life and biodiversity, housing the indigenous communities and above all, conserving the natural environment that sustains life. The speakers draw attention to grave issues such as deforestation and forest degradation that lead to direct and indirect business risks, including reputational, physical, regulatory and technological. The webinar provides practical tips on integrating forest-related risks into the business strategy, and concludes with a review of the TCFD disclosures for the forest industry. 

 

 

 

Talk | Sustainability Careers: Managing Change for Sustainability

 

 

24th September 2020

 

Taking a Professional Leap Towards Sustainability: Hussam Sultan, Regional Head, Commercial Banking, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd moderates this second session in the series on Sustainability careers. Sustainability practitioners from academia, corporate consulting and auditing share their perspectives on becoming a transformative professional. The passionate group of speakers - Dr. Mohan V Avvari, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Nottingham University Business School (NUBS); Prof S. Viswanathan, Professor and Director, Centre for Business Sustainability, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University; Megan Lawson, Country Partner, ERM; Sahat Aritonang, Deputy Director, Daemeter Consulting; and Haafiz Nordin, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Malaysia – share key drivers and trends in the sustainability market. With their vast experience, the panel provides practical tips for those interested in a career change - from acquiring knowledge through the public domain to leveraging on existing strengths and skills. Anyone can become a sustainability professional, even in absence of relevant qualifications – all they need is passion, commitment and a personal drive.

 

 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Taman Tugu: Nature Education Programme

 
23rd September 2020
 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Dialogue in the Dark: Experiential Tour

 
25th September 2020
 

Experiential Learning Sessions | Taman Tugu: Nature Education Programme

 
26th September 2020
 
12th September 2020

Taman Tugu Biodiversity Walk

 

 

NOTE!!!

All sessions in Malaysia have been cancelled due to COVID-19 BLAH BLAH BLAH...........................

 

Important Notice

In view of the recent rising number of COVID 19 cases, we have decided to cancel all the physical in-person Experiential Learning Sessions in Malaysia.

 

Biodiversity Walk

Walk through the forests of Taman Tugu and learn about the various animals and plants that live there.

Nature Education Programme

Join us for this hands-on 2 hour activity where you will be helping us propagate indigenous Malaysian forest trees.

Open Studio: Art Exhibition

Open Studio Day is a part of Tun Perak Co-op initiative to make art and culture accessible to a more diverse audience.

Curiocity

Curiocity walks is an intimate view of Kuala Lumpur through the eyes of journalists, writers, photographers.

Cuisine in the Dark

Challenge your tastebuds to a gastronomic experience in this one-of-a-kind treat.

Dialogue in the Dark - Experiential Tour

Visitors are led by professionally trained guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms.

Sayur in the City Tour

The ESR HQ in Bukit Damansara is a small urban space dedicated to educating and reconnecting younger folks with nature through edible gardening.

Upcycled Tote Bag Making Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn to upcycle remnant fabrics to a stylish tote bag, from matching of donated fabrics to sewing the bag.

Urban Farming Workshop in Singapore

Join a guided tour and discover hydroponic systems adaptation in Singapore. 

Unveiling Sustainability at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Join Atelier Ten for an exclusive tour of Gardens By The Bay and discover how sustainability is integrated with modern architecture. 

Streets of KL

Join us for a walk around the historic core of our capital city and learn about key events that shaped KL.

From Glow Worms to Fireflies

Join us for an early evening talk from experts followed by a guided night walk through Taman Persekutuan Lembah Kiara to observe the fireflies with our Firefly Ambassadors.

Sea Monkey Upcycled Tote Bag Online Workshop

Learn to make your own tote bag and pouch by using old clothes and plastic bags.

Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop

Help reduce ghost nets in the ocean by re-purposing them for a better use. Learn to make a bracelet and mesh bag using discarded fishing net.

Weekend Marketplace @ REXKL

Meet social enterprises who address social and environmental issues through business! Get to know what they do and support them. 

Never was Normal Exhibition in Bangkok

Never was Normal, a group exhibition of latest, never-seen-before pieces from 8 designers, artists and makers highlighting a newly gained perspective during the pandemic.

Community Placemaking with Epic

The programme is designed as a CSR activity for companies to be a part of a movement to find community-centric and community-driven solutions through placemaking tools and approaches.

Soap Making by Recycling Cooking Oil Workshop in Bangkok

Join this workshop and learn how to recycle cooking oil by turning it into liquid soap, which is both kind to your body and the earth. 

Biodiversity Walk

Walk through the forests of Taman Tugu and learn about the various animals and plants that live there.

Nature Education Programme

Join us for this hands-on 2 hour activity where you will be helping us propagate indigenous Malaysian forest trees.

Open Studio: Art Exhibition

Open Studio Day is a part of Tun Perak Co-op initiative to make art and culture accessible to a more diverse audience.

Curiocity

Curiocity walks is an intimate view of Kuala Lumpur through the eyes of journalists, writers, photographers.

Cuisine in the Dark

Challenge your tastebuds to a gastronomic experience in this one-of-a-kind treat.

Dialogue in the Dark - Experiential Tour

Visitors are led by professionally trained guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms.

Sayur in the City Tour

The ESR HQ in Bukit Damansara is a small urban space dedicated to educating and reconnecting younger folks with nature through edible gardening.

Upcycled Tote Bag Making Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn to upcycle remnant fabrics to a stylish tote bag, from matching of donated fabrics to sewing the bag.

Streets of KL

Join us for a walk around the historic core of our capital city and learn about key events that shaped KL.

From Glow Worms to Fireflies

Join us for an early evening talk from experts followed by a guided night walk through Taman Persekutuan Lembah Kiara to observe the fireflies with our Firefly Ambassadors.

Sea Monkey Upcycled Tote Bag Online Workshop

Learn to make your own tote bag and pouch by using old clothes and plastic bags.

Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop

Help reduce ghost nets in the ocean by re-purposing them for a better use. Learn to make a bracelet and mesh bag using discarded fishing net.

Weekend Marketplace @ REXKL

Meet social enterprises who address social and environmental issues through business! Get to know what they do and support them. 

Community Placemaking with Epic

The programme is designed as a CSR activity for companies to be a part of a movement to find community-centric and community-driven solutions through placemaking tools and approaches.

Urban Farming Workshop in Singapore

Join a guided tour and discover hydroponic systems adaptation in Singapore. 

Unveiling Sustainability at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Join Atelier Ten for an exclusive tour of Gardens By The Bay and discover how sustainability is integrated with modern architecture. 

Never was Normal Exhibition in Bangkok

Never was Normal, a group exhibition of latest, never-seen-before pieces from 8 designers, artists and makers highlighting a newly gained perspective during the pandemic.

Soap Making by Recycling Cooking Oil Workshop in Bangkok

Join this workshop and learn how to recycle cooking oil by turning it into liquid soap, which is both kind to your body and the earth. 

Sayur in the City Tour

The ESR HQ in Bukit Damansara is a small urban space dedicated to educating and reconnecting younger folks with nature through edible gardening.

Urban Farming Workshop in Singapore

Join a guided tour and discover hydroponic systems adaptation in Singapore. 

Biodiversity Walk

Walk through the forests of Taman Tugu and learn about the various animals and plants that live there.

Nature Education Programme

Join us for this hands-on 2 hour activity where you will be helping us propagate indigenous Malaysian forest trees.

From Glow Worms to Fireflies

Join us for an early evening talk from experts followed by a guided night walk through Taman Persekutuan Lembah Kiara to observe the fireflies with our Firefly Ambassadors.

Biodiversity Walk

Walk through the forests of Taman Tugu and learn about the various animals and plants that live there.

Streets of KL

Join us for a walk around the historic core of our capital city and learn about key events that shaped KL.

Curiocity

Curiocity walks is an intimate view of Kuala Lumpur through the eyes of journalists, writers, photographers.

Unveiling Sustainability at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Join Atelier Ten for an exclusive tour of Gardens By The Bay and discover how sustainability is integrated with modern architecture. 

Open Studio: Art Exhibition

Open Studio Day is a part of Tun Perak Co-op initiative to make art and culture accessible to a more diverse audience.

Never was Normal Exhibition in Bangkok

Never was Normal, a group exhibition of latest, never-seen-before pieces from 8 designers, artists and makers highlighting a newly gained perspective during the pandemic.

Upcycled Tote Bag Making Workshop

In this workshop, you will learn to upcycle remnant fabrics to a stylish tote bag, from matching of donated fabrics to sewing the bag.

Sea Monkey Upcycled Tote Bag Online Workshop

Learn to make your own tote bag and pouch by using old clothes and plastic bags.

Sea Monkey Fishnet Upcycling Workshop

Help reduce ghost nets in the ocean by re-purposing them for a better use. Learn to make a bracelet and mesh bag using discarded fishing net.

Soap Making by Recycling Cooking Oil Workshop in Bangkok

Join this workshop and learn how to recycle cooking oil by turning it into liquid soap, which is both kind to your body and the earth. 

Cuisine in the Dark

Challenge your tastebuds to a gastronomic experience in this one-of-a-kind treat.

Dialogue in the Dark - Experiential Tour

Visitors are led by professionally trained guides in groups through specially constructed dark rooms.

Thursday 10 Sep 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Building a Sustainable World

 

 

10th September 2020

 

Careers for Future Change Agents and Transformative Leaders: Gabriel Chong from CIMB moderated this session with social entrepreneurs and young professionals where Yuki Yasui from UNEP-FI, Elaine Sim from Pink Collar, Chanin Srisuma from Refill Station, Bernadette Victorio from Oxfam and Ar. Michael Ching from CH&I Architecture shared their motivations that led to a career in sustainability and sustainable development. The dynamic group exchanged experiences and inspiring stories – from the Asian mind-sets that see value only in traditional career options to breaking the convention and making it big in unexplored or less preferred jobs of the future.  The panel concluded that a successful career is defined by the impact one creates in the world around you, and how happy you are in contributing to a better future, a sustainable planet. Sustainability can be both rewarding and fulfilling as a career option on both personal and professional levels. Start small, gain general experience, specialise, find your passion for the right cause, make it your job and contribute!

 

 

Thursday 24 Sep 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Managing Change for Sustainability

 

 

24th September 2020

 

Taking a Professional Leap Towards Sustainability: Hussam Sultan, Regional Head, Commercial Banking, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd moderates this second session in the series on Sustainability careers. Sustainability practitioners from academia, corporate consulting and auditing share their perspectives on becoming a transformative professional. The passionate group of speakers - Dr. Mohan V Avvari, Associate Professor and Director of Research, Nottingham University Business School (NUBS); Prof S. Viswanathan, Professor and Director, Centre for Business Sustainability, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University; Megan Lawson, Country Partner, ERM; Sahat Aritonang, Deputy Director, Daemeter Consulting; and Haafiz Nordin, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC Malaysia – share key drivers and trends in the sustainability market. With their vast experience, the panel provides practical tips for those interested in a career change - from acquiring knowledge through the public domain to leveraging on existing strengths and skills. Anyone can become a sustainability professional, even in absence of relevant qualifications – all they need is passion, commitment and a personal drive.

 

 

Thursday 8 Oct 5.00 – 6.30pm (GMT+ 8) | Online Talk: Sustainability Careers | Operationalising Sustainability

 

 

8th October 2020

 

 

The Meeting of Personal and Professional Values: The TCE Sustainability Careers series continue with an engaging team of professionals from diverse backgrounds practising sustainability in various industries. Oliver Kumaran, AVP, Group Sustainability of CIMB moderates the session to capture insights on how you can create a positive impact through your career options. Octa Bagus Ivanandy from CIMB Niaga in Indonesia, Nasuha Thaha from Cargill and Adrian Suharto from Telenor Group in Singapore, Sarimah Talib from Petronas and Dr. Renard Siew from MRCB in Malaysia, tap into their experiences providing first hand advice and real-life examples from the exciting and exemplary lives of sustainability practitioners. From the type of skills and mindset needed to excel in the field to the challenges and opportunities faced across sectors -  the panel covers a comprehensive view on operationalising sustainability. Faced with the complex challenge of implementing sustainability strategies, panellists describe how combining personal passion with technical expertise is key to a transformative career. 

 

 

 

Online Sessions

 

How do I join the online sessions?

If you are joining via computer, click on the links to join. You will need Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.6-8. Use Google Chrome (latest 3 versions) and Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based latest 3 versions and RS2 or later) for the best experience. Internet Explorer, Safari and Explorer are not supported.

If you are joining via mobile or tablet, you will need to download the MS Teams app onto your device. It is free to download and use. Once you have done so, just click the links in this email and the app will open automatically. We strongly recommend for you to create a Microsoft Teams account for a better experience. Please sign in before you join the session. If you do not have an account, please create it here.

 

Where do I get the links to the online sessions?

We will send out weekly emails as a reminder with the Microsoft Teams link to the online sessions, calendar invites and upcoming agenda of the Summit. If you did not receive the email, please check your spam folder OR your promotions tab (Gmail users). 

 

Can I view previous online sessions?

All online sessions will be posted on The Cooler Earth website under "Past Sessions Videos", about 1 or 2 days after the event.

 

Will there be subtitles available during the online sessions?

Although our sessions will be held in English, subtitles in Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese will be available for online sessions. 

 

 

For more queries and technical assistance, please do email TheCoolerEarth@cimb.com.

 

Experiential Learning Sessions - Malaysia

 
Registration and Attendance

Can I bring an extra person or my child who is not registered?

Unfortunately, only registered persons may participate. The number of participants is capped to ensure safety of participants and compliance with current COVID-19 regulations.

 

Is photo ID required for on-site registration?

With the evolving COVID-19 regulations, please do bring along a photo ID.

 

Can I give my pass to a friend if I cannot make it on the day?

Unfortunately, registration tickets are non-transferable, as it is only fair that slots are redistributed to persons who have expressed interest towards the event.

 

Can I reschedule to another time slot of the same event or other events?

No, as we have had to allocate all participants to specific time slots.

 

 

Venue, Accessibility, Health and Safety

Will food or refreshments be provided?

Please look out for the invitation email sent which will state whether food or refreshments will be provided or not.

 

Will there be health and safety measures in place?

Our partners will brief you on the health and safety measures at the start of the event. It is also the responsibility of participants be aware of their own medical condition and ensure personal safety.

 

Will there be places to store my personal items?  

There will be lockers to store personal items such as any light emitting devices (phones, watches, cameras, bags, lighters).

 

Is the event disabled friendly?

The venue is disabled friendly where applicable. Please have a look at your invitation email for more details on this.

 

Experiential Learning Sessions - Singapore

 
Registration and Attendance

Can I bring an extra person or my child who is not registered?
No, only registered participants are allowed entry for the safety of other participants and compliance with the current COVID-19 regulations.
 
Is photo ID required for on-site registration?
Kindly bring along a photo ID for verification purpose.

Can I give my pass to a friend if I am not able to turn up on the day?
Unfortunately, registration tickets are non-transferable, as it is only fair that slots are redistributed to persons who have expressed interest in the event. If you are not able to turn up on the day, please do let us know as early as possible, so that we can give someone else a chance to attend.
 
Can I reschedule to another time slot of the same event or other events?
No. All participants have been allocated specific timeslots on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Venue, Accessibility, Health and Safety

Will food or refreshments be provided?
No, they will not be provided.

What measures will you have in place for health and safety?
CIMB will strictly adhere to safe distancing measures in accordance with current government regulations. We seek your cooperation on the following:

  • Wearing of face mask at all times
  • SafeEntry check-in/out at the venue
  • Temperature checks upon checking in at the venue


Our organising partner will brief you on the health and safety measures at the start of the event. It is also the responsibility of participants to be aware of their own medical condition and ensure personal safety.

Is the event wheelchair friendly?


Gardens by the Bay provides the following facilities catered for wheelchair users:

 

Wheelchair rental

  • Wheelchair rental are available at $2 per day at Arrival Gift Shop. Wheelchairs must be returned by 7.00pm
  • Plenty of ramps and wheelchair accessible walkways

 

Free shuttle service

  • Free shuttle service will only be available for GBTB Ticket Holders with a valid time slot. As we will not be visiting areas of GBTB that requires a ticket, the shuttle service will not be available unless participants choose to purchase tickets separately
  • Free shuttle service is FOC for Friends of the Gardens members with valid time slot till 7 Feb 2021

 

For detailed information, please see Gardens by the Bay’s official webpage. In view of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the information above may be subjected to changes. 

 

 

ComCrop is wheelchair friendly. Yes, the farm is wheelchair friendly. The farm is situated at the rooftop of the building, therefore, please make car drop-offs at the rooftop level to ensure accessibility. However, do note that washrooms are only available on the ground floor.

 


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Offset Your Carbon Emissions via these Projects

In 2020, we are offsetting our carbon footprint from the following projects:

Technical Partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Partners

Towards a Carbon-Neutral Summit

For an event where climate change and green finance is on the agenda, we made sure that the potential footprint from the summit itself does not fall to the wayside amid all the high-level engagement. We are pleased to share that this summit aims to be a carbon-neutral event in line with its principles – from sourcing for F&B and summit materials, to digitising all conference communications and offsetting delegates’ carbon emissions from event energy use, travel, etc. 

Participation in The Cooler Earth summit is complimentary. In the spirit of awareness and personal responsibility, we encouraged delegates to voluntarily offset their average carbon footprint from participating in this event.

Why is Carbon Footprint Important?

The 5th Assessment Report on climate change by the IPCC shows that the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations over the past 100 years has predominantly been caused by human activities.

GHG like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide trap heat on the Earth’s surface, leading to rising global temperatures and the climate crisis, which give rise to adverse effects such as frequent natural disasters, sinking coastlines, habitat loss, and other threats to life.

Carbon footprint is the measure of GHG released into the atmosphere from human activity. Driving, using electricity and eating meat are examples of our personal carbon footprint. Our collective carbon footprints add up to the climate emergency that we are facing.

Carbon footprint is usually measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent. You can find out more and calculate your personal carbon footprint here.

What is the carbon footprint of this Summit? What is my own contribution to this?

The total carbon emissions of The Cooler Earth Summit has been calculated to be around 200 tonnes Carbon Dioxide equivalent (200 tCO2e). This is equivalent to 20 flights around the circumference of the world or 843,162 km travelled by an average car. To put this into perspective, it would take 250 trees a period of 40 years to absorb all the carbon emitted, assuming we plant them tomorrow - just for this 2-day conference!

 

The single biggest contributor is participant and speaker travel (78%), followed by venue (10%), accommodation (6%) and meals (5%). The estimated carbon emission per delegate is around 0.2 tCO2e. Our world is facing an unprecedented threat and everyone should take urgent action to mitigate this threat. We need to do beyond what is required to ensure that we are going to make a difference. Therefore, in addition to just offsetting the emissions from this Summit, we have committed to offset an additional 5 times of what the conference is generating, so that the conference has an overall positive impact on the environment.

 

In 2019, each and every participant were able to offset at least 1 tCO2e, as their own contribution to the Summit. Offsetting 1 tCO2e incurred a cost of EUR10 (RM47), and this was through purchasing certified carbon credits from a verified carbon reduction project.

Supporting Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon Offsets

The carbon emissions from The Cooler Earth 2020 are expected to be minimal, as we are predominantly using online webinars. Nevertheless, we would encourage each conference participant to offset at least 1 tonne of CO2 at the following sites, to offset their carbon contribution to this conference, and more. 

 

This year, we are inviting participants to offset their carbon footprint via the following verified carbon offset projects. Please email your offset receipt (including your name and organisation) to thecoolerearth@cimb.com in order to be listed on the Cooler Earth website. 

Katingan Mentaya Project, Kalimantan, Indonesia

 

The Katingan Mentaya Project (KMP) covers 149,800 hectares of carbon rich peatland forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Through the protection and restoration of this unique ecosystem, KMP pursues three core goals. First, by ensuring the area’s vast stores of carbon remain locked in the biomass and not released into the atmosphere as CO2, the project is making a significant contribution to addressing the global climate emergency. Second, protection of the peat swamp forests safeguards a rich biodiverse habitat, one that is home to many high conservation value species, including the Bornean orangutan and Proboscis monkey, which are both critically endangered.Third, through a variety of socio-economic activities, KMP is working to significantly improve the well-being and the sustainable economic prospects of 43,000 people, living in 34 village communities along the edges of the forest site. 

 

Permian Global, the project proponent, is a mission-led business that is working for the protection and recovery of tropical forests. By developing large-scale tropical forest protection and restoration projects, our company aims to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, protect habitats to safeguard biodiversity and support sustainable local economies and wellbeing. Learn more at permianglobal.com. These goals are based on our firm belief that forest environments, biodiversity and rural communities are deeply intertwined and that to improve one requires improving all three.  

 

Purchase offsets from this project here.

 

 
Siam Solar Energy, Central Thailand

Thailand is one of the largest energy consumers in Southeast Asia and the region’s second largest oil importer, with fossil fuels currently meeting around 80% of total energy demand. The Thai Government is looking to tackle national dependence on fossil fuels and help pioneer Southeast Asia’s renewable energy sector. With solar poised to play a crucial role in Thailand’s clean energy transition, the Siam Solar project helping turn ambition into action. The project uses solar PV systems, a cutting-edge, environmentally-sound technology and groups 10 solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across central Thailand to deliver clean energy to the national grid.

 

Learn more about this project and purchase offsets here

 

 

 

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