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Introduction

Population and urbanisation continue to rise, and with that, production and consumption are ever increasing. Businesses are growing, but under pressure to produce more and better quality at lower prices. Industrial and human activities continue to contribute to global heating and unprecedented environmental degradation. Human rights, health and productivity are compromised. Many parts of the civilised world are at risk of sinking beneath the waves in the next decade or two. Nature, wildlife and biodiversity – life itself – are threatened. There is no longer any doubt that humanity is at risk.

All these, coupled with governance, political and socioeconomic factors are prompting businesses, customers, investors, employees, governments and the rakyat to positively contribute to improving environmental and social wellbeing, towards creating a better future. Rapid technological changes are forcing leaders to reinvent their business models and future-proof. In short, business as usual is no longer an option.

As the world around us changes, financiers, investors and businesses have a responsibility to change their ways and manage economic, environmental and social risks, with long-term strategies to create net positive impact, while also remaining relevant and profitable.

What is The Cooler Earth?

The Cooler Earth is CIMB’s inaugural platform to inspire business leaders, financiers, investors, policy- and decision- makers to change the paradigm of business and finance, and our way of life. Our goal is also to encourage participants to embrace sustainability and take action towards shaping a more responsible society and a less sweltering planet (hence "Cooler").

The Cooler Earth motif has adapted its colours from Climate Stripes, a visualisation of rising temperature from cool (blue) to warm (red), reflecting how it threatens ecosystems, including our social and economic fabric. In our motif, the red stripes, reflecting the current scenario, slowly transform back to blue, which is and should be the collective responsibility and mission of humankind and every effort such as this summit.

Join global experts and local champions to not just dialogue, but motivate collective and collaborative action, mobilise resources, finance, and the political will to counter environmental degradation, social inequity, and economic depression.

The Cooler Earth is a mission.

CIMB Group, in partnership with WWF and Impacto,
invites you to contribute to our dialogue and action on

Changing Finance for a Better Tomorrow.





08:00am – 08:45am

Registration and Light Breakfast

09:00am – 09:30am

WELCOMING REMARKS
Thinking Triple Bottom Line: How Future-Proof is Your Business?

Speaker:

Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Aziz

Group CEO

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

09:30am – 10:00am

OPENING ADDRESS
Creating the Ecosystem: How Will the Changing Regulatory Landscape Impact Business?

Speaker:

YB Yeo Bee Yin

Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC)

10:00am – 10:30am

KEYNOTE 1
A Critical Connection: Why Can’t We Separate Nature From the Economy?

Speaker:

Ms. Maureen DeRooij

CEO

WWF-Singapore

10:30am – 11:00am

KEYNOTE 2
Sustainable Development Goals: Why Business Should Get Involved

Speaker:

Mr. Stefan Priesner

Resident Coordinator for Malaysia

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

11:00am – 11:30am

Coffee/ Tea Break

11:30am – 12:45pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Sustainable Finance: What Are the Regulator’s Expectations and Financial Sector Initiatives Towards Advancing Sustainable Finance?

Speakers:

Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Aziz

Group CEO

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

Ms. Yuki Yasui

Asia Pacific Region Co-ordination Manager

UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

Dr. Hamim Syahrum Ahmad Mokhtar

Deputy Director

Islamic Banking and Takaful Department, Bank Negara Malaysia

Mr. Pierre Rousseau

Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business

BNP Paribas

Moderator:

Ms. Jeanne Stampe

Founder of Asia Sustainable Finance Initiative

Head of Asia Sustainable Finance and Global Finance Practice Leadership Team member at WWF

12:45pm – 01:45pm

LUNCH

01:45pm – 02:20pm

EXPERT INSIGHTS
Knowing Our Limits: The Planet Will Survive Global Heating… But Will Humankind?

Speaker:

Dr. Julian Caldecott

World-Renowned Ecologist and Conservationist

02:20pm – 02:40pm

EXPERT INSIGHTS
Bridging the Gap: What is the Role of Finance in Saving the World?

Speaker:

Mr. Mohamed Rozani Osman

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

02:40pm – 03:00pm

EXPERT INSIGHTS
Creating Value: How Do We Translate Planet Targets to Business Targets?

Speaker:

Ms. Marie Morice

Sustainable Finance Senior Adviser

UN Global Compact

03:00pm – 03:30pm

Coffee/Tea Break

03:30pm – 04:45pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Understanding Externalities: What Are the Hidden Costs of Doing Business, and How Do They Affect Performance and Profits?

Speakers:

Ms. Michele Leung

Director, Financial Institutions Business

TruCost

Ms. Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer

City Developments Limited

Mr. Pascal Lambert

Group Country Head for Singapore; Head of South East Asia and India

Societe Generale

Moderator:

Ms. Carole Ferguson

Head of Investment Research

CDP

04:45pm – 05:30pm

SPECIAL FEATURE
Laugh, But Act

Speaker:

Mr. Rod Quantock

Climate Change Activist (and Comedian)

05:30pm – 06:00pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker:

YAM Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

Founder /Advocate #sayno2plastic and #zerofoodwastage

11:30am – 12:30pm

UNDERSTANDING, NAVIGATING, AND ADOPTING THE RIGHT STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKS

PwC will provide an overview on local and global benchmarks and standards on sustainability, such as GRI, TCFD, CDP, etc. in which will serve as a guide to understand various indicators of measuring and reporting economic, environmental and social impact.

Who should join: Various departmental heads and executives responsible for sustainability data tracking, impact measurement, and reporting.

03:30pm – 04:30pm

BUILDING A BUSINESS CASE & PLANNING YOUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

Impacto Sdn Bhd, knowledge partner of CIMB Group, will deliver a compelling 1-hour orientation for businesses to embark on their sustainability journey. The POWER PACK presentation will include guidelines on defining the business case for sustainability and developing an action plan to create value for multiple stakeholders.

Who should join: C-Suite and Executives / Managers / Heads of CSR, Sustainability and Strategy.

03:30pm – 04:30pm

EMBARKING ON SUSTAINABLE FINANCE: A PRACTICAL BRIEFING

IBIS Consulting will share a briefing to help demystify why sustainable finance matters and offer some practical advice for those seeking to start out on making the changes in their operations to better understand and manage their environmental & social risks and support sustainable development.

Who should join: Heads of business and sustainability strategy, transformation managers, investment and banking professionals.

04:50pm – 05:50pm

SUSTAINABILITY TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

WWF will present an introduction of key cross-cutting and interlinked environmental challenges relevant to multiple economic sectors and how they become economic, financial, security and social risks, if not addressed. The session will also share tools and resources available to assist businesses in managing environmental risks.


Who should join: Sustainability / ESG teams, risk officers.

04:50pm – 05:50pm

OPERATIONALISING SUSTAINABILITY: FROM THE WHAT TO THE HOW

ERM will share practical and pragmatic solutions to some of the most common environmental, social and sustainability-related business challenges for companies in Malaysia and SE Asia. Being able to successfully operationalise sustainability into your business is key to being able to achieve your long-term business strategy and drive continual improvement. ERM will share insights regarding how some of the more progressive organisations are turning their sustainability challenges into opportunities for improving their business performance.

Who should join: Departmental heads and managers who are responsible for operationalising sustainability.

08:00am – 08:45am

Registration and Light Breakfast

08:45am – 09:00am

WELCOMING REMARKS
Taking Action: Who, What and How?

Speaker:

Ms. Luanne Sieh

Head Group Sustainability

CIMB Group

09:00am – 09:20am

OPENING ADDRESS
Making a Choice: Sustainability is the World’s Greatest Existential Challenge. We Should All Be Part of the Solution.

Speaker:

Datuk Dr. Richard Leete

Trustee of CIMB Foundation and former UNDP resident representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

09:20am – 09:35am

PRACTICAL INSIGHTS
Championing Social Sustainability and Human Value: Unilever’s Commitment to Make Sustainable Living Commonplace.

Speaker:

Ms. Annemarieke de Haan

Managing Director

Unilever Malaysia & Singapore

09:35am – 09:50am

PRACTICAL INSIGHTS
Championing Social Sustainability and Human Value: Educating and Empowering Supply Chains to Manage Impact and Deliver Business Value.

Speaker:

Mr. Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President

BSR Asia-Pacific

09:50am – 10:05am

PRACTICAL INSIGHTS
Championing Social Sustainability and Human Value: Modern Slavery and its Potential Negative Impacts on Business Performance.

Speaker:

Mr. Mark Devadason

Board Member

The Mekong Club

10:05am – 10:20am

PRACTICAL INSIGHTS
Championing Social Sustainability and Human Value: Tools to Embed Social Sustainability into the Brand DNA.

Speaker:

Datin Mina Cheah-Foong

Managing Director

The Body Shop Malaysia

10:20am – 10:50am

Coffee break

10:50am – 11:50am

PANEL DISCUSSION
Addressing Boardroom Dilemmas: Sustainable Business Does Not Mean Compromising on Performance or Profitability.

Speakers:

Mr. Robert Coombe

Sustainability Sponsor on Board

CIMB Group

Mr. Faisal Fadzil

Managing Director

Tanamera

Mr. Aditya Renjen

Senior Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations

Olam International

Moderator:

Dr. Simon Lord

Chief Sustainability Officer

Sime Darby Plantation

11:50am – 12:00pm

AN APPEAL
Defending Our Natural Resources: How Businesses Can Influence Policies and Programmes that Protect Our Natural Capital.

Speaker:

Ms. Sophine Tann

Vice President

PEKA (Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam)

12:00pm – 12:40pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Communicating, Beyond Words: Raising Awareness on Sustainability Issues Through Art.

Speakers:

Pangrok Sulap (Sabah-based art collective giving voice to local people through their art)

Art Collective

Mr. Shahar Koyok (Contemporary Artist from the indigenous Temuan tribe whose art reflects his people and the rainforest where he grew up)

Contemporary Artist

Ms. Nadiah Bamadhaj (Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an interest in regional human rights and political events and social phenomena)

Visual Artist

Moderator:

Ms. Freda Liu

Broadcaster and Author

12:40pm – 01:50pm

LUNCH SPECIAL FEATURE
Solutions for a Living, Thriving Planet: What Businesses Can Do.

Speaker:

Dr. Keith Lee

Senior Manager

Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF

01:50pm – 02:35pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Integrating Sustainability for Responsible Business: The Integration of Sustainability Factors into Investment Processes and How This Will Impact Businesses.

Speakers:

Mr. Ronnie Lim

Senior Engagement Specialist

Robeco

Mr. Justin Sloggett

Head of ESG Investment Research

PRI

Mr. Ismail bin Zakaria

Director of Corporate Strategy & Performance

Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP)

Moderator:

Ms. Sophie Robinson-Tillett

Deputy Editor

Responsible Investor

02:35pm – 03:20pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Integrating Sustainability for Responsible Business: The Integration of Sustainability Factors into Financing Processes and How This Will Impact Businesses.

Speakers:

Mr. Tan Chee Wee

Head of Sustainability Reporting

DBS Bank

Mr. Gurdip Singh Sidhu

Group Chief Strategy and Design Officer

CIMB Group

Mr. Roger Charles

Executive Director, Environmental and Social Risk Management

Standard Chartered PLC.

Moderator:

Ms. Yuki Yasui

Asia Pacific Region Co-ordination Manager

UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

03:20pm – 03:50pm

Coffee break

03:50pm – 05:10pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
Accelerating Climate Action: What it Would Take to Move Towards a Low-Carbon Economy.

Speakers:

Dr. Ben Caldecott

Founding Director

Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme

Mr. Cedric Rimaud, CFA

ASEAN Programme Manager

Climate Bonds Initiative

Mr. Paul Milon

ESG Specialist, Asia Pacific

BNP Paribas Asset Management, Hong Kong

Moderator:

Mr. Andrew Chan

Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change Leader

PwC's South East Asia Consulting Services

05:10pm – 05:50pm

BURNING PLATFORM
Facing Reality: Don’t Just Stand By and Watch!

Speaker:

Mr. Cory Richards

National Geographic Photographer and Adventurer

05:50pm – 06:10pm

CONFERENCE CLOSING

Speaker:

YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar

Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS)

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YB Yeo Bee Yin

Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC)

YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar

Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS)

Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Aziz

Group CEO

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

Mr. Cory Richards

National Geographic Photographer and Adventurer

Mr. Stefan Priesner

Resident Coordinator for Malaysia

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

YAM Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

Founder /Advocate #sayno2plastic and #zerofoodwastage

Ms. Maureen DeRooij

CEO

WWF-Singapore

Ms. Annemarieke de Haan

Managing Director

Unilever Malaysia & Singapore



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Carbon Offset

Towards a Carbon-Neutral Summit

For an event where climate change and green finance is on the agenda, we are making 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 encourage 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 are 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.

We would like to strongly encourage each and every participant to offset at least 1 tCO2e, as your own contribution to the Summit. Offsetting 1 tCO2e will cost EUR10 (RM47), and you can do this easily bypurchasing certified carbon credits through the link which will be provided with your confirmation.

How Do I Offset My Carbon Footprint for this Summit?

After your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an email with a link to offset your carbon footprint for the summit. Carbon offsets that you purchase will be invested into the Bukit Tagar Sanitary Landfill (BTSL) gas recovery project. The landfill has been serving the Central region of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for the last 60 years, and is the only sanitary landfill in Malaysia. The landfill gas recovery project enables the collection of landfill gas to generate power. Without this project, the landfill gas (consisting mainly of methane, a potent greenhouse gas) would be released into the atmosphere, accelerating global heating. The emissions reduced from this project is certified under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. Get more details here: https://youtu.be/koplTfbu0Mg

You will receive an offsetting certificate from your payment that shows the amount you have offset and the project that your contribution will go to. Email your offset certificate to sustainabilityevents@cimb.com and your name (and company name, if you choose) will be listed on our Carbon Offset Contributions page, as well as on our event app.

Event Venue

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) Plenary Hall
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As we would like to minimise the carbon footprint of this event, we would like to encourage all participants to travel by train to the venue. Kindly note that there will not be any flat rate parking provided.


By Train
Take the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Kelana Jaya Line to the KLCC Station. Turn left after exiting the turnstiles and walk through the Suria KLCC shopping centre Concourse level to the Centre Court. Turn left and make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Floor where you will be directed to the Registration area.

On Foot
From the Suria KLCC shopping centre’s Concourse Level Centre Court, make your way past Cold Storage to the Guardian Pharmacy where there is a covered walkway through to the Centre. Take the elevator to the Ground Level of the Centre where you will be directed to the Registration area.

The Centre is also accessible for delegates and visitors via the air-conditioned Bukit Bintang-KLCC Link Bridge. The link bridge features entrance/exit at the Pavilion Mall (Bukit Bintang), Wisma Cosway, Jalan Perak and the Impiana KLCC Hotel with convenient exit escalators and staircases) located at the main entrance to the Centre. This air-conditioned link allows delegates and visitors to travel conveniently, comfortably and safely on foot. 


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