Past Sessions Videos


11 September 2023 | The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Welcome Note: Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group

Dato' Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer kicked off this year’s summit and strengthened CIMB’s commitment in playing a leading role in green and transition finance across the ASEAN region.


Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 1

Will Day, Fellow, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, presented an overview of how sustainability megatrends will reshape the business landscape in the coming years, and how businesses can prepare themselves to succeed in a global marketplace where social and environmental pressures are increasing and transforming. 

Showcase: Ahead of the Transition Curve - Capitalising on Opportunities Today

This panel featured businesses from across sectors that had integrated sustainability into their core business strategy. The panel explored the motivation, strategies and challenges for companies to act as early movers towards being more sustainable, including key levers for success and lessons learned.


This panel discussion was moderated by Victor Lee Meng Teck, Group Chief Executive, CIMB Singapore & CIMB Group Commercial Banking, with participation from Sukanto Aich, Chief Executive Officer, Signify Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Seah Kian Hoe, Chief Executive Officer, Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid, Sustainability Director, Lendlease Malaysia, Song Ee Rong, General Counsel, Bintang Capital Partners Berhad, and Antoinette Jackson, Founder & Creative Director, BeeCounscious Co., Ltd. (SuperBee)



Unlocking Insights: A Personal Perspective from GLIC Leaders

11.40am | Unlocking Insights: A Personal Perspective from GLIC Leaders 

This panel brought together leaders from three of Malaysia’s key Government-linked Investment Companies, Khazanah National Berhad, Permodalan Nasional Berhad and Employees' Provident Fund, to share their key insights and personal perspectives on sustainability.


This panel discussion was moderated by Novan Amirudin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Group Wholesale Banking, CIMB Group / Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Investment Bank, with participation from Dato’ Amirul Feisal Wan Zahir, Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, President & Group Chief Executive, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan, Chief Executive Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF)


Ministerial Address: Charting Malaysia’s Roadmap for ESG Growth

YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul bin Tengku Abdul Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry,  shared the efforts of the government to attract sustainable investment to the country, and the principles that frame the upcoming National Industry Environmental Social and Governance Framework (i-ESG) which will be a catalyst for transforming industries, manufacturers, and exporters towards a low-carbon path.

Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 2

Victoria Gilbert, Director, GlobeScan Asia Pacific, shared the latest research findings on the sustainability trends among consumers, which indicates a major shift in consumption patterns. Truly sustainable brands will seize the advantage from brands that make flimsy claims or that have not invested sufficiently in sustainability.


Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 3

Bernadette Victorio, Lead, Fair Finance Asia, Oxfam, discussed the growing social inequality that is exacerbated by climate change. She reiterated the need for innovative financing mechanism and products to close this gap.

Panel: Finance as the Catalyst Towards Net Zero

This panel featured leaders in the finance industries discussing their role and influence in driving the Net Zero agenda. The panel discussed the size of the challenges and opportunities, revealed how and what levers they are using to influence clients, and what we should do different to accelerate transition financing.


This panel discussion was moderated by Gurdip Singh Sidhu, Group Chief Operating & People Officer, CIMB Group, with participation from Ecaterina Bigos, Chief Investment Officer, Core Investment for Asia ex-Japan, AXA Investment Managers, Deborah Ho, Country Head of Singapore & Head of Southeast Asia, BlackRock, Yuki Yasui, Managing Director of Asia Pacific (APAC) Network, Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), and Tomohiro Ishikawa, Chief Regulatory Engagement Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)


Keynote: CFOs in the Sustainability Spotlight | Sue Lloyd, Vice Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

Sue Lloyd, Vice Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), provided insights into the International Financial Reporting Standards that was launched by the International Sustainability Standards Board in June 2023, and how companies could benefit from implementing the standards.


Rapid Fire Series: Emerging Global Trends that Will Define the Business Landscape for the Next Decade - Part 4

Rohit Singh, Director, Wildlife Enforcement and Zero Poaching, WWF Singapore, shared the growing pressures on wildlife protection and conservation in the region, and the need to invest in the park rangers to effectively stop poaching.


Panel: Breaching the Planetary Boundaries: Navigating the Food, Energy and Water Nexus

A multi-disciplinary panel of experts discussed the emerging water stress crisis which will increasingly exacerbate the allocation of water for consumption, energy and food production. There is a need to know the true cost, price and value of such reallocation in a world of water scarcity.


This panel discussion was moderated by Philippe Joubert, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Earth on Board with participation from M.R. Chandran, Chairman, IRGA Sdn Bhd, and Advisor to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Dharisha Mirando, Lead, Finance Engagement & Water Risk Valuation, China Water Risk and Mike Thomas, Managing Director, The Lantau Group

Closing Address: Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, Chairman, CIMB Group, CIMB Bank Berhad & CIMB Bank PLC Cambodia

Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, Chairman, CIMB Group, CIMB Bank Berhad & CIMB Bank PLC Cambodia, reinforced the need to recognise the enduring and fundamental changes that is taking place, the need for innovation and differentiation, and that individual actions matter to establish a sustainable future for all.



12 September 2023 | Masterclasses

The Critical Duty of the Board in Leading Sustainability

Sustainability governance and addressing climate risk are now expected fiduciary responsibilities of the Board of Directors. The masterclass offered insights into aspects of an earth competent Board, and Board of Directors shared their experience of embedding sustainability governance on Boards.


This panel discussion was moderated by Jackie Mah, Executive Vice President, Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM), with participation from Philippe Joubert, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Earth on Board, Dr. Kalanithi Nesaretnam, Independent Non-Executive Director, IOI Corporation Berhad, Ralph Dixon, Executive Director of Sustainability, YTL Group & CEO, YTL-SV Carbon, and Teoh Su Yin, Senior Independent Director, CIMB Group Holdings Berhad and Chair-person/Independent Director of CIMB Investment Bank Berhad

Integrating Sustainability into Financial Planning and Decision-Making

Long term value creation requires assessing and integrating sustainability matters into capital investment appraisal. The masterclass provided insights into how CFOs can integrate sustainability considerations into financial planning, risk management, and decision-making processes and enhance value creation within organisations. 


This masterclass session was moderated by Wong Siew Fern, Chief Financial Officer, CIMB Bank Berhad & CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, with participation from Constant Van Aerschot, Director, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Asia Pacific and Farhana Jabir, Director of Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC.

Getting Your Business to Operational Net Zero

Achieving operational net zero is a formidable task for many companies. The masterclass outlines how businesses can start to measure its operational emissions, and accelerate towards operational net zero leveraging on available levers. 


This masterclass session was moderated by Tan Hong Tat, Head of Net Zero Operations, CIMB Bank Berhad with participation from Voon Jye Yng, Senior Partner, ERM.


Global Supply Chain Regulations and How ASEAN Exporters will be Impacted

Emerging EU regulations are likely to have an impact on ASEAN businesses that are part of the EU supply chain. The masterclass provided insights into how companies can position their business through operational improvements to prepare for these emerging regulations.  


This masterclass session was moderated by February Yoon I Ping, Head of Sustainable Finance Risk Management, CIMB Bank Berhad with participation from Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, Sustainable Finance Specialist, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

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



Ganesh Muren

Saora Industries

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



Inger Andersen

Head, United Nations Environment Programme

13 September 2023 | Sustainability in Action: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow in Indonesia

As part of CIMB Niaga's support for climate action, the Cooler Earth Sustainability Conference was held in Jakarta on September 13, 2023, with the theme 'Sustainability in Action: Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow in Indonesia.'

Notable speakers during the summit included Mr. Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Investment and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Suahasil Nazara, Vice Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Iman Rachman, President Director of the Indonesia Stock Exchange, Mr. Evy Haryadi, Director of Transmission and System Planning at PLN (the National Electricity Company), and Mr. Eka Satria, Chair of Energy and Mineral Resources at APINDO (Indonesian Employer's Associations).

18 September 2023 | Sustainability Conference, Thailand: Transitioning Business for a Better World

As part of CIMB Thai's support for climate action, the Cooler Earth Sustainability Conference was held in Bangkok on September 18, 2023, with the theme 'Transitioning Business for a Better World'.

Notable speakers during the summit included Prof. Rupa Chanda, Director Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Premjit Somrattanachai, Deputy Director, Bank of Thailand, Dr. Sarayuth Saengchan, Managing Director, Health Products & Sustainability, Mitr Phol Sugar, Pornphrom Vikitsreth, Advisor to Governor of Bangkok and Somjettana Pasakanon, Director, Sustainability Development, CP Group.




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. 


Webinar | Building on the Past for the Future



29th September 2020


Showcasing Sustainable Spaces for Better Living: Duncan Cave, Programme Manager, Think City, moderates today’s session focusing on how sustainable concepts are transforming heritage and built spaces worldwide. Aufa Abd Rahman, Programme Manager, Conservation and Adaptive Reuse, Think City showcases urban spaces around the world where existing spaces are repurposed and invigorated to create beautiful spaces for work and play. SazLin Sabri, Programme Manager, Conservation and Adaptive Reuse, Think City, discusses how communities play a vital role in the adaptive reuse of heritage spaces and how social engagement leads to better outcomes. Dr. Tan Loke Mun, Founding Director, ArchiCentre Sdn Bhd presents a thought-provoking journey on how the design and planning of buildings and spaces have changed in parallel to modern day challenges and how architecture has evolved to provide solutions to these circumstances.





Special Videos


Green Living by CIMB: Dr. Tan Loke Mun




CIMB presents a casual interview with Ar. Dr. Tan Loke Mun, Founding Director of multi-award winning ArchiCentre and DTLM Design Group, as part of CIMB’s The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit themed ‘Resilience, Recovery, Responsibility’. Against the backdrop of his discerning collection of artwork from artists across the region, Dr. Tan shares candid insights into true green living, spanning key considerations such as energy and water conservation, location planning, house orientation, biodiversity, recycling, and upcycling. Dr. Tan also discusses his journey towards making the Green Building Index (GBI) the standard for green building certification in Southeast Asia. Learn about building your first green home or making your current home green by joining us for a virtual walkthrough of the S11 House by Dr. Tan, Malaysia’s first GBI Platinum-rated building. 



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. 

Webinar | Business and Climate Consciousness



6th October 2020



Climate Action is Imminent for a Better Tomorrow: Climate change poses an existential threat to both businesses and communities. It is time to demonstrate leadership and take accountability for present and future generation of stakeholders. This week, climate experts and industry leaders share how concerted efforts from businesses is critical for climate action. Ahmad Shahriman Mohd Shariff, CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, reiterates the high business cost of ignoring the climate emergency. There are clear linkages  between socioeconomic and environmental factors. Urgent action is needed if businesses want to not just survive but compete in the long-term. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International continues to build the business case by pointing out that nature loss and climate disruption are major business risks and an environmentally-positive economic model will generate large returns. Everyone needs to embrace a carbon-neutral vision for the world, he urges. Companies and investors need to commit, act and advocate for positive change. Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, Founding Chairperson of Corporate Governance Initiative (Malaysian Chapter) ends the session with a moderated panel discussing the collective responsibility for climate mobilisation. During the panel, Pushkala Ratan from IFC speaks on the growing market for climate finance; Dr. Simon Lord from Sime Darby Plantation highlights the importance of sustainable practices in agribusiness; Ralph Dixon from YTL Corporation takes a cautiously optimistic view on sustainable progress; and Margaret Klein Salamon from The Climate Mobilization stresses that a full emergency mobilisation of economy and society is needed to achieve climate targets.



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.

Webinar | Developing Impactful Green Finance Products, The Indonesia Experience



12th October 2020



Green Financing: Driving Change in Indonesia: TCE’s Sustainable Finance Week kicks off with an interactive panel session on Indonesia’s experience in green finance products. Financial strategists and experts discuss the financing models available in the market, and how financial institutions can develop green financing solutions that address key sustainability issues. In her welcoming note, Fransiska Oei, Compliance, Corporate Affairs & Legal Director, CIMB Niaga, points out that though Indonesia is one of the largest economies in South East Asia, its growth is delivered at great environmental expense. Fransiska urges financial institutions to deliver a more effective financing model that creates meaningful impact. Rizkiasari Yudawinata, Sustainable Finance Programme Lead, WWF-Indonesia, shares the key aspects of green and related products that financers and other stakeholders must understand. Financial institutions need to further develop incentive mechanisms that deliver impact at scale while generating attractive financial returns. Bangkit Oetomo, Investment Associate, Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF), provides insights into financing programmes that catalyse sustainable investments in Indonesia. Focusing on the financing of renewable energy, Bangkit discusses various challenges, project characteristics, domestic financing products and financial opportunities to mobilise innovative products. Nicholas Gandolfo, Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions, APAC, Sustainalytics, speaks on the importance of measurable impact reporting. He delivers practical tips for the reporting journey, from the materiality assessment process to the global frameworks available. Mohammad Ghozie Indra Dalel, Director, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) ends the session with details on SDG Indonesia One, the Government’s blended finance platform that channels public and private funds into sustainable development projects. He provides multiple examples of how SMI manages extensive funds through grants, technical assistance and capacity-building to accelerate national SDG deliverables. 




Webinar | Urban Financing



13th October 2020



Sustainable Urbanisation: Financing Responsible Development

An overwhelming majority of the population lives in cities and towns. While urbanisation has resulted in great progress and prosperity, it has been at the expense of significant impact to environment and society. Today’s panel of experts emphasise on the need for sustainable urbanisation, which integrates economic imperatives, social progress and environmental health into its development approach. Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director, Think City, references Georgetown Penang as a sustainable urban development model. It is a prime example of rejuvenating what already exists to meet growing urban demands. He advocates for financers to shift from the funding of conventional urban expansion, and focus instead on urban regeneration and rehabilitation. Wadzi Katsidzira, Initiative Lead, Global Development Incubator, discusses the challenges faced in financing sustainable infrastructure development, such as the lack of high-quality projects and identifying projects that drive impact. Investors can navigate these challenges through innovative finance solutions, institutional partnerships, and community-level contextualisation. Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Managing Director, Yayasan Hasanah, concludes the session with some insights on key considerations by donors and financiers when offering sustainable funding. Reflecting on Yayasan Hasanah’s experience in the sector, she explains how civil societies need to have a solid impact assessment framework, strong governance structure, and high-performance work culture to attract funds for positive development. 




Webinar | ESG Financing for Business



15th October 2020



Delivering Better Value with ESG Financing: The financial sector plays a key role in positively contributing to sustainable development. Experienced speakers share their views on the role of banks as financial intermediaries and providers of capital in applying ESG factors or principles in lending and project financing. Rob Coombe, Sustainability Sponsor, CIMB Board of Directors, highlights the acceleration of innovative instruments in ASEAN, such as sustainability-linked loans and transition bonds. Drawing on CIMB’s experience, Rob emphasises that the push for greater sustainability is complex and should be seen as a journey. Simone Dettling, Banking Team Lead, UNEP Finance Initiative, moderates an insightful session on sustainable finance with panelists from progressive banks and institutions. Kylie Macfarlane, Founder and Managing Director of Novis Aurora Consulting, provides practical details on how sustainable finance can help banks better support their customers, while Gurdip Singh Sidhu, Group Chief People Officer, CIMB Group and Yulanda Chung, Head of Sustainability, DBS Bank, share their experience in putting these practices to work. On behalf of institutional investors, Alizakri Alias, Chief EPF Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF), speaks about the increasing focus on ESG investments and how they benefit both investors and investees. Sustainability is a future-fit tool that provides superior risk management and value creation, so there is a strong call for fund managers and businesses to start looking beyond short-term returns.



Webinar | Circular Economy Development in a Rapidly Expanding City: Penampang, Sabah, by CEC Penampang



30th October 2020



Penampang: A Case Study of Circular Development in Sabah

Boyd Dionysius Jouman, Senior Vice President & Lead for Resilient Environment, Iskandar Regional Development Authority moderates the discussion with various public and private sector actors who have come together to put the Penampang district on the circular economy map in the last few years. Through his NGO work bringing micro hydro renewable energy to remote villages, Senator Adrian “Banie” Lasimbang, Senator in the Parliament of Malaysia creates a socioeconomic incentive for communities to conserve their watershed. Senator highlights the importance of a participatory approach to ensure the longevity of the project beyond installation. Benny Ng, Council Member, SHAREDA (Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association) then shares about the key role developers can and should play in promoting circular development by leveraging their strategic influence as a bridge between the public and private sectors and engaging with state authorities on the SDGs and proposed bylaws that will help to accelerate circularity as Sabah develops. Freddy Ekol, Councillor of Penampang District Council shares examples of circular economy in Penampang focusing on sustainable economic development and waste-to-energy strategies. The discussion enlightens listeners on the importance of acknowledging native law to empower communities to manage resources in a circular fashion. Chau Loon Wai, Senior lecturer at UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre stresses that incentivising circular practices is key to getting mass buy-in. 



Webinar | Circular Economy Club - Singapore Part 1



30th October 2020



How Architectural Design can be a Core Element for influencing Circular Behaviour: The built environment is a fixture for circularity because of the scale and impact on the environment as a consumer of materials and producer of waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Yann Follain, Managing Director & Head of Design at WY-TO Singapore takes us through the application of circular approaches to the built environment. The four main domains are: design for longevity; design for service; design for reuse and refurbishment; and design for material recovery. He then shows examples of circular buildings from the Asia Pacific region, and ends by calling for a top-down approach of government policies to drive and centralise circularity, coupled with a bottom-up approach of industry and citizens participating and distributing circularity. 




Webinar | Circular Economy Club - Singapore Part 2



30th October 2020



Why e-Commerce needs a Circular Packaging revolution:

The second part of this webinar focuses on circular e-commerce packaging. Marialine Verdickt and Laura Iturria, CEC Singapore Organisers highlights the problem of packaging waste and related emissions. They suggest that a packaging revolution is needed to keep up with increasing demand for fit-for-purpose packaging that meets the unique requirements of e-commerce logistics. Sharing innovative examples, they point to two key players: industry players like fulfilment companies and brands themselves to develop their own solutions that can even become marketing strategies, as well as government to establish e-commerce packaging guidelines.




Webinar | CEC Vienna & CEC London



31st October 2020


CEC Vienna & London: Closed Loop Supply Chains and Circular Start-ups

The first part of this webinar convenes a panel discussion on the transition to closed loop systems in global supply chains. Liwah Wong, Guest Scientist, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin brings the scientific view that much more needs to be know about closed loop systems and the quantifiable impact of various circular approaches. Martin Stavenhagen, Consultant/Coach/Collaborator & Co-Founder of Get Circular with SD Consulting believes more positive direction can be accelerated by government legislation such as the European Green Deal. Drawing parallels with Covid-19, Gabriella Gyori, Sustainable Procurement Officer, CEC Mentor and Procurement Consultant in Berlin says change is not so much a question of responsibility but of cooperation between all parties. The panellists agree that standards are helpful in pointing us all in the same direction. Following this, Dr. David Greenfield, European External Affairs Spokesperson of Circular Economy Club and Founder of SOENECS introduces listeners to CEC London’s activities and some of the exciting developments in circular economy particularly innovations from the start-up scene. He also touches on behavioural change and the funding gap for circular start-ups that must find a way to correlate environmental and social gains with financial value.