Past Sessions Videos

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Webinar | Business and the Environment

 

 

1st October 2020

 

 

Good for Environment, Good for Business: These set of sessions are extremely thought-provoking. Nature provides ecosystem services critical for survival – without the environment, there can be no society, no business and no economy, argues Luanne Sieh, Head, Group Sustainability of CIMB. The key is to make businesses and lifestyles more responsible. She emphasises on the need of the hour to plan and deliver progress and improvements without compromising the ability of our planet to sustain life. She reinforces that sustainable development is not just a solution, it is critical for our very survival. It should mean that we are not uncontrollably plundering the future and stealing from our children for our own enjoyment today.  Dr Dechen Tsering, Director of UNEP (Asia and the Pacific Office) underscores the importance of participating in and normalising green behaviour. The new normal will rely on the choice of consumers and producers, asserts Dr. Tsering reflecting on how people and organisations are scrambling to contain the impacts from Covid-19. She also notes that within the Asia-Pacific region, climate-friendly legislation and policy action is influencing a shift in private and public behaviour. Following this, Denise Coogan, Environmental Partnership Manager of Subaru America, shares how the company transformed its way of business and operations to achieve zero waste sent to landfills. A key driver of their success is the proactive involvement of employees on-the-ground; tapping into their creative ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. The starting point and most critical is to get your inventory of waste. The substantial cost savings generated by the zero-landfill initiative is a perfect example of how going green is good for the bottom line.

 

 

Masterclass | Environmental Risk Management

 

 

2nd October 2020

 

 

Navigating Environmental Risks for Resilience & Performance: Regulators, financial institutions and investors increasingly expect companies to manage their natural capital risks. This is not simply an altruistic issue. Environmental risks can materiality affect the economic sustainability of an organisation. The Masterclass features experts in environmental risk management. Dr. Adrian Fenton and Sylvain Augoyard, Vice Presidents (Asia Sustainable Finance) with WWF-Singapore introduced a set of tools and resources available for identifying, monitoring and managing environmental issues, ranging from deforestation and climate change to water and plastic waste management. A key advantage with the proposed sustainability tools is their readily available data, which helps you with prioritising and mitigation of most material risks. The deployment of these tools and resources can bring significant business benefits, such as improved market access, profitability and long-term sustainability. Lim Chin Han and Richard Zhang, Managing Directors of Willis Towers Watson, further zoom into the insurance sector, explaining how insurance companies can help mitigate the environmental risks. With the convergence of technology and big data today it is possible to better quantify the risks, allowing better coverage for previously uninsurable risks. The speakers present four inspiring case studies to demonstrate how prediction models can be used to determine the insurability and mitigation strategies for environmental risks.

 

 

 

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 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 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.

 

 

 

 

Webinar | Urban Financing

 

 

8th October 2020

 

 

Navigating Environmental Risks for Resilience & Performance: Regulators, financial institutions and investors increasingly expect companies to manage their natural capital risks. This is not simply an altruistic issue. Environmental risks can materiality affect the economic sustainability of an organisation. The Masterclass features experts in environmental risk management. Dr. Adrian Fenton and Sylvain Augoyard, Vice Presidents (Asia Sustainable Finance) with WWF-Singapore introduced a set of tools and resources available for identifying, monitoring and managing environmental issues, ranging from deforestation and climate change to water and plastic waste management. A key advantage with the proposed sustainability tools is their readily available data, which helps you with prioritising and mitigation of most material risks. The deployment of these tools and resources can bring significant business benefits, such as improved market access, profitability and long-term sustainability. Lim Chin Han and Richard Zhang, Managing Directors of Willis Towers Watson, further zoom into the insurance sector, explaining how insurance companies can help mitigate the environmental risks. With the convergence of technology and big data today it is possible to better quantify the risks, allowing better coverage for previously uninsurable risks. The speakers present four inspiring case studies to demonstrate how prediction models can be used to determine the insurability and mitigation strategies for environmental risks.

 

 

Webinar | Mission Impossible? Taking Action on Climate Change

 

 

8th October 2020

 

 

Applying Climate Solutions Today for a Better Tomorrow:

The climate emergency is real and no life or business on this planet are immune to its impacts. We will continue to witness more and more tipping points in terms of the devastation, degradation, and devaluation as a result of climate change. The time to act is now. The time to innovate and deploy solutions is now. Moderator, Duncan Cave from Think City, facilitates a panel discussion with three eminent speakers from three countries, covering different aspects of climate change. Dr. Sandra Piesik, Director of 3 Ideas B.V., highlights the similarities between the impacts of Covid-19 and climate change. Although they have different risk factors in terms of response, both social or economic or environmental crises are a common concern for all humankind. Covid-19 is an opportunity for a ‘Great Reset’ and improve humanity’s relationship with the planet. Sofia Castelo, Co-Lead of Resilience Community of Practice, Think City, speaks about the role of nature-based solutions’ in climate change adaptation and mitigation. As one of the richest countries in terms of natural capital, Malaysia is well-equipped to implement nature-based solutions to address climate impacts. Through Think City’s Climate Adaptation Programme in Penang, she hopes to inspire other Malaysian cities to better adapt to climate change. Lastly, Christian Cadeo, Managing Partner of Big Idea Ventures, delves into the growing plant-based market. This huge market opportunity will improve consumer palate, minimise environmental impact and ensure animal welfare. With appealing alternatives, strategic marketing and celebrity influence, the future of the plant-based food industry is bright. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Masterclass | Understanding the Financial Impacts of Climate Change

 

 

9th October 2020

 

 

Building Financial Resilience to Mitigate Climate Change: Climate change is disrupting national economies and livelihoods around the world. As the world shifts towards a low-carbon pathway, the expectations and requirements from governments, financial institutions and other stakeholders are only going to increase. Businesses need to understand different climate-risk scenarios and the corresponding financial implications. Megan Lawson, Country Manager of ERM (Malaysia and Singapore) sets the scene with the overall global landscape surrounding climate change, as well as the financial impacts, risks and opportunities. She covers eye-opening information on various climate trends, from the Paris Agreement and SDGs accelerating global climate action to the increasing investor expectations from the private sector to plan for climate adaptation and mitigation. Future winners are those who choose to harness new corporate leadership, social will and financial drivers to lead the low-carbon transition. Yulia Dobrolyubova, Partner, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change, South East Asia, ERM, shares some of the structured frameworks available to help businesses, communities and governments navigate through their climate agenda. She focuses on the Task-Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Equator Principles (EP4), which are particularly relevant for the financial sector. Using these frameworks is a journey; requiring time and continuous improvements to effectively integrate climate risks into core decisions. 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

20th October 2020

 

 

Indonesia’s Shift to Sustainable Supply Chains: As the world shifts to more sustainable practices, major supply chains are expected to follow suit. In the second webinar initiated by CIMB Niaga Indonesia, experts discuss stakeholders’ expectations for sustainable supply chains within the Indonesian market. In her welcome note, Fransiska Oei, Compliance, Corporate Affairs & Legal Director, CIMB Niaga, highlights a growing demand for sustainable commodities from financers, regulators and businesses, which should be seen a growth opportunity for supply chain players. Following this, Aditya Bayunanda, Head of Footprint & Market Transformation Programme, WWF-Indonesia, moderates an informative and inspiring panel that provides insight into various supply chain developments across different sectors. Cindy Cheng, Regional Director, FSC Asia Pacific, explains how FSC works with fast-moving-consumer goods companies to incentive responsible forestry practices within Indonesia’s value chain. Household brands are committing to FSC-certified forests, which is driving accreditation across the value chain. Natalia Soebagjo, Member of the Board of Commissioner, PT Hero Supermarket, Tbk, covers downstream commitments and opportunities through the lens of Ikea’s supply chain efforts. The retail giant works closely with its supply partners to produce affordable furniture that complies with a people- and planet-positive approach. Lastly, Felia Salim, Board of Director, &Green, addresses the problem of rapid deforestation from agricultural commodity expansion. She provides compelling case studies in which sustainable financing is used to essentially delink deforestation from major commodity supply chains. 

 

 

 

Webinar | Business and Society

 

 

20th October 2020

 

 

Shaping Sustainable Societies Through Good Business: The strongest organisations and leaders are those that have a strong purpose for its employees and communities. Together, they form progressive and sustainable societies. With this in mind, Datuk Mohd Nasir Ahmad, Chairperson, CIMB Group, sets the stage for the esteemed speakers who will deliberate on this week’s theme of ‘Equitable Societies’. He reiterates that taking social responsibility creates positive outcomes for businesses as well as society.  Farid Basir, Chief Human Capital Officer, Telekom Malaysia, shares his perspective on why companies should instil a sense of purpose in their organisation. With rapid changes in the world of work, businesses need to redefine their role in society beyond profits. Doing so will motivate employees with meaningful work that aligns with their personal values. On behalf of civil societies, Prof. Dr. Datuk Denison Jayasooria, CSO-SDG Alliance, highlights five expectations towards responsible businesses – a balanced business approach; protection of human rights; good governance against corruption; alternative business models that create positive impact; and a shift from short-term CSR to real social empowerment. Mabel Wong, Senior Director, Sustainability Consulting Asia-Pacific, ELEVATE, concludes the day with practical tips on identifying and assessing social risks in the supply chain. With a range of emerging supply chain trends, including new legislations and increasing stakeholder expectations, companies need to adopt a risk-based approach in creating a resilient and sustainable supply chain.

 

 

Masterclass | Rethinking Responsibility in Our Supply Chain

 

 

22nd October 2020

 

 

Preventing Exploitation in the Value Chain: Jet Urmeneta, Senior Director, Capability Building & Consulting, Verité Southeast Asia, provides a masterclass for stakeholders to address their supply chain social responsibility risks. Labour issues are complex and deeply entrenched in recruitment malpractices.  Many migrant workers are forced to pay excessive recruitment fees that keep them in debt, which effectively places them in situations of forced labour and exploitive working conditions. The masterclass looks into the gaps of current practices in supply chain social responsibility. While companies are required to meet the law, what is legal is not always just and fair. There are countries with poor regulatory environments that do not adequately protect labour workers. Also, many companies lack specific policies or requirements related to migrant workers. The scope and quality of supply chain audits are also insufficient in identifying modern slavery. The session ends with practical tips on how businesses can influence the practices of their suppliers. Employers can start by mapping their supply chain risks, monitoring recruitment partners and labour agencies, as well as strengthening governance against forced labour.

 

 

 

Webinar | Creating a Sustainable Business Model that Works

 

 

22nd October 2020

 

 

Sarawak Energy: Leading by Example

Setting the right tone from the top is critical to mobilising the sustainability agenda across an organisation. The commitment of C-suites, particularly CEOs, is needed to successfully manage emerging ESG risks and opportunities. This type of commitment is demonstrated by Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Group CEO of Sawarak Energy, Malaysia’s largest provider of renewable energy and primary energy developer for Sarawak. Moderator, Dr. Joseph Chun, Partner, ESG Practice, Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore), sits down with the CEO to capture his experience and ambitions in sustainable development. This year, Sarawak Energy became the first corporation in Malaysia to commit to the Business Ambition for 1.5 Celsius under the UN Global Compact. The CEO explains his decision with a forward-looking view, in which companies that commit to this target will thrive as the global economy transitions to net-zero carbon by 2050. Although there will be challenges, Datu Haji is confident that Sarawak Energy will meet its commitments. This is evidenced by its achievements in bringing reliable, affordable and clean energy to the Sarawak population. Sarawak Energy also secured a RM100 million Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL) from CIMB – the first company in East Malaysia to receive such financing. This is part of the company’s efforts to embed sustainability into its funding strategies, thus accelerating its transition towards sustainable development. 

 

 

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

 

 

22nd October 2020

 

 

Compassion: A Long-Term Solution

In the final webinar of TCE’s Equitable Societies Week, Ivy Soh, Director of Aftercare, Yellow Ribbon Project, shares a heart-warming presentation of second chances. As a former prison guard, Ivy realised that inmates released from prison will often return within two years. This is due to the stigmatism that they face from the community, making it difficult to work and rehabilitate. Community support is crucial to break the reoffending cycle. Therefore, the Yellow Ribbon Project (YR) was set up to help them reintegrate into society. YR organises campaigns and events that demonstrate inmates’ employability potential as well as share their perspective. This creates public awareness, generates acceptance, and inspire community action. Ivy provides uplifting examples of ex-offenders who have successfully turned their lives around to become contributing members of society. Businesses are encouraged to support YR’s mission through funding and employment opportunities. Since 2018, CIMB has contributed to a series of YR activities, such as allocating US$450,000 into YRF CIMB STAR Bursary. Gabrial Choo, YRF CIMB STAR Bursary Student, shares his inspirational story on rebuilding his life after prison. As he continues his journey of rehabilitation, he strives to actualise YR’s message of hope and forgiveness. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Webinar | Advocating Circular Economy Towards Reducing Waste

 

 

27th October 2020

 

 

Circularity for Nations, Cities, and Individuals: The webinar on Advocating Circular Economy Towards Reducing Waste sees three speakers addressing the role of circular economy in building sustainable cities. Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, a visiting professor at Nalanda University, India, talks about circular economy as an answer to humanity’s overconsumption of resources that exceeds planetary boundaries. Using China and India as examples, she demonstrates the real economic benefits to be gained from circular systems. However, there is a need for a coherent policy design to support greater circularity. Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative of Circular Economy Club Malaysia talks about steps cities can take to reduce waste, citing an example from Medellín, Colombia. To meet the need for Malaysian cities to transition to circular cities, Chang suggests that circular economies focus on opportunities in four key urban systems (resource distribution system, infrastructure, accessibility, and behaviour change). The final speaker, Melissa Tan, a zero waste practitioner and TV host, speaks about the need to reprogramme our mindsets from a packaging-heavy consumer culture to “refuse what we don’t need & reduce what we need”, stressing the power of the individual to leave an impact through their choices. Refusing single use and switching to ‘reusables’; going package-free and shopping second-hand or in traditional bulk stores are some of her personal ways to reduce waste. All three speakers discuss the core principles of circularity and zero waste, which is to design out waste, extend the life of products and materials, and channelling biodegradable materials back into the environment, noting that recycling is always the last resort.

 

 

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

 

 

27th October 2020

 

 

Learnings in Circular Economy from the Philippines: Moderated by Angela Chen, CEC Manila Organiser, the panel discussion on Opportunities for Circular Economy Post-Covid19 in the Philippines brings various entrepreneurial perspectives on circular economy from different industries and business models. Cecilia Martinez-Miranda, COO of Ananas Anam Philippines, explains how using innovative design thinking and technology, her company is able to rethink the entire lifecycle of their product as well as create equity for communities who become their suppliers. Laurence Lumagbas speaks from the perspective of his work as Manager of Sustainability Practice at Deloitte and his entrepreneurial drive for building affordable housing that incorporates circular principles, looking at green design and architecture. However, he expects Covid-19 to leave a long-term impact on real estate with the virtualisation of work and rationalising the use of spaces. Rejiel “Rage” Gonzales, CEO of Bridge360 IT Solutions and Wayste Philippines explains how her company is playing one part in the circular value chain by tackling the issue of waste through a mobile app that empowers stakeholders to manage waste with the end goal of waste diversion. She puts her faith in youths as the solution to drive the transition to circular, an enthusiasm shared by fellow speaker Carlo Delantar. Highlighting that Asia is the centre of economic progress and also a processor of waste (the world’s dumping ground), Carlo Delantar, Head of Circular Economy and Gobi VC, Core Capital asserts that the answer lies in a circular economy. What is really needed is singularity in the supply chain where all stakeholders are aware of where and how they fit in. Discussing the impacts of Covid-19 on the present and future prospects of circular economy, there is no question that the pandemic has in fact highlighted the need to change our system and the time to do that is now while countries are building back from the crisis. Speaking on data, the speakers concur that data plays a significant role in connecting ecosystem players to accelerate circularity.

 

 

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

 

 

28th October 2020

 

 

Penang: Leading the Way for Circular Cities in Malaysia

Josephine Tan, General Manager of Penang Green Council shares case studies from Penang on circular projects and steps being taken by the federal government and city councils. Circular economy is one of the chapters of the Penang Green Agenda, a blueprint for transforming into a sustainable state. Recognising circular economy as the solution to the linear take-make-waste model of production and consumption, Penang has been on a drive to adopt and implement circular planning at various levels together with European experts and successful circular cities. One pilot project is already underway in two local communities, which aims to reduce waste generated, targeting single-use plastics as a start. The next aim for Penang is to create a circular economy roadmap for mainstreaming it in the next ten years, which will be replicable for other Malaysian cities. Crucially, multi-stakeholder involvement is critical to the realisation of a circular city, and in Penang’s case of paving the way for Malaysia, city-to-city collaboration with external experts and sharing of best practices. Together with Jacqueline Chang, Country Representative of Circular Economy Club Malaysia, Josephine also shares with us a simple template that urban changemakers can use to communicate their project strategy in one page only.

 

 

 

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

 

 

29th October 2020

 

 

Wonosidi: One Village’s Effort to Go Circular

Wonosidi, a village of about 2,000 households in the Pacitan regency of Indonesia, is too remote for the government to collect waste. Hence, most waste is disposed by burning or dumping openly or into water bodies. Associate Professor Sunil Herat, Waste Management Expert of Griffith University in Australia sets the context with an assessment of the global problem of waste, which is not just a responsible consumption and production problem but also contributes to other issues like marine pollution and climate change, thus posing a challenge to many of the SDGs. Webri Veliana, CEC Pacitan Organiser of Indonesia then shares her personal journey championing a coherent waste management system in Wonosidi. She uses the Greenwave method which she developed to systematically address the various factors and players in the waste management ecosystem. Her activism culminated in the establishment of a waste-centred social enterprise that upcycles waste also provides employment streams for people. Wonosidi’s example has now become a case study that the Indonesian government hopes to replicate in other villages. On a final note, Sunil urges industry to think of ways to decouple economic growth from resource consumption, and Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Social Marketing and Behavioural Change Expert of Griffith University sums up by reminding us all to reduce our own waste as responsible consumers.  

 

 

 

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

 

 

29th October 2020

 

 

The Power of Community to Effect Systems Change: Together with two other colleagues at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Chris Oestereich and Courtney Savie Lawrence, CEC Bangkok Organisers in Thailand, kickstarted a series of public pop-up labs focusing on various challenges such as waste, climate, and air quality. Using a participatory and crowdsourced approach, participants from different communities are invited to understand the dimensions of a problem and then design ways of intervention at specific points in the system. The discussion and design process is driven by the participants. These workshops build capacity in systems design and systems change. Chris and Courtney share systems design tools that help anyone to think and rethink on a systems level. They also share the outcome of one of their labs: a campaign to bring the air quality in Bangkok to zero down from PM2.5, with the ultimate goal to table a legislation on this. The clean air campaign has gained momentum with almost 1,000 signatures to support the proposal, with ongoing events and partnerships with other civil society groups. Importantly, this campaign is being driven entirely by a group of volunteers from different communities, demonstrating the power of a small group of people to drive the change they want to see in the world.

 

 

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