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SDG Climate Change 100 & Human Rights 100 Enabler Programme

Kuala Lumpur, January 7th 2019 – The United Nations (UN) Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) and its members have come together to spearhead industry action to tackle Climate Change and Human Rights issues in trade. The near-term objective is to mobilise Malaysian business to commit to minimum standards and long-term targets to make Malaysian-originating SDG Enablers in Climate Change and Human Rights.

Climate Change issues involve challenges such as pollution, carbon emissions, waste management, etc which lead to rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions, loss of biodiversity and many more. Human Rights issues encompass human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour which lead to poor working conditions, migrant abuse and possible harm among other things. Our Enablers will be the ones to take the lead in Malaysia and ASEAN to combat and reverse the prevalence of these issues.
We will be launching this new programme at our SDG Industry Dialogue Dinner happening on January 22nd January 2019. The programme will highlight the current state of efforts to tackle Climate Change and Human Rights issues in the region with perspectives from Private, Public, and Non-Governmental groups and discuss better solutions to the current challenges.

The SDG Enabler programme is scheduled to come to a climax in the 4th quarter of 2019 in conjunction with the United Nations (UN) General Assebmly (GA) in New York where the major focus will be on Climate Change. GCMY urges all organisations to come on board with us in tackling these issues as they impact us all.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Media Contact:

Shahazar / Athi Pillai
shah@ungcmalaysia.org / athi@ungcmalaysia.org

The UN Global Compact Malaysia SDG Industry Dialogue Dinner

The United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia organised the first SDG Industry Dialogue Dinner on 22 January 2019. The dialogue held over a relaxed dinner setting includes representatives from the public, private, regulatory and international advisory sectors and, in addition to hearing from them, discussions incorporated interaction with industry leaders from the audience in an effort to construct a more dynamic conversation.

The dialogue covered a number of factors that shape the sustainable ecosystem, including policy, the role of the private sector and how to develop policies that ensure no one is left behind in accordance to the theme of Sustainable Development Goals especially focusing on Climate Change and Human Rights.

We believed many associated challenges are cross sectoral and involve multiple industries, so it is important to discuss practical ways in which efforts between the public and private sector can be aligned. This collaboration should be viewed as the new normal as Malaysia moves towards an era of sustainability in which close relationships between stakeholders will become increasingly important.

Please contact Mr.Athi Pillai at +6012-2518649 for more details.

CECP Partners with GCMY For Corporate Action in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, March 29, 2018 : The UN Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) has been appointed as CECP’s Global Exchange representative for Malaysia.

CECP was founded in 1999 by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and other business leaders to create a better world through business. CECP has grown to a movement of more than 200 of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies that represent $6.2 trillion in revenues, $18.4 billion in societal investment, 13 million employees, and $15 trillion in assets under management.

GCMY will encourage and recommend that larger Malaysian network members aim for peer-recognition at the CECP level.

The CECP Global Exchange programme unites country-based, mission-driven corporate engagement organisations to advance business as a force for good around the world. It is a formal forum for CECP’s national representatives to share information and peer learning; exchange insights and research; and leverage a shared public voice on how companies can be a force for good in society.

GCMY joins Global Exchange leaders including CSROne (Taiwan), Beyond Philanthropy (Germany) and SynTao (China and HongKong) as a ‘local authority’ to help make community initiatives a strategic priority for Malaysian companies.

This year CECP will host an annual summit on 22-23 May 2018 in New York, bringing together nearly 300 corporate leaders who drive social strategies at the world’s largest companies. Themed ‘Leading Through Complexity’, the event will focus on how corporations, and other cross-sector leaders, are navigating the complicated social, political, economic, and business landscape – by either innovating their work and message – or staying the course.

CECP and GCMY will collaborate to identify opportunities to connect CEOs to partners to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Puvan J Selvanathan, President of GCMY, said, “As the Malaysian Local Authority affiliated with the Global Exchange, GCMY will be able to guide large companies in advancing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and contribute to the dialogue by leveraging on CECP’s platform. The values that CECP bring can add to the business agenda aligned with SDGs. Our goal is to work in tandem with CECP and empower corporations to be a force for good in society.”

Leaders Unite to End Slavery with Pre-Slavery World Trade Forum Workshop

Kuala Lumpur, March 15th 2018 – The United Nations (UN) Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) with support from British High Commission Malaysia has come together to spearhead industry action to tackle modern slavery in trade, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour and set the stage for the World Forum to come end of 2018.

The pre-forum had brought together local, regional and global voices to caucus with the Government and industry leaders such as SUHAKAM, Lexis Nexis, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Tenaganita, International Labour Organization, UK Home Office and Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-Alliance to raise awareness against modern slavery in trade. The near-term objective is to mobilise Malaysian business to commit to minimum standards and long-term targets to make Malaysian-originating supply chains 100% slave-free.

The forum discussions underlined the current state efforts to tackle Human Rights issues in the region with perspectives from Private, Public, and Non-Governmental groups and discuss better solutions to the current challenges.

ASEAN is a region where low cost labour is made available to produce mass consumption of goods and services. Findings of a recent report produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), a UN. agency focusing on labour rights indicate that forced labour was most prevalent in the Asia-Pacific region, (4 victims per 1,000 people) from 2012 to 2016. At over USD50 billion, this region makes the most money out of forced labour.

Shahazar Yazid, Executive Director of GCMY, said, “Malaysian businesses have the power to make a fundamental change in modern slavery. By leading the way by example, we can set a benchmark to assure the EU and our international business partners that our products are slave-free. This will put Malaysia at the forefront to lead the rest of the ASEAN region to follow suit.”

To recognise Kuala Lumpur’s Declaration on the Slave Free Trade commitment, the Slave Free Trade World Forum is scheduled to take place in the last quarter of 2018. The event aims to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery, child labour and human trafficking by 2025 in all business operations.

Member Stories: Jocom MShopping and GCMY Creates Potential To Feed More

Jocom MShopping, an M-Commerce platform specialized in online groceries and shopping has revolutionized the way people buy groceries and shopping online. Providing a convenient way to assist traditional business, Jocom MShopping provides the platform of latest technology connecting rural farmers, traders and vendors with affluent consumers via e-commerce.

Together with UN Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY), Jocom has committed to ensuring the message of sustainability is reaching individuals on a personal level. Pioneering a change and growth in the mobile commerce scene, the app has potential to affect real and measurable change to draw individual rural farmers into an alliance, so they can enjoy a scale effect from e-commerce and maximizing their bottom line.

 

Jocom further pledges to make life better for people of the planet with no poverty, zero hunger and gender equality while simultaneously decreasing and reversing any negative footprints on the environment, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jocom MShopping has chosen to align its business with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have chosen SDG-2 which indicates end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable ahriculture.

“Sustainability is key when discussing food and the production of food. Apps like Jocom is important to use technology to solve issues and serve as innovative tool to drive sustainability and bridge a way to bring safe food and opportunities to rural areas, cutting middle men and increase the profit of the farmers or direct manufacturer,” said Joshua Sew, Executive Director of Jocom MShopping.

Seeing such tremendous growth, Jocom MShopping has been selected as the only grocery app to be listed in Ali Baba platform, Tabao and will soon start operation in Quarter 2, 2018. Jocom MShopping has also been recently recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records in February 2018 as the First Malaysia Grocery App in the country, underlining its commitment and passion to continuously grow the eco-system sustainability benefiting all stakeholders.

Member Stories: CSO-SDG Alliance Reviews The Malaysian UPR Commitments From SDG Lenses

28 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur: ASLI-CPPS and the the Malaysian Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-SDG Alliance recently hosted a discussion to review the Malaysian Universal Periodic Review (UPR) from Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) lenses.

About 25 members of civil society organisations and institutions were present together with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Human Rights Division), United Nations University and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia.

The UPR is a peer review process agreed upon by all the nations in the UN and so far Malaysia has undergone two such reviews in 2009 and 2013. The third review will be in November 2018 and CSOs are called to make their comments and observations into the UN review process by March 29, 2018.

Arising out of the discussions are a number of key takeaways which are documented

1.  Timely exercise to review UPR from a SDG lens

The Alliance recognises that this is one of the first discussions on reviewing the UPR recommendations from a SDG lens. Malaysia has agreed to undertake its development planning using the 17 SDGs goals framework and in bringing a greater balance to socio-economic development in line with a human rights approach to development as well as ensuring environmental sustainability. This is reflected in the documents prepared by the Economic Planning Unit as seem in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan.

CSO-SDG Alliance recommendation is that the Government undertakes the Mid Term Review of the Eleventh Malaysia Plan and in the formulation of the Twelfth Malaysia Plan should reconcile all these global human rights communities through the UPR, Treaty bodies, SDGs with socio-economic development, human rights and sustainability. The 12th MP should refer to them from a right to development perspective.

2.  Looking at specifics

The discussion was enriched with specific references made to the 150 recommendations which Malaysia accepted out of the 235 made at the 2013 UPR. 

Participants were reminded of the details available in the UPR info website, as well as the Mid Term Review report by COMANGO (2016).

These documents provide a useful summary and analysis on the implementation of the recommendations. While Malaysia has made clear advancements in socio-economic well-being, there appears regression in matters pertaining to civil and political rights. There is an urgent need for a thorough impact assessment of all commitments in a transparent way.

3.  Human Rights & Development concerns

The discussion focused on clear links between human rights and development concerns especially in noting the concerns of indigenous people on their poverty situation together with their land right claims. There is a need for greater State commitment for their customary land rights and a greater need for disaggregated data by gender, ethnicity & sub ethnicity including age, disability and geographical location.

4.  Environment & sustainability

The CSO-SDG Alliance noted with great concern that the UPR review has neglected environmental and sustainability concerns. It was clearly illustrated in the discussion that there is a close correlations between environment and rights violations. One example cited ‘water as a human right’. Safe, clean water illustrates how it relates not just to the environment concerns like water sources, conservation of forest and trees and mitigating floods as well as good health and sanitation. The Alliance were told that their focus had been in silos and therefore a SDG lens helps us in seeing the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human rights. More work needs to be undertaken from a rights perspective. In this context, inter-agency cooperation is most essential.

5.  Civil society engagement & consultation

CSO engagement is a key component of not just the UN –UPR process but also in the SDGs and treaty body commitments. While some sections of government are open to CSO/NGO discussions, engagements and partnerships, these are often ad hoc and selective. It will be helpful for Malaysia to adopt the UN guidelines for CSO engagement and use the modalities provided. CSOs play a very active role at the local, national and global dimensions of all these UN commitment as CSOs are regarded as an essential stakeholder in this process.  

The UPR process Ministry of Foreign Affairs had hosted a series of preparatory meetings in 2017 which COMANGO participated and in the SDG process the CSO-SDG Alliance has been working closely with EPU on the preparation of the Voluntary National Review Report as well as the SDG National Roadmap.

Concern was raised that there is no effective monitoring mechanism at the national level to review and assess the human rights commitment in the UPR and treaty bodies as there were directly under particular ministries.

The CSO-SDG Alliance recommends that the government reviews the possibility of establishing:-

  • A special taskforce on human rights at the federal level to enhance interagency cooperation on follow up of the UPR, SDGs and treaty body commitments and monitor the process and the outcomes by working with all the relevant agencies & bodies.
  • A parliamentary Select Committee on Human rights be establish as a monitoring and accountability body. This will strengthen by-partisan commitment and review.
  • A CSO Human rights engagement mechanism be establish for enhancing CSO participation in human rights concerns with formal avenues to input and review government agencies in UPR, Treaty bodies and SDGs. This could be coordinated by SUHAKAM and additional resources be made available.

GCMY Organizes A Workshop To Introduce CSO Alliance to SDGs

24 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur: The UN Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) recently hosted a workshop to assist the Malaysian Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-SDG Alliance in the implementation of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malaysia.

The training event focused on highlighting the tools and key factors needed for CSOs to improve their delivery of SDGs. In order to ensure a successful, transformative, and universal outcome for the SDGs, integrated communications were necessary to inspire and mobilize national action among the group.

The session was opened by GCMY Executive Director on the introduction to UN Global Compact and GCMY followed by an overview of the CSO-SDG Alliance by Datuk Denison Jayasooria and GCMY’s membership benefits by Khadijah. Participants were given an opportunity to hear from Chris Daniel Wong, My Events Turnkey on the need for effective public relations when reporting one’s sustainability agenda.

GCMY is actively working with its members to develop a training programme on how to reach, engage, and compel the group to take action over the next 12 years to meet the UN’s SDGs.

Member Stories: Accelerating Green Business Model To Advance SDGs

The Green Venture (TGV), South East Asia’s leading grower, manager, and manufacturer of sandalwood trees has committed to work together with UN’s Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY) to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

TGV has always been committed to continuous research and innovation to create sustainable development, for a sustainable future through ecological balance and economic development.

Today, TGV has established a series of sustainable development in the form of an industrial chain that begins from land search, seedlings cultivation, planting management, harvesting, sandalwood oil processing, quality control, product research and development to marketing and sales.
 
“By reporting on our progress, we aim to improve our performance which will enable meaningful progress towards achieving the SDGs together with GCMY,” said Mark Chin, the Chief Executive Officer of TGV.

Planting sandalwood can significantly reduce greenhouse gases, reduce the impact of the greenhouse effects. By merging ethical business value and continued sustainable development, the company hopes to become a celebrated household name in the industry and ultimately, the world’s largest manufacturer of sandalwood.

As an environmental firm, TGV is committed to protecting the environment. The company strongly believes in the value of environmental protection and sustainability, and how a small effort could lead to big changes in the environment.

TGV also focuses its effort on disseminating information that educates the public of our critical environmental conditions. TGV has been working closely with local NGO group, The Green World (TGW) to organize plenty of environmentally-friendly events. In 2017, TGV was the main sponsor of the 6th Asia Pacific Corporate Social Responsibility Forum 2017. This event was organized by TGW and Asia Pacific CSR Council with the support and collaboration of UNGC. This forum showcased why collaboration emerged as the foundation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the council was to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Working hand in hand with local enterprises and NGOs, the council contributed to, and supported the advancement of sustainability in the Asia Pacific private and public sector.

In 2017, TGV and TGW also joined forces to coordinate The Green World Half Marathon & Green Hat Fun Run. This event aimed to raise awareness of global warming and reduce environmental impacts by promoting outdoor activity as way of reducing carbon copy and the incorporation of recycling and eco-friendly activities in daily life. In the past, the two organizations had also organized The Green World Run (2015), China-Malaysia Friendship Tree (2015), Cycle Towards a Green Life (2016), Green Neon Run (2016), and Arbor Day (2017).

TGV also promises its stakeholder that the environment will be protected and harm is not posed to the ecological surroundings of the plantation areas. TGV takes its words very seriously as they are extremely meticulous in their plantation planning efforts. Wildlife and natural habitats should not be disturbed and works should be continually undertaken to improve on the conditions of the environment.

TGV firmly believes that the ecological environment of the plantations will be a foundation for efficient management and good environmental measures to be effectively implemented in other plantations around the world.

TGV’s actions and initiatives are in accordance to the following SDG Goals:

  • Goal 9: Industry. Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goal 15: Life on Land

GCMY Conducts First Members-Only Networking Session

8 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur: The UN Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY) recently hosted a one-day networking event for members to convene and identify sustainability challenges and tap into new opportunities within the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

The event saw 29 leaders representing 19 private companies, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations actively engaged in discussions to generate new ideas and provide a plan of action on sustainable living, ethical reporting and responsible business practices. 

The objective of the networking event by GCMY is to guide businesses on how to take concrete leadership action on each of the SDGs.

Forest Interactive, a mobile technology provider in Malaysia said: “Being a member of the UN GCMY is both an honour and an opportunity. An honour to be part of a dynamic network whose goal is to make the world a better place. An opportunity to meet and exchange with a variety of NGOs, companies and institutions to inspire us and work with on our sustainable development projects.”

We were able to network and connect with key SDG champions in the region last February 8 at Menara UOA.  Organized by GCMY in a speakeasy setting, the event allowed us to learn about organizations fighting hunger, a company reusing seat belts for fashion items and another providing sustainable furniture (biji-biji.com) and we also had the opportunity to discuss the benefits of being a part of a group that aims to make the world a better place. All of them with great stories and a strong will to go further in their action and work together.”

United Nations in Malaysia Launches New Offices in Putrajaya

The United Nations offices in Malaysia has relocated to a new home in Putrajaya. This was marked by the inauguration of the new premises in the heart of the Federal Government Administrative Centre by the Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The opening ceremony was attended by Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Programme Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, the Diplomatic Corps, Senior Government Officials, Heads of UN agencies 

The new offices of the UN located in Menara PJH, Precinct 2, houses the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (RCO) , the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations University – Administration and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – Automated System for Customs Data (UNCTAD-ASYCUDA).