Category: Member Stories

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.

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

Member Stories: Koperasi Usahawan Metropolitan KL Takes The Lead on Sustainability with GCMY

Koperasi Usahawan Metropolitan KL Berhad (CoMetroKL) together with UN Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY) has committed to take the lead on sustainability by increasing the viability and sustainability of businesses and building a healthy entrepreneurial community.

Pic above: CoMetro committing to SDGs by uplifting the lives of people with special needs.

CoMetroKL provides vast opportunities to local businesses and entrepreneurs to meet social, economic and cultural factors. The organization has allowed for distributed ownership among members and provided a sound investment vehicle for its members growth in order to produce skills of higher value.

Committed to social responsibility, CoMetroKL has partnered with Persatuan Kebajikan Sinar Cahaya Istimewa (PKSCI), known as Bright Stars Special Needs Charity Association to enhance and uplift the lives of people with special needs and learning challenges. PKSCI in collaboration with CoMetroKL, as a service project partner, has pledged to provide trainings, create valuable opportunities and aim to reach better quality of lives for the people with special needs through skill-building vocational classes, higher interaction relationship building classes.

This has facilitated the development of entrepreneurship, generating jobs, stabilizing lives for people with special needs and learning challenges, all of which is contributing to growing impetus given to the stronger development of society.

“Our focus is to uplift and train special people capable of sustaining their income earning potential and job stability. Efforts would also be made to ensure they can start their own entrepreneurial ventures and to enable them to secure a better livelihood as well as to ensure that they get mainstream roles in new sectors,” said Katherine Ho, Board Member of CoMetroKL and President of PKSCI.

CoMetroKL has chosen to align its business with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have chosen SDG-8 which indicates: by 2020, to substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training and by 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

Member Stories: InspiraComm Aligns Strategy To Meet UN SDGs

 

InspiraComm, a content developer and event management company, is committed to becoming an advocate of UN’s Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The company has sought to undertake and tweak its content strategy and principles to feature stories on activities relating to SDGs, establishing its own social mission, and creating physical engagement platforms such as bazaar and mini-talks to create opportunities for public and entrepreneurs to learn, experience and contribute towards the SDGs.

“The power of storytelling to forge connections and power Malaysian business in various platforms is a first of its kind to inspire aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs to sustain their business and social missions covering environment, economic and social areas. We want to be an advocator in creating awareness in SDGs to empower entrepreneurs to take action to make our world a better place for all,” said Rashid Mat, Chief Executive Officer of InspiraComm.

One of InspiraComm social missions is to empower the orang asli community comprising of women, youth and children in Damansara Perdana through the programme, CerDik (Cerita dalam Mendidik) – Learning through Storytelling. The aim of the programme is to create awareness and educate the community to create better lives. Activities cover civic responsibility, providing literacy and instilling skills and motivation for economic growth.

Pic above: InspiraComm at its first SDG bazaar in creating awareness for their social missions

InspiraComm organized its first SDG bazaar with the support of Sunway Putra Mall in October 2017 with about 15 vendors adopting their respective social missions. This was a successful initiative as most of the vendors not only focused on creating awareness of their business to increase sales but also to create awareness on their social missions. They realized that giving to the community is a bigger purpose in their business and lives.

 

Member Stories : Biji-Biji Initiative and GCMY Tackles Sustainability in Asia

Biji-biji Initiative, a social enterprise that aims to sow the seeds of progressive ideas. The roots of Biji-biji are planted in principles of sustainability, open source, open book finance and collaboration. Biji-biji does this through its four arms – Ethical Fashion, Tech, Fabrication, Sustainability Consultancy & Events. Biji-biji is also launching its newest venture – Me.reka Makerspace, an innovative and alternative education model that focuses on 21st century skills and sustainability. Biji-biji promotes sustainability in Malaysia together with UN Global Compact Malaysia (GCMY).

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What is Biji-biji all about? With everything that we do… it's sometimes hard to explain how it all fits together, which is why we invite you to watch our NEW "About us" video to understand more about our activities! :-)"If you have any ideas, get in touch with us and we can see what we can do together!" – Rash and Zoe, co-founders at Biji-biji Initiative.Visit our website www.biji-biji.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!We also can't wait for you to visit us at our new makerspace in Publika: Me.reka Makerspace!

Posted by Biji-biji Initiative on Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

The product of a partnership between the GCMY, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and Biji-Biji is predicated on the increasing recognition that the growth of the social enterprise sector not only holds the promise of contributing to the world’s sustainable development goals but also presents a financially and strategically valuable investment opportunity.

Unlocking this potential allows social enterprises like Biji-Biji Initiative who are intentional about applying the mechanics of entrepreneurship and innovative business models to solving sustainability problems.

Pic Above: Biji-Biji conducting a solar panel workshop in one of the Me.reka workshops. Workshops and classes are on arduino technology, textiles, woodworking, rapid prototyping, urban gardening and, arts and crafts are also available.

Biji-biji Initiative went through an exercise to realign its businesses in line with SDGs and have chosen 57-SDG inspired indicators to measure its commitment towards sustainable development. Through this exercise, Biji-biji aims to be a business that measure its social, environmental and economic impacts – ethical supply chain, material efficiency and recovery, holistic waste management, fair wages for all,and income equality.

“We must build and strengthen ecosystems that allow the right mix of information, talent, investment and trust to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If we do this, we can better align incentives to form long-lasting collaborations that address the goals much faster, more efficiently,” said Rashvin Pal Singh, CEO of Biji-biji Initiative.