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Action against misuse of Global Compact Brand

Kuala Lumpur, February 18th 2019 – The United Nations (UN) Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) was recently made aware that The International Peace College and The Honorary Doctorate Organisation, both founded by Mr. Samraj Arumugam, have been unlawfully using the UN Global Compact’s image and brand for personal benefit. This is completely against our terms and policy of use.

We have received several complaints about this issue from people who were approached for donations in exchange for honorary doctorate awards. In response, The UN Global Compact Network Malaysia has taken numerous actions to curb this kind of behaviour. This includes but is not limited to,

  • Requesting that these activities stop altogether
  • Issuing cease and desist letters
  • Informing UNGC New York of their behavior
  • Requesting they be removed from the UNGC participant list
  • Making a police report
  • Informing the offending parties in person of their misconduct

We at the Global Compact will not tolerate such blatant abuse of our image and brand. Should the offending party not comply with our demands, we will seek legal restraint upon them and seek compensation for any losses incurred by your transgression of the UN Global Compact Policy document.

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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.

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.

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 ( 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.”

GCMY Supports CSO-SDG Alliance to Target the SDGs

19 January 2018, Kuala Lumpur: The Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY) and the Malaysian Civil Society Organizations (CSO)-SDG Alliance, have committed to collaborate to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Malaysians.

The CSO-SDG Alliance brings together concerned organisations doing economic and social development work, human rights and environmental initiatives.

The CSO-SDG Alliance and GCMY will collaborate on focused SDG events and activities. The collaboration is an opportunity for GCMY members to work with the CSO Alliance and engage Malaysian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), especially to implement projects and gather data on positive impacts.

Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria, PJN, PhD. Co Chair, Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance said “The partnership with GCMY would enhance our effectiveness in stakeholder engagement with both the public and private sector.” He added, “The CSO-SDG Alliance affirms that the key objectives of the SDGs in ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ is of utmost importance. CSOs are committed to the effective implementation of SDGs in Malaysia and see ourselves as partners in the process.”

Puvan J Selvanathan, President of GCMY, said, “With CSO-SDG Alliance, we have a goal-driven partnership to drive concerted efforts and achieve the SDGs for Malaysians. We will promote and support CSO-SDG partnerships with our corporate members to highlight the programs done by CSOs already delivering on the SDGs.”


CSO-SDG Alliance during the MoU signing ceremony with GCMY

The CSO-SDG Alliance is expressly committed to SDG 17.16 for “multi stakeholder partnerships to mobilize knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources” and SDG 17.17 to “encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnership.”



Mobilising Children Towards Quality Education Aligned with SDGs

11 December 2017, Kuala Lumpur: Education leader, iCerdik, an interactive online learning program that gives parents unprecedented first-hand knowledge of their children’s educational needs has committed to advancing its action on United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

iCerdik has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Global Compact Network Malaysia (GCMY). Together, iCerdik and GCMY will make a lasting contribution to Malaysia’s quest in helping Malaysia children improved education by applying best practices to engage in topics of education and facilitate access to new markets.

“Investing in education is essential to developing a skilled workforce for the future and improving economic growth. During the last decade, primary education in Malaysia has been faced with many challenges and these are reflected when students reach secondary school level. Students who face difficulties in these later years, have most likely not been able to enjoy quality education at primary levels.”

“Business leaders around the world have recognized education as one of the most urgent sustainability challenges. However, business investments in education have often been small, short-term, uncoordinated and unequally distributed. Therefore, increasing smart investments in education over the longer term is what we hope to achieve,” said Kamal Samad Ismail, Founder of iCerdik.

Puvan J Selvanathan, President of GCMY, said, “With iCerdik we can promote holistic learning opportunities. We all have a national duty to our children. We must provide them with strong tools that for learning and allow teachers and parents to make informed decisions. iCerdik strategically delivers quality education aligned with the SDGs in Malaysia.”

iCerdik’s target programmes will equip children with relevant skills to shape them into well-rounded, versatile and responsible individuals in preparation to meet the UN 2030 SDGs.