Bursa Malaysia Signs MOC with UMW Corporation and Maybank to Deploy a Centralized Sustainability Platform

- 26 March 2023 16:28 WIB
Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Chairman of Bursa Malaysia (second from left) witnesses the MoC signing with UMW Corporation and Maybank to deploy a Centralized Sustainability Platform. (Photo courtesy of Bursa Malaysia Bhd)
Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Chairman of Bursa Malaysia (second from left) witnesses the MoC signing with UMW Corporation and Maybank to deploy a Centralized Sustainability Platform. (Photo courtesy of Bursa Malaysia Bhd)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - The stock exchange of Malaysia, Bursa Malaysia Berhad, on March 22, signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd and Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) to deploy a Centralized Sustainability Platform.

In a statement sent to JakartaDaily.id on March 22, the exchange said working in collaboration with the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), Bursa Malaysia
has developed and tested the Platform that will serve as a repository for listed companies’
ESG disclosures.

The Platform will enable listed companies’ to reinforce their sustainability disclosures and accelerate swift adoption of their supply chain’s carbon emissions, which also includes non-listed entities.

The Platform will also help banks develop green financing products and services, that will incentivise and encourage decarbonisation of the corporate sector and their supply chain.

"We are pleased to be working with the LSEG to develop this Platform which will enable
Malaysian corporates to meet regulatory requirements, facilitate greater transparency and
consistency in sustainability disclosures, while providing wider access to green financing
products," said Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO of Bursa Malaysia in the statement.

"The Platform will also offer additional capabilities such as TCFD modules, as well as a carbon emission calculator for corporates and their supply chain."

Last year, Bursa Malaysia and the LSEG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to
expand the ESG collaboration between the two exchanges.

The MoU covers ESG educational initiatives, implementation of sustainable supply chain finance, corporate ESG reporting solutions, among other areas. Commenting on the MoU, Cornelia Andersson, Group Leader, Sustainable Finance and Investment at LSEG pointed out that this step will yield a significant increase in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) data and analytics available on listed companies in Malaysia.

"We are also exploring the development of an ESG corporate reporting solution to increase
disclosure of climate related risks and opportunities for investors. It follows the launch of a
new ESG and low carbon benchmark covering the largest listed issuers on Bursa Malaysia,"
Cornelia Andersson added.

UMW and Maybank are pioneers of the Early Adopter Programme (EAP), an initiative to
accelerate Corporate Malaysia’s transition towards a Green Economy. Running from April to
October 2023, participants of the EAP will validate the value extraction of this Platform.

"Following YAB Prime Minister’s call-to-action at the recent Invest Malaysia event, we
commend the leadership stance taken by UMW and Maybank to take on the first movers’
advantage and pilot this innovative sustainability initiative," said Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO of Bursa Malaysia.

"We envisage building a sustainable ecosystem that will be able to address the needs of a multitude of stakeholders, and one that is inter-operable, hence easing the path for acceptance and raising competitiveness of Malaysian companies in the global supply chain."

The MOC was signed by Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift; representing UMW was Dato’ Ahmad
Fuaad Kenali, President & Group Chief Executive Officer, while Maybank was represented by its Group President & Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli.

Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli said that as corporates are duly expediting adoption of sustainability as a core component of their business strategy, Maybank believes that this
Centralised Sustainability Platform would facilitate them to disclose standardised common
ESG data in ways that conform to established global standards.


Editor: Muhamad Al Azhari


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