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Malaysia's Biggest
SME Sustainability Event
Of The Year

The SME SDG Festival is a forward-thinking and progressive SME event focusing on enabling Malaysian enterprises to rebuild better in the new operating landscape - a carbon-neutral and resilient economy. Envisioned as the annual platform to gather leaders, experts, and the SME public on sustainability-related matters and coinciding with a self-designated sustainability month in Malaysia. The festival is part of a larger agenda to transform the local SME environment and will complement efforts to materialize a local SME Sustainability ecosystem.

The SME SDG Festival aims to ignite awareness, enable quality networking, identify best practices, disseminate know-how, inspire action, and showcase innovative approaches in SME sustainability.


1 day conference with topics that matter!

3 days of high-impact workshops by experts in the field!

12 Cutting-edge Workshops



SME showcase




8th November


Opero Hotel Southkey, Johor Bahru


9.00 am – 5.00 pm {Malaysian time}

(Physical Event)


9th - 11th November


9.00 am – 6.00 pm

{Malaysian time}

3 Day Series


Register to Receive Your Complimentary Pass. Limited Seats Available!

* Five (5) complimentary passes only per organisation  •  Fifteen (15) complimentary passes for UNGC/GC Network Member.

Awaken, Activate & Accelerate

Beyond the current pandemic looms an even greater threat – climate change. A shift towards sustainable business practices is crucial to help SMEs in the advent of the carbon-neutral economy. SME sustainability is fundamentally different from corporate sustainability. A more elementary approach is required. Engaging SMEs call for awareness building, training, and know-how related to sustainability awareness. A local, fit-for-purpose approach is needed. There is urgency for SMEs to transform. We need to send out the signal to SMEs and become a beacon of support.

The 1 day conference and the 3 days virtual workshops will focus on achieving the following objectives :
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awareness among SMES

towards advancing

the Sustainable Development Goals

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SDG action among SMEs to

incorporate sustainability

practices within their operations and strategies.

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networking and partnerships among SMEs to transition towards a more sustainable Malaysian economy.



Sustainability Trade

Sustainable Supply Chain

Climate Action

Prosperous Work

Innovation For Circular Economy

Strategy & Leadership

Futures Thinking - The World SMEs Need

Virtual Team Meeting


Festival Agenda


8th November (Tuesday) • 9.00 am – 5.00 pm {Malaysian time}

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:10am

SME SDG FEST 2022 - #LEVELUP Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Edey Suresh, Johor State Director, UNGCMYB

9:10am – 9:30am

Opening Keynote & Officiating Speech

  • Dato' Haji Mohd. Noorazam Bin Dato' Haji Osman, Mayor of Johor Bahru City

9:30am – 9:40 am

SME Guidebook Launch

  • Shanta Helena Dwarkasing, Director of Programs, UNGCMYB

9:40am – 10:10am

Fireside 1: Identifying and Seizing Opportunities

  • Mr. Nicholas Piggott, Co-CEO, Nutrition Technologies

  • Interviewed by Ms. Jess Yeoh, Lead of Research & Advocacy, UNGCMYB

10:10am – 10:40am        Break 

10:40am – 11:40am

Panel 1: Overcoming the Challenges and Accelerating the Sustainability Journey

  • Ms. Nargis Banu Kamal, Managing Director, ZincGrey Malaysia

  • Mr. Tham Chee Aun, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ditrolic Energy

  • Mr. Kiran Kumar, Senior Vice President (SVP), Biocon

  • Moderated by  Mr. Abel Benjamin Lim, Head of Development Economics, Bait Al Amanah

11:40am – 11:55am

Keynote 2: GLCs Embracing ESG and Influencing Change in Supply Chain

  • Datuk Syed Mohamed Bin Syed Ibrahim, President & CE, JCORP

11:55am – 12:30pm

Fireside 2:  Building Sustainable Supply Chain and Townships

  • Mr. Gerard Soosay, CEO, Sunway Iskandar

  • Interviewed by Ms. Lindy Tan, Executive Director of BCB Berhad

12:30pm – 1:30pm        Lunch Break 

1:30pm – 1:45pm

Keynote 3: ESG Emphasis to Drive Sustainability in Organisations

  • Mr. Marco Neelsen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Port of Tg Pelepas (PTP)

1:45pm – 2:45pm

Panel 2: Talent Sustainability – A New Attraction

  • Dr. Kamal Amzan, CEO, Gleneagles Medini

  • Dr. Sakina Sofia, Operations Director, EduCity Iskandar

  • Mr. Kian Hoe Seah, CEO of Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd

  • Moderated by  Ms. Adeline Chng, Senior Manager, Damansara Assets Sdn Bhd

2:45 pm – 3:15pm

Fireside 3: Reaching the SME Grassroots with Sustainability

  • Mr. Peter Chua, Local Chapter President, JCI Johor Bahru Entrepreneur

  • Interviewed by Kay Moris, Managing Partner, START IIX Sdn Bhd

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Keynote 4: Improving Sustainability Stamina to Stay On-track

  • Ms. Shanta Helena Dwarkasing, Director of Programs, UNGCMYB

3:30pm – 3:45pm        Tea Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Panel 3: Green Financing and Sustainable Grants for SMEs

  • Mr. Roy Heong Beng Wai, Head of Strategic Partnership & Innovation, Alliance Bank

  • Ms. Dafinah Hilmi, Director and Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad

  • Ms. Zakiah Mat Esa, Head of Sustainability & Strategic Management, SME Bank

  • Moderated by Mr. Manohar Johnson, Assurance Partner, PwC

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Closing Keynote: Agility is the New Era of Business

5.00pm        End of Festival

All speakers, panelists, and organisations are subject to change.  




Knowledge Partners

Supporting Partner

Online Tutorial



Knowledge, Learning & Development:

The Challenge For Small and Medium Enterprises To Thrive In The New Normal

Most SMEs disappear in their early years because they do not have the ability to understand and respond to the challenges of global competitiveness, but as soon as they disappear, other enterprises are also created, and that gives a compensation effect, where the learning curve is cyclic. With the new normal brought on by the pandemic, the global climate emergency is expected to further disrupt

the business landscape to fundamentally change it for good. To compete, SMEs need to continuously upgrade their skills and knowledge as weapons of differentiation that can support their decisions, the successful implementation of best practices, and the development of better future positions.


The SME SDG Festival Workshops seek to introduce to the SME public, cutting-edge content that is most pertinent to the emerging landscape. Access to the 3-day Learning and Development event is FREE.

Workshop Programme


9th November (Wednesday) - 11th November (Friday)  •  9.00 am – 6.00 pm {Malaysian time}
Workshop Day 1: 9th November (Wednesday)

9:00am – 11:00am

Workshop 1: Pivoting Towards Building a Sustainable Business - Part 1

  • Eden Strategy Institute

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Workshop 2: Pivoting Towards Building a Sustainable Business - Part 2

  • Eden Strategy Institute

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop 3: Utilizing Hybrid Business Processes for Sustainability - Part 1

  • EY Malaysia

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Break

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Workshop 4: Utilizing Hybrid Business Processes for Sustainability - Part 2

  • EY Malaysia

Workshop Day 2: 10th November (Thursday)

9:00am – 11:00am

Workshop 5: Communicating Your Sustainability Practices - Part 1

  • Institute of Public Relations Malaysia

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Workshop 6: Communicating Your Sustainability Practices - Part 2

  • Institute of Public Relations Malaysia

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop 7: Sustainable Business Performance Monitoring and Reporting - Part 1

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Break

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Workshop 8: Sustainable Business Performance Monitoring and Reporting - Part 2

Workshop Day 3: 11th November (Friday)

9:00am – 11:00am

Workshop 9: Financing to Help your Sustainability Journey - Part 1

  • Alliance Bank

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Workshop 10: Financing to Help your Sustainability Journey - Part 2

  • Alliance Bank

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop 11: Sustainable Business Strategy - Part 1

  • Taylor's University

4:00pm &