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Malaysia's Biggest
SME Sustainability Event
Of The Year

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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.

/ HIGHLIGHTS

1 day conference with topics that matter!

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

6 Cutting-edge Workshops

Available!

Sustainable

SME showcase

 
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SME SDG FESTIVAL

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8th November

 

Opero Hotel Southkey, Johor Bahru

 

9.00 am – 5.00 pm {Malaysian time}

(Physical Event)

SME SDG WORKSHOPS

9th - 11th November

 

9.00 am – 6.00 pm

{Malaysian time}

3 Day Series

(Virtual)

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.

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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 :
Shades of Blue

awareness among SMES

towards advancing

the Sustainable Development Goals

Shades of Blue

ACTIVATE

SDG action among SMEs to

incorporate sustainability

practices within their operations and strategies.

Shades of Blue

ACCELERATE

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

AWAKEN

SUSTAINABILITY TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Sustainability Trade

Sustainable Supply Chain

Climate Action

Prosperous Work

Innovation For Circular Economy

Strategy & Leadership

Futures Thinking - The World SMEs Need

 
Virtual Team Meeting

THE FESTIVAL AGENDA

 

THE 1 DAY SME SDG FESTIVAL

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

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration

9:00am – 9:10am

SME SDG FEST 2022 - #LEVELUP Welcome Remarks

  • Mr. Faroze Nadar, Executive Director, UNGCMYB

9:10am – 9:20am

Opening Keynote

9:30am – 9:40 am

Keynote 1: SMEs Are the Lifeblood of a Sustainable Economy

9:40am – 10:10am

Fireside 1: Identifying and Seizing Opportunities

10:10am – 10:40am        Break 

10:40am – 11:40am

Panel 1: Overcoming the Challenges and Accelerating the Sustainability Journey

  • Ms. February Yoon, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Pos Malaysia

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

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

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

  • Interviewer:  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

2:45 pm – 3:15pm

Fireside 3: Reaching the SME Grassroots with Sustainability

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Keynote 4: Improving Sustainability Stamina to Stay On-track

  • Ms. Shanta Helena Dwarkasing, Program Director, UNGCMYB

3:30pm – 3:45pm        Tea Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Panel 3: Green Financing and Sustainable Grants for SMEs

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Closing Keynote: Agility is the New Era of Business

  • Dato’ Dr. Badrul Hisham Kassim, CE of IRDA

5:00pm – 5:05pm

Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Edey Suresh, Johor State Director, UNGCMYB

5.05pm        End of Festival

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

9:20am – 9:30am

Officiating Speech

 

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

Online Tutorial

THE WORKSHOPS (Virtual)

 

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.

 

THE 3 DAY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

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

9:00am – 11:00am

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

  • Eden Strategy Institute

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Series 1: Pivoting Towards Building a Sustainable Business - Part 2

  • Eden Strategy Institute

2:00pm – 4:00pm

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

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Workshop 1: Utilizing Hybrid Business Processes for Sustainability - Part 2

Workshop Day 2: 10th November (Thursday) - #LEVELUP: ACTIVATE

9:00am – 11:00am

Series 2: Communicating Your Sustainability Practices - Part 1

  • IPRM

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Series 2: Communicating Your Sustainability Practices - Part 2

  • IPRM

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop 2: Sustainable Business Performance Monitoring and Reporting - Part 1

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm

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

Workshop Day 3: 11th November (Friday) - #LEVELUP: ACCELERATE

9:00am – 11:00am

Series 3: Financing to Help your Sustainability Journey - Part 1

11:00am – 11:15am    Break

11:15am – 1:00pm

Series 3: Financing to Help your Sustainability Journey - Part 2

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Workshop 3: Addressing Challenges and Embracing Solutions - Part 1

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Workshop 3: Addressing Challenges and Embracing Solutions - Part 2

All workshop sessions are subject to change.

Keyboard and Mouse

REGISTRATION

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SME SDG FESTIVAL

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8th November

 

Opero Hotel Southkey, Johor Bahru

 

9.00 am – 5.00 pm {Malaysian time}

(Physical Event)

Register to Receive Your Complimentary Pass for the conference. Limited Seats Available!

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

For the SME SDG workshops, please register using the respective workshop registration links found on workshop programme.