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SME SDG FESTIVAL 2021

Digital Sustainability Festival
for Malaysian MSMEs

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Malaysia's Biggest Virtual 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 – all through a virtual exposition platform.

/ HIGHLIGHTS

1 day virtual conference with topics that matter!

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

16 Cutting-edge Workshops

Available!

Sustainable

SME showcase

 
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SME SDG CONFERENCE

8th November

 

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

{Kuala Lumpur time}

Keynotes, Parallel Sessions & Fireside Spotlights

Registration Closed

SME SDG WORKSHOPS

9th - 12th November

 

9.00 am – 5.30 pm

{Kuala Lumpur time}

Knowledge, Learning & Development: The Challenge of Small and Medium Enterprises to Thrive in the New Normal

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

1st - 30th November

9.00 am - 9.00 pm

{Kuala Lumpur time}

30 Days

Automatic access for all registered conference participants.

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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Helping SMEs Rise to the Challenge

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 virtual conference and the 4 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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INSPIRE

SDG action among SMEs to

incorporate sustainability

practices within their operations and strategies.

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INCREASE

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

ELEVATE
The Event Framework Strategy 

Based on the Malaysian-derived and Oxford-acknowledged MAJU Framework, the SME SDG Festival has been designed around this framework to help SMEs identify and leverage sustainability as a source for growth and adapt to globalisation.

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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

 
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THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

THE 1 DAY SME SDG CONFERENCE

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

9:00 am – 9:05 am

SME SDG FESTIVAL 2021 Welcome Remarks

  • Ms. Miriam Fischer, Director in Malaysia Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

  • Mr. Faroze Nadar, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

9:05 am – 9:15 am

Opening Keynote & Launch: What’s Coming Next: Optimising SME Growth in a Challenging Decade

  • YB Tan Sri Noh Omar, Minister of Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Malaysia

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Fireside 1: Business Agility: Sustainable Business Growth in the New Normal

  • Mr. Alizakri Alias, Chairman of Malaysia Venture Capital Management

  • Interviewer: Mr. Jeevan Rajoo, Country Head of Tata Consultancy Services Malaysia

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Keynote 1: Leveraging IR4.0 for The Net Zero Economy

  • H.E Ambassador Dr. Peter Blomeyer, German Ambassador to Malaysia

10:00 am – 10:30 am        Break / Virtual Exhibition Visits

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Panel 1: MISSION POSSIBLE: Behind the Challenges – Are Sustainability Opportunities Real? 

  • Mr. Sharmel Jehangir Ali, Head of Sustainability of PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB)

  • Ms. Marian Dang, Sustainability Manager of H&M for South East Asia

  • Mr. Aaron Saw, Head of Policy and Technical of ACCA Maritime Southeast Asia

  • Mr. S. Jai Shankar, Director & Sustainable Lead of MATRADE

  • Moderator: Mr. Edey Suresh, Johor State Director of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

11:30 am – 11:40 am

Keynote 2: Building SME Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage

  • Mr. Rizal Nainy, CEO of SME Corp. Malaysia

12:10 pm – 1:10 pm

Panel 2:  Investing and Financing the Green Economy

(Brought to you by Alliance Bank Sustainability Series)

  • Ms. Fozia Amanulla, Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Corporate Banking & Business Development Officer of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad

  • Mr. Wong Chiun Chiek, Senior Executive Vice President, Bursa Data Business of Bursa Malaysia Berhad

  • Ms. Elina Jani, Senior Director for Business Development of Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC)

  • Mr. Mohamad Rizatuddin, Partnerships and Development Finance Officer of UN Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

  • Moderator: Mr. Manohar Johnson, Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm        Lunch Break / Virtual Exhibition Visits

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel 3: Preparing for the Next Big Shift – The Trends, Pitfalls and Response 

  • Mr. Lee Siu Ming, Senior Analyst, Socioeconomics and Statistics of Penang Institute

  • Ms. Arina Kok, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services of EY Malaysia

  • Ms. Adrienna Zsakay, CEO of Circular Asia Association

  • Moderator: Datuk Tan Yew Sing, President of Malaysia-China Chambers of Commerce

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Fireside 3: Sustainability through Procurement Digitalisation

  • Ms. Madinah Bt Abang, GM, Contract & Procurement Governance of Sarawak Energy Berhad

  • Interviewer: Mr. Faroze Nadar, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm        Break / Virtual Exhibition Visits

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Panel 4: SME Digital Revolution – Thriving in the Changing Business Landscape

  • Dr. Farouk Abdullah, Chief Digital Officer of Berjaya Corp

  • Mr. Wilson Low, CEO of Wilstech Sdn Bhd

  • Ms. Kausalya Gopal, Director of Economics and Policy Division of SME Corp. Malaysia

  • Ms. Aiza Azreen Ahmad, Chief Digital Business Officer of MDEC

  • Moderator: Ms. Shanta Helena Dwarkasing, Associate Director of Programs of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote: Talent Deficit – Overcoming Hurdles to Innovation and Digitalisation

  • Y.Bhg Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Former Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia

5:00 pm – 5:05 pm

SME SDG FESTIVAL 2021 Closing Remarks

  • Hajah Siti Aisah Bt Adenan, Senior VP, Corporate Services of Sarawak Energy Berhad

  • Mr. Ramesh Kana, Chairperson of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

5:05 pm        End of Conference / Virtual Exhibition Visits

All speakers, panelists, and organisations are subject to change.        (* Tentative)

11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Fireside 2: The Rise of Green Growth Entrepreneurs: Plus Xnergy's Journey

  • Mr. Ko Chuan Zhen, Group CEO & Co-Founder of Plus Xnergy Holding

  • Interviewer: Ms. Jess Yeoh, Lead, Research and Advocacy of UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UNGCMYB)

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

 
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THE WORKSHOPS

 

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 4-day Learning and Development event is FREE.

 

THE 4 DAY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

9th November (Tuesday) - 12th November (Friday)  •  9.00 am – 5.30 pm {Kuala Lumpur time}
Workshop Day 1: 9th November (Tuesday)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop: Building Business Resilience Through Prioritised SDGs

Hosted by: EY Malaysia

Registration Closed

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MAJU Series 1 (Part 1): MISSION: Ready, Get Set. 

Hosted by: UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei

Registration Closed

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop: A Sustainable Supply Chain: The Role of SMEs

Hosted by: Capital Markets Malaysia (CMM)

Registration Closed
Workshop Day 2: 10th November (Wednesday)

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Workshop:  The Hard Reset: Building resilience for SMEs post-Covid-19

Hosted by: Eden Strategy Institute

Registration Closed

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Workshop:  Applying Sustainability in SMEs

Hosted by: Taylor's University

Registration Closed

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

MAJU Series 1 (Part 2): MISSION: Ready, Get Set.

Hosted by: UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei

Registration Closed

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop: SMEs and Climate Action: The path towards sustainable transformation 

Hosted by: ACCA

Registration Closed
Workshop Day 3: 11th November (Thursday)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop: Future Proof Enterprise: Scenario Planning Around The Megatrends

Hosted by: EY Malaysia

Registration Closed

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

MAJU Series 2: ACTIVITY, JUSTIFY AND UPGRADE, Raising the Bar

Hosted by: UN Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei

Registration Closed

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop: Design It – The Fundamental Of Design Thinking

Hosted by: TCS Malaysia

Registration Closed

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop: Developing Agile Culture for SME 

Hosted by: Leap Leadership Academy

Registration Closed

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshop: Human Rights Due Diligence - Why 'Business As Usual' Needs To Change

Hosted by: BCSD Malaysia

Registration Closed
Workshop Day 4: 12th November (Friday)

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Workshop: The New Normal: Workplace Gender Equality

Hosted by: The Human Conversation Pte Ltd

Registration Closed

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop: Women in Leadership

Hosted by: The Human Conversation Pte Ltd

Registration Closed

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop: Introduction to ESG for SMEs

Hosted by: Eden Strategy Institute

Registration Closed

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Workshop: Waste-as-a-Resource Workshop

Hosted by: Circular Asia Association

Registration Closed

All workshop sessions are subject to change.

 

partnerS

Sarawak Energy Berhad
KAS
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KNOWLEDGE partners

TCS
CMM
Taylor's University
Circular Asia
Leap Leadership Academy
ACCA
Eden Strategy Institute
BCSD Malaysia
Human Conversation
EY
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Supporting partners

MDBC
MPMA
CGM
Insha Holdings
MABC
BMCC
ICDM
MAGIC
MCCC
MACD
Malaysian Dutch Business Council
SME Corp
CEO Action Network
MDEC
Penang Green Council
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SUPPORTED BY

MATRADE
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SME SDG CONFERENCE

8th November

 

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

{Kuala Lumpur time}

Keynotes, Parallel Sessions & Fireside Spotlights

Registration Closed

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION

1st - 30th November

9.00 am - 9.00 pm

{Kuala Lumpur time}

30 Days

Automatic access for all registered conference participants.

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.