Sarawak Energy recognised for excellence at Sustainable Business Awards Malaysia 2019

Sharbini (seventh left) poses for a group photo with senior management and the CSR and Sustainability team from Sarawak Energy.

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KUCHING, Nov 28: Sarawak Energy Bhd (Sarawak Energy)’s ongoing effort to embed sustainable practices into its business functions was recognised at the Sustainable Business Awards Malaysia 2019 with the award for ‘Best Overall’ for sustainability excellence.

In addition to that, the energy developer was also the winner in the Strategy and Sustainability Management, Energy Management, Climate Change category and received an award for Special Recognition in Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality.

Held for the second time in Malaysia, the event was organised by Global Initiatives and recognises companies who are leading in sustainable business best practices and for their commitment to embed sustainability into their long-term business strategies.

Earlier this year, Sarawak Energy received the Best Strategy and Sustainability Management Award, Best UN SDGs Award and a special recognition for Sustainability in the Community at the Sustainable Business Awards Malaysia 2018.

Group Chief Executive Officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili received the awards from Minister of Entrepreneur Development Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan.

“The road to sustainable growth and prosperity requires a commitment to continuous improvement across all our departments and performance benchmarking with the industry’s best. This is a good affirmation of the work that we do as we continue in our efforts to integrate sustainability in our decision making as well as how we manage and operate our business as a renewable energy provider,” Sharbini said in commenting on the awards, according to a press statement.

Corporate Services senior vice-president Siti Aisah Adenan, Project Delivery executive vice-president Pramod Kumar Karunakaran, Human Resources senior vice-president Dr Mak Met, CSR and Sustainability general manager Jiwari Abdullah and other members of the senior management team were at the event to join Sarawak Energy’s sustainability team which was led by Senior Manager Mohamad Irwan Aman.

According to the statement, after being shortlisted for the awards, Sarawak Energy went through a comprehensive assessment conducted by PwC Malaysia (PricewaterhouseCoopers), based on a framework developed in collaboration with stakeholders and leading global experts consistent with international best practices.

The results were then reviewed by the award’s National Advisory Panel inclusive of key representatives from Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), UN Global Compact Malaysia, Global Environment Centre, Control Union Malaysia, Global Initiatives and The Edge Media Group.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Energy and the Ministry of Utilities is organising the upcoming Sustainability and Renewable Energy Forum (SAREF) 2019 in Kuching from Dec 10 to 11.

The statement also revealed SAREF will serve as a platform for greater discussion on sustainability and renewable energy and how different stakeholders can work together to deliver the United Nations sustainable development goals by 2030.

The two-day forum will gather industry experts and champions of sustainability to discuss how governments, energy developers, utilities and communities can work together to build a sustainable energy future. — DayakDaily