Sime Darby, Unilever overall winners of SBA

This article was originally published by The Star and is republished with permission.

PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby Plantation Bhd and Unilever Malaysia were the overall winners of the 2018 Sustainable Business Awards (SBA), with consistent performance across the 12 categories.

The winning companies of the SBA, which saw almost 60 of Malaysia’s largest companies and SMEs entering the awards, were announced in the presence of Minister of Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Yeo Bee Yin yesterday.

“Malaysia’s sustainability leadership is evident in this year’s awards, both in terms of business engagement as well as a country, leading by example in the region,” said Global Initiatives’ CEO Tony Gourlay in a press release yesterday.

It said that 77% of the winners were local enterprises and that this signals an encouraging beginning for the awards in Malaysia.

The SBA is organised by Global Initiatives in collaboration with PwC Malaysia, Nova Fusion and Control Union and is the region’s leading sustainable award platform since 2012 recognising outstanding leadership in sustainable business practices. The SBA has been run in Indonesia and Singapore for the past seven years, but this is the first year the awards is being held in Malaysia.

“It is great to see companies from various industries share a common goal in managing sustainability and working towards achieving the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. It is also evident that leaders of these companies are continuing to demonstrate their commitment towards improving their sustainability journey,” Partner and Sustainability & Climate Change Leader, PwC Malaysia Andrew Chan said.