Global Business Leadership Awards - 25 April 2019

Thirty-two winners were crowned during the recently held 2019 Global Business Leadership Awards with winner spanning all over the region.

The Award were in conjunction with the 11th Asia Pacific CSR Council Forum, themed “Advocating Sustainability as the New Normal for Business Growth”.

The aim of the awards was to promote the idea of Corporate Sustainability, and Corporate Responsibility as a Holistic approach for business development on a global scale, while at the same time, enhance the awareness for sustainable development within the business community and society.

The objective of the awards was to recognise leaders who had excelled in corporate sustainability, giving them a competitive leadership advantage.

Additionally, the awards recognise winners who serve to be benchmarks as exemplar of sustainable business practices to other organisations in accordance to SDGs.

Also, it created a network of professionals and practitioners committed to furthering the sustainability agenda on a global scale.

There are a total of five areas that the judges look at when it comes to determining the winner of the Awards.

The first materiality which determines if the applicant to the award has considered relevant sustainability factors. Next the panel of judges look at the stakeholder engagement which determines if the applicant has taken various stakeholder views and concerns into consideration.

Next, they will assess the economic performance of the company with regard to mitigating impacts as sustainability trends on a company’s finance and contribution to local and national economy.

The last two items that fall under the purview of the panel is environmental and social. For the former, the judges look at the performance of the applicant with regard to resource use, while for the latter, they assess the performance with regard to labour management, human rights and impacts on society.

In a foreword message, Chris Daniel Wong, Organising Chairman said: “Our ambition is to grow our business while focusing on preserving the planet, progressing people and perpetuating participatory progress because we believe in better communities and a better future for everyone.”

Additionally, he adds that the organisers of the Award recognised that companies are at different stages in their sustainability journeys.

“Many already understand the importance of the SDGs and how their work relates to them. But others go further, by strategically aligning their sustainability work with the SDGs, thus addressing their own positive and negative impacts, while also promoting innovative thinking,” he said.

Meanwhile, Roger Wong, the President of the Asia Pacific CSR Council said in a foreword that he believed that if all businesses were conducted in a globally responsible manner, a different could be made, thus creating a positive impact on the environment.

The event took place at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, and was graced by His Royal Highness Tengku Hishamuddin Zaizi, Royal Family Member of Selangor and Kelantan, while the Head of Trade and Economic Relations from the European Union Delegation to Malaysia, Mr. Nicolas Dross was in attendance along with the others panel of judges.