[PRESS RELEASE] Walking The Talk On Corporate Sustainability


Top corporate CEOs share their strategies on running a business in a sustainable manner.

KUALA LUMPUR (MARCH 7TH 2016) — EcoKnights, a not-for-profit environmental organization, in strategic partnership with Sunway Group, Institute Darul Ridzuan and the CIMB Foundation, presents the “Sustainability: Going beyond Just Ideas” forum and panel discussion.

The forum and panel discussion will be held at Sunway Tambun, Ipoh, on 21st April 2016, in conjunction with the global Earth Day celebrations (22nd April). The forum will start at 9 am and end at 5 pm, and will trigger intellectually stimulating dialogue with distinguished players sharing their approaches on practicing sustainability in their business operations and strategies.

The aim of the forum is to provide a platform for business owners, managers, self-employed business individuals, NGOs, academia, social entrepreneurs, among others, to widen their perspectives on sustainability in their businesses.

Among the speakers are the chief executive officer of Truly Loving Company (TLC) Julia Chong, managing director of Tanamera Tropical Spa Products, Faisal Fadzil, Sustainability Director of Lendlease Malaysia, Managing Director of Ziboosa, Shazila Ghazi, Managing Director of Frangipani Spa and Resort Hotel, Anthony Wong.  The Forum will also feature a keynote address by the Datuk Nolee Ashilin Radzi, the Perak State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Health and Culture.

The Forum is set to offer participants with a wealth of new ideas, new solutions and new opportunities to nurture and grow a sustainable business while enhancing stakeholder value and generating shareholder wealth, in today’s dynamic environment.

For more information or to register for the “Sustainability: Going beyond Just Ideas” forum, kindly log on to www.ecoknights.org.my/clf or contact Fikri Haikal at +603.7731.8361 or email them at haikal@ecoknights.org.my.



Right up to 2015 Malaysia experienced high levels of economic growth. At the same time, several macro tends have indicated that the economy is shifting the nature of global economic activity, including growing urbanization, the shift of economic activity from agriculture and industrial production to services, and lower barriers to the mobility of labour, financial capital, and products. Unfortunately these trends placed strong pressures on the environment and also on society. A particular concern is the pressure of the current economy on accelerating the consumption of natural resources and carbon emissions threaten the capacity of the planet to sustain human activity. At the same time, unemployment, especially among young people, social inequality and immobility threaten to erode the social fabric and stability of society. Finally, repeated corporate governance failures and a series of crises in the financial system have dramatically undermined trust in business on the part of civil society. These environmental, social, and governance challenges are calling into question the legitimacy of capitalism, as it is largely being practiced today, as the preferred socio-economic system. 

Business leaders are grappling with these issues, unsure of their expectations or responsibilities if there is no direct and immediate impact on profits. Policy makers have long recognized their role in regulating externalities, but are often unable to move with the agility and dexterity needed to address these issues. Social expectations around the role of the corporation in society are changing, but the power of social movements and the lack of consensus add greater uncertainty to already volatile business environments.

This is why we in EcoKnights believe that the time is right, in fact to some, it may be overdue, to hold a forum and discussion to explore how Malaysian corporate leaders today are addressing this concern and work progressively to instil sustainability by inventing new business strategies, models, processes and systems that maybe useful to top management personnel that will lead organizations in the 21stcentury. The aim of the forum (Sustainability: Going beyond Just Ideas) is to provide a platform for business owners, managers, self-employed business individuals, NGOs, academia, social entrepreneurs, among others, to widen their perspectives on sustainability in their businesses. The forum will also allow the esteemed speakers to share and discuss fundamental business issues such as:

  • How should companies rediscover their business models to succeed in a world with scarcer and more volatile production inputs? 
  • What types of innovation in processes, products, and business models could allow firms to improve simultaneously their financial as well as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance? 
  • How can business recover its reputation as an engine for economic and social prosperity and become a trustworthy institution? 
  • What is a potential new corporate governance model that could navigate and lead a corporation in the future? 
  • What is the role of investors and capital markets in catalysing progress towards more sustainable organizations?
  • What is the role of NGOs and how can they become more effective creating systemic change?
  • Could innovations in corporate reporting change managerial behaviours, beliefs and corporate culture, as well as decisions in the investment community and NGO campaigns?


EcoKnights® is a non-profit environmental organization that champions sustainable living and supports a community of film makers, and environmentalist who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. EcoKnights’ Board of Committee Members, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. EcoKnights serves the community through development-led interventions from education and awareness programs to research; and public participation programs to consultation. EK’s partners range from government agencies and communities to corporate agencies and NGOs. For more information about EcoKnights, log on to www.ecoknights.org.my

For further information, kindly contact: Fadly Bakhtiar, Program Director, fadly@ecoknights.org.my, 017 227 9270. 

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