KUCHING: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) wishing to incorporate sustainability best practices into their operations will now find it easier with the SME-Sustainable Development Goals (SME-SDG) toolkit, a step-by-step guide to help SMEs approach sustainability.

Sarawak Energy Bhd (Sarawak Energy), in collaboration with United Nations (UN) Global Compact Malaysia and Brunei, launched the SME-SDG toolkit during the GO ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) Asean Corporate Sustainability Virtual Summit 2020 yesterday.

The free SME-SDG online toolkit is designed to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs 2030.

In a statement today, Sarawak Energy said the step-by-step guide incorporates a suite of tools, guides and other resources for SMEs to steer them towards a more sustainable business model.

“This toolkit is jointly developed with the objective of guiding SMEs on key sustainability processes while building business resilience in facing challenges post-Covid-19.

“At Sarawak Energy, we are guided by the UN SDGs and we are continuously striving to embed sustainability practices in our business system.

“We believe in maximising the positive impact of our operations while minimising any negative impact on society and the environment,” said Sarawak Energy group chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili.

Meanwhile, UN Global Compact Network Malaysia executive director Faroze Nadar said SMEs have one major advantage over bigger organisations in addressing sustainability issues.

“Their size provides them the agility to react very quickly to changes in the fluid business environment, but they are disadvantaged by the lack of information on marketplace changes that make sustainability an opportunity to innovate, build resilience and thrive in the transforming global economy.

“The toolkit provides SMEs with all the necessary tools and guide to close that gap,” he said.

The SME-SDG Toolkit is developed around a fit-for-purpose framework to enable SMEs to create their unique sustainability roadmap. The framework is a four-step process encompassing Mission, Activity, Justifying and Upgrading (MAJU) components designed as a complete sustainability management suite for SMEs. – Bernama

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