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CIMB is the first home-grown bank to collaborate with Bursa Malaysia on #Financing4ESG, an initiative that aims to improve environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) performance among Malaysian Public Listed Companies (“PLCs”). 

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 (Bernama) -- Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia” or the “Exchange”) and CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“CIMB” or “the Group”) today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to accelerate the adoption of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices among Malaysian Public Listed Companies (“PLCs”) through the #financing4ESG initiative. Through this MoU, CIMB will become the first home-grown bank to collaborate with the Exchange on #financing4ESG.

Under the MoU, CIMB will collaborate with Bursa Malaysia to offer sustainable finance offerings for Malaysian PLCs in alignment with the ratings model of the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia (“F4GBM”) index. The collaboration aims to help Malaysian PLCs improve their sustainability performance and ratings for inclusion into the index, and at the same time support their transition towards more sustainable business practices through various green, social, sustainable impact products and services (“GSSIPS”) offered by the Group.

As part of the collaboration, Bursa Malaysia will also coordinate joint engagement and onboarding sessions for eligible PLCs together with CIMB on the F4GBM framework, as well as the Group’s solutions under its GSSIPS Framework. These solutions may include CIMB’s existing ESG offerings such as sustainability-linked loans (“SLLs”) and sustainability-linked treasury solutions for corporate clients, which encourage sustainable practices by providing financial incentives to the clients based on their achievement of pre-agreed sustainability performance targets (“SPTs”). CIMB may also reference the F4GBM framework and ratings model in structuring sustainabilitylinked transactions with the relevant SPTs for corporates that seek to raise financing or enter into a derivative transaction whilst also strengthening their ESG adoption.

“As ESG compliance and disclosure have become a global demand, we are pleased to have CIMB together with us on our journey to enable Malaysian PLCs to become regional leaders in the ESG space,” said Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia. “Being one of the largest banks in Malaysia, CIMB is in a position of influence to encourage its clients to adopt ESG best practices.” 

Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Group said, “CIMB is pleased to join the #financing4ESG initiative by Bursa Malaysia, as it is critical for the financial sector to encourage ESG adoption within the corporate sector through sustainable finance. This will help to enhance the long-term resilience and competitiveness of Malaysian businesses, and at the same time support the transition towards a net-zero economy. This strategic collaboration is firmly in line with CIMB’s sustainability agenda under our Forward23+ strategic plan. We look forward to working closely with Bursa Malaysia and engaging Malaysian PLCs towards advancing our shared sustainability agenda, and in doing so support the Malaysian Government’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.” 

Complementing the sustainable finance focus of #financing4ESG, CIMB also aims to improve PLCs’ understanding and ability to manage supply chain risks, including through capacitybuilding, financing or other value-add services. CIMB has already been supporting small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in this area through CIMB GreenBizReady, a comprehensive programme which provides SMEs with the knowledge, tools and support to incorporate ESG practices into their businesses.

In 2021, CIMB announced enhanced sustainability commitments in line with its ambition to become an ASEAN sustainability leader. These include among others the Group’s commitment to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions including scope 3 financed emissions by 2050, as well as its target to mobilise RM30 billion in sustainable finance under its GSSIPS Framework by 2024.

The #financing4ESG initiative sets the foundation for Bursa Malaysia to collaborate with other ecosystem players to advance the nation’s ESG adoption, which is in line with the Exchange’s vision to be a leading sustainable and globally connected marketplace.

PLCs interested in learning more about the initiative or improving their general ESG practices may contact the Exchange’s Index & Sustainable Business unit via email at

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CIMB signs an MoU with Bursa Malaysia on #financing4ESG aimed to improve Malaysian Public Listed Companies’ (PLCs) ESG adoption practices. (L-R) Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia with Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group CEO of CIMB Group at the exchange of MoU today.

About Bursa Malaysia

Bursa Malaysia is an exchange holding company incorporated in 1976 and listed in 2005, and has grown to be one of the largest bourses in ASEAN today. Bursa Malaysia operates and regulates a fully-integrated exchange offering a comprehensive range of exchange-related facilities, and is committed to Creating Opportunities, Growing Value. Learn more at 

About CIMB

CIMB is one of ASEAN’s leading banking groups and Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider, by assets. Listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, it had a market capitalisation of approximately RM55.3 billion as at 31 December 2021. It offers consumer banking, commercial banking, wholesale banking, transaction banking, Islamic banking and asset management products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is present in all 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Philippines). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, the US and UK.

CIMB has one of the most extensive retail branch networks in ASEAN with 630 branches and around 33,000 employees as at 31 December 2021. CIMB’s investment banking arm is one of the largest Asia Pacificbased investment banks, which together with its award-winning treasury & markets and corporate banking units comprise the Group’s leading wholesale banking franchise. CIMB is also the 92.5% shareholder of Bank CIMB Niaga in Indonesia, and 94.8% shareholder of CIMB Thai in Thailand 

Source: CIMB Group

Name: Anwar Mahbob
Group Strategic Communications
Bursa Malaysia Berhad 
Tel: +603 2034 7271
Fax: +603 2732 6160

Name: Hishamuddin Omar
Group Corporate Communications
CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

Name: Anis Azharuddin
Group Corporate Communications
CIMB Group Holdings Berhad



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