Sarawak Energy Receives Asia Level Recognition For Sustainability: Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019 Award

KUCHING, 13 SEPTEMBER 2019, FRIDAY: Sarawak Energy’s sustainability effort continues to build momentum and gain credibility in the international community when the energy development corporation and power utility was recently recognised at a regional level by CSRWorks International, a leading organisation for sustainability.

Sarawak Energy’s long-term strategies are guided by the vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable, renewable energy.

Aisah Eden, Sarawak Energy’s recently retired Executive Vice President for Corporate Services, was awarded Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen 2019 at the Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit 2019 held in Singapore recently.

The annual listing highlights exceptional female sustainability leaders in Asia. For 2019, a total of 126 nominations were received from 15 countries.

Aisah is Malaysia’s only recipient from the final 25 chosen for 2019 from across Asia. Other recipients included sustainability leaders from India, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore, in recognition for leading change through sustainability strategies and initiatives.

She received the award from Timothy J. Mohin, Chief Executive of Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI). Also present were Asthildur Hjaltadottir, Director Regions and Programs Implementation of Global Reporting Initiative and Rajesh Chhabara, Managing Director CSRWorks International.

Aisah is known for her dedication and work in leading the commitment to and building the credentials of sustainability within the corporation and beyond.

Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer, commended Aisah’s commitment and role in driving sustainability efforts within Sarawak Energy.

“Sarawak Energy is working towards embedding sustainability into the core of our projects and operations. Under Puan Aisah’s leadership, we made great strides in building the systems, processes and ultimately, corporate acceptance necessary towards achieving this,” he explained.

“Congratulations to Puan Aisah and the team for this recognition of their work in driving the sustainability agenda in Sarawak Energy,” Sharbini said.

Prior to her retirement, Aisah had served the company for 35 years in various capacities. During her most recent role in heading Corporate Services, Aisah’s leadership was key in driving Sarawak Energy’s sustainability agenda and aligning the corporation’s sustainability reporting initiative with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This has been endorsed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international non-governmental organisation that developed the widely used framework for sustainability reporting.

“Thank you to the organising committee and judges from the Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit 2019 for this award. It is truly an honour to be recognised through such a prestigious and meaningful award of how a company like Sarawak Energy manages and operates responsibly to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generation to also sustain,” she said.

“I believe this recognition will continue to motivate the team to build awareness of how crucial it is to have this discipline embedded at all levels of Sarawak Energy’s operations to benefit the company for the long-term future,” she concluded.

Aisah was also instrumental in helping to build the Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio of Sarawak Energy, and initiated the formation of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol Internal Assessment Team to further enhance international sustainable best practices into Sarawak Energy’s hydropower development.

As a champion of female talent development and empowerment, Aisah helped to form the Sarawak Energy Leading Women Network (SELWN) with a target to achieve 30% women leaders in Sarawak Energy in alignment with SDG No. 5 on Gender Equality & Women Empowerment. As part of this, she sat as an advisory panel member of Malaysia Women in Energy (MyWiE), an advocacy group to champion equal opportunity for women in the energy sector.

Aisah was a panelist at the International Women's Day Forum organised by the United Nations earlier this year. She is also a speaker and panelist on women empowerment at various forums organised by LeadWomen, the 30% Club Malaysia and the Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason (PCORE), to name a few.

Sarawak Energy also received awards in the following categories this year: Best Strategy and Sustainability Management; Best UN Sustainable Development Goals and a special recognition for Sustainability in the Community at the prestigious Sustainable Business Awards Malaysia for 2018 organised by Global Initiatives.

Aisah Eden received Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen Recognition from Timothy J. Mohin, Chief Executive of Global Reporting Initiatives and Asthildur Hjaltadottir, Director Regions and Programs Implementation of Global Reporting Initiative and Rajesh Chhabara, Managing Director of CSRWorks International during the Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit.

Group photo of Aisah Eden (back; 4th from right) together with the other representatives from 15 countries who received Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen award.

Aisah Eden and team Sarawak Energy which includes Jiwari Abdullah, General Manager for CSR and Sustainability (3rd from right) and Mohamad Irwan Aman, Senior Manager for Sustainability (2nd from left) with Rajesh Chhabara (4th right).