Chartered Bankers Key to Driving ESG and Sustainability in Banking

As the sustainable revolution shapes Malaysia’s banking and financial sector, the development of skilled professionals is crucial to support financial institutions in their sustainability and green transition efforts.

Chartered Bankers play a vital role in driving positive change within the industry and supporting Bank Negara Malaysia’s initiatives to green the financial sector, as outlined in the 2022-2026 Financial Sector Blueprint.

The Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), the leading professional body for Malaysia’s banking industry, recently held its 6th Chartered Banker Conferment ceremony to recognize and honor 97 newly conferred Chartered Bankers who have successfully completed the internationally recognized professional banking qualification.

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman of AICB, emphasized the importance of embedding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into banking decisions. He highlighted the financial industry’s key role in supporting Malaysia’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and its aspiration to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Responsible bankers, according to Tan Sri Azman Hashim, contribute significantly to the economy and society.

AICB Chief Executive Edward Ling, said, “Attaining the internationally recognised professional banking designation, Chartered Banker, reflects a personal lifelong commitment to ethical professionalism, which is the key to achieving ESG goals and responsibilities as an industry. We remain committed to elevating the standards of professionalism and ethics in banking and building world-class capabilities for our bankers, with the strong ethical and social responsibilities expected of them.”

With over 700 members joining the guild of Chartered Bankers in Malaysia, the Chartered Banker status awarded by AICB in collaboration with the Chartered Banker Institute, UK, has gained significant recognition.

Ian Hardcastle, Chair of the Learning & Development Board, Chartered Banker Institute, UK, said, “As recent events have demonstrated, when economic conditions become tougher, core banking skills, high standards of ethical behaviour and professionalism — in areas such as credit, risk, and asset and liability management — are key to ensuring the safety and soundness of banks. Alongside digital finance and sustainable finance, two global megatrends shaping the future of banking, AICB and the Chartered Banker Institute, UK will continue to ensure that all our Chartered Bankers are equipped to successfully lead banks and banking for many years to come.”

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Front row, L-R: Public Bank Berhad MD/CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Tay Ah Lek, FCB; BNM Representative Mr Donald Joshua Jaganathan, FCB; Mr Ian Hardcastle, Chair of the Learning & Development Board, Chartered Banker Institute, UK; AICB Chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim, FCB; AICB Vice Chairman Dato’ Khairussaleh Ramli, FCB; Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad Independent Non-Executive Chairman Datuk Yvonne Chia, FCB; and Former AMMB Holdings Berhad Deputy Group CEO Datuk Mohamed Azmi Mahmood, FCB.

Back row, L-R: OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad Advisor Dato’ Ong Eng Bin, FCB; Hong Leong Investment Bank Group MD/CEO Lee Jim Leng, FCB; Hong Leong Bank Berhad Group MD/CEO Mr Domenic Fuda, FCB; IBH Investment Bank Limited MD & CEO Dato’ Howard Choo Kah Hoe, FCB; Maybank Investment Bank Berhad CEO Dato’ Fad’l Mohamed, FCB; CIMB Investment Bank Berhad ED/CEO Jefferi Mahmud Hashim, CB; RHB Bank Berhad Group MD/Group CEO Mr Mohd Rashid Mohamad, CB; United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad CEO Ng Wei Wei; Asian Banking School CEO Prof. Dr Colyn Gardner, FCBI; HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad Senior Independent Director Choo Yee Kwan, FCB; and AICB Chief Executive Mr Edward Ling.

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