Sustainable action is all about creating positive impacts through our day-to-day business. Our key focus is on promoting sustainability practices in our operations and processes across the group. We set various milestones and commit to initiate tangible steps for addressing sustainability challenges facing our business as well as our stakeholders. We also encourage our people to champion definitive action to mitigate negative impacts and create positive change within our circles of influence as well as the communities where we operate.

 

 

 

 

We recognise that the climate emergency is real. Global heating is affecting us, our clients’ businesses and communities that matter to us. In response, Governments in our key operating markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand are in the process of strategising their transition to low-carbon economies. Meanwhile, we are committed to work with our peers and other stakeholders to take a precautionary approach to managing the impacts of climate change. The immediate priority is to raise awareness and catalyse action on climate resilience in the financial sector.

 

As an official supporter of the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), we aim to fully align our climate-related disclosures with the TCFD recommendations by 2024.

Structured based on the TCFD core pillars of Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics & Targets, this section on Climate Change: Strategy and Risks marks CIMB’s first holistic endeavour to provide TCFD-aligned disclosures.

Through this, we seek to provide our stakeholders, and in particular our investors and clients, with decision-useful and up-to-date information on our climate risks and performance. This disclosure also reinforces our commitment to achieve net zero GHG Scope 1 & 2 emissions in our operations by 2030 and overall Net Zero GHG by 2050 (including Scope 3 and financed emissions).

 

Commitments

 

We are committed to carbon neutrality and the integration of sustainability considerations into decision making in our core business. As part of this Race to Zero commitment, we target to achieve net zero GHG Scope 1 and 2 emissions in our operations by 2030, with overall Net Zero emissions by 2050 including scope 3 and financed emissions.

 

We are a signatory to the Collective Commitment to Climate Action, and are committed to align our portfolios to reflect and finance the low-carbon, climate-resilient economy required to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, striving for 1.5 degrees Celsius. We commit to mobilise our products, services and relationships to help facilitate the economic transition necessary to achieve climate neutrality.

 

We are the first ASEAN bank to sign the industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA), a member of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ). The Alliance brings together banks representing over 40% of global banking assets, who are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with Net Zero emissions by 2050, along a 1.5 degree pathway. The Alliance works to reinforce, accelerate and support the implementation of decarbonisation strategies, providing an internationally coherent framework and guidelines, supported by peer-learning between pioneering banks.

Governance

 

In the context of climate governance, the Board is responsible for overseeing the management of climate-related matters. The Board is assisted primarily by the GSGC, a board sub-committee which was established in 2021. The Board is also supported by BRCC on climate risk appetite setting and management practices, AC on ensuring adequate internal control against climate risks, and the GNRC on Board-level climate competency, among others.

 

The Group Sustainability Council (GSC) assists the Group Chief Sustainability Officer in leading the development and successful execution of CIMB’s sustainability priorities, in line with strategic outcomes set by the Board, GSGC and/or Group CEO. The GSC’s roles and responsibilities include monitoring the sustainability risk profile of the Group’s business activities and ensuring the implementation of appropriate sustainability policies, procedures, and controls. The GSC reports to the Group Transformation Committee (GTC) which assists the Group CEO in directing and steering CIMB’s overall strategy, including sustainability, which is a key programme under CIMB’s Forward23+ strategy. The GSC also acts as the governing body for assets under CIMB’s own sustainability bonds.

 

At the working level, the Group Sustainability Division is responsible for driving the execution and implementation of group-wide climate measures, in collaboration with Business Units and Enablers. For instance, the Group Administration and Property Management team is responsible for reducing CIMB’s operational impacts on the climate, and the vulnerability of our facilities to physical climate risks. Supported by Group Sustainability, the team drives reduction of our environmental footprint, including GHG from energy use, water and waste.

 

Strategy

 

As a business, our physical assets and operations are exposed to climate-related risks, in particular physical risks, such as those arising from extreme flooding. However, as a financial institution, our greater exposure by far is indirect, primarily through our transactions and dealings with our clients, through which we are exposed to various sectors and geographies. It is therefore prudent to assess these climate-related risks, which could have significant impact to our clients, our business and the broader economy, and to take climate change considerations into account when setting our business strategies and risk appetite.

 

Risk Management

 

Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (PACTA)
 

Climate scenario analysis provides a means for us to cut through the complexity of climate-related risks and assess our exposure to such risks under a plausible range of climate scenarios. In 2021, we embarked on our first transition risk scenario analysis pilot using the Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment (PACTA) for Banks tool.

PACTA for Banks allows us to measure if we are channeling financial flows sufficiently towards a low-carbon economy pathway, by providing a 5-year forward looking portfolio alignment projection through a bottom-up analysis of clients’ production plans, based on their physical assets in the real economy.

To derive the forward-looking alignment results, we relied on the Asset-Based Company Dataset (ABCD) provided by 2DII’s data provider, Asset Resolution (AR). The ABCD contains 5-year production forecasts of approximately 40,000 companies globally, updated annually. CIMB’s corporate banking clients in Malaysia and Singapore, were matched with the ABCD, based on outstanding financing amount (i.e. defined as drawn amount in PACTA for Banks) as at 31 December 2020 (Portfolio), with a match success rate of 100% for Oil & Gas (Upstream), 98% for Power (Generation) and 7% for the Automotive (Car Manufacturing) sector.

 

Figure 1: Pilot Scope and Parameters


Through our discussions with internal stakeholders, as well as with selected clients, we have uncovered a number of analysis limitations and data gaps. For instance, results for the Automotive (Car Manufacturing) sector cannot be taken to represent our overall sector alignment, since data for only 7% of our exposure was represented on the ABCD. As such, this section should be read as the documenting of our pilot study, rather than a conclusive and concrete plan for the pilot sectors.

 

The table below provides an overview of the production trajectory alignment of selected portfolios in 2025:
 

Figure 2: Overview of production trajectory alignment of selected portfolios in 2025


This pilot has helped to build the groundwork for future work on portfolio-level scenario analysis and we plan to use results from PACTA for Banks as a risk management tool to monitor our portfolio alignment, inform our sector strategies and appetite limits, as an engagement tool for meaningful conversations with our clients, and potentially as an input for our climate target-setting and stress testing, as well as other strategic planning processes in the near future.


Scope 3 Financed Emissions
 

In 2021, we stepped up our climate pledge by targeting to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. As a financial institution, the vast majority of our greenhouse gas emissions come from Scope 3 emissions, notably in the form of “financed emissions”.

 

Considered as a Category 15 item of Scope 3 activities in the GHG Protocol, financed emissions are from financing of clients and investments that are attributable to us. Achieving Net Zero in our Scope 3 emissions means that our attributed exposure to clients’ emissions must be at least balanced by the same amount of carbon sequestration in our overall portfolio.

 

In order to achieve our target, we have started conducting analyses throughout our on-balance sheet financing which covers our Wholesale, Commercial and Consumer segments. Nine carbon intensive sectors (as defined by UNEP FI Collective Commitment to Climate Action) were selected for the analyses. These included agriculture; aluminum; cement; coal; commercial and residential real estate; iron and steel; oil and gas; power generation; and transport.

 

In these initial analyses, we are only taking into account the clients that are representing a significant majority of the exposure for each of the carbon-intensive sectors mentioned above. When compared to the Group’s gross loan, our disclosure represents 19%, 40% and 35% respectively for FY19, 20 and 21. The coverage is lower in 2021 as most of our clients have yet to provide their audited financial statements. 

 

To estimate the financed emissions, we used the PCAF (Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials) methodology which provides a harmonized approach towards assessing and disclosing the GHG emissions associated with our loans. The data listed in the tables below are based on PCAF Methodology, using total assets as the denominator and principal outstanding amount as attribution metric. Only businesses that are in the upstream segment of their sectors are included in the calculation of the financed emissions, i.e. the production and manufacturing segment.

 

While we aim to work with our clients’ verified self-reported emissions for our estimation of financed emissions, there is still a very big gap in terms of emissions reporting for companies in the ASEAN region. Where our client-reported emissions are missing, we estimated the emissions using proxies based on the company’s revenue figures. We have also included the PCAF data quality scores in the tables below which should provide an overview on our confidence with the estimated financed emissions.

 

We acknowledge that our data quality is in the lower spectrum but we do aspire to work closer with our clients to improve their GHG emissions calculation and reporting. Furthermore, our initial set of baseline may require updating as data availability changes over time and methodology and climate science evolve. 

 

 

Figure 3: Scope 3 Financed Emissions for FY2021

 

The total outstanding amount listed in Figure 3 represents 35% of CIMB Group’s gross loan for FY2021. 30 of our clients are included for Business Loans, Unlisted Equity and Listed Equity.

 

Figure 4: Scope 3 Financed Emissions for FY2020

 

The total outstanding amount listed in Figure 4 represents 40% of CIMB Group’s gross loan for FY2020. 149 of our clients are included for Business Loans, Unlisted Equity and Listed Equity.
 

Figure 5: Scope 3 Financed Emissions for FY2019

 

The total outstanding amount listed in Figure 5 represents 19% of CIMB Group’s gross loan for FY2019. 154 of our clients are included for Business Loans, Unlisted Equity and Listed Equity.

Metrics and Targets

 

We have begun to collate and report some climate-related data and targets, as shown in the initial dashboard below. Notwithstanding, we are cognisant of the necessity to build out our dashboard with more decision-useful data points for our stakeholders, especially our investors and clients.
 

In keeping with our sustainability agenda and sustainable workplace practices, we consciously manage the environmental footprint and/or social impact of our events, training sessions and meetings. The objectives are to design and deliver events that minimise energy consumption, reduce waste, and benefit disadvantaged and/or underrepresented communities and/or stakeholders who need support most. The aspiration is to gradually integrate various sustainability considerations into our standard operating procedures for all CIMB events. 

 

The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit

 

The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit is organised annually to raise awareness and inspire urgent and definitive action towards shaping a more responsible society and a less sweltering planet (hence "Cooler").

 

For our inaugral summit in 2019, we monitored and managed the environmental footprint of the event by incorporating various green features, including:

 

 

In 2020, the summit was held virtually, further reducing the carbon footprint and materials usage of the event.  We estimate that our total carbon emissions from all Summit related activities is 28.67 tCO2e or 0.010 tCO2e per delegate. We intend to offset five times or 120 tCO2e this year. 

 

Find out more about The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit 2020.

 

The Music Run

 

In 2019, The Music Run by CIMB became Malaysia's first carbon neutral mass participation event. In addition to embedding sustainability principles throughout the event, there were also various messages to raise sustainability awareness of more than 20,000 runners. Beyond raising awareness, this event featured the following:

 

The Cooler Earth Party

 

This is an annual event for the clients of CIMB Treasury and Markets. The 2019 theme centred around sustainability, with an objective to raise awareness of over 590 clients and their families. Sustainability highlights included:

 

  • Recycling awareness activities for children and adults
  • Recycling-themed Best Dress Contest
  • Full digital registrations (QR)
  • Decorations using natural items such as dried leaves, bamboo and preserved flowers. Zero sourcing of single-use material for the event including flyers, plastic, décor and backdrop
  • Go Green Memorabilia (coffee/tea thermos) to encourage reduction of disposable cups during and after the event
  • Dato' Zainal Abidin, the famous Malaysia singer, performed the song ‘Hijau’
  • Partnership with YTL SV carbon for managing and offsetting carbon footprint 

 

Best recycled dress contest: Participants in creative mix and match of classic old clothes, driving home the message to recycle and upcycle clothes and prevent them from going to the landfills.

Other Sustainable Events

 

Annual Management Summit (AMS)

 

The Group Annual Management Summit (AMS), saw a total of 300 senior management members from across the region (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the United Kingdom) who gathered to deliberate plans and strategies for 2020.

 

Sustainability was one of the key discussion topics, supported by dedicated breakout training sessions. Philippe Joubert, Founder & CEO of Earth on Board, delivered a session on sustainable business practices. Various sustainability aspects were considered in organising the event:

 

  • Full digital registration (QR) with minimal paper used
  • Usage of fully digital presentation screens (also promoted TVs instead of tarp at booths)
  • Complimentary coffee/tea thermos to promote reduction of paper cups during and after the event
  • Minimal food wastage and zero single-use plastic mineral water bottles

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 

CIMB's Annual General Meeting 2019 took place at Sime Darby Convention Centre, which has ISO 50001 Energy Management System accreditation. We started raising sustainability awareness by encouraging shareholders to download the electronic (PDF) version of the Annual Reports, instead of taking printed versions.  

 

We carried out our first fully virtual AGM in 2020, which reduces the need for our shareholders to travel and at the same time reduce carbon footprint.

 

We recognise the importance of lifecycle thinking for delivering positive environmental and social performance. Supply chain impacts can be significant and can potentially increase costs, as well as be detrimental to our reputation as a sustainable bank. We are continuously assessing our relationships with suppliers in different functions, the nature of procurement services and their EES aspects that are directly linked to our sustainability performance. We are committed to evolve our approach to sustainable supply chain management practices over the next 3-5 years, to include responsible sourcing strategies and supplier’s welfare and development.

 

Responsible Procurement

 

Considering that our procurement mission stands for more than short-term gains, we work with our suppliers to go beyond legal compliance and to strive for continuous improvement. All new suppliers are required to disclose their non-involvement in:

 

  • Child labour, forced labour and human trafficking

 

  • Environmental harm - illegal logging, uncontrolled use of fire for clearing forest lands, natural resource development within UNESCO World Heritage sites (unless there is prior consensus with both the government authorities and UNESCO, etc.)

 

  • Transactions linked to the financing of and/or parts of arms and ammunition

 

We encourage all new suppliers to subscribe to the national and/or the international principles of sustainable development, covering areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. These indicators and disclosures are also part of our procurement supplier due diligence and tender submission processes respectively.

 

In our internal efforts to preserve the integrity of procurement processes, we partnered with Group Human Resource to raise awareness to all staff on procurement ethics.

Vendor Code of Conduct

 

Today, all new procurement suppliers interested to work or collaborate with CIMB are required to register on the Group Electronic Procurement System (“GEPS”). GEPS serves as the first touchpoint for our suppliers when accessing any part of the CIMB Procurement process, including the Vendor Code of Conduct (VCOC).

 

All suppliers go through an onboarding process that also provides an orientation on EES-related guidelines in the VCOC. The suppliers can understand CIMB’s sustainability position as well as our policies on anti-corruption, human rights and environment.

 

From the GEPS homepage, suppliers can also access the CIMB Group Whistleblowing Policy as well as various communication channels, which are confidential avenues to report suspected unethical, illegal or improper behaviour. All disclosures and reports are treated confidentially.

Our people and their talent are the machinery behind all growth. Motivated by our shared values, they catalyse change, solve complex problems, and challenge the norms for greater good. Together, our people shape our inclusive #TeamCIMB culture, with a sense of belonging and respect for each other, instilling pride in association and driving performance.

 

We therefore recognise the need to equip our people with special skills that will prepare them to manage the present and emerging risks and opportunities for both personal and professional growth. This also means empowering them with the skills of tomorrow and offering horizontal and vertical career and education paths. 

 

Find out more about our DNA.

 

Our Values

Deliver impact together the right way

Enabling Talent

Passion

Integrity & Accountability

Collaboration

Customer Centricity

Enabling Talent

We enable and develop our people.

 

We want to be the best place for the best talent.

Passion

We pursue excellence in all we do and deliver beyond the ordinary.

Integrity & Accountability

We act in an ethical and trustworthy manner.

 

We take ownership of all of our actions.

Collaboration

We commit to team over individual success.

 

CIMB’s success is my success.

Customer Centricity

We put customers at the heart of everything we do.

 

We always do right by them.

 

 

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

 

We comply with all relevant health and safety-related national and local requirements where we operate. We have in place measures to prevent injuries, diseases, as well as property loss. Our Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Policy extends beyond our employees to include on-site contract workers, vendors, and customers. Endorsed by the Board of Directors, the policy sets out the requirements and guidance for identification, monitoring and management of OSH risk. The responsibilities of the Group Chief Executive and Board of Directors include setting OSH targets and goals and ensuring that processes and resources are available to implement the policy.

 

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) team carries out periodic risk assessments to identify, assess, and control on-site risks and hazards, with regional OSH units responsible for driving compliance within their localities. The OSH team is supported by OSH Committees comprising of management, as well as employee representatives.

 

OSH Committee members are trained to conduct quarterly inspections to ascertain if there are any detrimental circumstances that could impact the safety and health of our staff.  A safety and health performance monitoring plan includes frequency of various safety inspections. These include quarterly workplace safety inspections. Procedures are in place for incidents investigation and reporting. Results are shared with the audited units, who subsequently work to improve any gaps as recommended by the OSH auditor.
 

CIMB Workplace Wellness

 

We promote work-life flexibility to enhance workplace wellness and help individuals achieve quality of life and personal effectiveness. Workplace Wellness@CIMB is a comprehensive work-life initiative to support our people with their professional and personal aspirations. It covers all aspects of welfare and wellbeing – physical, mental, financial and spiritual – grouped under four key pillars as below.

 

Diversity and Inclusion

 

At CIMB, we believe that diversity and inclusion positively contributes to shaping a sustainable and high performance organisation. We recognise that employees are our greatest assets and it is the uniqueness of each individual member of our workforce that drives the company forward.

 

We believe this diversity contributes to bringing creative solutions and positive results to serve well our customers, business associates, stakeholders and the community at large which constitutes people of multi-ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality and age.

 

In building a diverse and inclusive organisation, we are anchored on the following principles, as stipulated in the Group Employee Diversity & Inclusion Policy:

 

1.      Equal Opportunities and Fair Treatment

CIMB Group is committed to diversity and inclusion, policies, standards and practices that provide equality of opportunity for all, protect the dignity of our employees and promote respect at work. We aim to provide equal opportunities for employment, development, and career progression based on objective criteria, merit and with due regard for diversity (diversity in this context refers to gender, age, backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicity, skills, and abilities).

 

2.      Inclusiveness, Dignity and Respect

CIMB Group will strive to maintain a work environment that promotes positive wellbeing and one where all employees are treated with respect and dignity. This is achieved by creating a work environment free from harassment, bullying, racism, discrimination and disrespectful behaviour, by dealing effectively with any complaints of misconduct, and encouraging respect for others at work. Discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation are not tolerated within the Group and are contrary to the standards of behaviour set in CIMB Group’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

 

Zero Tolerance for Discrimination and Harassment

 

Observing and upholding proper conduct to achieve a high standard of professionalism, integrity and ethics in the conduct of our business and professional activities by our employees is key to CIMB Group. In accordance with the Group Code of Ethics and Conduct, all employees are expected to act professionally and treat fellow employees with utmost respect.

 

CIMB Group’s Code of Ethics and Conduct prohibits any form of discrimination, bullying, intimidation or harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment. The Group also expressly prohibits any acts of violence or threats of violence by any employees against any other person in or about the Group’s facilities, or in connection with the conduct of the Group’s business.

 

We recognise sexual harassment as a form of misconduct which undermines the integrity of the employment relationship. No employee male or female should be subject to unsolicited and unwelcomed sexual advances or conduct, either verbal or physical. Our Sexual Harassment Policy ensures the appropriate disciplinary action is taken against any employees in the event of involvement in sexual harassment at the workplace.

 

All employees are expected to create and maintain a safe working environment and to speak up and report misconduct. We are committed to resolve any issues that are brought to our attention with regards to any incidents of discriminatory behaviour and harassment, via the Group’s whistleblowing channel or grievance settlement process. Employees in violation of the Code of Ethics & Conduct and related Group policies will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination of service.

 

Succession Planning

 

We believe that effective and efficient mechanisms to manage talent can ensure business continuity, productivity, performance and competitiveness. Hence, succession planning across all mission-critical functions of the organisation remains our priority. We seek opportunities to continuously upskill our high-potential talent, as well as maintain levels of motivation. We build trust and loyalty by making way for career satisfaction and growth.

 

Digital Skills Training

 

We recognise the need to continuously boost the skills of both our current and future workforce. One of our future-proof strategies has been to establish the CIMB 3D (Digital, Data, and Design) Academy. While the idea is to enhance the digital quotient of all CIMBians across functions, our long-term aspiration is to build an agile, innovative and tech-savvy workforce, which will meaningfully contribute to the digital transformation of the Group.

 

The 3D Academy competency framework is anchored on six pillars, namely digital world awareness; agile and entrepreneurial thinking; future communication skills; risk and governance; human-centred design; and data science and analytics.

 

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