Sunday, December 6, 2015

ACCA MaSRA Award 2015

A few ARI research fellows, headed by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Sustainability (APCeS) head, Associate Professor Dr Faizah Darus have been involved as assessors for the annual MaSRA award which is co-organized by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).  In the recent MaSRA Award event, Axiata Group Bhd was adjudged the overall champion in the ACCA Malaysia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ACCA MaSRA) for 2015.  
Axiata Group beat 50 other participants in the competition, which is in its 12th year. The competition is supported by TalentCorp and endorsed by Bursa Malaysia.  Out of the 51 organisations which took part, 20 were shortlisted with the final winners decided by a panel of judges led by Securities Commission Malaysia’s executive director of market development Goh Ching Yin.  Axiata’s report impressed the judges for the level of disclosure, which is seen to be robust and showed a good understanding of sustainability-related risks in their operations across various countries, which each have different sustainability reporting requirements.  Beyond reporting, the company also put in place policies and practices for not only its Malaysia operations but the group as a whole to ensure sustainable practices are adopted globally. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar presented the awards at a ceremony attended by 250 business leaders and guests.