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The SME ESG Jumpstart Guide

Easing Malaysian SMEs' journey towards sustainability

As the backbone of the economy, SMEs' adoption of sustainable and low carbon practices is critical

Small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) form the backbone of Malaysia’s economy, accounting for 97.2% of total business establishments, generating 38.2% of GDP and providing employment for 7.3 million people (OECD, 2022). With climate change making a profound impact to the planet, people and profit, more businesses, including SMEs are now being subjected to ESG requirements imposed by customers, lenders, investors, local communities and regulators alike.

As such, SMEs who transition towards sustainable practices can better mitigate risks, potentially improve their competitiveness (e.g. by attracting larger/multi-national companies who are increasingly prioritizing ESG in their supply chains or expanding to new/wider export markets) and achieve operational efficiency (e.g. by lowering operational cost from energy efficiency and adopting circular economy models). Ultimately, SMEs who are most adept at re-inventing themselves, balancing long-term growth with environmental & social responsibility can emerge as winners in the new economy.

To encourage more SMEs to take the first steps along the ESG journey, the JC3 SME Focus Group (“SFG”) has developed a ESG JumpStart Guide (“the Guide”), a simple and practical reference guide for SMEs. It contains suggested actions that SMEs could take to:

  • Build up basic ESG knowledge & capability

  • Identify and respond to key ESG issues, risks & opportunities.


The Guide also acts as the starting point for the JC3 ESG Jumpstart portal for SMEs.

Grow Your Vision

Embracing sustainability is not only ethically responsible but also makes good business sense for SMEs. It can lead to improved financial performance, enhanced reputation, and a positive impact on the planet and society

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