Posted Date: October 11, 2021 MARC has assigned a “Gold” Sustainability Sukuk Assessment to UEM Sunrise Berhad’s (UEMS) Sustainability Sukuk Framework (the Framework). The Framework will finance green, social or sustainability projects falling under six categories: green buildings, energy efficiency and renewable energy, affordable housing, pollution prevention and control, sustainable water and wastewater management, and socioeconomic advancement and empowerment. MARC is of the opinion that the Framework is aligned with the core components of the ASEAN Sustainability Bond Standards (ASEAN SUS), the ASEAN Green Bond Standards (ASEAN GBS) and the ASEAN Social Bond Standards (ASEAN SBS) in addition to Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Sukuk Framework. A key underpinning of the Gold assessment is that the assets, businesses, projects and/or products eligible for financing under UEMS’ Framework align and are highly coherent with its sustainability strategy and objectives. The green and social projects contemplated by the Framework address a number of themes and pressing challenges — climate change mitigation and adaptation, housing, sustainable use of water, circular economy transition and economic inequity. The eligible projects have a strong link with the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives implemented by UEMS which, in turn, address key sustainability issues that are highly relevant for property sector and global as well as national sustainable development goals and priorities. The assessment is also supported by UEMS’ overall effectiveness at managing and embedding sustainability in its operations. UEMS is the property development arm of UEM Group Berhad, which is wholly-owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. The principal activities of the UEMS Group of Companies are the development of large townships as well as high-rise and landed residential, commercial, retail and integrated development properties. It is also involved in project, construction and property management. Publicly listed UEMS is one of Malaysia’s leading property developers and has earned a reputation for upmarket developments.
The full Sustainability Sukuk Assessment can be accessed at www.marc.com.my.
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