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The Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia (SustNET) is delighted to announce awards: 

1.     The Asia Pacific CEO Award 2025 for Sustainability Leadership and Practices

2.     The Asia Pacific Women CEO Award 2025 as Sustainability Leadership and Practices

3.      The International SustNET Award for Sustainable Halal Projects in Asia Pacific 

4.      The International SustNET Award for Sustainable Muslim Choice Projects in Asia Pacific 


Award Categories

       i.          Sustainability Champion Award

This prestigious award recognizes an exceptional CEO who has made a transformative impact on sustainability within her organization and the broader industry. 

      ii.          Outstanding Sustainability Practices Award

This award honors several CEOs who have implemented exemplary sustainability practices within their companies. These practices demonstrate a strong commitment to ESG principles and serve as a model for others.

    iii.          Top 100 Influential CEOs in Sustainability

This category recognizes a broader group of 100 influential CEOs who are shaping the sustainability landscape in the Asia region. These leaders are driving change through their vision, leadership, and commitment to a sustainable future

Why Asia Pacific SustNET Awards?

This program honors and celebrates the outstanding achievements of CEOs who are leading the charge in sustainability across the Asia Pacific region. The program recognizes their leadership, commitment, and innovation in driving positive environmental and social impact.

  • Focus on Asia: SustNET's mission specifically target sustainability and/or leaders in Asian businesses. The Asia Pacific SustNET Award directly supports this mission by recognizing outstanding CEOs driving positive change in Asian companies.

  • Regional Expertise: SustNET have a strong network within Asian countries, including organizations and individuals passionate about sustainability and gender equality in business. This network would be invaluable in organizing and promoting the award program.

  • Reputation for Excellence: SustNET  organised the Malaysia GPM Sustainability Awards since 2018 for its work in sustainability assessment , training and competency certificates with international  accreditation body, such as GPM Global, City and Guild, ISOs, JAKIM, Department of Skills and Standards, and the Malaysian Education institutions.  


Who Can Apply?

The award would be open to CEOs leading companies headquartered or with a significant presence in Asian countries. This likely includes countries in:


  • East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, etc.)

  • Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.)

  • South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.)

  • Other countries in Middle East and Africa


The Asia Pacific SustNET Award, keeping in mind that CEOs can lead various organizations, including NGOs, non-profits, and SMEs.

 The different titles that such leadership roles might have:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO): This is the highest-ranking executive in a company and is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the organization.

  • President: This title can be used interchangeably with CEO, or it may refer to the second-highest ranking executive. In government, the President is the head of state.

  • Executive Director: This is a common title for the leader of a non-profit organization or NGO.

  • Director: This is a more general term for someone who is on the board of directors of an organization and has a leadership role in setting its direction.

  • Manager: Managers oversee specific departments or teams within an organization.


The specific title will vary depending on the size and structure of the organization. But regardless of the title, anyone who holds a leadership role is responsible for providing direction, making decisions, and motivating others to achieve the organization's goals.


  • Gender: Open to all CEOs leading organizations in the Asia region.

  • Organization Type: Applicable to CEOs of companies (large and small), NGOs, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, government-linked companies, associations, and SMEs.

  • Operational History: Minimum of one year of operation for the organization led by the CEO.

  • Application Process: Applications are submitted through SustNET networks and partners, using a dedicated Google form.


Assessment Criteria:

  • Visionary Leadership: Demonstrates a clear vision for the organization and a commitment to long-term success that is not solely focused on short-term profits.

  • Innovation: Implements innovative strategies and approaches to drive organizational growth and contribute to a sustainable future.

  • Sustainability Focus: Has a strong commitment to sustainability practices as evidenced by the organization's Sustainability Statement, which can be found on the website or social media platforms.

  • Measurable Impact: Demonstrates measurable positive impact on the organization, the community, and potentially the environment through their leadership.


Selection Process:

  • Award applications are likely reviewed by a panel of Assessors from SustNET or relevant industry experts.

  • The judges may consider additional factors beyond the core criteria, such as the specific challenges faced by the organization and the CEO's ability to overcome them.

  • Shortlisted candidates may be required to provide further information or participate in an interview.


Favourable Industries:

  • Hospitality: CEOs in hospitality often champion sustainability practices like eco-friendly tourism and responsible resource management.

  • Healthcare: Leaders in healthcare can promote innovations in healthcare access, health, and community well-being.

  • IT Services: If the focus is on promoting tech solutions for sustainability or social good,  CEOs in IT can showcase their contributions.

  • Farming: CEOs in sustainable agriculture can demonstrate leadership in ethical food production and environmental responsibility.

  • Waste Management: Leaders in waste management can highlight their role in developing innovative solutions for reducing waste and promoting circular economies.

  • F&B: If the awards focus on sustainable food practices or healthy eating initiatives, CEOs in F&B can be strong candidates.

  • Halal Products and Services: Leaders in this industry can showcase their contribution to ethical and sustainable production within Islamic guidelines.

  • Education: CEOs in education can demonstrate their leadership in promoting gender equality in education or innovative learning models.

  • Social Enterprises & NGOs: Leaders in these sectors inherently focus on social impact and can showcase measurable contributions.

  • Event Management: CEOs in event management can highlight their focus on sustainable event planning and minimizing environmental impact. 

  • Financial Services: While CEOs are present, highlighting sustainability efforts within financial institutions might be necessary for award relevance.

  • Real Estate: Similar to financial services, showcasing sustainable building practices or community development projects would strengthen applications.

  • Fashion: The awards focus on sustainable fashion practices or ethical labor practices, CEOs in fashion can be strong contenders. 

  • Estate Planning, Security, Design (general), Landscape Architecture, Construction: These industries may have directly align with the sustainability or social impact focus of the award. 

  • Professional services can be a good fit for the Asia Pacific SustNET Awards, depending on the specific focus of the award program. Focus on Sustainability or Social Impact: The award emphasizes sustainability or social impact, some professional services can be strong contenders. For example:

    1. Environmental consulting firms: CEOs leading companies that advise businesses on sustainable practices would be well-aligned with the award's goals.

    2. Social impact consulting firms: Leaders in firms focused on social responsibility or community development would be strong candidates.

    3. Law firms specializing in environmental or social justice issues: CEOs in these areas directly contribute to positive social change.


Asia Pacific SustNET Awards Application Questionnaire

Company Profile

  • Company Name:

  • Industry:

  • Year Founded:

  • Website: (With Sustainability Statement page)

  • Number of Employees (Globally & by Region):

  • Mission Statement:

  • Vision Statement:

  • Company Brochure (Upload PDF): 


Leadership & Management

  • CEO Name:

  • CEO Email Address:

  • CEO Phone Number:

  • CEO Biography (250 words): Briefly describe your professional background, leadership style, and vision for the company.


Asia Pacific SustNET Awards - Application Terms and Conditions


  • The Asia Pacific SustNET Awards are open to CEOs leading for-profit companies headquartered or with a significant presence in the Asia region.

  • Nominees must be the current CEO of their company at the time of application.

  • There is no minimum company size requirement, but applicants should demonstrate a strong track record of leadership and business success.

Submission Guidelines

  • All applications must be submitted electronically through the designated google  form.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Applications must be submitted in English.

  • Supporting documents should be uploaded in PDF or image formats (JPG, PNG). Videos can be submitted through links to platforms like YouTube or Vimeo.

  • Closing date for applications is 30th November 2024.

Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of Assessors with expertise in business leadership, sustainability, and gender equality.

  • The selection process will be based on the information provided in the application form, supporting documents, and any additional materials submitted.

  • Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for further information or an interview.

  • The judges' decision is final and binding.


  • All information submitted by applicants will be treated confidentially.

  • The organizers may share anonymized data for research or reporting purposes.


  • Recipients  of the Asia Pacific SustNET Awards may be featured in press releases, award ceremonies, and promotional materials.

  • Recipients agree to participate in reasonable publicity opportunities related to the awards program.


  • The organizers reserve the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

  • The organizers are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the application process.

  • Participation in the Asia Pacific SustNET Awards constitutes full acceptance of these terms and conditions.


By submitting an application, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined above.

Application Fee is USD300 per Award. An invoice will be given in Ringgit Malaysia RM1,500 for Malaysian and US Dollar 300 for other country,


Award and Certificate Giving Ceremony

The Awards and certificate giving ceremony will be held to celebrate your achievements! The ceremony will take place during the month of January 2025.

Invitation and Confirmation

You will receive a formal invitation letter via email in the coming weeks. This letter will include all the details about the ceremony, such as the date, time, and venue. 

Preparing for the Award and Certificate-Giving Ceremony

To ensure a smooth ceremony process, we kindly ask you to:

  • Prepare a recent profile photo: Please submit a digital copy of your latest profile photo in advance. Details on how to submit the photo will be included in the invitation letter.

  • Respond promptly to the invitation: Your confirmation of attendance is crucial for planning purposes.


We look forward to celebrating your success with you at the ceremony!



Recognition and Celebration

All participants in the program will receive recognition for their sustainability efforts. This may include:

  • A profile on the program website

  • Inclusion in program marketing materials


Benefits of Participation:

  • Gain recognition for your sustainability leadership

  • Network with other sustainability-focused CEOs

  • Inspire and empower others to take action


We encourage all CEOs in the Asia region to participate in this program and showcase their commitment to building a more sustainable future!

Sustainable Business Network Association Malaysia (SustNET)

Tel - 603-62804984

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