AmBank Contributes Refurbished Computers to the Underserved Community, Strengthening its Commitment Towards the Group’s Sustainability Journey

Friday, 1 July 2022 - The AmBank Group [the Group] has stepped up its ongoing efforts to reach out to the underserved community by contributing refurbished computers through its collaboration with Plugged In Malaysia, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), as part of the AmBank Group Sustainability Journey towards championing effective eWaste Management.

Through this joint effort with Plugged In Malaysia, 38 units of refurbished computers and five units of monitors were donated to two charitable groups, namely, Persatuan Jaringan Global Islam Masa Depan (JREC) and MYReaders. This initiative aims to help bridge the digital gap in Malaysia by making free computers available to children from B40 families.

Commenting on the support provided, Datuk Iswaraan Suppiah, Group Chief Operations Officer, AmBank Group said, “We prioritise eWaste Management and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). For the past two years, AmBank Group has ethically disposed 16.3 tonnes of eWaste through an Environmental Management System vendor that is ISO-certified (ISO14001:2015). It is immensely satisfying to repurpose IT assets by salvaging components and reusable parts, to support the cause pursued by Plugged In Malaysia.”

Datin Zameema Ariff, Head of Sustainability, AmBank Group added, “I see this initiative as a spark that will not only create awareness on the importance of managing eWaste, but also change the mindset of AmBank Group’s staff towards recycling. We are pleased to support charities that will use the recycled eWaste for tangible benefits like education.”

“This initiative will set the stage for our Sustainability calendar of events that will run throughout the year as each AmBank Group Senior Management will launch their own activities to support the Group’s Sustainability agenda. I hope that this movement will gain more traction for inclusivity and sustainability amongst AmBank Group staff”, said Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group.

To sustain the existing momentum, AmBank Group has planned for the e-Waste Management initiative by setting up eWaste collection centres at the AmBank Group's main building in Klang Valley and also at selected AmBank branches where staff can send in their used or old personal devices starting September 2022 in conjunction with the upcoming International eWaste Day which will be celebrated worldwide on 14 October 2022.