AmBank launches ‘No Single-use Plastic’ programme as part of sustainability agenda

This initiative takes the group a step forward in its effort to improve the ESG outcomes of the local community

By TMR

AMBANK (M) Bhd has recently launched a “No Single-use Plastic” programme at Bangunan AmBank Group, Kuala Lumpur (KL). The group-wide initiative, which is part of the group’s sustainability agenda, aims to eliminate all single- use plastics including plastic straws, plastic containers and plastic cutleries.

This initiative takes the group a step forward in its effort to improve the environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes of the local community.

AmBank group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim said: “AmBank sees this initiative as a crucial step and as a part of the global agenda in addressing environmental issues and bringing about positive climate change, not only by our lending practices, but also by reducing our own single-use plastic consumption.

“It is a small step, but the awareness and support from our staff, along with the general patron, will help us achieve our goal.”

The “No Single-use Plastic” programme will run in two phases from Jan 6 to Sept 30. The first phase involves all food and beverage (F&B) outlets at Menara AmBank and Bangunan AmBank Group in KL, and Wisma AmFirst, Selangor.

These outlets include cafeterias and other F&B outlets. All patrons of these eateries are encouraged to bring their own containers and bags or opt to purchase biodegradable plastic at 20 sen each.

The second phase will begin on April 1, whereby there will be no single-use plastic at other tenants within the various AmBank Group buildings, such as clinics, florists, cafes and all pantries in AmBank Group locations, including at its branches.

The effort includes a discontinuation of plastic-based marketing collaterals and merchandise items by AmBank.

To further encourage participation by AmBank employees, an internal contest called #AmBankSaysNoToSingle-UsePlastic was held via Instagram last month, whereby staff can share how they practice #nosingleuseplastic in their daily routine.