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The CEO Action Network, also known as ‘CAN’, is a closed-door peer-to-peer informal network of CEOs of leading Malaysian businesses. It is a coalition of leaders with a purpose, focused on sustainability advocacy, capacity building, action and performance.


at multiple levels and through multiple channels to enable sustainability governance, including policies and ecosystems.


to equip stakeholders with tools and technical expertise to champion sustainability and sustainable development.

Sustainability Performance

of member organisations by elevating their implementation, and securing collective commitments on climate action and social stewardship.

Our History

Our History


The idea of CAN was first seeded at The Cooler Earth Sustainability Summit at a Leadership Luncheon, which was Chaired by the former Group CEO of CIMB, Yang Berhormat Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul bin Tengku Abdul Aziz on 1 October 2019.

A group of 22 businesses and their CEOs convened to discuss the growing challenges for businesses – from the accelerating phenomenon of climate change and the climate emergency, to increasing social injustices and failure of corporate governance. There were strong sentiments around the survival and future competitiveness of their businesses.

Businesses cannot function without natural capital; they cannot thrive in failing societies; and they cannot ignore stakeholders’ interests. Laws and regulations will change the dynamics as well as the playing field overnight. All businesses will be impacted, whether they are ready or not.


Transformative Leadership

Transformative leadership is needed to drive sustainability (environmental, social, governance issues) in Malaysia. Leaders have the opportunity to assume greater responsibility and drive sustainability and sustainable practices. The climate emergency and the impending transitionary risks, as well as potential liabilities, must be introduced to trigger critical conversations at the Board level.



Collaboration with fellow CEOs can create a powerful force that would shape policies, win stakeholders, and create a favourable ecosystem for business and sustainable development. Through a CEO-level coalition, there is an opportunity to drive sustainability for the greater good of the industry and a resilient economy.

Post discussions, there was a consensus on the idea of institutionalising an informal network of CEOs for sustainability action and leadership. The founding Sponsors, CIMB and IMPACTO drafted CAN’s Charter and it was officially approved on 20 October 2020.

Key Motivation for Pioneer Members of CAN

Collaboration with leading corporations and agencies to shape and strengthen sustainability policies

Supporting policy-makers and government to devise industry standards and sector-specific sustainability standards and guidelines

Enabling transfer of knowledge and skills as well as learning about sustainability tools and best practices

Supporting peers to understand and integrate sustainability principles into their business models for positive impact

Steering Committee


CAN is guided by the Steering Committee (SC), which is currently represented by 15 of its member CEOs or board members. The SC discussions and decisions are facilitated by its Chair, who is elected on a yearly basis by the SC members. Overall, the CANSC has the responsibility to steer and direct activities of CAN, including strategic direction, activities to be undertaken by the Working Group, and Workstream deliverables.

All Steering Committee members have committed to:

  • Mobilising resources, support, influence, knowledge and skills, to the best of their abilities

  • Seeking affiliations, enlisting new members, and supporting programmes or initiatives to meet CAN objectives; and

  • Championing at least one sustainability issue, through participation in one or more Workstreams.


Admittance to the Steering Committee is strictly by invitation or written expression of interest and upon approval of the existing SC members.



Bursa Malaysia

Yeow Siang Chong

Managing Director

Caring Pharmacy Berhad

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Ho Yuet Mee

Independent Director

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

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Tan Sri Dato' Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin


 Sime Darby Plantation Berhad


Independent Non-Executive Director

Sime Darby Property Berhad


President & CEO

Tenaga Nasional Berhad


Chairperson of Dutch Lady Milk Industries & Founder of Climate Governance Malaysia

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Datuk Mohamad Idham Nawawi



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Managing Director

Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad

Kasmuri Sukardi

Independent Non-Executive Director

FGV Holdings Berhad

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Independent Non-Executive Director 

IOI Group

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Executive Chair 

PwC Malaysia


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Managing Director and CEO
Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad

Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director 

Westports Holdings Berhad

Steering Committee
Key Roles

Key Roles


CAN has a Working Group and various Workstreams, which are led by senior management members of CAN organisations. Overall coordination and operational support is provided by the Secretariat.

Co-Founder & Working Group Chair

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Chief Sustainability Officer

CIMB Group Holdings Berhad

Policy Advocacy Lead


Chairperson of Dutch Lady Milk Industries & Founder of Climate Governance Malaysia

Capacity Building Lead

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Head of ESG
UEM Edgenta Berhad


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Head of Strategy

Dutch Lady Milk Industries (FrieslandCampina MY)

Founder & Non-Executive Chair


Secretariat - Lead

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Group Head of Legal, Compliance & Sustainability

GHL Systems Berhad 

Secretariat - Media, Partnership & DEI Lead

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Managing Partner


Working Group Chair - Co Lead

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 General Manager, Sustainability 
Sime Darby Property

Working Group - Co Lead


Head of Sustainability, KSK Group Berhad

Secretariat - Co Lead

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Special Officer to the Executive Chairman
and Group Managing Director 

Westports Holdings Berhad

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