The SIRIM 50 standard aims to enhance social accountability and operations of companies. It was developed by SIRIM’s subsidiary, SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd, as the basis for the provision of training and consultancy services, as well as a guide for the auditing and inspection of employers based in Malaysia.
The ceremony was officiated by President and Group Chief Executive SIRIM Berhad, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Sabirin Arshad. Vice President and Chairman, Human Resource Management Committee Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Dato’ Nathan K Suppiah and Chief Executive Officer of SIRIM QAS International, Nur Fadhilah Muhammad, were also in attendance during the event.
The requirements outlined in SIRIM 50 are consistent with international social standards such as SA 8000 and ISO 26000. The standard serves to advance the sustainability efforts of Malaysian companies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, namely Goal 8 of decent work and economic growth.
President and Group Chief Executive SIRIM Berhad, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Sabirin Arshad, stated that the launch of the SIRIM 50 scheme aligns with the Group’s commitment to assist companies in Malaysia incorporate the principles of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into their business operations.
"ESG is pivotal to business today as it affects a company’s reputation and its relationship with stakeholders. Therefore, I strongly urge all companies to participate and implement the SIRIM 50 standard," he said.
During her presentation on the SIRIM 50 scheme, Nur Fadhilah Muhammad, the CEO of SIRIM QAS International, explained that the standard will help Malaysian companies demonstrate their commitment to the welfare of workers and the community. She further highlighted that this will not only enhance competitiveness of these companies but also contribute to business growth and productivity.
"The event has achieved its goal of promoting the SIRIM 50 scheme, and we are confident that the introduction of this standard will surely elevate the labour sector in Malaysia to new heights," she affirmed.