KUALA LUMPUR: The Securities Commission has announced the expansion of the sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) sukuk and bond grant scheme to facilitiate companies raising sukuk to meet their sustainable financing needs.
It said the grant is also now extended to SRI-linked sukuk issued under the SC’s SRI-linked Sukuk Framework, which was introduced in June 2022.
In a statement, the SC said the expansion of the grant will enable eligible SRI-linked sukuk issuers to apply to offset up to 90% of the external review costs incurred, subject to a maximum of RM300,000 per issuance.
"The expansion is part of the Capital Market Masterplan 3’s priority to facilitate transition finance which supports Malaysia’s commitments and aspirations to transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.,
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"It aims to encourage the issuances of SRI-linked sukuk by corporates in carbon-intensive industries as they transition to better sustainability practices and low-carbon activities," said the SC.
Established in 2018, the grant, formerly known as Green SRI Sukuk Grant Scheme, is also applicable to sukuk issued under the SC’s SRI Sukuk Framework and bonds issued under the ASEAN Green, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards.
In respect of the framework, the key distinguishing feature is the requirement to have external reviews, at pre- and post-issuances, as the SC believes these will be crucialin providing independent opinion and verification on the issuer’s sustainable objectives as well as alignment to the framework.
As part of the SC’s efforts to promote SRI and transition finance, the SC and Capital Markets Malaysia, supported by the Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3), organised a workshop to equip capital market intermediaries with an understanding of the framework’s requirement and to share best practices in SRI-linked sukukissuances.
This workshop is part of the “NaviGate: Capital Market Green Financing Series”, the SC’s flagship programme established to create awareness of capital market funding avenues for sustainability.