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SDGs In Play: #6 Clean Water and Sanitation
View from UN Global Compact Malaysia
View from UN Global Compact Malaysia
Sustainable Development Goal 6 – “Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All” is perhaps one of the least discussed SDGs in Malaysia, particularly in the corporate space. This is as 92% of the Malaysian population has access to clean water, while 82% has access to sanitation services (World Health Organization, 2015), rendering the perception that Malaysia, in terms of the aforementioned SDG, is doing good.

However, Malaysia as a whole can still do better, if we float the question “Why not 100% access to clean water and sanitation services?”. The focus area in designing solutions for this issue should be on marginalized and special groups, those displaced by natural disasters, development projects and construction. On this, GCMY believes corporate Malaysia can play a role to provide water access to said groups, namely Orang Asal tribes in various rural areas in Malaysia.
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AMCHAM Members share their actions to contribute towards this SDG. 
First Solar – Water Usage Reduction Initiatives
First Solar – Water Usage Reduction Initiatives
Since 2009, First Solar has decreased the manufacturing water intensity (water consumption per watt produced) by 64%. This is due to significant improvements in module efficiency, manufacturing throughput, and the implementation of water conservation and recycling projects in our manufacturing and recycling operations. In 2019, First Solar’s manufacturing water intensity decreased by ~46% due to the increased throughput and efficiency of our Series 6 manufacturing process and water recycling initiatives.
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1. Intentionality
  • Is your company committed to supporting the achievement of Goal 6? Have you developed a holistic strategy that reflects this commitment, covering end-to-end operations and the wider community?
  • Are you committed to learn from your actions and do you have processes in place to improve them accordingly? 
  • Is your strategy supported by the highest levels of management, including the Board of Directors?
2. Ambition
  • Do your actions achieve long-term outcomes that greatly exceed those resulting from current industry practice? 
  • Are your actions aligned with what is needed to achieve Goal 6?
3. Consistency
  • Is support for Goal 6 embedded across all organizational functions?
  • Are staff and board incentives aligned with achieving Goal 6?
4. Collaboration
  • Do you proactively look for opportunities to partner with Governments, UN agencies, suppliers, civil society organizations, industry peers and other stakeholders to inform how to advance Goal 6?
5. Accountability
  • Do you publicly express your commitment to advance Goal 6? 
  • Do you identify, monitor, and report on impacts, including potentially adverse impacts?
  • Do you mitigate risks associated with your action? 
  • Do you remediate negative impacts associated with this action? 
  • Do you engage stakeholders in a meaningful way? 
American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
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Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia
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