The Malaysia results from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) was recently released in conjunction with an announcement of a new branding exercise.
And for the first time ever, the release of the IBR was held together with the Grant Thornton Corporate Leader of the Year Award, an annual award which seeks to honour individuals who have shown long-term commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The IBR examines the attitudes, plans and trends of 7,800 businesses in 34 countries across six continents that include all G8 and the majority of the World Bank’s top 20 economies.
As part of the Award, Grant Thornton had committed to promoting and supporting a charity of the winner’s choice through its global network of offices.
Petra Group is a technology and media firm with businesses ranging from biotechnology, rubber recycling, biofuels and IT. It is 60 per cent owned by the Sekhar Foundation, a charitable organization.
In a congratulatory message to Datuk Vinod Sekhar, former US President Bill Clinton, said: “Vinod’s work with the Petra Group and the Sekhar Foundation in the field of CSR has been groundbreaking.
“Vinod has worked tirelessly to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing Malaysia and South East Asia. In particular his campaign to break down racial barriers in Malaysia demonstrates the positive difference a business can make to society at large and within the communities in which it operates.”
On hand to grace the event and present the award was Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.