ESG

Sustainability Statement

At Astro, we believe good business practices, done collectively, can lead to a better world. ESG is embodied in our business practices as running our business sustainably and responsibly matters.

We are focused on strengthening our Environmental and Social pillars, building upon our strong Governance foundation. Leveraging our reach and creative capabilities, we are focused on providing equal access to education for all, being the nation’s voice for good, inspiring and supporting our community, and caring for our environment.

Caring for our Environment

Advocating for a greener planet

1.6million kWh of photovoltaic energy harvested in 2022 through 4,780solar panels.

36% reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions from 2017 to 2022.

13,500 litres of rainwater being harvested and stored to reduce usage of clean water.

Education for All

Championing equal access to education

Over 5 million students reached annually through Astro Tutor TV channels on Astro and NJOI.

Eight student hostels and a community youth centre in East Malaysia are currently being supported.

RM40,000 awarded to Universiti Malaya and University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) students in support of sustainable projects.

Voice for Good

Amplifying positivity through community messaging

Over 11,600 hours of PSA aired across TV, radio and digital as an agent for positivity to amplify community messages.

Advocate for participation of youth in the process of democracy with coverage and discussion on Undi18 on AWANI.

Community Development

Contributing towards the social well-being of our communities

Over 16,000 Astro Kem Badminton alumni including members of Malaysia’s national badminton team, Jacky Kokand Myisha Mohd Khairul.

Over RM200,000 donated to help flood victims and over 8,000 kilograms of food items contributed by Team Astro.

Oxygen tanks provided to hospitals, Astro service to COVID-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres(PKRC) nationwide and volunteers at vaccination centre.

Caring for our Environment

We have harvested 1.6 million kWh of photovoltaic energy from 4,780 solar panels, equating to carbon avoidance of 925 tCO2e, equivalent to planting 28,141 trees and reduced greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by 6% to 23,955 tCO2e. We recycled water utilising our 13,500 litre rainwater harvesting system, for use in daily cleaning and reduced electricity consumption by 7% to 31 million kWh.

Our flagship Ultra and Ulti Boxes are 40% and 80% smaller in size, respectively, compared to its predecessors with a majority of its components consisting of eco friendly materials. We have collected over 900 kilograms of e-waste under our e-waste recycling campaign. We also amplify climate change issues through collaborations with WWF, Greenpeace Malaysia and Climate Governance Malaysia to promote go-green initiatives.

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Caring for our Environment

Education for All

At Astro, we have reached over 5 million students annually through Astro Tutor TV channels on Astro and NJOI with fun and entertaining learning content, with over RM126 million invested since FY12, including RM7 million in FY22. We even launched SPM PRO+, a new learning series, featuring virtual teachers to help students revise core subjects. Not only that, we are supporting eight student hostels and a community youth centre in East Malaysia. We have also awarded RM40,000 to Universiti Malaya and University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS) students in support of sustainable projects as well as donated 35 refurbished laptops to B40 families under MCMC’s #MyBaikHati initiative.

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Education for All

Community Development

Astro Kasih, the sustainability arm of Astro has been championing education through sports by organising Astro Kem Badminton (AKB) and our AKB alumni include Jacky Kok (Swedish Open 2022 Champion) and Myisha Mohd Khairul (2022 Dutch International Series Champion), both of whom are members of Malaysia’s national badminton team. We partner with local film producers to premiere first run films directly to homes via Astro First and collaborate with FINAS on TV/OTT Programme Fund to aid local film companies in producing, distributing and marketing of local films. We provided oxygen tanks to hospitals, Astro service to COVID-19 Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC) nationwide and volunteers at vaccination centre. Furthermore, we also supported microbusinesses and SMEs during the pandemic by offering advertising slots and digital upskilling programmes and donated over RM200,000 to help flood victims, while Team Astro contributed over 8,000 kilograms of food items and participated in flood relief works organised by various NGOs.

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Community Development

Governance and Ethnical Business Practices

Astro ranked among the Top 35% of media companies assessed by FTSE Russell for overall ESG rating in June 2022. Sustainalytics recognised Astro as an ESG Regional Top Rated company in 2022, ranking among the Top 10% of all companies globally. We have an established ESG assurance governance structure for clear ESG responsibility assignment. Our ESG roadmap, approved by our Board in December 2021, outlines the principles and key building blocks for the management of ESG commitments. We even formalised ESG Assurance Management Committee to oversee the management process and execution of our ESG roadmap. The committee is chaired by our GCEO and reports directly to our Board.

To top it off, we strengthened business ethics and compliance culture with regular training and through CoBE, AACF and WPP. We have an established third-party CoBE diligence questionnaire and vendor integrity pledge to safeguard our business from bribery, corruption and fraudulent activities as well as mandatory annual PDPA assessment among Team Astro to reinforce data privacy and protection awareness.

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Governance and Ethnical Business Practices

Sustainability @ Astro

Harnessing our six Capitals, we utilise our Strategic Drivers of Content, Experience & Technology, and Talent to serve our Customers and deliver our Social & Environmental agenda while creating sustainable value and outcomes for our stakeholders. By adopting the Integrated Reporting approach, our value creation model provides both quantitative and quantitative information to stakeholders to facilitate informed decision making.

Bringing the best local and global entertainment and sports all in one place

Astro’s comprehensive and compelling slate of local, regional, international, and live sports offerings is our strength and key differentiator in the content space. As Malaysia’s No.1 local content powerhouse, we prioritise creativity and innovation to create high-quality content including our boundary-pushing Astro Originals that engage and excite our customers.

Amid the challenges posed by the pandemic we produced and commissioned over 11,000 hours of content and grew our On Demand library to over 90,000 shows, catering to our diversified customer base with varying content preferences.

Bringing the best local and global entertainment and sports all in one place

Creating magical moments for Malaysians by championing simplicity

Our local signatures, live sports, regional and international content, including those from our streaming service partners, serve and entertain customers across5.6 million homes, 8,000 enterprises, 17.5 million weekly radio listeners on FM and digital, 14.0 million digital MUV and 3.2 million shoppers.

Placing customers at the heart of our business, our transformation plan champions simplicity by leveraging technology and data to serve and prioritise customers’ needs across our products and services.

Creating magical moments for Malaysians by championing simplicity

Aggregating the best entertainment for a seamless experience

The all-new Astro experience was unveiled in FY22 to deliver the best entertainment and viewing experience to Malaysians. By integrating simplicity with the latest technology across our product portfolio to enhance user experience, our aim is for Astro to be the No.1 destination for all things entertainment, from the best of local content and live sports to global streaming services as well as high-speed broadband.

Aggregating the best entertainment for a seamless experience

Embracing creativity, inclusivity and accountability to nurture future leaders

At Astro, we view diversity and inclusion as instrumental in maintaining a nurturing environment and empowering culture, incorporating diverse perspectives to deliver on business goals.

Underpinned by our equal opportunity policy which ensures fair recruitment and equitable compensation without discrimination of any form such as ethnicity, gender, age, religion, nationality and disability, Team Astro is diverse across all levels of our organisation.

Embracing creativity, inclusivity and accountability to nurture future leaders

Championing education and sustainability for a brighter future

Our Group and its Yayasan Astro Kasih strive to make a difference in the lives of the community we serve by empowering them through initiatives anchored around the four pillars of education for all, voice for good, community development and caring for our environment, in line with our Group’s ESG roadmap to future-proof our business

Championing education and sustainability for a brighter future