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Public Bank Berhad

The Public Bank Berhad has a wide network of 293 domestic branches and 150 overseas branches, with a combined workforce of over 19,000 people in Malaysia and across the region. Their Corporate Philosophy guides their sustainability practices and strategy, which aims for ‘Organic Growth Strategy in Retail Banking Business’, focusing on five main areas – Responsible Business, Conduct and Compliance, Managing Environmental Impact, Developing Employees and Corporate Citizenship. One of Public Bank Group’s sustainability commitment is to make positive contribution by enhancing the quality of life of the wider community by supporting and empowering them while identifying, mitigating and managing modern slavery and human rights risks across the supply chain.

Fiscal Year-End: 31 December 2022

The net profit of Public Bank Berhad increased in FY2022 to RM6.11 billion from RM5.65 billion during the previous financial year.

The year on year net profit growth at Public Bank Berhad is at 8.18%.

The Group’s dividend payout ratio for the FY2022 is 53.90%, which amounts to RM3.30 billion.

Public Bank Berhad in Malaysia contributed a total Zakat of RM1.86 million in FY2022.

Total cash contributions made by Public Bank Berhad during FY2022 was approximately RM320,900 based on their annual and sustainability report, not including the Staff Donation programme.

Total in-kind contributions made by Public Bank was worth approximately RM210,225.

The total employee volunteer hours by Public Bank Berhad was not specified in their annual and sustainability report.

Public Bank Berhad:
Cash, In-Kind and Employee Volunteer Hours

No.ContributionBased on Previous YrCash GivingIn-kind GivingEmployee Volunteer HoursBeneficiaries
1Financial Industry Collective OutreachN/AContribution worth RM1.00MN/APublicContributed >RM1 million to Financial Industry Collective Outreach (“FINCO”) since 2017. FINCO is a collaborative initiative pioneered by all financial institutions in Malaysia to champion English proficiency, financial literacy, provide avenues for underprivileged children and youths to achieve their life aspirations as well as disaster relief.
2National Cancer SocietyRM10.00kN/AN/ANational Cancer SocietyDonation of RM10,000 to support National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s noble effort in running their cancer are centre and their various awareness programmes
3Yayasan Orang Buta MalaysiaN/A2 units of PERKINS Brailler worth RM8.64kN/AYayasan Orang Buta MalaysiaTwo units of PERKINS Brailler worth RM8,640 were presented to Yayasan Orang Buta Malaysia for the use of visually impaired students studying at special needs schools under the purview of the Ministry of Education, ministry of Higher Education and Tahfiz Schools in Malaysia
4Institut Jantung Negara Foundation’s Charity Golf ChallengeRM30.00kN/AN/AInstitut Jantung NegaraDonation of RM30,000 in support of Institut Jantung Negara Foundation’s Charity Golf Challenge fundraising programme to financially assist the less fortunate heart patients
5Deepavali celebrationsRM33.00kN/AN/A4 orphanage homesContribution of RM33,000, in conjunction with the Deepavali celebrations, to four orphanage homes, namely Pusat Jagaan Anbe Sivam, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Thangam Illam, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Cornerstone, Selangor, and Pusat Jagaan Beribuan Kasih
6Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrationsRM15.00kN/AN/ACommunityContribution of RM15,000 to support the Safety Operation 18 launched in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations by the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent under Polis Diraja Malaysia
7Zakat distributionRM67.50kN/AN/AAsnaf recipientsDistribution of zakat totalling RM67,500, via Public Islamic Bank’s Wakalah Zakat, to eligible recipients (Asnaf) from Sekolah Rendah Islam Darul Aman, Lembaga Zakat Negeri Kedah and Hartasuci Sdn Bhd (Pusat Pungutan Zakat – Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan)
8Lighthouse Children Welfare Home AssociationRM4.20kN/AN/ALighthouse Children Welfare Home AssociationDonation of RM4,200 by Public Investment Bank to Lighthouse Children Welfare Home Association for underprivileged children.
9Sekolah Tahfiz Al HabbahRM2.00kN/AN/A100 childrenRM2,000 during the month of Ramadan for 100 children of Sekolah Tahfiz Al Habbah.
10Flood Relief CampaignN/AEssential itemsN/A50 familiesThe Group also donated essential items to 50 families affected by the floods in Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat, Selangor
11Flood Relief CampaignN/AGrocery and toiletry items worth RM16.93kN/A200 householdsDonation of grocery and toiletry items worth RM16,930 to 200 households that were affected by the floods in Banting and Shah Alam under the “Flood Relief Campaign” by Public Mutual via the Community Outreach Fund
12Yayasan Orang Buta MalaysiaN/ASponsorship worth RM3.00kN/AYayasan Orang Buta MalaysiaYayasan Orang Buta Malaysia Sponsorship of RM3,000 to Yayasan Orang Buta Malaysia for their fund raising charity dinner
13Christmas Festive Charity programmeN/ADonations worth RM26.00kN/A3 orphanagesDonation of RM26,000 to three orphanages namely, Trinity Community Children Home, Rumah Charis (children), and Victory of Children & Youth Home, in conjunction with the Bank’s Christmas Festive Charity programme
14Charity EventsN/ADonations of VND135MN/AStorm victims, Orphanage, Children Protection CenterPublic Bank Vietnam donated VND135 million for charity events covering charity aid for the victims of storm Noru from Thanh Khe District, Danang City, donation to Thi Nghe Orphanage Vietnam Center in Binh Thanh District and donation to Quang Ninh Children Protection Center in Quang Ninh province
15Cambodian Red CrossUSD5.10kN/AN/ACommunityUSD5,100 to Cambodian Red Cross to support community welfare from Campu Bank
16Cambodian Mine ActionUSD5.00kN/AN/APublicUSD5,000 to Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority for landmine clearing
17Bankers' Cycling USD3.00kN/AN/ACommunityUSD3,000 to the Association of Banks in Cambodia for the Bankers’ Cycling 2022
18Donation to Stourng Commune flood victimsUSD3.00kN/AN/AFlood victimsUSD3,000 to affected flood victims in Stourng Commune, Kampong Thom Province through the National Bank of Cambodia
19Free eye and ear medical check-upUSD3.00kN/AN/ACommunityUSD3,000 to Raksa Koma Foundation to provide free eye and ear medical check-up and treatment to the underprivileged in the Kampong Thom Province
20Construction of a religious schoolUSD2.40kN/AN/AYouthUSD2,400 for the construction of a religious school as well as for the celebration of festivals in Kampong Thom province
21YLP foundationUSD0.25kN/AN/ACommunityUSD250 to YLP Foundation to provide essentials to underprivileged individuals in Banteay Meanchey Province
22Administrative Police PostUSD0.25kN/AN/ACommunityUSD250 to the Administrative Police Post of Phsar Kandal II for office renovation
23Malaysian Journalism award⬆️RM10.00kN/AN/ACommunity The Public Bank Group contributed RM10,000 to the Malaysian Journalism Award 2022 organised by the Malaysia Press Institute to acknowledge the best journalism works by Malaysian journalists
24National Journalists Day CelebrationRM10.00kN/AN/ACommunityThe Group further contributed RM10,000 to the Malaysian National News Agency (“BERNAMA”) in conjunction with their National Journalists Day Celebration which was held from 28 to 29 May 2022 at Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka.
25Buku Wang SakuN/AFinancial education talks, essay writing contest, drawing contestsN/A858 schoolsThe Public Bank Group also distributed the “Buku Wang Saku” to 858 schools and conducted various activities such as financial education talks, essay writing contests and drawing contests at schools as part of its financial literacy initiative
26TARCIAN Run 2022RM10.00kN/AN/ATunku Abdul Rahman University of Management & Technology The Public Bank Group also contributed RM10,000 to Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management & Technology in support of their TARCIAN Run 2022 which promotes a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for the TAR UMT Students Fund.
27Virtual Asian Medical Students’ Association Health Day 2022RM5.00kN/AN/AUTAR Medical & Health Sciences SocietyAnother RM5,000 went to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s (“UTAR”) Medical & Health Sciences Society to organise their Virtual Asian Medical Students’ Association Health Day 2022 and UTAR Medical Week 3.0
28Developing and Financing Green Housing in Asia ConferenceN/ASponsorship worth RM40.00kN/APublicTo educate the public about the nation’s sustainability agenda, RM40,000 sponsorship was presented to Cagamas Berhad to organise the Developing and Financing Green Housing in Asia Conference, providing new insights and understanding in the development of sustainable green housing and green finance
295th International Sustainable Energy Summit 2022N/ASponsorship worth RM20.00kN/ASustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia Another RM20,000 sponsorship was presented to the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia towards their 5th International Sustainable Energy Summit 2022.
30Minority Shareholders Watch GroupN/ASponsorship worth RM12.00kN/ACommunityThe Public Bank Group also contributed RM12,000 to the Minority Shareholders Watch Group (“MSWG”) to organise a forum on Minority Shareholding Interest and Experience.
31Koperasi Jaya Diri Malaysia BerhadN/ASponsorship worth RM3.00kN/ACommunityAnother beneficiary of the Group’s appreciation of education is the Koperasi Jaya Diri Malaysia Berhad (“KOJADI”) which received RM3,000 for the publication of their 2021 Annual Report.
32Malaysian Institute of ManagementN/ASponsorship worth RM50.00kN/AMalaysian Institute of ManagementFurther contributions were also made to support the Malaysian Institute of Management with a RM50,000 sponsorship for their corporate event.
33Staff donation programmeRM31.00kN/AN/A12 employeesStaff donation programme: While the Public Bank Group extends a helping hand to the communities, the Group’s employees too have received the necessary assistance. In 2022, a total of RM31,000 financial contributions were extended through this programme to 12 employees who needed financial assistance due to unfortunate events
34Public awareness on breast cancerUSD5.00kN/AN/APublicCampu Bank donated USD5,000 to Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope during an event organised by AIA (Cambodia) Life Insurance Plc to raise public awareness on breast cancer and available treatments
35Donations to public schoolsN/A500 boxes of face masksN/A34 public schools500 boxes of face masks were donated by Campu Securities to 34 public schools located in the rural area in Kandal Province, Cambodia
36Dragon Boat Festival DonationN/AGift packs worth HKD7.30kN/AElderly communityHKD7,300 worth of gift packs were presented by Public Bank (Hong Kong) to the elderly community via the Dragon Boat Festival Donation organised by the Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council

⬆️ – shows an increase monetarily or the number of beneficiaries from 2021 report 

⬇️ – shows a decrease monetarily or the number of beneficiaries from 2021 report 

1. The numerical value for total cash and in-kind giving was calculated based on individual monetary mentions in the Annual and Sustainability report.

2. The information above is derived from Public Bank Berhad’s 2022 Annual and Sustainability Report. Email correspondence was made between between 20 April – 3 August 2023 to seek further clarification, however, no reply was received.

Focus Areas of Public Bank Berhad

Beneficiaries of Public Bank Berhad

In FY2022, Public Bank Berhad observed a decrease in both cash giving to profit ratio and in-kind giving to profit ratio.The primary focus of the Group’s giving efforts was directed towards Sponsorship, where the Group sponsored several noteworthy events, including the Bankers’ Cycling 2022, Malaysian Journalism Award 2022, and the 5th International Sustainable Energy Summit 2022. The largest segment of beneficiaries who benefited positively from Public Bank’s charitable initiatives belonged to the Community category, It catered for a specific group that shared the same characteristics to improve their well-being such as underprivileged individuals.

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