On Friday 14th October, members of the Malta ESG Alliance (MESGA) visited St. Ignatius College Secondary School Ħandaq Qormi. MESGA representatives of the member companies discussed sustainability topics with business, accountancy and retail students of the senior school. The exchange included discussions on topics such as waste, carbon emissions as well as the vision of the Alliance.
To complement the visit a number of indigenous trees were also planted on the school grounds, with agribusiness students, to offset the carbon emitted during MESGA’s launch event last July 2022.
The visit ended with some refreshments prepared by the hospitality students for the guests. Many thanks to St. Ignatius College in Ħandaq for having us!
Sustainability Awareness event at St. Ignatius College Secondary School Handaq Qormi
Already at its three-month mark from launch, the Malta ESG Alliance (MESGA) has been active through its founding members driving commitment with decarbonization projects, as well as through raising awareness and creating dialogue with the younger generations in schools and with national stakeholders and policy makers.
Indeed, today, the 14th October, MESGA representatives have joined students from St. Ignatius College Secondary School in Handaq, Qormi, to collaborate in an awareness session on the topics of Climate Change, ESG and Impact Sustainability and the significant influence that businesses and individuals have and can have on society, as well as why MESGA was set up and what it aims to achieve. Ms. Diane Oswald from Malta Public Transport and Mr. Joseph Restall from International Hotel Investments plc. explained the sustainability initiatives they are carrying out within their own businesses, outlining to students real scenarios of how local businesses are taking into account Impact Sustainability when operating. Representatives from EY, HSBC plc, Medserv plc and Melita plc were also present for this event. Students had the opportunity to present questions and recommendations to the business community and exchanged ideas and concerns with MESGA members in a collaborative setting in their school.
As part of this event, 15 endemic saplings were also planted on school grounds, entrusting the future generations with the care of these plants. This was part of a commitment aimed to counter carbon emissions produced during the MESGA launch event held in July.
During the same event, the official website for MESGA was also launched (www.maltaesgalliance.com). This website provides information, ambitions and tangible actions related to the Alliance and its founding members, outlines events and campaigns being undertaken and provides information on how interested companies could join the Alliance.
It is worth noting that the founding members Alberta Group, APS Bank Plc, AX Group Plc, Bank of Valletta Plc, GO Plc, HSBC Bank Malta Plc, International Hotel Investments Plc, Malta Public Transport Services (Operations) Ltd, MAPFRE Malta, MEDSERV Operations Ltd, Melita Ltd, PG Group Plc and Toly Products Ltd., who are being supported by Perit David Xuereb, EY Malta and Ganado Advocates, are all working on their own decarbonization projects in a collaborative, committed and accountable manner.
Ultimately, MESGA looks forward to welcoming more members with various experiences, resources, and sustainability best practices, so as to encourage and support like-minded ambitious businesses to collaborate together and lead the way in this journey of tangible impact on their business and the wider society and be a collective force for good. Collaboration with the future generations like the one of this morning, not only help students understand what businesses are doing, but encourages businesses be accountable to the future consumers, employees, and stakeholders that expect to live in a thriving economy.