Bank Islam Advances Prosperity for All Through Impact Investment

Malaysia’s pioneering Islamic bank, Bank  Islam Malaysia Berhad (Bank Islam or the Bank), introduces its latest offering, the Ihsan  Sustainability Investment Account (ISIA). The innovative product is tailor-made to deliver positive social and environmental impact through Social Finance, in addition  to financial returns. Simultaneously, it is designed for clients seeking stable short-term  investments to navigate the uncertainties often associated with equities and fixed income investments.

Bank Islam Group Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Mohd Muazzam Mohamed, said, “As  an Islamic Bank, doing good and well is ingrained in us. Aligned with Maqasid Shariah,  ISIA reflects our commitment to advancing prosperity for all. Through ISIA, we enable  investors to join us in shaping a nature-positive economy by venturing into Islamic  Finance potentials.”

ISIA was first offered for a period between 25 October 2023 and 24 November 2023  and is available for High-Net-Worth individuals and non-individual investors with a  minimum investment amount of RM50,000 for individuals and RM1 million for non individuals, respectively.

Due to overwhelming demand, the Bank has extended the offer period from 27  November until 14 December 2023, while a new investment date is set for 15  December 2023. ISIA offers an indicative 4.50%* return per annum (p.a.), where 2.50%  portion of the profit will be contributed to Pusat Pungutan Zakat Majlis Agama Islam  Wilayah Persekutuan (PPZ-MAIWP) or Bank Islam Sadaqa House. This is one of the  social elements incorporated in this campaign feature. The profit will be distributed semi-annually and within the investment tenure of 24 months.

ISIA is the pioneering Investment Account designed to offer investors access to ESG or SDG-aligned financing assets curated to support the United Nations (UN) Sustainable  Development Goals (SDG) objectives and favourable Climate Change and Principle Based Taxonomy (CCPT) classification as per Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM)  framework. The funds will be invested in a diversified portfolio of the Bank’s non-retail  assets involving renewable energy, green financing, clean transportation, clean  water and sanitation, and other sectors that contribute to creating sustainable cities  and community goals. The Bank has established a rigorous oversight framework that  involves meticulous processes such as thorough due diligence, comprehensive  impact assessment, and continuous monitoring of the fund.

Beyond financial returns, investors can make a meaningful impact on social causes  through collaboration with PPZ-MAIWP or Bank Islam Sadaqa House, which is also  entitled to tax deductions. The amount contributed enables selected changemakers  under Sadaqa House to continue their efforts in empowering the underserved  community.

“Bank Islam is committed to transparency and accountability, and we’re determined  to make a tangible difference in the communities and ecosystems we serve. These  commitments are critical to ensure that every cent of the social impact contribution  from ISIA’s returns goes toward creating meaningful and lasting change. Clients’  investments with ISIA aren’t just financials in value; they are investments in a brighter,  more sustainable future for all,” Dato’ Mohd Muazzam adds.

To learn more about the ISIA, visit banking/deposit-and-investments/investments/ihsan-sustainability-investment account-isia/.

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