Lack Of Disclosure Drags Kossan’s ESG Score To Below Average

Based on Maybank IB, Kossan Rubber Industries ESG report has been below average, giving the company a score of 38 (over 100).

The house said KRI has been strengthening its sustainability infrastructure, carbon accounting mechanism, data collection and disclosure – however, it is currently lacking medium-long term ESG targets. Looking ahead, Maybank IB expects to see improvements in KRI’s ESG scoring with the anticipated launch of its Sustainability Strategy and Blueprint. Maybank IB continues to maintain its earnings forecasts, MYR2.08 TP with a hold call.

Maybank IB noted that KRIs’ overall ESG score of 38 is below average and is currently trailing the ESG scores of its sector peers, namely Top Glove who scored a 61. While it has adopted initiatives to enhance its sustainability infrastructure, the lack of disclosures on medium and long-term ESG targets has dragged its scoring compared to its peers. Additionally, KRI’s board composition is not as diversified as that of Top Glove and Hartalega, which have more Independent Non-Executive Directors and female representation.

In FY22, the group established the Kossan Sustainability Policy & Framework and implemented a carbon accounting mechanism while enhancing data collection and disclosure for Scopes 1, 2 and 3. KRI has indicated its intention to launch the Kossan Sustainability Strategy and Blueprint and introducing sustainabilityrelated KPIs for its management in 2023. All of these initiatives, once detailed, can be expected to improve its ESG scoring going forward.

KRI has the strongest balance sheet among glove makers under coverage with MYR2.1b net cash (81 sen/sh) as at Dec 2023. Coupled with its’ technological know-how, the group would be able to raise its automation and digitalisation across its entire operation. This would result in higher productivity, lower headcount and better cost competitiveness

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