Sustaining the Yellow Heart: responsible business by reducing inequalities at Digi Malaysia

Sahar E-Vahdati, Wan Nordin Wan-Hussin, Oon Hun Ling

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Learning outcomes: This study enables to critique the development of a sustainability strategy brand; integrated reports, sustainability reports, usage of safe internet and online learning skills to reduce inequalities and increase stakeholders’ values. 

Case overview/synopsis: Digi Telecommunications (Digi) has been publishing annual sustainability reporting in line with Global Reporting Initiatives since 2009. Albern Murty, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digi, the largest player in the mobile telecommunications industry in Malaysia by the number of subscribers, decided to establish a responsible business brand known as Yellow Heart in 2018 to better serve their stakeholders demand. There was a low stakeholder understanding of Digi’s sustainability efforts and societal impacts. Digi’s Sustainability department aspired to make Yellow Heart the best industry practice for continuous improvements by making Responsible Business commitment one of the main pillars of the company’s strategy and vision. Yellow Heart was linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)10 on reducing inequalities by focusing on Digital Inclusion and Resilience to increase safe access opportunities, provide marginalized communities with opportunities to pursue interests in digital learning pathways and create a more sustainable digital future for all. The case study illustrates the sustainability management at Digi and the planned migration from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting to build trust in the business with all the stakeholders. The case dilemma involves the challenges that Philip Ling Oon Hun, the Head of the Sustainability, faced in deciding the SDGs to focus on and measuring and reporting their outcomes to contribute to the greater good, not only in pure business terms but also to society at large.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEmerald Emerging Markets Case Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


Financial support from the Institute for Management and Business Research (IMBRe) Universiti Utara Malaysia is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Value creation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sustainable development
  • Environment and society
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Integrated reporting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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