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ReThink HK has established effective and collaborative partnerships with organisations committed to driving awareness and action around sustainable development; professional trade and industry bodies, chambers of commerce, environmental and social impact groups, media platforms and Hong Kong registered charities.

Some of our amazing event partners for ReThink HK 2022

Business Environment Council
Exclusive Co-organiser

Business Environment Council

Booth B30

Since its establishment in 1992, BEC has been at the forefront of promoting environmental excellence by advocating the uptake of clean technologies and practices which reduce waste, conserve resources, prevent pollution and improve corporate environmental and social responsibility. BEC offers sustainable solutions and professional services covering advisory, research, assessment, training and award programmes for government, business and the community, thus enabling environmental protection and contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

  • EnviroSeries Conference
  • Policy Dialogue Series
  • Industry visit
  • Webinars

Charity Partner

HandsOn Hong Kong

As a local charity with the mission to empower everyone in Hong Kong to volunteer, HandsOn develops service programs in partnership with the city’s under-served non-profit organizations and connects them with the volunteer manpower they need to further their critical causes. Every day of the year, our team provides vital behind-the-scenes assistance to these charities, serving as an extension of their teams and enabling them to outsource much of their program and volunteer management at no cost. Throughout the COVID-crisis, HandsOn has supported 140,000+ vulnerable individuals in Hong Kong through 5,000+ relief service programs.

 

Content Partners

AmCham HK

The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham) is one of the largest American Chambers outside the US, the largest international chamber in Hong Kong and one of the most dynamic and influential international business organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chamber’s mission is to foster commerce among US, Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as to enhance Hong Kong’s stature as an international business center.

AmCham members are united in the belief that an economic system based upon free trade, open markets and private enterprise creates employment, prosperity and stability. The chamber subscribes to a set of universal business principles in support of our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices.

Through the Energy, Environment, Social and Governance Committee, AmCham endeavors to help members navigate the complex local and global sustainability trends, identify responsible business opportunities and to promote corporate citizenship among the Hong Kong business community.

Business with Purpose

“Business with Purpose” is a platform co-curated by The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) and Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk) to advance social impact considerations and innovations in business.

In its inaugural year in 2021, “Business with Purpose” was joined by 15 business leaders from the likes of Swire Properties, Green Monday and HKBN in a pledge in action to integrate purpose in business. The platform continues to build momentum in Hong Kong’s business community through four pillars: Advocacy, Award, Academy and Advisory and redefine sustainability for the next decade.

Dream Impact

Dream Impact is Hong Kong’s largest network of social enterprises and impact ventures, building and growing Hong Kong’s impact ecosystem. We are the impact community where empathetic, ambitious and action-driven individuals, businesses and community partners come together to scale and deepen social impact through their work, advocacy, bridging of resources and strategic partnerships.

Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) was established in 1960 to promote and foster the interests of Hong Kong’s industrial and business communities. Representing manufacturing and associated businesses from 32 industry groups, FHKI brings together like-minded entrepreneurs to spearhead the advancement of Hong Kong’s industry. Through policy advocacy, professional business support services and cross-sector collaboration, FHKI strives to build a dynamic industrial ecosystem to take forward transformation and re-industrialisation of Hong Kong’s economy, sparkling new business opportunities and charting diverse paths for the younger generation.

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

The ESG Committee was established in November 2021 with the aims to strengthen participation of the industry in achieving Hong Kong’s target in reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 and support industrial members in putting ESG in practice through capacity building, knowledge exchange and cultivating industrial ESG talents.

Global Institute for Tomorrow

GIFT is an independent pan-Asian think tank. We are committed to purposeful leadership learning, and partnering with our clients to help them unlearn conventional wisdom and unleash organisational potential to redesign society. Our practical insights, internationally acclaimed leadership learning curriculum, outcome driven facilitation and advisory practice help our clients anticipate and navigate a turbulent 21st century in key areas of sustainable development, social and environmental impact, sustainability, and policymaking. GIFT is rooted in the realities of a global Asia, with offices in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. We are dedicated to advancing a deeper understanding of today’s most critical drivers of change – from the emergence of a post-Western world to the reshaping of global capitalism and the dynamic relationship between business, society, and the state.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

  1. Move ESG beyond reporting, and reframe narratives to enable meaningful and sustained transformation, working with clients to embed ESG principles into all aspects of the business, from products and services to employees and the supply chain.
  2. Support companies in rethinking business models to embrace the true ethos of “sustainability”, elevating sustainability conversations beyond environmental management & short-term business goals and towards long-term societal sustainability.
  3. Scale up the accessibility of sustainability education and facilitate disruptive learning that empowers individuals and organisations with insights to redesign society through our new EdTech platform, GIFT.ed.

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

GIFT’s annual Hong Kong Young Leaders Programme (HKYLP) is a public consultation platform that convenes young professionals from the Business, Government and Civil society sectors to address Hong Kong’s pertinent complex societal challenges. Through the programme, participants meet with stakeholders and experts to gain cross-sector insights to develop innovative policy solutions for the betterment of Hong Kong. Since its inaugural programme in 2015, we have developed many policy recommendations and best practices for sustainable development, such as our 2021 Redefining “Smart City” for Resilience in the New Normal, investigating how to develop Hong Kong into a smart city that builds resilience and improves quality of life for all. The report includes policy recommendations across key focus areas which serve as important references and impetus for change amongst policymakers, industry players and civil society leaders.

For our upcoming 2022 HKYLP programme, we will be investigating the Northern Metropolis Development Strategy. A major urban development projected to become Hong Kong’s primary growth engine, and at the same time aspires to showcase how a modern city should be designed to embrace sustainability and resilience. The HKYLP engages participants in developing policy recommendations to enable the Northern Metropolis to become a liveable and resilient city. Beyond housing and infrastructure development, the cohort will be invited to also examine a range of other issues, which includes creating employment opportunities for citizens, balancing development with conservation, ensuring a high quality of life for its residents, recreation and community engagement in public spaces, and meeting Hong Kong’s long term policy objectives such as its 2050 decarbonisation goals.

Golin Limited

Golin is a global public relations agency helping companies create change that matters, redefining the role of PR with best-in-class, data driven creative that has earned worldwide attention and awards. We’re proud to be ReThink HK’s Content Partner for 2022’s Sustainable Communities Theatre, with a focus on Rethinking Customers & Communications.

Green Monday Group

With the vision to “Make Change Happen, Make Green Common”, Green Monday aims to build an innovative global ecosystem of future food and ESG best-practice to combat climate change, food insecurity, public health, planetary devastation and animal suffering.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

1. To build a sustainable global food ecosystem to set on tackling climate change, food insecurity and public health crises.

2. To build ESG best-practice and unify businesses towards a sustainable future through plant-based solutions.

3. To foster a worldwide platform of climate-friendly and healthy food products.

 

Hong Kong Green Building Council

The Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC) strives to promote the standard and development of sustainable buildings in Hong Kong by engaging the government, the industry and the public. The HKGBC also aims to develop practical solutions for Hong Kong’s unique, subtropical built environment of high-rise, high density urban area, leading Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and to become a world’s exemplar of green building development.

 

Hong Kong 2050 is Now

In 2019, Civic Exchange (CE) convened HK2050isNow, a flagship initiative aiming to inspire ambition and mobilise action for Hong Kong to transition towards carbon neutrality by 2050. HK2050isNow combines climate research and climate action under one umbrella, with an intention to fast-track collective efforts and communicate that ambitious action can generate positive opportunities for the economy and for the liveability of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Waste Management Association

Rooftop Republic Urban Farming

Booth E60

Rooftop Republic envisions a future of sustainable cities powered by urban farming. Towards greater climate and city resilience and enhance urban liveability, we build and manage urban farms to transform city spaces into vibrant sources of nutritious food, and engage and empower communities to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

  • Enhance city resilience by decarbonising buildings with circular food hubs through urban farming and diverting kitchen waste from landfill.
  • Achieve responsible consumption by activating city dwellers as the element of change.
  • Increase urban liveability through improving community wellbeing and food security through urban farming.

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

Rooftop Republic Urban Farming envisions a future of sustainable cities addressing urban liveability and city resilience powered by urban farming.

Through our Urban Farming as a Service solution, we build and manage urban farms to transform under-utilised areas into vibrant natural spaces, create sources of nutritious organic food, and engage and empower communities towards greater climate and urban resilience.

Since our establishment in 2015, our team has transformed more than 80,000 square feet of idling urban spaces into 80 productive urban farms on commercial office buildings, residential properties, shopping malls, schools, restaurants and more.

The clients and partners we work with include real estate companies, corporates, F&Bs, hotels, schools and individuals. Our clients include Sun Hung Kai Properties, Swire Properties, Sino Group, Cathay Pacific, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, local and international schools and more.

We are made up of a multidisciplinary team, with each team member bringing their unique expertise in areas such as urban planning, engineering, agronomy, sustainability, horticultural therapy, permaculture, composting, project management, and agricultural-based educational programmes.

We have been featured in local and worldwide publications including the Financial Times, BBC, The New Yorker, SCMP and Monocle. Rooftop Republic has been recognised by the Hong Kong SAR Government with “The Outstanding Social Enterprise (Meritorious) Award” and “Outstanding Innovation Award” at the Social Enterprise Awards 2017, and is an awardee of the DBS Social Enterprise Grant 2018, 2020 as well as the Special Award For Small Enterprises and Start-ups Winner of the 2021 Hong Kong Management Association Quality Award.

School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Established in July 2009 as the first dedicated school of its kind in Hong Kong, City University’s School of Energy and Environment (SEE) aspires to be a leading school in Asia to foster an interdisciplinary approach in developing sustainable energy and environmental technologies, with a special focus on megacities like Hong Kong and its neighbouring regions.

SEE also stands for sustainability, energy, and environment. Aligning with CityU’s research theme of Smart Cities and One Health, the School focuses on three main strategic areas : Sustainable Technologies for Energy, Environment and Health; Urban Atmospheric and Aquatic Environment : science and policies; and Systems Approach to Smart and Healthy Cities : Nexus of Energy, Climate, and Environment. Our interdisciplinary efforts capitalize on our faculty’s special expertise in climate change and air pollution, building and energy efficiency, innovative environmental treatment processes, waste to energy, renewable energy, power management, and sustainability policies and economics.

Our research achievements underpin the education we offer to our students. Our goal is to nurture a new generation of energy professionals who take an interdisciplinary and holistic view of climate change mitigation and emissions reduction in finding innovative solutions to produce clean energy and sustainable development.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

  1. Advancing research in targeted themes of benefit to societal needs in energy, environment, and sustainability
  2. Preparing leaders and practitioners to address environmental and energy needs in a rapidly decarbonizing world and build a sustainable future
  3. Maintaining a collaborative and supportive atmosphere for students, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders in advancing our interdisciplinary research and educational objectives

Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong

Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong (SVIHK) is a non-profit organisation driving the purpose-led business movement in Hong Kong and China. We are funded by leading companies to accelerate shared value creation by establishing long-lasting and profitable business models while addressing unmet societal needs. Our dedicated programmes and vivid ecosystem bring unlikely partnerships that simultaneously create economic and social value.

WHub is Hong Kong’s largest startup ecosystem accelerator; unleashing Startups full potential by connecting them to the resources they need.

Being at the heart of the tech and innovation ecosystem, fostering its growth over the decade, positions WHub with a superior network and understanding to design the most innovative programs fostering win-win solutions.

WHub excels in curating and executing unique – personalised programs, convening the rich ecosystem to create tangible, impactful and sustainable results.

Strategic Media Partner

EDigest 經濟一週

EDigest, one of Hong Kong’ leading financial platforms, has always stayed close to the global finance market, providing instant, accurate and precise insights on finance news.

We recognise the importance of sustainable development and strive to build a strategy network for ESG companies and entrepreneurs, sharing insight, best practices on ESG and working together to protect the earth.

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

We will launch a dedicated ESG program《集合吧!ESG前進艦隊》to create and achieve a more sustainable future together with the society. The program will feature companies and leaders on their experiences, learnings and insights in incorporating ESG in their business, and also cover the latest news and policy in sustainable development.

Knowledge Partner

MAKE Studios

MAKE is a strategic experience design company. We elevate and differentiate the customer experience of products, services, and brands. Since 2015, our ‘Design for Impact’ program has connected social enterprises and NGO’s with community networks and corporate clients for social innovation and change. Our approach combines Systems Thinking with Human-centred Design and Behavioural Design to create a ‘zoom in–zoom out’ lens to better understand our clients’ services and experience within both macro and micro contexts. Over the years, we have helped our partners surface untapped opportunities, and empower both teams and stakeholders to co-create meaningful social impact, amplify brand value and awareness.

Supporting Organisations

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA

The Austrian Trade Commission in Hong Kong is an office of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the Foreign Trade Organisation of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna.

Since the establishment of the Hong Kong office in 1961, Austrian Trade Commissioners have been exploring business opportunities and providing services to Austrian companies in the region. Reflecting Hong Kong’s role as an entrepot and trade hub, the Trade Commission’s geographical catchment area has always extended beyond the territory. Today, it covers the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

AIESEC Hong Kong Limited

Boasting a presence in 120+ countries and territories and 4000+ tertiary institutions worldwide, AIESEC is the world’s largest non-political, not-for-profit youth-run organization that strives to develop leadership in youth.

Believing that youth leadership is the fundamental solution to unlock a better future, every year we engage more than 50,000 youths for leadership development through cross-cultural exchanges and management opportunities.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK), established in 1990 by a group of local community leaders as an affiliate of Asia Society, is an independent non-governmental educational organization with the mission to navigate shared futures for Asia and the world in the fields of arts and culture, business and policy.

 

 

AustroCham

AustroCham serves as a networking platform for the Austrian community and its interests in Hong Kong & Macau and, in particular, to create, advance and promote relations among Austria, Hong Kong & Macau.

Business Sweden

Business Sweden is jointly owned by the Swedish state and the Swedish business sector with a mandate and a mission to help international companies gain access to the Swedish market and help domestic ones utilize it as a platform for expansion. Business Sweden plays an important role in promoting green transition, sustainable growth, and responsible business practices.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

The long-term goal of our sustainability work is to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda, the implementation of the Paris Agreement and to Sweden’s green transition to net-zero emissions by 2045. For more information, please visit: https://www.business-sweden.com/about-us/sustainability/

Our initiative in accelerating sustainable development in Hong Kong:

Since 2020, Business Sweden in Hong Kong has been organizing a platform with the aims to contribute to a more sustainable Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, by knowledge-sharing, connecting stakeholders and facilitating further discussions between Swedish and local stakeholders. Through this platform, we have been participating and organizing different forms of activities (e.g. exhibitions, webinars, match-making sessions) to promote Sweden, introduce and connect Swedish solution providers with local stakeholders. We welcome stakeholders from Hong Kong who are interested in finding sustainable city solutions that fit the needs of the local context.

Community Business

Community Business is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to make positive impacts on people and communities. A recognised leader in advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia, we work with companies from diverse industries, harnessing the power of business to drive social change.

Consulate General of Belgium

Consulate General of Finland in HK & Macao

Finland ranks as the world’s leading country in sustainable development. One of the secrets to Finland’s success in advancing sustainability has been the participatory approach. We need to build a sustainable world together. Finland is generating sustainable solutions for various industries and sectors of life.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

  1. The Consulate General of Finland in Hong Kong and Macao wants be a leader discussions to find solutions for sustainability and actively share and showcase what has been done in Finland. We are also eager to learn from others.
  2. The Consulate-General also aims to lead by example by continuously striving to make its own internal practices more sustainable. This year our focus is on: reducing energy consumption through renovation of the air-conditioning system, and continuing to improve consumption and recycling habits in order to reduce the use of plastic and food waste.

Consulate General of Hungary

The Consulate General of Hungary is the diplomatic mission of Hungary in Hong Kong and Macao, comprehensively representing the country including but not limited to consular matters, policy, economic, trade, cultural and science and technology areas. In accordance with rising global awareness, sustainability is becoming an increasingly important aspect of international cooperation for us.

Hungary is responding to climate change with its first (2008) and second (2018) National Climate Change Strategy and its subordinate Action Plans, such as the National Energy Strategy 2030, the National Energy and Climate Plan, the National Clean Development Strategy. Hungary’s transformation is supported by several subsets of policies as well. As a Member State of the European Union, Hungary’s climate policies are in line with those of the EU. Hungary is a party to the Paris Climate Accord.

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

  1. Increasing our advocacy of sustainability
  2. Introducing Hungary’s efforts to contribute to a sustainable future
  3. Introducing Hungarian homegrown solutions that fit the local context of Hong Kong
  4. Learning and exchange with other stakeholders

 

 

Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong

Italy is an international leader in the green economy and a society with one of the most sustainable ecosystems in the world. The Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong supports partnerships between public and private players in a wide range of green sectors, with a view to building a carbon‑neutral Hong Kong by 2050.

CUHK EMBA Alumni Association

Our mission is to enrich our alumni’ post-studies lives by providing best-in-class initiatives to foster lifelong learning and development, to stimulate intergenerational connection & collaboration and to create social impact beyond just doing good in business.

Danish Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

The Danish Chamber of Commerce (DCC) provides a forum for all business which relates to Denmark, or Danish related companies. Thus the focus is on the relations with Denmark and is not specific to the nationalities of individuals. DCC’s objective is to identify, examine and discuss matters of common interest affecting economic, industrial and commercial issues and objectives as well as health and educational matters.

Drink Without Waste

The Drink Without Waste initiative is led by the Single-Use Beverage Packaging Working Group, a coalition of beverage manufacturers and importers, waste handlers and recyclers, institutions, retailers and NGOs in Hong Kong. The Working Group seeks to reduce the volume of used beverage packaging going to waste by 70 to 90%. For more information, please visit https://drinkwithoutwaste.org/

Our sustainability goals for 2022:

Drink Without Waste fully supports the Environmental Protection Department and an effective Producer Responsibility Scheme which minimizes the impact on consumer choice, cost and convenience. To protect the environment effectively, we advocate to:

1. Cover all packaging materials

2. Starting with a lower rebate

3. Build a collection network designed for Hong Kong

4. Operate the scheme via a professional and not-for-profit platform