Day 1 – Thursday 14 Sept

12:00 – 13:15

What You Need to Know About ESG Trends in the Consumer Product Supply Chain

12:00 – 13:15

This session is designed to offer a deep-dive into the world of ESG trends influencing the supply chain. As we move forward towards an era that is more environmentally conscious and regulatory driven, understanding the sustainability performance of your products and companies becomes not just a choice, but a necessity. Let’s work together to embrace the ESG trends that are shaping our world and create more sustainable world.

Session Discussion Points
1. Why Should You Be Concerned About Your Product’s Sustainability Performance? – A Regulatory and Market Perspective
2. How to Ensure Effective and Transparent Sustainability Communication with Stakeholders
3. What Are the Sustainability Reporting Obligations in the EU

Intended Post-Event Actions for Delegates
1. Starts review the sustainability performance
2. Set clear goals and timeline for improving the sustainability performance
3. Define or refine the sustainability communication strategy

Speakers

Ryan Foo

Senior technical Manager

Ryan has over 12 years of relevant professional experience, specializing in supply chain audit, carbon footprint and ESG reporting.

Ryan has extensive industry ESG management and reporting experience in manufacturing industry. He is familiar with GRI (“Global Reporting Initiative”), HKEX’s ESG reporting guide, EU CSRD (“Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive), MSCI Global ESG Rating, TCFD (“Task Force Climate Related Financial Reporting”), and the GRESB (“Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark”)

Ryan is familiar with various corporate sustainability and carbon footprint data management software and has practical experience in using them. He has successfully implemented corporate sustainability reporting data management systems for HK Electric, MTR, and CDL Singapore. Ryan is also a GRI training instructor. He was involved in the translation of GRI 3.1 Chinese version.

Charles Ng

Technical Manager, Softlines

Charles has been working in the TIC industry for more than 20 years, specialized in legislations, regulatory activities and policies related to chemical matters. Since the industries have been advancing from chemical compliance to sustainability initiatives, he has also kept pace with this trend and got heavily engaged in providing technical advice and solutions to partners to fulfill their sustainability goals. His expertise can link up product compliance and sustainable requirements together as holistic supports to industrial stakeholders.

There are currently various initiatives coming out that are expected to bring tremendous impact to consumer products, including the measures to support circular economy, sustainable packaging, plastic strategy and environmental impacts associated with chemicals. Charles has already monitored their relevant targets and requirements at their developing stage, and now dedicate himself to frequently provide consultation and to arouse awareness to all the affected parties in the product supply chain.

Nigel Yip

Senior Manager, Human Resources & Sustainability

Nigel Yip is the Senior Manager of Human Resources & Sustainability at Karrie International Holdings Limited. With over 20 years of experience in sustainability, particularly in the manufacturing sector, Nigel is dedicated to driving positive change and achieving a sustainable future for all stakeholders of the company.

Brian CH Wong

Senior Sustainability Manager

Brian oversees the sustainability matters of the company, including but not limited to sustainability governance setup, sustainability framework adoption, target setting and monitoring, ESG reporting and organizational carbon accounts setup and maintenance.

He also advocates carbon reduction and advises on offset strategy on both organizational and product levels. He orchestrates climate risk assessment and disclosure preparation with reference to TCFD and IFRS frameworks.

He is in charge of organization and product sustainability certification as well as social responsibility system and sustainability assessment. This includes the EcoVadis sustainability assessment, UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill Certification and BSCI social responsibility methodology.

He is currently the convener of Hong Kong’s Rechargeable Battery Recycling Programme Operations Subcommittee and a Council Member of Electric Vehicle Wasted Battery Recycling of the Hong Kong WEEE Recycling Association.

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16:00 – 17:15

ESG Academy

16:00 – 17:15

HSBC launched the first-ever ESG Academy in 4Q 2022, to provide a suite of resources for companies of all sizes looking to learn more about ESG topics and practices.

Session Discussion Point

Helping clients to undergo their low-carbon transition with tools, and an understanding of local and global ESG standards and regulatory requirements.

Speakers

Robert Hsu

Senior manager, Digital experience and accessibility

Robert currently occupies the position of Senior Manager in Digital Experience and Accessibility for HSBC. He advocates inclusive and accessible digital experiences for culturally and linguistically diverse communities of all abilities and disabilities, to empower everyone to adapt to the world around and achieve more.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

As one of the advisory committee of the Hong Kong Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2022-23, Robert will continue to encourage local enterprises and organisations to adopt accessibility design in their websites and mobile applications, and to join hands in building an inclusive society.

Calvin Wong

Senior Project Manager – Sustainability

Mr. Wong is currently a senior project manager – sustainability at SGS Hong Kong. With diverse global value chain background across multiple business sectors, he has extensive knowledge and field experience in sustainability and business consulting. He is a passionate practitioner and strategist in corporate sustainability, ESG disclosure, green finance and carbon solutions.

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Day 2 – Friday 15 Sept

10:15 – 11:30

Soft skills for sustainability: leadership for the shift

10:15 – 11:30

Transitioning to a sustainable model for future generations is complex. Leading change in a VUCA environment requires adapting the way we assess a situation, make decisions, and interact with others. Through experiential collective learning, explore your soft skills potential as a change leader.

Session Discussion Points
Three key meta-skills for sustainability leadership: (1) care, (2) design simplifying stories, (3) create common meaning

Intended Post-Event Actions for Delegates
Assess your and the team’s soft skill maturity needed for achieving your sustainability goals, and support one and others in the learning path.

Speakers

Marine Veillon

Managing Consultant

Although French born and raised, Marine Veillon spent the last 10 years working across Asia, in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Her experience spans from urban project development, trade show organization to business transformation and change management in various industries: retail, luxury, wine and spirits, services and more.

A curious and agile professional, Marine is passionate about enabling others to develop meaningfully and adapt to new realities.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I want to contribute to Hong Kong’s re-invention as a sustainable city and society, fostering individuals well-being and ability to act, innovating for a better future.

Joyce Wong

Managing Consultant

With over a decade of professional experience in cross-sector collaboration, social innovation, impact and strategy consulting for the public and private sectors, project design, implementation and communications, Joyce is a seasoned change consultant and well-versed facilitator and presenter at design thinking and capacity-building workshops. She also has a pop-up bookstore with an interesting curation that focuses on social issues and designing for good (in Sai Ying Pun!)

Her previous experience spans government consulting in Hong Kong and the UK, capacity building, innovation and grantmaking for nonprofits and businesses, and corporate communications. She holds two master degrees in Global History and Global Studies from the London School of Economics and Leipzig University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

> Accelerate the sustainable transition by empowering its pioneers and early adopters
> Develop soft skills to foster the ability to act of those who want to leave a better place for the future generations
> Support sustainable leaders with tools that help them reach their purposes
> Create awareness and engagement towards climate change and biodiversity erosion through engaging workshops
> Work on behavioral change in order to implement new sustainable behaviors for individuals and teams

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12:00 – 13:15

Exploring Adaptable Solutions for Single-Use Plastics: A Workshop on Design Perspectives and Best Practices

12:00 – 13:15

The workshop will present the latest design perspectives and best practices of single-use plastic alternatives from the Netherlands and explore adaptable solutions in HK. It focuses on exchanging insights with counterparts from the Netherlands and fostering interactive discussion among participants.
Session Discussion Points

  • knowledge on single-use plastics (SUP)
  • HK’s SUP situations, challenges and regulations
  • Netherlands’ design principles, best practices & case studies

Speakers

Frederik van Eijk

CEO

Frederik van Eijk, is CEO of Holland Circular Hotspot and co-chair of the EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. He is also vice-chair of the Circular Biobased Delta and adjunct professor at the LUISS Business School.He is one of the more senior EU experts in the field of Waste Management and Circular Economy and has been described as a “mover and a shaker’.Previously he served as Director of strategy and PA at multinational SUEZ and board member at the Dutch Waste Management Association.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

That Hong Kong launches the ambition to be the leading metropole in Asia in a circular transition and sets out a roadmap with clear goals supported by businesses to get there.

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Mr. Merlin Lao is Head of Policy & Research at BEC. He leads the team to share develop clear policy positions on pressing climate and environmental topics in Hong Kong, through undertaking research on latest domestic and international trends, engaging with the Hong Kong SAR Government and connecting insights of the local business sector.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Mainstream circular economy actions along all value chain processes.

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14:15 – 15:30

Unlocking the value of corporate sustainability strategy

14:15 – 15:30

This session aims to discuss how companies with robust sustainability strategy and ESG data can have better access to sustainable finance, mitigate greenwashing risk, and fully utilize sustainable finance to achieve impact. Introduce practical tool for data collection that leads towards sustainable finance.

Session Discussion Points
• Corporate sustainability market perception and strategy setting
• Opportunities that come along in your sustainability journey
• Removing the hurdles on data availability- Tool for data collection
• What is needed for gaining access to sustainable finance?

Intended Post-Event Actions for Delegates
– reflect on the relevance and robustness of their existing ESG strategy, impact of their ESG strategy to their stakeholders, including investors, customers, financiers, etc.
-identify specific metrics to be measured and take steps in measuring and reporting those metrics

Speakers

Karen Ho

Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability

Karen HO is the Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability for WWF-Hong Kong. She works with stakeholders across public and private sectors as well as civil society to make Hong Kong a sustainable city; explores collaboration opportunities for community-based environmental protection projects and advancing sustainable development goals (SDGs); advises on strategies and best practices of setting science-based target, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure, low-carbon transformation, nature-based solutions (NbS) and net-zero circular economy. Under her leadership, the Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP) and LOOP PLUS have helped hundreds of companies establish their baseline, take actions and improve climate /ESG performance. An accomplished senior executive, Karen held senior management positions in several Fortune 500 companies prior to joining WWF.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I hope to see the Hong Kong government’s leadership in significant growth of local renewable electricity generation, a vibrant and prosperous private sector contributing positively to people and the planet, and the general public participation in advancing the SDGs.

Karen Ho

Bloomberg APAC Head of ESG Regulations and Integration Specialist

Karen Ho is the Bloomberg APAC Head of ESG Regulations and Integration Specialist, based in Hong Kong.

She drives Bloomberg’s strategic partnerships with financial institutions as a solutions architect, helping customers to adopt Bloomberg data, news, research, index and technology in their ESG journey. Karen specializes in global ESG regulatory developments and collaborates with internal team to build solutions.

Karen represents Bloomberg to participate in multiple industry working groups to drive ESG adoptions in the financial community. She currently represents Bloomberg to sit in the Centre for Green and Sustainable Finance Working Group, under the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group in Hong Kong, and was part of the SFC’s Climate Change Technical Expert Group in 2020.

Karen has over 11 years of leadership experiences in equity research and data management including ESG and Supply Chain analysis.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Both private and public sector have a clear understanding, formulate strategy and set goals towards on sustainability, and especially, transition to net zero.

Pritya Widiarta

Director, Climate Change, Asia Pacific

As a Director, Climate Change, Asia Pacific at HSBC, Pritya drives and oversees the implementation of the Group’s climate ambition in international markets ex-ASEAN. She works with Head of Sustainability at countries and markets to develop country climate plan, engages in governance of sustainable finance, and supports Senior Management of the Bank and Business teams in external engagement on climate change and sustainability topics, including with clients, regulators, and industry bodies.

Pritya has worked on various roles in HSBC, including client coverage, wholesale portfolio management, and commercial real estate finance in Commercial Banking in Asia Pacific, before specializing in climate change. She has over 15 years of professional experience building team capabilities and implementing new policies and frameworks in the bank. Pritya holds a Magister of Management from Prasetiya Mulya Business School and Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Indonesia.

Chris Yoshii

Vice President Economics

Mr. Chris Yoshii is the Global Director of Economics + Planning and heads AECOM’s Economics and Planning practice in Asia. Under Chris’ leadership, AECOM has been able to integrate Economics into its planning and design work across Asia, South Asia and the Middle East for an array of public and private sector clients.

Mr. Yoshii’s expertise includes the provision of specialist advice and strategic direction on economic planning to government, commercial, public entities and private clients. Chris has overseen and spearheaded studies that encompass Transit Oriented Development, Urban Regeneration, New Town & District Planning, and Financial Feasibility of mixed-use urban projects. These projects often entail market analysis, programming, economic impact analysis, and project management.

Over the past 37 years, Mr. Yoshii has worked extensively with a broad range of clients and projects to ensure economic reality as part of an overall development strategy and design.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

I would like to see Hong Kong make substantial progress in real implementable planning and financing for the electrification of the commercial fleets (bus, public light bus, light and medium duty vehicles). Commercial vehicles are a major source of carbon emissions as well as air pollution.

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16:00 – 17:15

The Climate Change Game – Let’s break it down!

16:00 – 17:15

As a team, participants will collectively discuss and uncover the cause and consequences of climate change and what does this mean for our current and future courses of action. After, we will brainstorm what are the solutions and actions that can be taken, both as an individual and collective.

Session Discussion Point

Efficient breakdown of the most respected IPCC reports that inform political and economic decision-making about climate change into a simple card game.

Speakers

Karen Choi

Partnership and Development Lead

Karen has over 10 years experiences in client relationships management, partnership and community development, and event organisation. Karen knows how instrumental a people-centric approach is to winning trust and working effectively with clients in all functions at companies of all sizes and across all industries.

Before joining SVIHK, Karen worked in the German Chamber of Commerce as a bridge between the German and Hong Kong businesses. Leading some German corporate delegations in the energy industry, she discovered how business can play a role and positively impact the environment and society. She now puts all her energy into rallying companies, government and society’s partners through purpose-driven partnerships.

Working at SVIHK, Karen learns that measurement aligns directly with goals and indicate what we want to change. Therefore she is interested in exploring different framework to evaluate the relationships between resources allocation and the impact.

Virginie Ostrowski

Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong

Chief Executive Officer

Virginie has dedicated her career to purpose-driven organisations, fostering collaboration between corporations, government, and civil society to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

Originally a journalist, Virginie turned to communications to leverage her professional skills in addressing society’s needs. From e-health to sustainable development, she helped raise awareness and drive change on critical issues as a Communications and Marketing professional. Before joining SVIHK, she played a pivotal role in fostering a shared value cluster that brings together academics, public bodies, and private companies to spearhead sustainability initiatives in transport and energy infrastructure.

Passionate about impact and innovation, Virginie brings her strategic and operational expertise to Shared Value Initiative.

Karen Tsang

Partnership and Experiences Lead

With over 10 years in cross sector partnership, community management, and brand strategy, Karen believes that the most impactful changes can be achieved with purposeful collaborations between different sectors. Karen’s focus is working with private sectors and how they can play a key role in driving scalable changes in the society and environment. Through designing human centric experiences and engagement, Karen works with private sector partners throughout, from shared value awareness building to business integration.

Before joining SVIHK, Karen was the Regional Brand and PR lead for National Geographic, where she oversaw the marketing, communications and brand strategy for Hong Kong Southeast Asia. She also managed the Explorer Community, aligning impactful brands with changemakers across Asia through common purpose and impact.

Coming from a finance and accounting background, Karen is passionate about data and how this is a crucial piece to drive change.

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