HONG KONG’S BEST ATTENDED AND MOST AMBITIOUS BUSINESS EVENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT #OnlyWayForward

Finance & Supply Chains Theatre

Finance & Supply Chains Theatre

Day 1 – Thursday 12 Sept

 

Green and sustainable finance has become a global trend, driven by the collective efforts of public and private actors for the net-zero transition. This has created enormous opportunities for reprioritising economic activities and realigning investment portfolios toward sustainable development.

Rethinking Finance will bring together regulators, investors, researchers and finance professionals to look into Hong Kong’s rapid expansion of sustainable finance deals, the growing practice of taking ESG into investment considerations, the increasing demand in transition finance, as well as how SMEs, asset owners and multinational corporations can access new breeds of green financing in the city’s efforts to capitalize on its strengths and accelerate its emergence as a green finance hub for the region.

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11:00 – 11:05

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Finance

11:00 – 11:05

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11:15 – 12:05

Charting the Future of Sustainable Investments

11:15 – 12:05

The world of finance is embracing sustainability like never before. As demand for sustainable investment surges, it’s crucial for investors, companies, and policymakers to understand the latest trends and challenges shaping this field. Join us for an in-depth session exploring the hottest topics in sustainable investment, including ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) criteria, green finance, and impact investing. We’ll dive into how these themes are transforming investment strategies and highlight innovative ways to integrate sustainability into your financial decisions.

Learnings

  • What are the key strategies for Sustainable Investing?
  • How can businesses learn to understand and navigate regulations?

Post-event Actions

  • Start to understand the skills required to develop Your Sustainable Investment Strategy.
  • Be able to take away the essential information to integrate ESG criteria into your business model.
  • Stay informed on current regulations associated with sustainable investing.
  • Continue Your Sustainable Investment Journey.

12:05 – 12:55

Integrating Biodiversity for Financial Decision Making

12:05 – 12:55

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13:55 – 14:45

Financing Corporates’ Transition to Net Zero

13:55 – 14:45

The journey to net zero can be daunting, especially for corporates with limited resources operating in an increasingly competitive and challenging macro-environment.   Although the journey begins with a single step, what does that first step look like?  To alleviate some of that anxiety, this panel will explore how the transition to net zero can be approached with credibility and confidence and given the considerable investment required to support the overall transition, how collaboration with the banks can help support in decarbonising/ climate-proofing their business.

Learnings

  • What are the practical considerations on how corporates can approach the transition to net zero with real case studies?
  • How can data (incl. scope 3 disclosures) play a critical role in transition planning as well as engagement with stakeholders and ensuring integrity in financing structures?
  • How can banks align with clients on their journey to net zero and commit to supporting corporates with their own transition finance plans?

Post-event Actions

  • The importance of data as a foundation for a well-constructed transition plan.
  • Financing and other technological solutions available to corporates in their journey to net zero.

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14:45 – 15:35

Catalysing Net Zero Pathways with Green Technology

14:45 – 15:35

Bridging the sustainable finance gap between addressing ESG (environmental, social, and governance) challenges, and adopting green technology at scale and pace is essential for Asia to effectively achieve its climate targets and transition to low-carbon economies. How can financing be secured to enable early adoption? What is the role of private finance, and what are the opportunities for start-ups?
The panel will discuss how green technologies have been successfully integrated, and scaled to generate a positive impact and profit with real case studies.

Learnings

  • What kind of insights can we explore in the Green Fintech and Green Tech landscapes, as well as what initiatives are aimed at promoting the adoption of green technology?
  • What opportunities and challenges are associated with financing emerging green technology and innovation?
  • What application of technology solutions in investment, business operations decision-making, and risk management to drive performance are there?

Post-event Actions

  • Creating a vibrant green ecosystem in Hong Kong.
  • Enhancing transparency and facilitating access to private sector financing for green fintech and green tech firms to scale and for corporates to adopt.

Speakers

Jenny Lee

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Deputy Secretary General

Jenny is the Deputy Secretary General for Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), primarily responsible for leading strategic multi-stakeholder engagement across its diverse 160 institutional member firms, private and public sector, regulator and government to advance Hong Kong’s position as a leading sustainable financial and green tech center. Jenny contributes to the CASG Centre for Green and Sustainable Finance capacity building and data analytics workstreams, AIGCC, FC4S, Partnership of Biodiversity and The Finance, and co-developed the HKGFA – HKUST and HKGFA-HKFSI Certificate in Sustainable Finance.

Jenny left a two-decade career in investment banking and consulting to pursue her desire to make a positive impact, shifting the focus of her business and finance experience into sustainability. She co-founded Development Finance Asia and is a life-long learner and passionate about creating a green and sustainable ecosystem, inclusive of finance, ESG and technology.

Jenny previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan in equity derivatives and prime brokerage, working with alternative asset managers to grow their business, raise capital and access financing. She has lived in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

 

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Support industry capacity-building efforts to develop and implement transparent, credible science-based transition plans, leveraging emerging green technologies and green fintech solutions and innovations.
  • Promote industry collaboration and engagement to better understand nature, biodiversity, and their impact on businesses and the economy.

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15:45 – 17:25

Rethinking Finance: Session Details Coming Soon

15:45 – 17:25

Day 2 – Friday 13 Sept

 

Businesses are stepping up to scrutinise suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for increased traceability and credibility. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

Rethinking Supply Chains will share leading practices and emerging tools, technology and solutions for the sustainability imperative – from supplier financing, manufacturing and logistics, compliance and accountability, to the social license to operate.

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10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Supply Chains

10:30 – 10:35

10:45 – 11:35

Managing Sustainability Risks in the Supply Chain

10:45 – 11:35

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11:35 – 12:25

Diversifying China’s Supply Chains

11:35 – 12:25

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13:25 – 14:15

The Human Factor: Governance Strategies for Sustainable Supply Chains

13:25 – 14:15

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14:15 – 15:05

Rethinking Supply Chains: Session Details Coming Soon

14:15 – 15:05

15:15 – 16:05

Measuring, Reporting and Reducing Scope 3 Emissions

15:15 – 16:05

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All sessions are subject to change.