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

Supported by

11:15 – 12:05

Maintaining the Ambition for Net Zero During Economic Uncertainty

11:15 – 12:05

In an era marked by economic uncertainty, it is important to delve into the strategies that will enable us to achieve net-zero and secure long-term success. The current landscape of uncertainty presents a unique opportunity for innovation, empowering businesses to not only enhance their profitability but also build resilience through strategic transition planning and investment.

Join us for an engaging panel session that will explore the opportunities that arise from investing in decarbonization activities. We will delve into the imperative for businesses to transition and maintain their relevance in the ever-evolving market. Additionally, we will shed light on the vital role played by partners and banks in supporting customers throughout their transformative journey towards sustainability.

Learnings

  • What are the key resources/tools required from bank and ecosystems partners to assist customers in their transition?
  • How can businesses learn to understand and navigate economic uncertainty?
  • What unique strategies can businesses use in their transition planning?
  • How can sustainable investing support the transition to net-zero?

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.
  • Understand how to remain relevant and on track with transition planning.
  • Prioritize actions based on impact and feasibility. Consider quick wins alongside long-term initiatives and align these actions with your organization’s core competencies.

Speakers

Wesley Choi

qonvolv Ventures

President

Wesley has over 20 years of general management and investment experience, and is currently President of qonvolv Ventures, established in 2023, the corporate ventures arm of Tessellation Group. qonvolv Ventures aims to be the hub of industry knowledge and technologies for innovative growth in fashion industry and beyond, and conducts both incubation of creative solutions as new businesses and investments in emerging technologies in manufacturing excellence, digital value chain, green tech, and enablement of future workforce.

Previously Wesley spent over six years with Esquel Group, having taken on various positions including Chief of Staff to Chairman, Head of Corporate Communications, and Head of Group Finance before establishing Esquel Ventures in January, 2022.

Prior to joining Esquel, Wesley was an Executive Director of China Infrastructure Partners Fund and Bank of China International Private Equity, evaluating and investing in private equity opportunities with Greater China and Asia angles. Wesley also worked in investments and M&A at Oaktree Capital and Alibaba, after having started his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Wesley obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I hope to see HK implement measures to:
– have much more and practical smart energy systems to reduce utility use in buildings (e.g. air conditioning)
– much more progressive and aggressive plastic collection, separation and recycling initiatives that are practical, likely requiring PPP

 

Vincent De Givry

Blunomy

Principal

Vincent is a specialist in energy transition for businesses and financial institutions. He has been for 2 years with Blunomy, a strategy advisory firm based in Hong Kong. Prior to this, he spent 30 years working in industry, the last 5 of which were spent transforming business portfolios with a low carbon offering. He is passionate about analysing opportunities, changing business models, building coalitions and looking in detail at the challenges to successful decarbonisation. He has strong expertise in the Asian market, advising some major companies on their energy and climate transition.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Support Hong Kong in drawing up a solid roadmap for energy transition that can be rapidly activated and that will enable the city to become a world leader and a green benchmark

12:05 – 12:55

Integrating Biodiversity for Financial Decision Making

12:05 – 12:55

A leading report from the World Economic Forum in 2020 has already claimed that an estimated $44 trillion of economic value generation is directly and highly dependent on nature. This is more than half of global GDP. Therefore, financial institutions that fail to account for biodiversity risks and impacts may face financial, reputational, and regulatory challenges, while those that proactively integrate biodiversity can unlock new investment opportunities and enhance portfolio resilience.

With a mix of perspectives, experts from different industries will discuss nature-based solutions and share insights on the evolving regulatory landscape for biodiversity finance, and explore how to incorporate biodiversity finance.

Learnings

  • Explore industry perspective on biodiversity finance.
  • Explore the latest relevant technologies related to biodiversity finance.
  • Discuss nature-based solutions and share insights on the evolving regulatory landscape for biodiversity finance.

Post-event Actions

  • Review and enhance their approach to incorporating biodiversity considerations into financial decision-making.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage nature-based solutions and innovative biodiversity finance mechanisms.
  • Monitor developments in the regulatory landscape for biodiversity finance and prepare to adapt their practices as needed.

Speakers

Bien Wong

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Honorary Treasurer and Board Governor

Bien Wong is a highly experienced professional with a background in ESG, investor relations, and public affairs in both mainland China and Hong Kong markets. He has worked with global firms and companies listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and has specialised in assisting corporations in integrating sustainability concepts into their business strategies and steering green financing projects in the field of sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Everything has a price. Everything needs a price.

Hong Kong has yet to put a price on carbon through carbon tax or emission trade to reflect the polluter pays principle.

Kim-See Lim

International Finance Corporation

Regional Director

Kim-See LIM is Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific at the International Finance Corporation. Ms. Lim, is a global investment professional who has been responsible for originating, executing, and managing multibillion-dollar equity and debt portfolios in emerging markets across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

With a career spanning more than 26 years, Ms. Lim has held senior leadership positions as well as corporate board positions at private companies in emerging markets. She has successfully led multi-cultural teams to execute investment strategies across the consumer services, infrastructure, and financial sectors.

As Regional Director, Ms. Lim oversees the formulation and implementation of IFC’s investment strategy and advisory business in East Asia and the Pacific. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has a US$13 billion portfolio in region.

Ms. Lim is passionate about climate change, inclusive growth, and innovation. She is based in Hong Kong and is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Bahasa. Ms. Lim has an MBA from University of Maryland, USA and undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Flinders University, South Australia, Australia.

Supported by

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.

Speakers

Tsun Chen

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Secretary General

Tsun has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining HKGFA, he worked for a number of corporate finance advisory firms and a specialist bank where he was responsible for cross-border mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, debt and equity restructurings and direct investments. Tsun is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), holds a BSc. in History and Philosophy of Science from University College London and is certified by the CFA in ESG Investing.

Celina Chan

OCBC Hong Kong

Head of Sustainable Finance

Celina Chan heads up Sustainable Finance for OCBC Bank in Hong Kong. OCBC is the longest established Singapore bank and is one of the world’s most highly-rated banks.

OCBC, as an early mover in mobilising capital to support corporates’ sustainable transition, has recently surpassed its target of S$50 billion (~HK$300 billion) in sustainable financing by 2025. OCBC has been named Best Bank for Sustainable Finance in Hong Kong, and Best Bank for Sustainable Finance in Singapore, by Global Finance.

Celina, as a pioneer in ESG solutions, has contributed to innovative transactions including the world’s first Sustainability-Linked Bond for a real estate developer (2021) as well as Hong Kong’s first sustainable finance in the logistics industry (2022).

Prior to joining OCBC, Celina was at HSBC as an International Manager where she was a corporate banker in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, and the UK; and where she managed regional and global strategies for the bank. She specialised in impact finance when she was awarded a scholarship to complete an MBA at the University of Oxford.

Celina has lived in Asia, Europe, US, and Africa and is an advocate of finance for good.”

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

For greater collaboration in Hong Kong to allow much needed capital to help sectors most in need with their transition to a sustainable low-carbon world.

Calvin Wong

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Head of Sustainability Assurance Services

Mr. Wong is currently the Head of Sustainability Assurance Services at SGS Hong Kong Limited. 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.

Supported by

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.

Richard Ford

Vision Zero Connect (Hong Kong) Limited

CEO

Rich Ford has an outstanding reputation for agile and innovative thinking, leading development teams across markets and sectors within the UK and Europe. Known for delivering complex yet rewarding solutions, Richard has outstanding commercial and technical experience in Sustainability, Sustainable energy and utility infrastructure.

In 2019, driven by a passion for sustainability and innovation, Rich founded Vision Zero Consult. Starting with its sustainable offices in rural England as a shining example, the company quickly expanded its influence. Vision Zero Consult began its journey by providing Sustainability and Sustainable Energy consultancy services to a range of prestigious clients globally.

Rich’s commitment to addressing the evolving demands of the market led to the creation of Vision Zero Connect. This initiative provides an innovative solution for managing ESG futures, recognising the complexities and global scope of ESG requirements. Vision Zero Connect developed ESG Navigate, a bespoke software solution that sets a unique benchmark for ESG management and reporting.

Both Vision Zero Consult and Vision Zero Connect have established growing reputations in their respective market sectors. With offices in Nottingham, London, Hong Kong, and Sydney, these companies embody Rich’s vision for a sustainable and innovative future. His journey reflects a deep dedication to creating impactful solutions that address the critical challenges of sustainability and energy management in today’s world

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Goals are to: Lead clients on successful Net Zero pathways across various markets and sectors, focusing on reduced carbon travel and integrating better practices that encourage reduced carbon travel strategies. Continue to champion the integration of new agile technologies that transform standard approaches, delivering better performance and enhanced sustainability credentials in Hong Kong. Bring experiences from market and sector projects in the UK and Europe to the Hong Kong market. Also, change the approach and thinking towards ESG reporting, utilising performance data proactively to support decarbonisation efforts.

Sam Smith

Swire Pacific

Sustainable Development Manager

Sam has over 10 years’ experience in business & corporate sustainability. At Swire Pacific, Sam is responsible for managing a Group Sustainable Development Fund, supporting trials and roll-out of cleantech innovation within the business. In addition to advising senior management of key developments and policies related to sustainable development, he is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy, SwireTHRIVE, with a focus on waste & circularity, and nature related impacts and opportunities through the setting of relevant targets and policies, and monitoring progress.

Sam has extensive experience on ESG disclosures, stakeholder engagement and strategy development. Prior to his role at Swire Pacific, he worked for Swire Coca-Cola and Finlays (B2B coffee & tea supplier) in commercial, logistics and sustainability roles. He also worked for the UN on climate and multilateral diplomacy topics. Sam is an MBA candidate at IE Business School in Madrid, holds two Master’s degrees including an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute Geneva, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I would love to see more private and public spaces taking on aspects of biophilic design in Hong Kong. Biophilia, the instinctual tendency to seek connection with nature, and urban forestry, build climate resilience and positively affect our wellbeing. I’d like to see a biophilia revolution in the city for humans and other animals to enjoy!

Supported by

15:45 – 16:35

Finance – Facilitating or Failing the Energy Transition?

15:45 – 16:35

While we often hear that the energy transition represents an historic opportunity for the financial sector, funding is still not flowing fast enough to meet Paris targets in any area of the economy. Emerging zero-carbon technologies and the “brown to green” capital investments needed to facilitate the energy transition face both technology and market hurdles to access funding. Furthermore, the role of carbon offsets has come into question, with companies feeling compelled to adopt a “wait and see” approach while integrity concerns are resolved, rather than risk accusations of greenwashing. As a result, carbon markets are not scaling at the pace needed in order for companies to deliver on Net Zero commitments.

Learnings

  • Why aren’t bankers busier? What are the barriers to accelerating debt and equity funding for new energy technologies?
  • What is the role for multilaterals in de-risking such technologies and mobilizing private capital?
  • Will carbon offsets ever really become the “Net” in Net Zero?
  • Do companies need a carbon markets strategy as part of their decarbonization plans?

 

Speakers

Charles Bedford

Carbon Growth Partners

Founder and CIO

Charles Bedford is Chief Impact Officer and Founder at Carbon Growth Partners (CGP), a leading global investment manager in carbon finance. He’s also a Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior to CGP, he served as Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Asia Pacific Region and in a variety of other conservation leadership positions. Based in Hong Kong, Charles has worked closely with leaders and local communities across Asia, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia to advance climate, marine, freshwater and land conservation projects that benefit people and nature. He has also focused on building the capacity amongst the region’s business and government leadership to address complicated conservation problems.

Prior to joining TNC, Charles served as director of the Colorado State Land Board, overseer of 3 million hectares of state lands, was Legal Counsel to Colorado Governor Roy Romer and practiced law with the firm of Kutak Rock. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law. He is a frequent commentator in the Asian press on conservation and climate issues, as well as the author of journal articles and a book on land tenure and conservation.

With thanks to

16:35 – 17:35

The Retrofit Reinvention: Bridging the Gaps in Policy, Finance and Engineering

16:35 – 17:35

With the multitude of inefficient older buildings, the significance of retrofitting becomes paramount as Hong Kong strive to decarbonize. This panel discussion will delve into the use of new digital tools to help empower professionals in built environment, finance, and investment sectors to make informed decisions while considering the entire life cycle of a building. Developed by HKUST, the tools estimate the energy saving potentials of the city’s existing buildings that will also assist the authorities to craft policy. These tools facilitate the simulation and visualization of energy consumption in Hong Kong’s existing buildings through amassing data from diverse public and private sources. The tools extend to estimating and predicting potential increases in building energy consumption due to climate change. Furthermore, they play a pivotal role in conducting cost-effective analyses to recommend appropriate energy-saving measures tailored to the unique needs of Hong Kong.

Learnings 

  • How will the widespread adoption of the HKUST digital tool transform policy-making and implementation in building a Hong Kong powered by energy efficiency and decarbonization?
  • What are the key challenges and considerations in integrating this tool into the existing workflow and decision-making processes of various stakeholders, such as building owners, facility managers, and policymakers?
  • How can various financing mechanisms be utilized to support the widespread retrofitting of existing buildings in Hong Kong?

Post Event-Actions

  • Explore the possibility of adopting these digital tools within your organization to assist in the evaluation and curation of energy-saving measures for your buildings.
  • Advocate for the increased integration of such data-driven digital tools into policy frameworks and incentive schemes to accelerate the pace of building retrofits in Hong Kong.

 

Speakers

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist at Institute for the Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Scholar in Residence at Asia Society Hong Kong (2023-24). She serves on the boards of CDP Worldwide, Global Maritime Forum, New Forests Pty Limited, and Towngas Smart Energy. She is a published author of many academic and popular works; her latest book is on COVID-19 from a global governance perspective.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

To help bring sustainability come ‘alive’ in class and in community.

Lizette McNeill

IXO Partners

Managing Partner

Lizette is a Managing Partner of dynamic impact-driven decarbonization firm IXO Partners, headquartered in Hong Kong by two women civil engineers specialising in structural engineering (the ‘inside’) and façade design (the ‘outside’). Leveraging a combined 27 years of design-through-construction expertise, IXO Partners helps building industry stakeholders appraise and navigate ‘new normal’ carbon, circularity, and climate resilience risks for new and existing buildings.

Lizette is responsible for the ‘outside’ stream at IXO: façade design and consulting. Facades are complex systems, representing both significant embodied carbon and significant impact to operational carbon during their lifetime. Lizette’s deep understanding of façade materials, envelope thermal performance, modular systems, façade failures and remediation, construction contracts and supply chains, is derived from firsthand experience on local and international projects across APAC, Europe and the Middle East. In Hong Kong, she advocates for sustainable urban development as the Lead of the Net Zero Working Group at the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and supports women in STEM as a past member of The Women’s Foundation (TWF) Advisory Council 2023-2024.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Mass adoption of practical and scalable decarbonization technology, particularly via the Hong Kong Green Tech Challenge
2. Updates to local Building Code regulation to permit engineering material and design innovations

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.

Supported by

10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Supply Chains

10:30 – 10:35

Speakers

Lily Heo

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Hong Kong Branch

Chairlady

Lily Heo is currently the Chairlady of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Hong Kong Branch.

She is also working for the Airport Authority Hong Kong as the General Manager, Procurement.

She was graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University after the full-time study on Professional Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.  After that, she went aboard to obtain the Master Degree in Information Technology.   Since then, she has continuously furthered her studies in Public Sector Management and Construction Law and Arbitration.

Lily has served a number of esteemed public and private companies including Hong Kong Jockey Club, MTR Corporation, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Standard Chartered Bank, CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.  She has a wide spectrum of experience on procurement and contract management.

Before being the Chair of CIPS Hong Kong Branch, she served as the Branch Officer of Career Development Committee.  She has a passion on staff development and professional training and strongly believes that through continuous learning and sharing among each other, the procurement professionals can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance their professionalism, uplift the industry standard and increase recognition.

10:35 – 10:45

Co-Headline Theatre Sponsor’s Welcome

10:35 – 10:45

Speakers

Abhishek Chopra

HSBC

Managing Director & Regional Head – Solution Structuring, Global Trade Solutions

Abhishek is a commerce graduate with an MBA from a premier B school in India. He has 21+ years of banking experience across India, UK and Hong Kong. For the last 6 years, he has been leading the Structured Trade business for Global Trade Solutions (GTS) in Asia developing innovative solutions for working capital efficiencies, in addition to heading the sustainability efforts for the business.

10:45 – 11:35

Managing Sustainability Risks in the Supply Chain

10:45 – 11:35

The panel session will explore the crucial topic of managing sustainability risks in the supply chain. With the increasing focus on environmental and social responsibility, organizations face significant challenges in ensuring sustainable practices throughout their supply chains. This session will bring together industry leaders, experts, and solution providers to discuss strategies and best practices for mitigating supply chain sustainability risks. The panelists will share insights, case studies, and practical solutions to address issues such as carbon footprint, ethical sourcing, labour welfare, regulatory compliance, etc.

Learnings

  • Identifying and assessing sustainability risks in supply chains.
  • Implementing sustainable practices and standards across the supply chain.
  • Collaboration and partnerships for sustainable supply chain management.
  • Leveraging technology and data analytics for improved sustainability performance.
  • Addressing regulatory and compliance challenges in sustainable supply chain management.

Post-event Actions

  • Be able to assess supply chain sustainability risks.
  • Adopt relevant sustainable practices and standards in supply chain operations.
  • Explore collaborative sustainability initiatives.
  • Leverage data-driven insights and technologies to enhance sustainability.
  • Stay informed and adapt to evolving regulations.

Speakers

May Mak

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) Hong Kong Branch

Member

My name is May Mak and I’m working as a Senior Manager, C&SCM in CLP Power HK Limited. Having been a procurement professional for almost two decades. My major procurement experience is from power utilities and industries. I am a full CIPS member and have obtained MBA from The University of Hong Kong and MS in Procurement from Strathclyde University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Allow more sustainable and renewable energy developments
  • provide more sponsor and support to ESG business, particularly on recycling to accelerate HK sustainable achieving Climate Vision.

Summer Chen

ERM

Principal Consultant, Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change

Summer is a Principal Consultant of Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change (CSCC) Team with ERM based in Hong Kong. She leads the CSCC work across Greater China and currently serves as the APAC Technical Community Lead. Summer’s focus is on advising her Clients on their transition to a low carbon economy and working with their teams to ensure that a robust strategy is in place so they can meet their climate, nature and ESG goals.  Summer has significant experience in climate risk assessment projects in the Asia region and depth knowledge around power & renewables including emerging clean technologies such as hydrogen, EV.

Prior to Hong Kong, Summer has worked for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office for over 5 years on climate change energy policy through the delivery of projects to support regional energy transition. She has previously lived and worked in Malaysia, Mainland China, Kenya and the UK, frequently collaborating with large multi-disciplinary teams throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and APAC. She is passionate about promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and was nominated as Champion for Women in Renewables Asia.

Grace Lam

Hongkong Land Limited

Senior Sustainability Manager

Grace is the Senior Sustainability Manager of Hongkong Land Limited. She develops and implements corporate sustainability strategy and targets 2030 across regions. She is responsible for integrating ESG into business operation, for example decarbonisation pathway towards net zero, climate risk assessment, sustainable finance and tenant engagement.

She established the first embodied carbon assessment for the real estate sector since 2019. Her expertise includes embodied carbon, green building, strategy and planning, environmental management and ESG reporting. She is a CEEQUAL Assessor, BREEAM AP and BEAM Professional.

Jay Tailor

DFI Retail Group

Group Procurement & FM Director

Procurement & Transformation Executive with 20+ years of experience in global retail, engineering, and sustainability initiatives.

Experienced in leading complex projects, developing and executing strategic sourcing strategies, driving cost optimisation, and implement innovative technologies.

Key achievements:
• Delivered $220 million in savings since 2020 for DFI Retail Group through strategic sourcing, technology deployment, and process improvement.
• Delivering large scale programmes & leading the transformation of store development, cost
management, and facility management functions, improving customer experience and reducing emissions.
• Implemented impactful sustainability initiatives, setting the foundation for a 50% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2030.
• Extensive experience in building strategic procurement capability, developing offshore shared
services, and establishing robust governance structures across multiple markets/continents.

Expertise in:
• Strategic sourcing & category management
• Executive and operational stakeholder engagement & management
• Procurement transformation
• Supply chain optimisation
• Sustainability and ESG integration
• Technology implementation
• Retail operations
• Facilities management
• Retail store construction
• Individual and team development

Passionate about leveraging data, technology, ESG and talent to drive business performance and deliver sustainable growth.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

DFI Goals
– Continue to deliver against our Scope 1 and Scope 2 targets
– Continue to invest and test new refrigeration technology, including waterloop systems, CO2 and ULGWP gases

Wish list, out of DFI control
– Energy providers switching to low emission energy production
– Approval from HK government in the use of ULGWP refrigerant gases
– Greater level of investment support from HK government, to promote sustainability investments, particularly where the majority of retail stores are leased and future rental agreement remain uncertain due to the volatility in new rental rates.

Stuart Wood

HSBC

Head of Procurement East Asia Cluster

A supply chain professional with over 17 years experience leading in sourcing goods and services, risks from using third parties, contract and supplier relationship management roles in Europe and Asia.

I like to talk about sustainable, diverse and resilient supply chains!

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Encourage the supply chain in country to continue to move towards sustainable business practices
Explore circular economy opportunities within countries and supply chains
Increase industry awareness and how we can do more together

Supported by

11:35 – 12:25

Diversifying Global Supply Chain Footprints

11:35 – 12:25

For many years companies have been looking to mitigate risk and diversify their supply chains while simultaneously ensuring a continued supply of raw materials, including essential commodities often associated with deforestation risk or climate change. But what has really changed?
Supply chains are hard to set up and hard to dismantle. Given today’s global stresses and spotlight on ESG, multinational companies are still juggling questions around where and how to anchor supply chains. Can responsible sourcing be the main pivot for future ready supply? How should companies evaluate the risk and build supply chains for the future that are resilient, sustainable and agile.

Learnings

  • What are the risks inherent in today’s supply chain footprints?
  • Is end-to-end visiblity still a constraining factor?
  • Is the solution as simple as a China+1 strategy?
  • How do you leverage the capacity and capability of other Asian countries?
  • What strategies and roadmaps are companies putting in place to transition their supplychains? What role does AI play in this planning?
  • With ESG as a strategic and sustainable lens, what changes in supply chain approach need to happen?

Speakers

Catherine Cole

AmCham HK

Co-Chair of the AmCham Apparel, Footwear & Supply Chain Committee

Catherine began her career in 1994 working in sales and marketing for the very first US cargo airline awarded the rights to fly into China. This began her love of logistics and the sustainable movement of goods that are leading indicators of global markets. Since then her 25+ year career has encompassed roles in global marketing, strategy and operations for both start-ups and multinationals across Asia. She has also worked in a wide variety of industries — airline, consumer electronics, and fashion.

Most recently she was Co-Founder and CEO of MOTIF, the only global online education platform dedicated to the apparel & fashion supply chain, offering curated learning content in critical areas like ESG, sustainability and 3D transformation. Within 5 years, she built an agile, global team running an edtech platform with over 18,000 industry account holders from big brands, retailers and factories plus strategic partnerships with NGOs, universities and companies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Continue to champion systemic change in industries through sustainable sourcing and disruptive new business models by working closely with small and medium-sized companies with operations in Asia.

Karl Borgschulze

Circular Solutions Limited

Director

With more than 30 years of experience in the direct field with factories, tanneries and dye manufacturers in the important procurement markets, Karl has a comprehensive expertise in the optimization of value chains and international sustainability management and is in charge of the strategic alignment of CSI. Due to his well-founded industry knowledge and global commitment, Karl has an extensive network of international NGOs, companies, government institutions and media circles. Against this background he has increasingly focused on the development of industry solutions in recent years.

Michelle Mak

Dun & Bradstreet (HK) Limited 

Head of ESG and Enterprise Learning

Michelle Mak is the Head of ESG and Enterprise Learning of Dun & Bradstreet in Hong Kong. In addition to her dedication to establishing an ecosystem of partners with government agencies, enterprises and start-ups for a greener future, she has led D&B HK to become the first office in D&B’s global network to join as a Signatory of United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainable development initiative. Since 2020, Michelle has been appointed as a member of the Technology Voucher Program Committee by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the SAR Government.

Michelle co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Make The Change, in Singapore in 2013 with like-minded partners, providing creative services such as education and mentoring, community development and corporate social responsibility to NGOs and social enterprises. Micelle was selected as the ESG Person of the Year and Top Women to Watch in Greater China, by Campaign Asia in 2021. Same year she has won GBA Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Award.

Currently Michelle is also holding positions of Board Member of Sensational Foundation, a registered charity in Hong Kong; Vice President of Lions Club of Hong Kong IFC, as well as Vice President of Scouts Association (Yau Tsim District Hong Kong).

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13:25 – 14:15

Creating an Equitable Workforce Across the Value Chain

13:25 – 14:15

Discussions on generating an equitable workforce have primarily focused on loud, policy driven approaches to diversity and inclusion and executive leadership appointments. But to what extent has this focus excluded the area of the labor market where most workers sit: global value chains? And what about the agency of the consumer ? What role might purpose driven consumption play in rethinking the workforce?

Learnings

  • What does an equitable workforce look like?
  • To what extent will requirements for supply chain transparency shift labor practices in the supply chain? What are its limitations?
  • What role might moral consumption play in moving workplace equity beyond compliance?

Post-event Actions

  • Be able to understand the importance of ethical labor practices and what regulations are required to ensure the standards are met.
  • Learn from what early regulations are in place in other areas of global labor markets.

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14:15 – 15:05

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14:15 – 15:05

15:15 – 16:05

Measuring, Reporting and Reducing Scope 3 Emissions

15:15 – 16:05

As stated by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, “Scope 3 emissions often represent the largest source of emissions for organizations, but they can be the most challenging to quantify and reduce.” These emissions are linked to future transition risks that could impact asset values and operating costs, affecting financing and operating decisions. Measuring value chain emissions is critical.
This panel will explore the challenges and practices around measuring, reporting, and reducing scope 3 emissions. Expert speakers will share insights on engaging with suppliers and customers to drive emissions measurement and target setting.

Learnings

  • Discuss key challenges in measuring and managing indirect emissions.
  • Explore enablers for measuring scope 3 emissions, including data collection strategies, collaboration with suppliers and customers, and leveraging existing reporting frameworks and tools.
  • Sharing best practices, case studies, and lessons learned in scope 3 emissions management from leading organizations across sectors.

Post-event Actions

  • Gain practical knowledge and insights to measure scope 3 emissions.
  • Explore partnerships with value chain partners to collaborate on scope 3 emissions measurement and reduction.
  • Establish a network of peers and experts to continue sharing best practices in scope 3 emissions management.

Speakers

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA (Aust.) FRM

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Board Governor & Honorary Secretary

Serena is currently working as Executive Director in the Sustainable Finance team within the Institutional Banking Group of DBS Hong Kong.

Prior to DBS, Serena was the Head of ESG Funding Asia for Home Credit, an international consumer finance provider that focuses on responsible lending to people with little or no credit history.

Serena also has over 15 years of experience with Goldman Sachs treasury and market operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, with focus on liquidity management and payment transaction surveillance across the APAC region.

Ms. Mak is also serving as Board Governor & Honorary Secretary at Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong) with a focus on Green and Sustainable Finance development in Asia.

Ms. Serena Mak holds both MSc Investment Management and BBA (Hons) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Fabrice Bayon

PALO IT

Managing Director Hong Kong

Fabrice Bayon is an executive manager, top 5 Executive MBA graduate from HEC, with 20 years’ expertise in the development and implementation of innovative, profitable, and sustainable policies.
Within PALO IT, he helps organizations to transform their ideas into digital added-value products, offering a crafted-end-to-end approach with fast-time delivery to market customers.

Fabrice also holds multiple roles at the French Chamber in Hong Kong, including being a Councillor and the President of the Digital Innovation Committee, where he oversees the chamber’s activities and shares market insights on digital and innovation.

He is a visionary and results-driven leader

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

1. Promote Green IT Practices:
Advocate for more companies in Hong Kong to adopt green IT practices, such as using energy-efficient servers and promoting digital sustainability.

2. Beyond Mandatory ESG Regulations:
Encourage companies to go beyond meeting mandatory ESG regulations by enhancing their sustainability efforts, such as consistently tracking and improving their initiatives.

3. Increase Employee Engagement:
Advocate for more companies to host sustainability training programs specifically tailored for Hong Kong-based employees.

Sam Nunn

RESET Carbon Limited

Business Development Manager

Sam is Business Development Manager at RESET, focusing on identifying new business opportunities, working on practice strategy, and building client relationships across practice areas.

Prior to joining RESET, he spent nearly 7 years in the construction industry at Hilti Group, working in various disciplines including product development, operations and marketing. Most recently he was Head of Sustainability for North Asia, focused on developing the regional decarbonization and circularity strategy, and development of customer-facing sustainability solutions for contractors and building owners.

Sam holds a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in the UK, and holds an ISSB FSA Credential in Sustainability Accounting.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Real momentum around embodied carbon reduction in the built environment, and adoption of our upcoming low carbon construction procurement guideline by the industry
  • Corporations with Science Based Targets to accelerate forward progress on their implementation journeys
  • A move away from ESG compliance towards serious financed emissions reduction in the financial sector

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