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

People & Purpose Theatre

People & Purpose Theatre

Day 1 – Thursday 12 Sept AM

 

Rethinking Shared Value is an interactive learning experience presented by Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong. Participants will deepen their understanding of shared value, a business strategy that reinvents value creation and aligns profit and purpose. We will explore how social and environmental impact can drive financial value, and how partnerships across private, public, and civil sectors play a key role in creating shared value. Get ready to challenge business as usual and unlock new possibilities for changemakers across sectors to amplify their impact.

In partnership with

11:00 – 11:05

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Shared Value

11:00 – 11:05

Speakers

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.

Supported by

11:15 – 12:05

Beyond Boundaries: Catalysing Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Change

11:15 – 12:05

This session aims to delve into the emerging trends of sustainable partnerships and collaborative innovation in the corporate world. It will provide insights into the importance of cross-sector collaboration, the benefits of unlikely partnerships, and the role of individuals in driving sustainable change.

Learnings:

  • What is the importance of sustainable partnerships in addressing sustainability challenges?
  • What are some examples of unlikely partnerships between local NGOs and MNCs in the context of sustainability?
  • How can non-profits, grassroots social enterprises, startups and big companies cross-fertilise to ensure effective collaborations?

Post-event Actions:

  • Know better and engage with your company’s stakeholders – the community within you operate; the organisations who intersects with your business.
  • Foster a culture of curiosity and openness to allow partnerships beyond the usual company’s ecosystem
  • Connect with organisations or platforms that nurture a vivid ecosystem of partners

Supported by

12:05 – 12:55

CSV Showcase: Unlocking the Power of Shared Value

12:05 – 12:55

Are you eager to align profit with purpose, but you don’t know where to start? Wondering how to mobilise your organisation and overcome roadblocks to turn your ideas into concrete impact? Join us for an enlightening session where business case presenters unveil the behind-the-scenes from initiatives that have successfully embraced shared value principles in Hong Kong. This is your chance to gain practical knowledge and inspiration from real-life examples of the transformative power of shared value. Join us as we explore innovative strategies and approaches that empower you to make a lasting difference.

Learnings:

  • What are the key factors that enable shared value success?
  • What are the challenges on the shared value journey and how to overcome those?

Post-event Actions:

  • Be able to identify and seize opportunities at the intersection of your business expertise and user needs
  • Articulate the business case, and craft compelling pilot programs
  • Learn the art of building strong and collaborative partner networks that ensure sustainability and long-term impact

Speakers

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.

Supported by

12:55 – 13:45

Reality Check: Exploring the Practical Side of Sustainability

12:55 – 13:45

Sustainably leading an organisation or a project requires a delicate balance: it entails aligning financial viability with ecological and social stewardship, while harmonising today’s needs with tomorrow’s imperatives. Success hinges on the deep comprehension of our roles—what they entail and how we should fulfill them. In this session, our speakers explore the practical side of sustainability and demonstrate how the actual experience of sustainability differs from official linear stories.

Learnings:

  • How can embracing the power of purpose convert vision into tangible outcomes and align teams across the company?
  • What are the systems thinking approach, and how does it contribute to a deeper understanding of the interdependencies and trade-offs involved in sustainability decision-making?

Post-event Actions:

  • Transform corporate purpose into a sustainability key driver
  • Create a culture fostering a sustainability mindset
  • Change the perspective from cost to opportunity by adopting a shared value strategy

Speakers

Virginia Wilson

Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong

Senior Executive Advisor

Leading private and social enterprises for over 25 years in multilateral, culturally diverse environments, Virginia is passionate about bringing to life measurable impact and creating new value in our society.

Virginia has a demonstrated track record of securing strategic partnerships between corporations, governments, and non-profits to deliver on social impact projects. She started her career in telecommunications, building satellites, and the distribution of free-to-air television across 60 countries in Asia.

Virginia focuses on education, believing that investing in people is the key driver for impactful change. Bringing together diversity and crossing cultural divides is a pathway to create Shared Value in our world, aligning purpose with profit.

After serving on the board of several educational institutions including ESF and the VTC, Virginia is now a member of the Board of Directors of the Adecco Group Foundation in Switzerland a social innovation lab, incubating and accelerating new solutions in the world of work.

Supported by

Day 1 – Thursday 12 Sept PM

 

In today’s business world, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has power far beyond buzzwords. In addition to being the right thing to do from a moral perspective, there is also a compelling business case for launching DEI programmes in our workplace.

Key discussions in Rethinking Workforce Transformation will address DEI as a business and communication strategy, and why creating a culture of respect and belonging in which all employees feel empowered to contribute their best will only serve to benefit our organisations in the long term.

We will also explore the sustainability skills gap as it relates to competence greenwashing.

In partnership with

14:45 – 14:50

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Workforce Transformation

14:45 – 14:50

Supported by

15:00 – 15:50

Creating a Safer and More Inclusive Working Environment

15:00 – 15:50

This panel aims to unpack strategies for creating safety and inclusivity in the workplace, addressing key challenges and sharing actionable insights. Our expert speakers will discuss the importance of diverse representation, equitable policies, and proactive measures to mitigate discrimination and harassment. Attendees will gain practical guidance on cultivating a culture of respect and support within their organisations.

 

Speakers

Kirti Lad

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Founder & Executive Director

Kirti is Founder and Executive Director of Meraki Executive Search & Consulting Limited.
Meraki has a very clear strategy and purpose, to increase and improve female participation in the workforce at the most senior levels.

Kirti’s expertise is in leadership hiring and development of both Non-Executives and Executives across the Asia Pacific region. Kirti is a Physics & Chemistry graduate from University College London and has worked in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting for over 20 years.
Kirti is the pioneer behind the Women’s Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with The University of Hong Kong Business School. Kirti also leads the Meraki Network, an Executive Women’s network in the region, is a regular speaker and contributor to conferences and media relating to gender diversity in Asia and is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at the British Chamber in Hong Kong.
Kirti was named as one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine over multiple years and awarded AmCham’s Women of Influence, Champion for Women award in 2024.
Kirti is the mother to two amazing children who have also found their purpose at such a young age by representing HK at the Children’s General Assembly in Billund.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

Hong Kong has an opportunity to lead in Asia in terms of Women on Boards. The HKEX is the only exchange in the world to mandate the removal of all male boards.

HK issuers who choose to hire more than the required one female INED will benefit significantly from the amazing and diverse female talents we have in Hong Kong. In the UK for example, “one and done” appointment of female INED’s had a negligible impact on company performance. In the UK, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to outperform their industry peers. This research also evidenced that average employee productivity growth is higher for companies that employ three or more women at board level, compared to those that have just a single female director or none at all.

This demonstrates companies with greater female representation at board level are not only able to generate higher levels of productivity and profits, as measured by returns on equity, but also higher dividend payouts to investors. Perfect reason to hire more women on boards.

Donna Buckland

Prudential plc

Senior Director, Sustainability

Donna is Senior Director, Sustainability Strategy & Operation, having appointed on 1 April 2024. Donna is part of the Prudential plc’s Sustainability team where her key responsibilities include strategic transformation of the Group’s sustainability priorities.

With over 20 years of experience, Donna joined Prudential in 2014 with focus on transformation & governance. Since 2022, she serves as a Member of the Board and Audit Committee Member for Prudential Laos.

Prior to joining Prudential, she spent over a decade in various finance management positions in major Australasian financial service companies. Donna is a Chartered Accountant where she is the Vice Chair for Hong Kong Council of Chartered Accountant Australia & New Zealand, and also Co-Chair of its ESG Committee. She is also the Strategy Chair for UNESCO Hong Kong Association GPC since 2019 and appointed as a member of the Business Advisory committee for Hong Kong Baptist University in 2022.

Donna holds a Global MBA from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Auckland and University of Otago. She received further executive education from the Oxford Saïd Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School.

David Lee

University of Hong Kong Business School

Associate Professor

David S. Lee is an award-winning teacher at HKU Business School active in the areas of ethics, fintech, leadership, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining HKU, David worked in finance and also has experience as a lawyer, in consulting, and working with entrepreneurial ventures. He routinely engages, advises, and works with global organizations, start-ups, and government entities. He is currently engaged in a variety of book and research projects, and his commentary and writing regularly appear in a variety of publications, including the Harvard Business Review.

David earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard University, completed post-graduate training at Cambridge, and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

  • Meaningful goals and clear, effective policies related to waste management, recycling, and reuse policies
  • Greater commitment to decarbonization, especially in the area of green transport, and overall improvements to more efficient and community friendly transportation management

Supported by

15:50 – 16:40

Competence Greenwashing: Contributing to Today’s Workforce Skills Gap

15:50 – 16:40

According to a Reuters study in 2022, the number of Chief Sustainability Officers has more than tripled since 2021. And here in APAC, the number of green jobs has risen by over 30% in the last five years. Unfortunately, the skills and personnel needed to do these key jobs has not kept pace with demand, and we are experiencing global shortage of ESG talent and skills available globally to deliver on the green transition needed. This is leading to more executive playing up their knowledge, skills and experience on ESG and sustainability, a practice coined as “competence greenwashing.

Learnings:

  • Why competence greenwashing is a problem.
  • Which industries are fudging ESG skills?
  • What skills and competencies do people working in ESG need?
  • What is the future of ESG talent in Asia and in Hong Kong?

Supported by

16:40 – 17:30

Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities

16:40 – 17:30

In today’s dynamic work environment, organisations are experiencing an unprecedented convergence of multiple generations in the workplace. From seasoned Baby Boomers to the tech-savvy Generation Z, each group brings its unique set of values, work habits, and expectations. This panel discussion will delve into the complexities of managing a multi-generational workforce, focusing on communication, technology adaptation, workplace expectations, and knowledge transfer. Join us as we discuss the future of work and how to capitalise on the generational diversity within our organisations.

 

Speakers

Michael Chan

Mayer Brown

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager – Asia

I am a Social Sustainability Professional with a focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). With cross-disciplinary knowledge in psychology and public health as well as multi-sector experience in academia, non-profit, and corporate, I support organizations through consulting, research, events, and programs to facilitate discussions and develop action plans on approaching DE&I and mental well-being as a social and business issue.

Supported by

Day 2 – Friday 13 Sept AM

 

In an era where conscious consumerism and environmental awareness are paramount, the Rethinking Marketing & Communications program aims to equip business delegates with innovative strategies.

Join us to discover how to align organizational values with employee engagement, fostering a brand that resonates with purpose. As well as learn effective communication techniques to drive positive impact, engaging consumers as partners in sustainable transformation. Finally, we will explore global perspectives, leveraging marketing and communications to establish Hong Kong as a hub for sustainable practices.

Through three engaging sessions, participants will be explore, inspire and empower industry leaders to champion sustainable marketing and communications, shaping a brighter future for businesses and our planet.

In partnership with

10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Marketing & Communications

10:30 – 10:35

Supported by

10:45 – 11:35

Building a Sustainable and Socially Responsible Employee Brand

10:45 – 11:35

There is growing evidence that employees increasingly take into account a prospective employer’s ESG credentials. Given this, sustainability and socially responsibility have moved into the limelight as key weapons in talent acquisition and retention so how do organisations build a brand that makes them great places to work and which can contribute positively? Our panel discussion will look at key aspects, arming attendees with the practical information they need.

Learnings:

  • Do you think a sustainable / socially responsible brand is important? Why do you think that?
  • How do you build a sustainable and socially responsible employee brand?
  • Which other parts of the organisation do you need to engage with to ensure that you can deliver a brand that is authentic? How can you go about that engagement?
  • What examples can you give where you have seen those practices put into place?
  • What advice would you give others trying to build brands that appeal to employees and the talent pool?

Post-Event Actions:

  • Insight on how to build a brand that is environmentally and socially responsible
  • Strategies to engage with other parts of the business to build brands that are authentic in their ESG ambitions

Supported by

11:35 – 12:25

Communicating with Consumers to Co-create Change

11:35 – 12:25

In today’s dynamic marketplace, effective communication with consumers is not just about conveying messages from the brand, but also about fostering collaboration and co-creation. In this session, we will explore the power of engaging with consumers as active participants in driving change.

We will delve into strategies and best practices for building meaningful connections, leveraging different mediums, and utilizing consumer insights to co-create innovative solutions. By understanding the evolving needs and preferences of consumers, organizations can establish authentic dialogues that inspire loyalty and drive positive societal impact.

Join us to discover practical techniques and examples that demonstrate how effective communication can transform consumers into valuable co-creators of change.

Learnings:

  • The role of organizations and brands in fostering a collaborative dialogue with consumers to co-create meaningful change
  • Challenges and opportunities in the process
  • Best practices and examples of how this is put into practice

Post-Event Actions:

  • Gain insights on how collaborative dialogues with consumers can create positive impact for the brand, both on environmental and social levels
  • Explore the different formats and mediums in engaging consumers to co-create change

Supported by

12:25 – 13:15

DEBATE: Marketing Communications has no role in ESG 

12:25 – 13:15

Supported by

Day 2 – Friday 13 Sept PM

 

The Rethinking Health & Wellbeing programme aims to bring together leaders, experts and professionals from various industries to explore the most pressing issues in the realm of health and wellbeing. By prioritizing employee well-being, embracing responsible practices in sports, andpursuing the innovation and social responsibility of food and nutrition, organisations can create supportive environments that foster holistic well-being and contribute to a sustainable and healthy future.

In partnership with

14:15 – 14:20

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Health & Wellbeing

14:15 – 14:20

Supported by

14:30 – 15:10

Enhancing Organizational Performance by Fostering Employee Well-being

14:30 – 15:10

Supported by

15:10 – 15:50

Business Practices for Sports & Sustainability: Building Resilient, Innovative, and Person-Centered Solutions

15:10 – 15:50

Supported by

15:50 – 16:30

Redefining Food and Nutrition Value: Exploring a Healthier Future

15:50 – 16:30

Supported by

All sessions are subject to change.