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Partners

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

Confirmed Partners: ReThink 2021

Co-organiser

Business Environment Council Limited (BEC) is an independent, charitable membership organisation, established by the business sector in Hong Kong.

Since its establishment in 1992, BEC has been at the forefront of promoting environmental excellence by advocating the uptake of clean technologies and practices which reduce waste, conserve resources, prevent pollution and improve corporate environmental and social responsibility.

BEC offers sustainable solutions and professional services covering advisory, research, assessment, training and award programmes for government, business and the community, thus enabling environmental protection and contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.

Charity Partners

The Green Earth is a charitable organization established locally with an aim to drive Hong Kong into a healthy and green city by motivating the government, businesses and individuals to contribute their efforts towards a truly sustainable mode of development, through policy advocacy, corporate partnership and green civic education.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

  • To arouse public awareness in plastic pollution and call for the wise use of plastic
  • To advocate the deployment of Producer Responsibility Legislation to effectively manage single-use beverage bottles
  • To lobby for transparent disclosure of corporate environmental performance
  • To promote the concept of Leave No Trace and sustainable trail management
  • To strengthen the cooperation between local and international environmental groups to end illegal waste trade

ImpactHK works with people experiencing homelessness to help them help them settle in a safe home, restore their mental and physical wellbeing, build their self-esteem and discover their purpose. To do this, we provide direct holistic support to people experiencing homelessness and empower them to transform their lives. This includes employment training, education, food, shelter, emotional support and much more. At the same time we build community connections to increase collective understanding of homelessness and empathy towards the people who experience it.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Employment opportunity for one year for someone experiencing homelessness in our secondhand shop that saves clothing waste from landfill

2. Recycling infrastructure set up for five ImpactHK centres and spaces, including divided bins (plastic; paper; general waste) and posters to raise awareness

3. Reducing single use plastics on the streets. Distribution of refillable water bottles for our 200 homeless service users. Installing water machines in all 5 ImpactHK centres (and coupons for one year refills), including one out on the porch at the Guestroom to promote hydration and improve health

4. Nature therapy infrastructure set up to reduce air pollution and boost serotonin in our centres. Installation of indoor plants for our spaces, which is especially relevant in our new counselling centre, where plants are proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol

Insight & Strategy Partner

GlobeScan is a strategy and research organisation that advises on sustainability issues for corporations, NGOs, and governmental organisations. We offer specialist research, advisory and engagement services and partner with clients to meet strategic sustainability objectives.

Green Finance Partner

Founded in September 2018, Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA) creates a platform that offers channels and opportunities to facilitate the development of green finance and sustainable investments in Hong Kong and beyond. It aims to mobilize both public and private sectors resources and talents in developing green and sustainable finance policies, to promote green and sustainable finance business and product innovation within financial institutions.

Content Partners

Drink Without Waste is an initiative of the Single-Use Beverage Packaging Working Group, an alliance with participants across the beverage value chain, resources management and NGOs. The key objective of the Working Group is to recover 70-90% of used beverage packaging by 2025. See https://drinkwithoutwaste.org/ for more information and research.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

Drink Without Waste fully supports EPD in building an effective Producer Responsibility Scheme, which minimize the impact on consumer choice, cost and convenience, while protecting the environment most effectively. The following are our specific suggestions:

1. Cover all packaging materials

2. Starting with a lower rebate (5 cents) rebate

3. Build a collection network designed for Hong Kong

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

Hong Kong 2050 is Now is a Hong Kong-based platform for education, collaboration, and action on the climate crisis. We seek to inspire ambitious target setting, induce behaviour change, and mobilise collective action towards a carbon-neutral Hong Kong.

We believe tackling the climate crisis does not need to compromise quality of life. The decarbonisation of our city is not only technically feasible, but also offers “multiple wins,” including significant economic and environmental benefits. We believe a decarbonised city is people-centric, more liveable, healthier, and economically successful. That is what we envision for Hong Kong.

To achieve these benefits and reach net-zero emissions at reasonable cost, action must be taken as soon as possible.

The Hong Kong Green Building Council Limited (HKGBC) is a non-profit, member led organisation established in 2009 which strives to promote the standards and developments of sustainable buildings in Hong Kong. The HKGBC aims to raise green building awareness by engaging the public, the industry and the government, and to develop practical solutions for Hong Kong’s unique, subtropical built environment of high-rise, high density urban area, leading Hong Kong to become a world’s exemplar of green building development.

 

Ocean3C is an innovative non-profit organization for the Hong Kong community, targeting Ocean literacy and sustainability.

Collaboration is truly in our DNA to bring together all stakeholders, develop a new Culture through education, science and arts and promote the emergence of Circular solutions.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

  • Develop new collaborations with our existing partners and new comers
  • Extend our pedagogical programs for Hong Kong schools
  • Create public events to develop Ocean literacy in HK

Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong (SVIHK) is a non-profit membership organisation funded by leading corporations to act as a catalyst for Shared Value in the Greater Bay Area. As part of the global Shared Value network, we help our members future-proof their business by fostering trust with society while unlocking the next pocket of growth. By leveraging our tri-sector network, organisations can create profitable business models to address unmet community needs.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (SwedCham HK) is a non-profit, member led organisation established in 1986 which exists to advance the interests of Swedish business in Hong Kong. SwedCham HK has for many years worked actively with environmental protection. Now the scope has broadened in response to the numerous sustainability challenges we face today. Numerous members – individuals and corporations – are committed to take a leadership role in adopting sustainable business practices in Hong Kong and beyond. The SwedCham HK Sustainability Committee serves as a platform to further support and enhance that ambition. SwedCham HK has a strong track record of successfully working with Hong Kong’s policy makers for a more sustainable society.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Raise awareness about the need for a green recovery in Hong Kong

2. Support our member companies’ great work with sustainability

3. Continue to raise the profile of Sweden and Swedish sustainable policies

Sustainability Partners

Green Council is a non-profit charitable environmental stewardship organisation and certification body of Hong Kong established in 2000.With the motto of “Conservation begins with Education”, the Green Council is fully committed to provide continued education and training on sustainable procurement, environmental management, waste management, energy conservation, etc.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. To recognise the organisations for those projects that contributed to UN SDGs.

2. To promote water conservation among non-domestic sectors.

3. To advance the capacity of corporate members in mitigation of climate change.

Supporting Organisations

When a country has as much to offer as Canada, it is why hundreds of foreign investors have set up plants and operations here. While helping Canadian businesses to achieve their international business goals, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can also help your company to establish operations in Canada or source Canadian innovative products, services or technologies.

Dream Impact is a community of socially minded entrepreneurs. We share the same vision in creating collective social impact through our businesses and together develop an innovative and resilient network.

Dream Impact is registered in Hong Kong as a limited company by shares. We are inspired by the guiding principle of UK’s Community Interest Company. Our profits, will be divided into three equal parts, one-third will be re-invested to grow the company, one-third will be donated to social causes aligned with our mission, and one-third will be shared by staff and directors.

Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) is a non-profit organisation established by the Hong Kong Government in 1989. As one of the leading conformity organisations in the Asia Pacific region, HKQAA is committed to providing certification and assessment services. Apart from introducing world-class management systems to Hong Kong, HKQAA has also developed a wide range of innovative services especially in the area of sustainability, eg Sustainability Rating and Research, Green Finance Certification Scheme, CSR Index, Sustainability Building Index, etc to meet the market needs

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. By utilising our industry knowledge and professionalism, we will develop more innovative services in regard to sustainability to cope with government policies and meet the needs of society and industries.

2. We will closely communicate with various stakeholders, and support enterprises, partners, chambers and associations to nurture talents.

3. We will act as a bridge to connect business and stakeholders from various sectors to create shared values and develop collaborator networks for the sake of advancing the sustainable development of society

Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCIHK), inaugurated in 1950, is affiliated with the worldwide leadership development organization – The Junior Chamber International (JCI). We have about 2,000 members aged from 18 -40, representing a network of highly motivated and forward-looking young men and women who foster Sustainable Development Goals in business and community projects. Its annual SDG Pioneer Program engages young leaders from Hong Kong to countries in Asia and the Pacific to co-create solutions for people, planet and prosperity.

 

The Marketing Society is an influential global membership organisation of 2500 progressive senior marketers. We empower our members to do good in the world by championing sustainability and use their influence to make significant changes in their brands and businesses.

NGO Partners

Feeding Hong Kong’s mission is to reduce the amount of quality food sent to our city’s landfills and fight hunger in Hong Kong. We do this through delivering a B2B logistics service, which links food companies with surplus stock to charities directly feeding those in need. Last year, through our partnerships with the food industry, we saved 725 tonnes of food from landfill. Instead, this was redistributed to 130+ charity partners and supported over 3 million meals for people in need.

Grassroots Future is a registered charity working with grassroots and refugee-led organisations to build capacity and self-sufficiency in Hong Kong. We do this through education, well-being, cultural/community event programming and investing in the education of future generations.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

SDG 2: End Hunger – Grassroots Future is helping the refugee community access food banks and food distribution resources while also teaching members of the community how to become more self-reliant with cooking and related skills.

SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing – Grassroots Future has a wellbeing program open to refugees and asylum seekers to provide trauma-informed support, coaching and counselling as well as safe spaces to heal.

SDG 4: Quality education – Grassroots Future working with refugees to learn for life, learn skills relevant to the digital age and invest in children’s educational expenses and overall well-being.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption & production – Grassroots Future sources second-hand and preloved items for distribution to the refugee community. Grassroots partners with organisations which are involved in food rescue to reduce food wastage. Additionally, Grassroots runs fabrication workshops with the refugee community using sustainable fibres and upcycled materials.

SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions – Grassroots Future organises and engages the refugee community in Hong Kong directly on projects and events which create a platform for refugees to connect with other members of society.

Since the start of the outbreak, Habitat Hong Kong has seen both an increase in demand for its services, as well as new needs emerging. The families Habitat serves face higher risks now, as they need home hygiene products and deep cleaning services to maintain a safe and clean-living environment. Habitat usually helps around 200 families a year, but in 2020, its services served nearly 4,000 families, distributing over 140,000 home hygiene products. As Hong Kong’s public gathering restrictions loosen up, Habitat is scaling up the programmes and public policy work to serve even more families and address the root causes of substandard living conditions.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

We will continue and advocate to the Government the importance of using the pandemic as an opportunity to make policies that improve inadequate housing conditions – actions which would align with and forward progress toward achieving SDG11.1, ensuring access for all to adequate, safe, and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrade slums.

Plastic Free Seas is a registered HK charity dedicated to advocating change in the way we all view and use plastics in society today, through education and action campaigns. Our focus is to educate students on the issue of plastic marine pollution, empowering them with the tools they need to be a part of the solution and make change happen.

Resolve empowers future community leaders to bring about inclusive social change. Our Social Justice Fellowship brings 20 emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds together every year to create a diverse and inclusive Hong Kong. We prioritize people from marginalized groups in the society so that they could create ripple effects within their communities.

Soap Cycling is a nonprofit organization that works with the hospitality industry to collect, process, and distribute lightly used soap bars and bottled amenities. These life-saving items are then distributed to disadvantaged communities around the world, particularly Asia. Our vision is to use soap recycling as a tool to engage the local community and inspire the next generation in leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

  • Reduction of Hospitality waste
  • Reuse and Recycling
  • Responsible consumption & Upcycling

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. We work in Hong Kong to invest in nature-based solutions while empowering its urban population to address critical environmental challenges. Leveraging our data-backed science and global expertise, we aim to improve the local ecological, economic and social value of Hong Kong’s natural resources.

Media Partners

Earth.Org is a not for profit environmental organisation based in Hong Kong. We want to create visually compelling storylines to bring people closer to an understanding of what is happening to natural ecosystems worldwide. Specifically, we want to highlight the human-driven causes of natural environmental disasters and the climate crisis.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. expand our contributor network to ensure our environmental news coverage expands as well.

2. expand our data science partners.

3. grow our conservation support.

FuturArc is a publication that focuses on Green architecture and design. We aim to continue to be the leading publication on socially responsible architecture and sustainable practices in Asia, as we have been doing since 2007. FuturArc features prominent projects, discussions and commentaries of issues relevant to industry professionals.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

BCI Asia, through FuturArc Journal, seeks to generate discourse to heighten awareness about sustainability among its research partners and clients.

We’re running out of time to address the ecological & health ills of our time and we believe alternative protein and the food tech revolution is the solution to our current climate crisis and the best way to advocate for global social and environmental change. Our mission is to shift consumer and corporate behaviour through our original, authentic, and groundbreaking content across Asia and beyond. Green Queen is a multi-channel platform and a trusted global impact media brand. As an award-winning online magazine, we reach millions of readers a year and cover breaking news and product launches, share in-depth research and industry insights, and feature exclusive interviews with entrepreneurs and key ecosystem players. Green Queen is the world’s leading source for APAC alternative protein industry news and reporting, one of the most important consumer products and investment opportunities of our time. As the only media in the region that is 100% animal-free, covering plant-based, cell-based & fermentation-based latest news, product launches, interviews with entrepreneurs and insights from key ecosystem players. Green Queen is usually the first to report on Asia-based breaking announcements and most startups in the ecosystem turn to us exclusively.

Harbour Times makes news easy, digestible and engaging for everyone. We extensively cover sustainability, smart development and social issues.

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PRC (Pacific Rim Construction) is Asia Pacific’s leading business publication related to the property market, construction and design sectors. Tabloid style, PRC is large, bi-monthly and bi-lingual (English & Simplified Chinese) and is distributed to professional people in relative industries, such as: Property Developers, Realtors, Hotel & Resort managers, Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Contractors, Government and more. Together with an on-line version, PRC generates over 30,000 industry specific readers across Asia and beyond.

Why Partner with ReThink?

Effective collaboration is key for driving sustainable development.

Partnering with ReThink will amplify your initiatives and connect you to new business stakeholders, communities and potential supporters. We’re not interested in simple logo-swap arrangements, we want the relationships with our partners to generate value for everyone involved.

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