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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices

Business is key in our transition to a circular economy. Companies large and small benefit from a business model that minimises waste and keeps materials and products in circulation in a high value state and for as long as possible.

Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices is designed to highlight the circular economy transformation as one that will drive sustainable and resilient economic growth, help industry achieve its Sustainable Development Goals, and meet the needs of future generations.

11:00 – 11:10

Opening Welcome: Mainstreaming Circularity in Business Strategies and Practices

11:10 – 11:25

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11:25 – 11:35

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11:35 – 12:25

Going Circular: Driving Business Model Transformation

The transition from a linear to a circular business model is one of the biggest transformations that organisations are experiencing today. We are presented with a golden opportunity to move away from traditional economic paradigms based on growth and profitability, and towards a new model which aims to secure businesses’ own existence by recognising that resources are not indefinite, and demands new value propositions, channels, products and services that reduce resource dependency and waste, keep resources in circulation for as long as possible, and regenerate natural systems.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? How does a circular economy transition align with our city’s net-zero ambitions?
  • How can businesses enhance collaboration and make use of data and advanced technologies to improve transparency around resources and financial flows, address customer needs, and communicate the transition as an integral part of their core strategies?
  • What roles does senior management play in ensuring that employees and the next generation of business leaders have the right competencies for adopting a circular mindset to deliver on strategies and commitments?

Post-Event Actions

  • Recognise that the circular economy transition will be a collaborative project, requiring organisations to rethink the holistic impact of a resource along entire lifecycles as well as partnerships upstream, downstream and across sectors.
  • Recognise that the transformation to a circular business model involves not only living up to external demands to take care of the planet, but also provides a unique opportunity to optimise and secure the future of businesses.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

Merlin Lao

Head – Policy & Research

Business Environment Council Limited

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

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner

General Manager – Sustainability

Hang Lung Properties Ltd.

John Haffner is General Manager – Sustainability, Hang Lung Properties Ltd., where he is responsible for formulating the Group-wide sustainability strategy and driving its execution. He has more than two decades of experience in cleantech, infrastructure and sustainability in Asia and North America, and is proficient in Mandarin.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To make significant progress against defined sustainability goals both professionally and personally.

Suzanne Cheung

Head of Sustainability

Swire Coca-Cola HK

Suzanne Cheung

Head of Sustainability

Swire Coca-Cola HK

Suzanne Cheung is the Head of Sustainability and directs the Public Affairs and Communications Department of Swire Coca-Cola HK. She develops and executes sustainability and communications strategies and actions in HK market based on the Swire Coca-Cola 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, covering ‘Planet’, ‘Product’ and ‘People’, which includes sustainable packaging advancement.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More innovation in sustainable packaging through reduction of materials, redesign for recyclability, circular economy and a producer responsibility scheme that enable cost-effective consumer packaging recycling.

12:25 – 12:40

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12:40 – 13:30

Circular Buildings: Pursuing Circularity in Construction and the Built Environment

The real estate industry is one of the biggest consumers of virgin resources and emitters of solid waste streams globally. Shifts in occupant expectations, technology use and investor requirements are giving rise to the need for a circularity mindset – with the aim of keeping businesses relevant as well as supporting their license to operate in the face of fast-changing social and environmental considerations.

Learnings

  • What does the circular economy mean for the built environment?
  • How should built environment assets and services be designed, financed, constructed, operated, maintained and repurposed in line with circular economy principles and frameworks?
  • What are the needs for quantitative data on financial benefits to mainstream circular economy practices in the industry? How should industry stakeholders collaborate to drive innovation, build capacity, leverage funding opportunities, and develop research and case studies?

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand the value of circular solutions for building projects, such as increased resiliency to the prices of raw materials, reducing carbon emissions, waste and costs, higher asset valuation, maintenance of natural ecosystem services, and a positive brand image.
  • Rethink investment opportunities in the built environment for designing and constructing buildings based on circular principles.

14:15 – 15:00

Circular Offices: Championing Circularity in Workplaces of the Future

By designing out waste and pollution and keeping resources in use, businesses can start to embrace circularity in the very place that defines them – the office. Hear from leaders in the space on how circular economy practices are incorporated in the whole lifespan of an office – from the fixtures and fittings of the building, to office design, furnishings and consumables, daily operation and eventual deconstruction.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • How does having a circular office strategy futureproof your business?
  • What are some ways for business to achieve their circularity aspirations in the office, from workplace design, to service and maintenance contracts, procurement practices and waste management for office consumables? What challenges and barriers exist, and how can they be overcome?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink how your office can embrace circularity by sourcing more sustainably, harness technology for space, energy, resource and waste management.
  • Understand that the way businesses are designed and organised bring benefits beyond meeting circularity goals, such as workforce appeal and retention.

15:00 – 15:45

Circular Fashion: Our Future in Sustainable Style

Every year millions of tonnes of clothes are produced, worn and discarded. According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, clothing production has doubled in the past 15 years, while clothing utilisation has decreased by 36%. As the industry grapples with minimising its much debated environmental impact, fashion brands and industry stakeholders are seeing a move towards conscious consumption and the need to embed circular thinking across all aspects of production and operations.

Learnings

  • How can the fashion industry best work with consumers, suppliers and all those in its value chain to enhance investment, innovation, transparency and traceability, and scale wise and renewable usage of resources, clothing utilisation and recycling rates?
  • How can we develop a more considered model that designs out waste and pollution, and focuses on the longevity and life cycle of our apparel and footwear items?
  • How does Hong Kong and Asia come into play?

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink the role technology play in accelerating ambitions towards a circular fashion industry.
  • Consider how redesigning our fashion industry with a circular approach represent untapped economic opportunities, in addition to being the right thing to do for environmental and ethical reasons.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Joyce Tsoi is the Director of Collective Action Programs at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition based in Hong Kong. She manages all SAC’s Collective Action programs and activities, support members and ecosystem partners to prioritize actions, accelerate sustainable environmental and social impacts and transform our industry into one that gives more than it takes- to the people and the planet.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Call for Collective Action: We must continue to strive our carbon neutrality goal by significantly reduce carbon emissions to keep warming within planetary boundaries.

 

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President – Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President – Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy has over 18 years of experience in offering total supply chain solutions to international brands and retailers for global consumer markets, with most of her time focusing on the Apparel and Footwear industry. She has a deep understanding of market trends and industry challenges and is able to come up with practical solutions to support the industry moving forward positively.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To have a solid plan in impactful infrastructure to support a low carbon economy, incubate new local start-ups to fuel the change and scalable school-based sustainability education.

Cintia Nunes

Co-Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes

Co-Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes is the Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica and focuses on leading Fabrica to become the go-to platform for sustainability, impact and innovation in the techstyle (technology x lifestyle) and agri-food tech scene through its investment fund, incubation programme and space.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More cross-sector collaborations and partnerships for greater synergy to realize systemic, sustainability goals.

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Mr Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He also teaches supply chain operations in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several international consumer goods and retail companies. He was granted a number of awards, including the Medal of Honor in 2020 by the HKSAR Government for his research work during the pandemic, one of the best of Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders by Inside Retail Hong Kong in 2019. Edwin holds multiple IPs which won global invention awards.

15:45 – 16:30

A Paradigm Shift: The Role of Policy and Multi-Stakeholder Solutions in Our Circular Economy Transition

A shift to a circular economy model offers huge opportunities for private sector players to deliver on climate commitments and ESG objectives, as well as tap into new sources of growth and long-term value creation. However, an economy-wide circular transition calls for the agenda to move beyond individual industries – and to capitalise on multi-stakeholder groups and public-private collaboration to help set the right direction and leverage the playing field for all.

Learnings

  • Knowledge, experience, policy changes and new financing schemes are much needed to help businesses in Hong Kong understand and fully capitalise on the opportunities presented by the implementation of a circular economy.
  • What role does the public sector play in facilitating the circular economy transition, such as infrastructure and enabling policy (regulations and other incentives), education and training?
  • What role do multi-stakeholder groups play in bridging gaps and enhancing public-private dialogue to scale solutions?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play and challenges faced in capturing the circular economy opportunity.
  • Rethink the role of multi-stakeholder groups and public-private collaborations play in setting the right direction and scaling solutions for circular economy adoption.

16:30 – 17:15

Circular Hospitality: Accelerating the Road to Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic had no doubt made an unprecedented impact on the hospitality industry. As the world emerges from the pandemic era, the need for hospitality leaders to reassess operations and set new goals and strategies to reduce waste and resource consumption in line with changing consumer expectations will be key in its pathway to recovery and industry sustainability.

Learnings

  • The business case for setting circularity goals for the hospitality industry
  • In adopting a circular mindset, how are industry players rethinking the way they create, consume, recycle and reuse? How are cross-sectoral collaborations being pursued to repurpose waste, reduce costs, improve resource efficiency and drive innovation towards circularity goals?
  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? What are some pilot projects, solutions and initiatives that are being implemented? What have been the biggest challenges in terms of industry and employee engagement, and how can they be overcome?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how you can introduce a more circular mindset to your business, and gain buy-in internally and externally.
  • Rethink how your company and industry can minimise waste at every step by designing, producing and distributing products and services in ways that optimise circular economy approaches.

17:15 – 18:00

Circular Packaging: Rethinking Solutions to Our Plastics Crisis

Most packaging is designed to be used and discarded in a linear process that results in enormous waste and pollution, particularly where plastics are concerned. As consumer attention on their environmental impact heightens, companies are driven to rethink their role in our economy’s transition to a more circular model, the entire lifecycle of products, and the momentum for innovations and investment in responsible packaging.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • What are some tools and techniques that businesses can use to better understand product packaging and plastics within their supply chains, and to retain value in their systems through responsible product design that eliminates waste and reuses and recycles materials rather than disposing of them?
  • How can we develop efficient, effective and inclusive systems for collection, reuse and recycling to complement packaging redesigned for circularity? What opportunities and cost and scale challenges exist?

Post-Event Actions

  • Explore opportunities to integrate circularity initiatives into your operations and to collaborate with partners within your sector and community to implement viable solutions at scale.

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Schneider Electric

Thursday 06 October 2022

Mainstreaming Sustainability for SMEs
(Cantonese with English interpretation)

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Hong Kong’s SME sector is 340,000 companies strong. Opportunities for SMEs in sustainability are many and offer tangible business value – from building supply chain resilience and meeting changing customer and investor expectations, to winning new business.

Hosted in Cantonese with English interpretation, Mainstreaming Sustainability for SMEs is designed to showcase sustainability as a huge growth opportunity for SMEs in Hong Kong, and address why and how adopting sustainable business models is crucial to driving long-term success as well as creating value for the communities in which they serve.

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10:30 – 10:35

Opening Welcome: Mainstreaming Sustainability in SMEs

10:35 – 10:45

Welcome Remarks by HSBC

Speakers

Christina Ong

Head of Business Banking, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Christina Ong

Head of Business Banking, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Ms Ong is responsible for driving the growth of HSBC’s business banking franchise in Hong Kong, strengthening the Bank’s commitment to support SMEs and startups through its expertise, extensive network and continuous digital innovations.

With more than 25 years of experience with HSBC, Christina has held various key management roles spanning client coverage across SMEs, mid-market segment and large corporates, strategy and propositions, as well as marketing.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Being the trusted banking partner to SMEs in Hong Kong to help drive sustainable business growth.

10:45 – 11:00

From Ambition to Action: Small and Medium Sized Businesses Leading the Race to Zero

Speakers

Pamela Jouven

Director, SME Climate Hub

We Mean Business Coalition

Pamela Jouven

Director, SME Climate Hub

We Mean Business Coalition

As Director of the SME Climate Hub, Pamela works with international partners, multinational companies and governments to mobilize small and medium-sized enterprises to take climate action. Pamela previously served as Head of City Business Climate Alliances at C40, where she was responsible for expanding their climate solution offerings.

11:00 – 12:00

Win-Win Partnerships: Accelerating Collaboration and Innovation between Large Businesses and SMEs

12:00 – 12:30

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12:30 – 13:30

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14:30 – 15:30

ESG in Manufacturing SMEs: Why and How

Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) implementation does not only impact large enterprises, but also SMEs under the shifting business paradigm and regulatory approach. It is essential for SMEs to take early actions to adapt to new business environment and social expectations. The Hong Kong Government also released the “Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050” with the goal and strategies of achieving carbon neutrality locally, which will set the scene for local industrial and commercial sectors. As a relatively carbon-intensive sector, manufacturing SMEs must consider early investment on green transformation to cope with the expectations from client side. This session will discuss good practices and challenges of manufacturing SMEs in implementing ESG, and the strategies in enhancing business resilience and competitiveness effectively with limited resources.

Learnings

  • How do manufacturing SMEs implement ESG strategies and what are the challenges?
  • What are the drivers that lead manufacturing SMEs to invest in ESG? How will these drivers develop in the near future?
  • How can manufacturing SMEs effectively invest in ESG with their resources to optimize return for the company?
  • Examples of good practices of SMEs effectively integrating ESG objectives into daily businesses.

Post-Event Actions

  • Administrations worldwide will take concrete actions for sustainable development goals and change the way of doing business. Brands will exert greater pressure on suppliers in implementing ESG. Hong Kong manufacturers must take earlier considerations.
  • Understand how manufacturing SMEs engage in green transformation to contribute to carbon neutrality and become more resilient and competitive
  • Gain insight of ESG beyond the “environment” aspect and understand how Social and Governance improvements could add value to businesses
  • How manufacturing SMEs can implement ESG with limited resources, and rethink their actions to sustain corporate competitiveness

15:30 – 16:30

Mastering Data Management to Optimise ESG Efforts in SMEs

Accurate and timely data is an important element in ESG management to assist enterprises quantifying their performances in environmental, social and governance factors with objective standards and methods. In recent years, ESG data has become a critical consideration for investors, clients or regulators in decision-making, calling on SMEs to prioritise ESG data management on their agenda. This session will discuss the importance of ESG data for SMEs and how data can be effectively utilised to help review performances, identify supply chain risks, make crisis management decisions and draw business and investment opportunities.

Learnings

  • Why ESG data is essential for SMEs’ businesses, such as reviewing performances, identifying risks, driving businesses and attracting investments?
  • How should SMEs set up appropriate ESG data management strategy?
  • What are the challenges of SMEs in collecting accurate and timely operational data in regard of ESG performance indicators? What solutions are available?
  • Suggestions on how SMEs can effectively integrate data management into business operations

Post-Event Actions

  • ESG data does not only play an important role in assessing performances, but also has specific functions in business development and attracting investments
  • With limited resources, SMEs should strategically invest in ESG data management, including on Social and Governance indicators, to help identify pain points and business risks, as well as to enhance transparency to clients
  • Nowadays, ESG data management tools are widely available to support SMEs in managing data effectively
  • SMEs shall rethink how useful ESG data can be collected in their daily operation to support management and business development, and lay foundation for longer-term growth

16:30 – 17:30

Changing Landscape: Road to Sustainable Development of SMEs in Hong Kong

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Schneider Electric

All sessions are subject to change.