ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

ESG in Manufacturing SMEs: Why and How

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 14:30 - 15:30

Location: BEC Sustainable Business Theatre

Redefining Value

Overview

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

Speakers

MODERATOR

Jude Chow

Deputy Chairman

Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Jude Chow

Deputy Chairman

Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Mr Jude Chow is the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries and the Chairman of Group 26 (Environmental Industries Council) in the Federation. He is also the Director of Associated Engineers Limited, with extensive exposure to large-scale construction engineering, airport engineering, and environmental engineering projects.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to raise awareness of the waste problem in Hong Kong and for the Hong Kong’s Industrial SME to adopt ESG.

Linda W.P. Ho

Chief Executive Officer

Green Council

Linda W.P. Ho

Chief Executive Officer

Green Council

Ms HO Wai Ping, Linda is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Council since 2000, a non-profit environmental organisation and certification body, with the mission of promoting sustainable development and environmental awareness in the business sector and among the general public through various initiatives and awareness programmes.  Ms Ho has also been actively participating in conferences and meetings over the world and presenting speeches on ecolabelling, sustainable procurement and topic related to ESG reporting.

Currently, Ms Ho is the member of Energy Advisory Committee and Food Wise Hong Kong Steering Committee, and She was a former board member of Global Ecolabelling Network.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Being CEO of a Hong Kong environmental charity and recognized as an expert on environmental management and sustainable development, aiming to transform Hong Kong into a world-class sustainable city.

Paul Tai

Regional Director

Mainetti

Paul Tai

Regional Director

Mainetti

Mr. Paul Tai is the Regional Director – Far East of Mainetti Group, a leading global retail solutions provider. Paul is also the founder of M-Care – a new vertical launched during the pandemic in 2020 for healthy and sustainable lifestyle consumer goods in the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) market.

At Mainetti, he is pivotal in various major expansion and acquisition projects. With Paul’s leadership, Mainetti has expanded from a start-up to a regional company with more than ten operations in Korea, Shanghai, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Australia and Japan.

Paul is also dedicated to improving our community. He is leading Mainetti to support various corporate and private social responsibility projects in Asia. With his guidance, Mainetti has completed two school rebuilding projects in the Mainland and contributed to causes benefiting underprivileged children in Mainland China and the Far East region.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry and society, Paul received the Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2012. He was also elected President of the Council in 2021/2022. He is currently the Governor of Music Children Foundation, the trustee of Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School Education Fund, Council member of The Better Hong Kong Foundation and Vice-Chairman of Group 15 of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

Paul is a chartered accountant in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, with an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Amongst various ESG objectives, Paul is passionate about UN Sustainable Development 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. He believes in universal efforts to reduce cross-generational poverty to balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. To that end, education, mental well-being and job opportunities are key areas our society should focus on improving.

Eddy Tsang

Chief Executive Officer

Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Materials Division) / Green Island Cement Group

Eddy Tsang

Chief Executive Officer

Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Materials Division) / Green Island Cement Group

Chief Executive Officer of CK Infrastructure Materials and Green Island Cement (Holdings) Limited. He is also an Executive Director of Green Island Cement Company Limited, Green Island International (BVI) Limited, Green Island Environmental Limited and Anderson Asia (Holdings) Limited. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Governance Institute, and is currently the Chairman of Hong Kong Construction Materials Association Limited, a fellow member of Institute of Quarrying and a member of the Committee on Construction Business Development of the Construction Industry Council.

Eddie Yu

CEO

OKOSIX Limited

Eddie Yu

CEO

OKOSIX Limited

In the beginning of COVID outbreak, Eddie quit his head-of-APAC role at a MNC in early 2020 in order to establish a face mask factory in Hong Kong. Being inspired by his niece, he founded ÖKOSIX to make the world’s 1st fully biodegradable medical face mask, hoping to solve the global plastic pollution.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

That people in Hong Kong could increase their awareness on environmental protection, gain knowledge on relevant certifications and able to choose the real eco-friendly products in order to realise circular economy.

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