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Benchmarking Sustainability Reporting: Transparency, Comparability and Accountability

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 12:15 - 13:15

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Decarbonisation

Overview

Integration of sustainability in business models has become an imperative for organisations striving to create lasting value for stakeholders, the community and the environment. While ESG criteria have in recent years risen to the top of corporate agendas, navigating the disclosure and reporting landscape remain a challenging and complex task for many, due in part to the proliferation of standards and the need for a coherent and comprehensive disclosure framework to ensure flexibility and drive sustainable value.

Learnings

  • How can companies in Hong Kong clear up the vocabulary, and make use of data and technology to help them steer and anticipate the dynamics of reporting, cross-functional workflow and process management to create an ESG culture that continually advances corporate goals?
  • How can companies streamline efforts while meeting stakeholder demands? What are some common pitfalls to look out for, in terms of disclosure, green-washing and dispute risks?
  • At COP26 the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation announced the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), with the aim of providing a comprehensive global baseline of high-quality sustainability disclosure standards focused on enterprise value. A year on, what has been done and what is yet to come? How does Hong Kong come into play?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain technical insights on how leading companies are navigating different ESG standards, frameworks, ratings and rankings to meet sustainability reporting and disclosure obligations, as well as helping cross-functional teams drive and sustain ESG performance.
  • Rethink how your company can best take stock of internal and external considerations towards ESG reporting, and understand the standards and frameworks that are a good fit for your business and stakeholder expectations.
  • Seek further understanding of how the ISSB’s standards will drive globally consistent, comparable and reliable sustainability reporting, and pertinent implications for your company.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Pat Woo

Partner, Head of ESG - Hong Kong, KPMG China and Global Co-Chair, Sustainable Finance, KPMG IMPACT

KPMG China

Pat Woo

Partner, Head of ESG - Hong Kong, KPMG China and Global Co-Chair, Sustainable Finance, KPMG IMPACT

KPMG China

Pat is a Partner, Head of ESG practice in Hong Kong at KPMG China and the Global Co-Chair for Sustainable Finance for KPMG IMPACT. He has been active for over 15 years in the field of sustainable development and very active in developing the ESG landscape for Hong Kong and international financial centres in the region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I will continue to work with the financial services sector to integrate ESG into their core business. In addition, I will continue to work with HKICPA to train up accountants of the future with ESG skills.

Hendrik Rosenthal

Director – Group Sustainability

CLP Holdings Limited

Hendrik Rosenthal

Director – Group Sustainability

CLP Holdings Limited

Hendrik is responsible for the Group’s sustainability-related strategy, reporting and communications. He supports the senior management in sustainability and climate change-related risk management and advises on sustainability matters of the Group’s power business in the Asia-Pacific region.

With 20 years of experience in environmental management across the public, private and NGO sectors, Hendrik previously led research and consulting projects in Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I look forward to a net-zero future with increasing clean electrification and close collaboration between different sectors to make it a reality.

Katherine Ng

Managing Director and Head of Policy and Secretariat Services, Listing Division

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”)

Katherine Ng

Managing Director and Head of Policy and Secretariat Services, Listing Division

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”)

Ms. Katherine Ng joined HKEX in 2013.  Prior to that, Ms. Ng served in the Hong Kong Government, worked in an investment bank and law firm.  Ms. Ng holds a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified lawyer in both Hong Kong and England & Wales.

Teresa Ko

JP, BBS, Senior Partner, Hong Kong and China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Co-Vice Chair, IFRS Foundation

Teresa Ko

JP, BBS, Senior Partner, Hong Kong and China Chairman, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Co-Vice Chair, IFRS Foundation

Described as ‘an icon in the industry’, Teresa Ko is an eminent legal adviser and a market leader in corporate, capital markets and governance work in Hong Kong.

Teresa currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the IFRS Foundation. She chairs its Due Process Oversight Committee and is a member of its Nomination Committee. She has been involved in the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) as a member of the Steering Committee.

As the first female to chair the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee in 2009-2012, Teresa continues to serve as one of four Co-Chairmen of the Listing Review Committee. She was a Non-Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong from 2012-2018 and is currently a Deputy Chairman of its Takeovers and Mergers Panel.

Over more than 30 years of experience, Teresa has represented numerous unique or “first of its kind” Hong Kong listings of Chinese and international companies, including advising on eight out of the ten largest IPOs ever in Hong Kong. She also has an impressive record on public and private M&A transactions and advises on joint ventures and restructuring matters.

Recently, she was featured in the HERoesWomen Role Model Lists 2021 for the fourth consecutive year and in Forbes’ ‘Asia’s Power Businesswomen’ list 2021.

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