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Going Circular: Driving Business Model Transformation

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 11:35 - 12:25

Location: BEC Sustainable Business Theatre

Circular Economy

Overview

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.

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