EARLY BIRD PASS UNTIL 4 SEPT

The Illegal Wildlife Trade and Global Threat to Biodiversity: Accelerating Private Sector Engagement and Commitment

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 15:30 - 16:20

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Food & Nature

Overview

Hong Kong remains one of the largest hubs for the illegal trafficking of wildlife consignments, such as ivory, shark fin, live reef food fish, pangolin products, exotic pets, rhino horn, amongst others. Yet its strategic position as a trade and financial centre offers a unique opportunity for businesses to work with regulators and other stakeholders to establish the city as a leader in detecting, disrupting and deterring the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

Learnings

  • For a city of its size, Hong Kong has a vastly disproportionate ecological footprint. The private sector, especially the transport, logistics, financial and technology industries, plays a crucial role in protecting their platforms and supply chains from being exploited by wildlife traffickers.
  • What role do businesses play in combating the illegal wildlife trade? How can businesses identify supply chain vulnerabilities and address legal, financial, reputational and associated risks, while contributing to protecting local and global biodiversity?

Post Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the ramifications of the illegal wildlife trade on biodiversity as a natural asset that affects the long-term sustainability of our economy and environment.
  • Rethink how your company and industry can contribute to transforming Hong Kong from being a hub for the illegal wildlife trade to becoming a global leader in the fight against it, with potentially far-reaching benefits for global biodiversity.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

Charles Goddard

Editorial Director

The Economist Group

Charles Goddard imagines and builds The Economist Group’s flagship initiatives. He works closely with partners on themes ranging from ageing and longevity to climate change, global health security and the sustainable ocean economy. Based in Hong Kong, Charles was previously editorial director, Asia, at the Economist Intelligence Unit and managing director of the Economist Corporate Network, a peer network for senior executives. He is executive director of the Group’s World Ocean Initiative.

Sophie le Clue

CEO

ADM Capital Foundation

Sophie le Clue

CEO

ADM Capital Foundation

Sophie has worked for 30 years in the field of environmental protection and conservation, principally in the Asia Pacific region. She joined ADMCF a year after its founding in 2007, as director responsible for developing the Foundation’s environmental programme. Today, ADMCF focuses almost solely on environmental issues regionally, while maintaining some legacy children at risk projects. Its four strategic programmes include : Acting for Climate, Living Oceans, Water, Wildife Trade. In late 2021, Sophie stepped into ADMCF’s CEO role .

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see the new Administration embracing Hong Kong’s environmental challenges to ensure our well being and a healthy environment . This will require setting aspirational goals as well as policy enhancements and reform across a broad range of environmental issues.

Roberto Giannetta

Chairman

Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association

Roberto Giannetta

Chairman

Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association

Roberto Giannetta, Chairman of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association, has 30+ years of service in the shipping industry. HKLSA represents the interests of container liner principals on numerous industry and government organizations, covering operational, safety, environmental, regulatory, trade, and policy matters vis-à-vis government and industry stakeholders.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Despite liner shipping already providing the most environmentally efficient means of global transportation, HKLSA is committed to guarding against illegal wildlife trade, improving sea and air quality, zero carbon emissions, and protection of human life.

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