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Tuesday 05 October 2021

Rethinking People & Purpose

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Changemakers are constantly facing challenges to secure buy-in, engage others on the sustainability journey and measure impact. Rethinking People & Purpose will share market insight and tried-and-tested best practice from people-centric organisations, practitioners and thought leaders who put their people and their communities at the very core of everything they stand for.

Key discussions will address how to overcome the challenges of integration, developing personal and corporate purpose that has scalable impact as well as the proven business case for a diverse and inclusive workforce

11:00 – 11:05

Opening Welcome

Speakers

Christian Bergenstråhle

General Manager

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Christian Bergenstråhle

General Manager

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Multi-entrepreneur with a background from marketing, communication and design. Since 2020 General Manager at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To encourage and execute initiatives within sustainability through the SwedCham Sustainability Committee, to highlight the importance for more individuals and companies.

11:05 – 11:45

Beyond the Policy – How Does an Inclusive Workplace Come to Life?

Organizations become stronger by being diverse. How do we teach our teams to respect and support each other? This panel will explore how we all win from building inclusive cultures.

Learnings

  • Society level – Is there a support structure in Hong Kong to ensure that all Hong Kongers thrive as individuals, professionals and citizens?
  • Company level – Are companies in Hong Kong living up to their promises and ambitions? How do we make diversity and non-discrimination policies come to life? How do we build cultures where employees feel a true sense of belonging?
  • Individual level – What is our personal responsibility? How do we become aware of unconscious bias, and how can we be better allies to people who are different from us?

Post-Event Actions

  • Reflect on your own unconscious bias.
  • Observe your workplace and identify areas where more support is needed for under-represented groups.
  • Become an ally to people lacking traditional privileges or who don’t fit into traditional norms.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Christian Bergenstråhle

General Manager

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Christian Bergenstråhle

General Manager

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Multi-entrepreneur with a background from marketing, communication and design. Since 2020 General Manager at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To encourage and execute initiatives within sustainability through the SwedCham Sustainability Committee, to highlight the importance for more individuals and companies.

BAKAR Fariha Salma Deiya

Executive Officer

Institute for Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

BAKAR Fariha Salma Deiya

Executive Officer

Institute for Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

BAKAR Fariha Salma Deiya is a Hong Kong born Bangladeshi. She is currently an Executive Officer at the Institute of Youth Sustainability Leadership, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong.

She is pursuing her Master of Laws in Human Rights [LLM(HR)] at the University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Law).

A member of the Commission on Children, she helps to drive work for the benefit of children in relation to policy development regarding research and public engagement, children with specific needs, children protection, rights and development.

Benita Chick

CEO and Founder

Encompass HK

Benita Chick

CEO and Founder

Encompass HK

Benita is educated with a B.A. from Cornell University and M.A. from Boston University . With her experience in community outreach to environmental education for universities, NGOs and think tanks, Benita founded Encompass HK in 2018 to further the mission of advocating for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Benita is passionate about raising awareness of SDG12 as that’s the goal that’s least concerned by HK public. She is doing this with experiential-learning programs on biodynamic wine, sustainable coffee tasting and other events.

Brian Henderson

Founder

Whole Business Wellness

Brian Henderson

Founder

Whole Business Wellness

Brian brings his 30 years of leadership experience to help organisations develop wellness strategies at individual, team and organisation level using story telling, experiential learning and resilience assessments to build wellness capabilities and culture at all levels.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Promote SDG 3 (good health & wellbeing) and 8 (decent work & economic growth) through the corporate wellness work we do at Whole Business Wellness.

11:45 – 12:30

Post-COVID Strategies for a Happy, Healthy & Sustainable Workplace

In light of the challenges posed by COVID-19, companies have been adapting their business models, modes of operation and employee engagement practices to continue to thrive, with sustainability and health top of the agenda.

Learnings

  • Sustainability remains a key issue despite COVID-19 challenges
  • Health now seen as core to a successful business
  • Examples from these leading companies on how to achieve happy & healthy workplaces
  • Opportunities for Hong Kong to adopt new practices

Post-Event Actions

  • Identify key challenges for your organisation in the COVID-19 context
  • Create a healthy workplace action plan
  • Bring sustainability and health issues into workplace discussions and lead by example to embed in the company culture

Speakers

MODERATOR

Victoria Gilbert

Director APAC

GlobeScan

Victoria Gilbert

Director APAC

GlobeScan

I spend my days trying to create positive impact by integrating environmental and social factors into business to drive performance and growth. A sustainability professional based in Asia Pacific with extensive in-house and consulting experience, I am focused on working with organisations across the region to identify key issues and design forward-looking strategies to create more sustainable business operations and behaviours – from employee wellness to product design.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Enable more companies to see the value of investing in sustainability – not just to tick a box or complete a report – but to engage with their people and use their business to have a positive impact on the society we are part of and the environment we live in.

Denman Chan

Senior Director (Sales, Equality & Inclusion)

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Denman Chan

Senior Director (Sales, Equality & Inclusion)

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Denman is the Head of Sales at P&G Hong Kong & Macau, overseeing the Sales and Trade Marketing function. His extensive experiences cover different channels, categories and markets. Denman is also leading the regional Equality & Inclusion team, aspiring to create a world that everyone is valued, included and respected.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Denman is passionate about embedding sustainability into a core business strategy, as a powerful force for good. He aspires advancing the local circular economy development, to stand against climate change.

Angus Slater

Managing Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Angus Slater

Managing Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Angus is currently the Managing Director of Bupa in Hong Kong. In this recent job role at Bupa, he is keen to turn Hong Kong business into a more sustainable business inside out. Before Bupa, Angus held various senior commercial and marketing positions, namely at Vodafone and Accenture.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To reduce carbon footprint with plant-based meals 3 days a week, and make a wiser choice in transportation from reducing long haul flights to taking a bus to work.

Adrian Worth

Managing Director

DFI Retail Group – IKEA North Asia

Adrian Worth

Managing Director

DFI Retail Group – IKEA North Asia

Adrian Worth joined Dairy Farm IKEA as the General Manager of IKEA Taiwan in 2014. Before that he was the Managing Director and Supply Development Manager for Inter IKEA Distribution Far East for 1 year in Asia Pacific region and worked with IKEA Japan for 5 years in the commercial and logistics functions. He started his IKEA career in the UK in 1993 as Store Manager, after which he was in charge of the customer delivery service in Distribution Service Western Europe covering UK, Holland and Belgium.

Prior to his tenure with IKEA, Adrian worked within food retailing and supermarket operations in both UK and South Africa. This extensive retail experience in various roles enabled Adrian to lead the IKEA team in Taiwan to sustained growth for each of the past 6 years.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

The overall IKEA ambition is to become people and planet positive, and to inspire and enable the many people to live a better everyday life within the limited resources of the planet by 2030.

Supported by

GlobeScan

GlobeScan is a strategy and research organisation that advises on sustainability issues for corporations, NGOs, and governmental organisations. We offer specialist research, advisory and engagement services and partner with clients to meet strategic sustainability objectives.

Sponsored by

Bupa Hong Kong

Bupa’s purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world. In Hong Kong, we are the health insurance specialist and provide primary care services through Quality HealthCare. Believing in “One Health”, we play an active role in creating sustainable shared value for our people, communities and planet.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Commit to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and adopt a whole-of-company approach to reduce our carbon footprint

2. Build awareness and engagement amongst our people and customers about ‘One Health’ – the connection between the health of people and the health of the planet

3. Role model and advocate for ‘One Health’ with stakeholders and contribute to the eco-movement

Legal Name: Bupa (Asia) Limited

P&G

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ariel®,  Braun®,  Crest®, Gillette®,  Head & Shoulders®,  Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Rejoice®, SK-II®, VS Sassoon® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands from the Headquarter.

For local P&G information, visit us at http://www.pghongkong.com.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

To help build awareness, participation & confidence in the HK circular economy so that HK can reduce the plastic waste to landfill and increase plastics recycling

Legal Name: Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Limited

12:45 – 13:30

Futureproofing your Business with Purpose

Purpose is the new profit – but how can businesses capture this opportunity for better change? This session brings together leaders from long-established organisations to discuss how they futureproof their business through a pivot to purpose.

Learnings

  • Purpose is the new profit. Do you agree and why?
  • How are your organisations navigating this new reality and reconnecting with purpose?
  • Changing the ways of business, particularly long-established ones, or traditional industries like yourselves, are much easier said than done. What are the key challenges you observed in your journey?
  • What advice would you give to other businesses interested in starting their purpose journey?

Post-Event Actions

  • Visit the Business with Purpose webpage to learn more about the platform
  • Join the Business with Purpose network for priority access to events and happenings

Speakers

MODERATOR

Florence Cheng

Head of Impact Strategy

Social Ventures Hong Kong

Florence Cheng

Head of Impact Strategy

Social Ventures Hong Kong

Florence Cheng is the Head of Impact Strategy of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk). She leads SVhk’s advisory projects with corporate and non-profit partners to innovate purpose-driven positioning and activate business capabilities for shared impact creation. She also manages SVhk’s portfolio ventures including the Community Resilience Fund.

 

Francis Ip

Executive Director & Deputy CEO

Yip’s Chemical Holdings Limited

Francis Ip

Executive Director & Deputy CEO

Yip’s Chemical Holdings Limited

Mr. Francis Ip is the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Yip’s Chemical, a HK-listed company dedicated to the manufacturing and sales of solvents, coatings, inks and lubricants for 5 decades. He has been driving the transformation of the Group towards being more environmentally friendly, service and end-user oriented.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Yip’s Chemical is committed to promoting “Business with Purpose”. We endeavour to integrate business and social goals, and connect stakeholders from different sectors related to the chemical industry to create a better future for our community.

Juliana Lam

Founder

Innotier Limited

Juliana Lam

Founder

Innotier Limited

Ms. Juliana Lam is the Founder and Chairman of Julius Group Holdings Ltd, an OEM gloves manufacturer. She has over 20 years of manufacturing experience in gloves & accessories industries and had managed over 20 gloves factories in China and South East Asia countries. Ms Lam is also the Founder and President of UK born retail brand INNOTIER, an innovation-driven company with a mission to develop products that help people live a more sustainable life.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Sustainability is the core value of our company, taking Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) into our practice ensure our organization aligns ourselves with the core value. From sourcing materials, production, packaging, to delivering every INNOTIER’s product to our consumers, we work hard to achieve our ESG target.

Titania Woo

Deputy Director

The Hong Kong Management Association

Titania Woo

Deputy Director

The Hong Kong Management Association

Ms Woo joined the HKMA in 1995 and is now the Deputy Director overseeing departments of Council and Committee, Finance and Accounting, HR, Administration, Membership and Management Services. Under her insightful leadership, the HKMA launched the Hong Kong Sustainability Award in 2016 and the “Business with Purpose” platform in 2021.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

With sustainability being one of the HKMA’s core values, Ms Woo aspires to accelerate the purpose movement in Hong Kong and make 2021 the beginning of “The Decade of Purpose Business”.

13:30 – 14:15

Tech for Good: Adoption & Adaption

This session will explore how technological initiatives and innovations can address social, environmental and economic challenges. How is Hong Kong’s information and technology community rising to the challenge to advance a healthier and more sustainable living environment for all?

Learnings

  • How do we define “Tech for Good”?
  • In times of crisis, how has the tech industry harnessed the support and knowledge of its partners to bring together the expertise and resources needed for an effective response?
  • How is our city’s tech industry working to develop and implement solutions and collaborations to maximize positive impact and address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?

Post-Event Actions

  • Consider how your organisation and industry have benefited from recent technologies, initiatives and innovations in the past – and especially in times of crisis
  • Explore how your organisation can support and contribute towards the implementation and scaling of impact-generating technologies

Speakers

MODERATOR

Mark Lunt

Partner

Tolo Partners

Mark Lunt

Partner

Tolo Partners

Mark Lunt is a seasoned technology executive, investor and mentor. He has worked in companies ranging in size from small start ups to substantial corporations and has extensive global experience that encompasses Europe, the USA, SE Asia, China and Australasia.

His most recent corporate role was as Group Managing Director of the Jardine OneSolution Group JOS, one of Asia’s largest IT services companies. As well as working in the corporate environment he has spent many years in startup or early stage companies, experiencing the stresses founders and investors face when time, resources and money are scarce.

Before moving to Hong Kong in early 2011 he held sales, operational and MD/CEO roles in the UK and New Zealand.

Mark is now a partner in Tolo Partners, an advisory firm working with start up and early stage Hong Kong companies and a Senior Adviser at Equiteq, a global M&A firm focused exclusively on the technology sector.

Cynthia Chow

Associate Director, Smart City Team

KPMG

Cynthia Chow

Associate Director, Smart City Team

KPMG

Cynthia is an Associate Director in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Practice. She focuses on planning and execution of Hong Kong/China business development strategies. Working with her team to identify and develop long-term, sustainable account and sector strategies for key clients, and related country & community programs. Cynthia is driving the KPMG Smart City Initiative and project managing external and internal stakeholders in shaping thought leadership, private public partnerships and project collaboration around major city themes of sustainability, livability and connectivity. She takes an interest in the development of China’s Greater Bay Area and Smart & Sustainable Cities and produced various KPMG publications on these topics.

Cynthia was the Chair of the Entrepreneur/SME Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and holds an MBA from University of Manchester and Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto. In her spare time, she hosts the Hong Kong Eco Film Festival.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Collaborating with clients and stakeholders to progress our smart + green city goals. Let’s get connected!

Dr Ted Suen

Chief Information Officer

MTR Corporation Limited

Dr Ted Suen

Chief Information Officer

MTR Corporation Limited

Dr. Ted Suen is the Chief Information Officer of MTR Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible to formulate the corporate IT strategy, manage the overall MTR corporate IT function, direct the establishment of a stable, reliable and highly effective IT environment to support the business operation and to ensure Information System solutions are in-line with corporate business strategies.

Sankar VS

Digital Services & Products Leader (East Asia)

Arup

Sankar VS

Digital Services & Products Leader (East Asia)

Arup

Mr Sankar holds the responsibility of leading Digital Services & Products for Arup in East Asia. It involves creating new software as service, creating strategy for digital solutions & product, and advising clients on becoming a data driven business.

He has over 20 years of experience in design and implementation of transformational smart operational solutions, leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics across various domains viz. construction, public security, gaming, property, supply chain/logistics etc. He has managed several landmark projects in Hong Kong and gained extensive multidisciplinary experience in bid to strategic delivery. His pro-bono work includes board of director position at the Hong Kong Internet of Things Alliance and serving Project Management Institute (Hong Kong Chapter Board).

Mr Villupuram holds MBA (HKUST) with a bachelor’s in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He is a professionally qualified CPIT (Project Director), PMP, CISA & CISM. He completed the executive course from MIT on Innovation & Leadership in 2019 & has been awarded CXO of the year under “Value Creation” category in the program hosted by INSEAD & judged by IDC, HPE & Intel.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Shape a better world.

Supported by

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

The Chamber is one of Hong Kong’s biggest and most active independent international business organisations representing a broad span of British, Hong Kong and international companies doing business in, with, or through Hong Kong.

The Chamber encourages diversity in its membership and activities and has over 1,000 members from the biggest multinationals through to a broad range of medium and smaller companies and start-ups. The Chamber’s aim is to help our members grow their business, and promote and represent their business interests by providing representation and advocacy; networking and brand exposure; as well as information and insight.

Sponsored by

MTR Corporation

Booth B45

Headline Sponsor for the Sustainable Communities Theatre

At MTR, we connect and grow communities with caring, innovative, and sustainable services. We are committed to embedding sustainability into our operations. Our aspiration is to keep cities moving by managing our business sustainably with best-in-class governance and helping individuals and communities thrive, while contributing to combating climate change.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Social Inclusion – MTR aims to foster social inclusion, promote equality and make a positive impact on communities we serve. Our railway system and properties are accessible for all, including the elderly, those with disabilities, people travelling with infants or toddlers and anyone who might need a barrier-free access from time to time. Internally, we actively promote equal opportunities and create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions – MTR offers a low carbon solution connecting communities we serve. As an operator of a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation system, we are committed to managing our environmental and carbon footprint to help transit Hong Kong to a carbon neutral city. We will continue to incorporate green features and energy efficiency measures in the design, planning, construction and operation of our railway network and properties.

3. Advancement & Opportunities – MTR aspires to contribute to social mobility and advancement by connecting our communities with opportunities. We are committed to providing advancement opportunities for our employees, enhancing the skills and innovative capacity of our future generations and fostering growth of local enterprises in cities where we operate.

Solutions Showcase:

  • Transport, Logistics & Distribution

Legal Name: MTR Corporation Limited

Rethinking Customers & Communications

Supported by


Rethinking Customers & Communications will explore how brands are rethinking their interactions with customers and reacting to the changing values of today’s consumers; how do they communicate big claims around sustainability credentials, goals and ambitions in a way that all stakeholders will care about?

14:30 – 14:35

Opening Welcome

Speakers

Darren Chuckry

Chair, Hong Kong

The Marketing Society

Darren Chuckry

Chair, Hong Kong

The Marketing Society

Managing Partner of HK Initiative, Chair of the Marketing Society and the Asia Chair and Regional VP of PCMA. Previously, Darren was MD of Uniplan Hong Kong where he was responsible for driving brand experience transformation and innovation with global brands across Asia including Mercedes, Huawei, Audi, UBS, and Google.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Become an advocate and leader in pursuing and promoting sustainability that drastically reduces plastic pollution and creates a future where people and the planet come first!

14:35 – 15:10

The Role of Marketing in a Sustainable New World

Marketing leaders need to grow businesses for existing generations and for the generations to come. Consumers are environmentally conscious, and they want to buy from businesses that think like them. Many marketers argue that integrating sustainability values into a brand can contribute to market growth and that marketing sustainability will be important for businesses that want to keep or attract consumers with mindsets toward the environment, social issues, and economic growth.

Learnings

  • Hear from marketing leaders on how to get your brand message across in a believable way
  • How to make sustainability believable for Hong Kong and Asia consumers and showcase the difference that it is going to make.
  • How are brands re-thinking their interaction with customers and communications? Hear from leaders as to why this is so important now more than ever in messaging

Post-Event Actions

  • Learn to appreciate the variety of social, political and economic forces affecting marketing organisations at the global and local level
  • Critically evaluate the debates around the ethical, social and sustainability responsibilities of marketers
  • Identify the different sustainability frameworks for engaging in those debates; and understand how marketers can respond to calls for ethical, social and sustainability responsibility
  • Learn how to assess and set your own sustainable marketing goals within your organisation

Speakers

MODERATOR

Darren Chuckry

Chair, Hong Kong

The Marketing Society

Darren Chuckry

Chair, Hong Kong

The Marketing Society

Managing Partner of HK Initiative, Chair of the Marketing Society and the Asia Chair and Regional VP of PCMA. Previously, Darren was MD of Uniplan Hong Kong where he was responsible for driving brand experience transformation and innovation with global brands across Asia including Mercedes, Huawei, Audi, UBS, and Google.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Become an advocate and leader in pursuing and promoting sustainability that drastically reduces plastic pollution and creates a future where people and the planet come first!

Nellie Chan

Head of Google Customer Solutions

Google Hong Kong

Nellie Chan

Head of Google Customer Solutions

Google Hong Kong

Nellie joined Google in 2019 as Head of Google Customer Solutions for HK, focusing on helping business of all sizes to build their online presence and grow their business locally and globally. Nellie has over 20 years of experience of commercial experience of which the last 15 years have been dedicated to digital.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To become an advocate for sustainability through a change in consumption behavior, working towards waste reduction and decreasing carbon footprint.

Christy Kilmartin

VP Marketing

Kontoor Brands

Christy Kilmartin

VP Marketing

Kontoor Brands

Christy Kilmartin is an award winning marketer who has focused his career on bettering people and planet. After helping athletes perform their best during his time with Nike and Adidas, Christy shifted into the broader holistic eco, health and wellness zone with Timberland and most recently, Lee and Wrangler brands.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To help make sustainability the new sexy.

Will Spence

Hong Kong Country Manager

HH Global

Will Spence

Hong Kong Country Manager

HH Global

Marketing procurement professional with 15 years’ experience managing the production of marketing collateral across retail, FMCG, finance and healthcare brands. Moved to Hong Kong from UK in 2012 to run own sustainably focused procurement business before joining HH Global in 2019 where I’m currently Hong Kong Country Manager for this global leader in outsourced marketing execution.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To introduce a consistent supply of sustainable, tree free paper to the market in Hong Kong and remove all unaccredited papers from our customer supply chains.

15:10 – 15:25

Loved Brands Done Sustainably: The Coca-Cola Company’s Commitment to a World Without Waste

Acting in ways to create a more sustainable and better shared future, The Coca-Cola Company is working towards the global commitment of a World Without Waste. In markets like Hong Kong, with its sustainability challenges, how could the company leverage its scale, brand portfolio and stakeholder network to achieve this ambitious goal?

Learnings

  • Building a purposeful brand with value for the company and the community we serve
  • From sustainable innovation to sustainable packaging and business – Deep dive in Bonaqua – Water for Tomorrow HK case
  • Creating shared purpose with the power of collaboration

Post-Event Actions

  • Understand how to translate a global vision to a local achievement through a marketing lens

Speakers

Raoni Lotar

Frontline Marketing Director (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia & Macau)

The Coca-Cola Company

Raoni Lotar

Frontline Marketing Director (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia & Macau)

The Coca-Cola Company

Coca-Cola Frontline Marketing Director accountable for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Macau territories. 15 years of experience leading global and regional brands around the world. Purposeful growth seeker, a believer that companies and brands must play a role in building a better and sustainable world. Brazilian, married, and father of 2 daughters.

15:25 – 16:05

Communicating Without Borders

How do brands tailor their sustainability marketing and communications strategies across different geographies, cultures and languages?

Learnings

  • Challenges involved in tailoring sustainability marketing and communications strategies across different geographies, cultures and languages
  • Consumer shifts and attitudes towards brand sustainability marketing and communications in different Asian markets, specifically Hong Kong
  • Challenges in ensuring local brand and engagement teams can completely align to global claims and ambitions around social inclusion and environmental impact

Post-Event Actions

  • Assess whether your organization is aware of the need for local sustainability marketing and communications strategies in different geographies, cultures and languages
  • Understand the challenges involved in formulating and executing
  • Understand the differences in attitudes, and what this means for an organization’s sustainability communications
  • Have a plan to ensure local brand and engagement teams are aligned with global claims around social inclusion and environmental impact

Speakers

MODERATOR

Arun Sudhaman

Editor-in-Chief

PRovoke Media

Arun Sudhaman

Editor-in-Chief

PRovoke Media

Arun Sudhaman is CEO and editor-in-chief at PRovoke Media.

In this role Arun oversees PRovoke Media’s global content offering, including its analysis and insight into reputation, public relations and communications trends and issues. Since joining PRovoke Media in 2010, Arun has comprehensively redefined the title’s content platform, which includes its digital presence and new products such as the Influence 100 compendium of key global influencers, the Global PR Agency Rankings, the Global Creative Index, and the Echo Chamber podcast. He also led the rebrand of the Holmes Report to PRovoke Media in 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To continue reducing my carbon footprint in such areas as single-use plastic, food and travel. And to keep pushing companies to take sustainability seriously.

Sylvia Evans

Global Head of Communications

Vistra

Sylvia Evans

Global Head of Communications

Vistra

Sylvia started her career in government affairs and has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, issues management, and public policy across public and private sector organisations. She holds a MPA – University of Southern California, a MBA – University of California, Irvine, and a BA, Political Science – University of California, Irvine.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Lead and support the positioning and communication of Vistra’s sustainability goals – internal policies and initiatives, as well as how we are helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals.

Raoni Lotar

Frontline Marketing Director (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia & Macau)

The Coca-Cola Company

Raoni Lotar

Frontline Marketing Director (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia & Macau)

The Coca-Cola Company

Coca-Cola Frontline Marketing Director accountable for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Macau territories. 15 years of experience leading global and regional brands around the world. Purposeful growth seeker, a believer that companies and brands must play a role in building a better and sustainable world. Brazilian, married, and father of 2 daughters.

Andrea de Vincentiis

Regional Head of B2B Marketing, Asia-Pacific, and Head of Marketing for International Markets, Asia-Pacific

HSBC

Andrea de Vincentiis

Regional Head of B2B Marketing, Asia-Pacific, and Head of Marketing for International Markets, Asia-Pacific

HSBC

Andrea de Vincentiis is Regional Head of B2B Marketing, Asia-Pacific and Head of Marketing for International Markets in Asia-Pacific and has been with the HSBC Group in various Country, Regional and Global marketing leadership roles for the last 18 years.

Andrea’s 22-year career to date has been focused on B2B Marketing and Communications in Financial Services spanning a number of disciplines, including Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Internal Engagement, Media Relations and Brand Partnerships. Working with his team and partner agencies, Andrea is currently focused on transforming his Asia-Pacific teams into ones that balances genuine human insight, digital/data analytics and brand building activity to help drive growth.

Andrea is an active member of the Marketing Society (UK and now HK) as well as being a Sustainability Leader for the HSBC Group and before moving to HK was School Governor at his local Primary School in the UK. In his spare time, Andrea loves Sport (particularly Cycling, Hiking and Tennis), new Food experiences and spending time with his family.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Personal: to live a sustainable lifestyle, for example by eating less red meat

Community: to help educate and share sustainable best practice with children, for example by running educational sessions at my son’s school

Professional: to collaborate with colleagues at HSBC to achieve net zero in our own operations and supply chain by 2030 or sooner

Supported by

Asia-Pacific Association of Communication Directors

As Asia-Pacific Communications and Public Relations Directors, we represent an invaluable platform that facilitates the exchange of knowledge and helps to advance our profession. By establishing common quality standards and supporting professional qualification within the field, by organising conferences and meetings, and by providing services, analysis, and informative media, this non-partisan association works for the benefit of the Asia-Pacific communications and public affairs community.

Since our inception in 2014, APACD has has provided a voice to more than 400 communications and public affairs directors across the Asia-Pacific region. We organise regular conferences, seminars and networking sessions, while also benchmarking in-house performance through our awards programme and supporting professional development via training, mentoring and knowledge sharing.

Sponsored by

The Coca-Cola Company

Booth A40

The Coca-Cola Company is a total beverage company. Our vision is to craft the brands and choice of drinks that people love, to refresh them in body & spirit. And done in ways that create a more sustainable business and better shared future that makes a difference in people’s lives, communities and our planet.

Our sustainability goals for 2021: 

We launched World Without Waste in 2018 which centers around three primary goals:

  1. To collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one we sell by 2030.
  2. To make 100% of our packaging recyclable globally by 2025.
  3. To use at least 50% recycled material in our packaging by 2030.

Solutions Showcase:

  • Brand Owner
  • PR / Marketing / Comms
  • Sustainable Products

Legal Name: Coca-Cola China Limited

16:05 – 16:45

Innovative Product Design for Positive Impact

How can we maximise our innovation when we engage in new product or service design & production, and at the same time remain as a responsible manufacturer and promote sustainable consumption?

Learnings

  • How can innovation work as a powerful tool and design strategy in new product or service development? Share some of your success stories.
  • Please share some of your impactful stories as a responsible manufacturer.
  • How can we use innovation when launching a new sustainable product or service solutions to our existing “not-so-sustainable” consumer?
  • What we can do together to build a stronger circular & sustainable economy, and at the same time strike a balance among people, planet and profit?

Post-Event Actions

  • Share your insights and learnings with your work peers and listen to their input
  • “Rethink” your sustainable business strategy
  • Build a micro eco-system with your friends, your family and your work peers

Speakers

MODERATOR

Samson Tong

Managing Partner & Chief Creative Officer

Echo Asia Communications

Samson Tong

Managing Partner & Chief Creative Officer

Echo Asia Communications

Samson is the Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer of a sustainability-driven integrated communications agency, Echo Asia Communications, and has more than 20 years of experience in the branding, advertising, digital marketing & communications industry in the Greater China region. Samson and his team has won the Red Dot Design Award 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Continue to live a low impact lifestyle, and to build a stronger eco-system for the circular economy in Hong Kong via bridging up corporate and public.

Nathaëlle Davoust

General Manager – Hong Kong and Macau

L’Occitane Group

Nathaëlle Davoust

General Manager – Hong Kong and Macau

L’Occitane Group

International career in Retail Beauty (Paris – NY – Tokyo – HK). Happily married and mother of two children. Interested about women empowerment and sustainability. Love hiking and playing.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Local impact on waste management and biodiversity.

Justin Lam

Business Executive Officer Hong Kong and Macau

Nespresso – Division of Nestlé Hong Kong Ltd.

Justin Lam

Business Executive Officer Hong Kong and Macau

Nespresso – Division of Nestlé Hong Kong Ltd.

Justin Lam has been serving as Business Executive Officer of Nespresso Hong Kong and Macau since 2019. With his deep understanding of the brand and coffee industry, Justin looks to build upon Nespresso’s remarkable growth story by continuing to deliver exceptional coffee experiences and drive the brand’s sustainability commitment.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

We create positive impact for communities and nature through actions that promote more sustainable farming, production, and local aluminum recycling, with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2022.

Ceicy Wong

Managing Director

Vegware HK

Ceicy Wong

Managing Director

Vegware HK

With MBA degree in luxury brand management and received numerous green awards since Vegware was introduced in Hong Kong, Ceicy Wong, Managing Director of Vegware Hong Kong, is certain that sustainability is the new luxurious fashion and plant-based, plastic-free disposable brings solution to reduce waste in the food sector.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Vegware can be simply recycled together with food waste after use; which helps significant carbon footprint divert in the landfill. Ie, the recycled sugarcane used to make Vegware’s takeaway boxes has 99 percent less embodied carbon dioxide than polystyrene. Our goal is to grow composting regions including close the loop through promoting compostable disposables.

Supported by

ECHO ASIA

Booth G44

We are an Asia-Pacific’s communications agency focused on promoting and supporting sustainability and low-carbon lifestyles for the well-being of people, community and the environment, by offering purpose-driven digital, social, branding, and CSR communications solutions to corporates across Asia-Pacific.

The ultimate end result is to achieve and help others to achieve sustainable growth until it becomes immeasurable, and to be the earth’s most dependable companion by making every business decision innovative and socially responsible.

Our Sustainability Goals for 2021:

  • As a sustainability-focused communications agency, we are keen on exploring any possibility of injecting sustainability elements into our clients’ campaigns upon their understanding and mutual agreement.
  • We aim to enhance the public awareness of UN SDGs and alleviate the social issues through digital, social, branding, and CSR communications solutions in Hong Kong. SDGs that we mainly focus on 2021: Goal 10: Reduced inequalities Goal; 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.
  • Ultimately, we aim to inspire and empower corporates to meet their SDGs, and also connect local social enterprises with corporates and public in Hong Kong.

Sponsored by

Nespresso

Booth D30

Nestlé Nespresso SA works with more than 110,000 farmers in 15 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with the NGO Rainforest Alliance, the program helps to improve the yield and quality of harvests, ensuring a sustainable supply of high quality coffee and improving livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Reducing, reusing and recycling

2. Supporting farmer’s livelihood

3. Making your cup fully carbon neutral by 2022

Solutions Showcase:

  • Sustainability initiatives of the brand

Legal Name: Nestle Hong Kong Limited

Vegware Hong Kong

Booth Impact Kommons Pavilion

At Vegware, we develop and manufacture a wide range of environmental-friendly catering disposables that are made from plant-based materials and completely plastic-free. Our award-winning products benefit from low carbon and certified compostable which can break down in industrial composter along with food waste and turn into compost under 12 weeks!

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. To continue promoting eco-friendly disposables to replace traditional packaging – plastics & polystyrene in F&B industry

2. To facilitate cooperation with the composting facilities in HK in order to close the loop via using our compostable disposables and recycle them to become compost

3. To convince HK government ban polystyrene and promote plastic-free disposable

Solutions Showcase:

  • Print & Packaging Solutions
  • Sustainable Products

Legal Name: Vegware Hong Kong

16:45 – 17:30

Changing Behaviours

How are brands reacting to the changing values and behaviours of today’s consumers and communicating sustainability credentials and ambitions? What the top sustainability concerns for different populations and generations in Hong Kong and the region?

Learnings

  • How are the values and behaviours of consumers changing in the wake of the pandemic and amid growing concerns for economic stability, inequality and climate action?
  • How should brands and key stakeholders optimize communication of credentials to contribute to society’s sustainability ambitions?
  • What are the challenges that come with addressing sustainability concerns for Gen Zs, who are set to become the dominant generation in terms of population and economic power in the next decade?

Post-Event Actions

  • Think about how your company or organisation has been communicating sustainability credentials and ambitions, and how you are performing in relation to the sustainability goals of society and your industry at large
  • Consider how your company or organisation can optimize on the opportunities and prepare for the challenges that come with meeting sustainability concerns of Gen Zs as the largest living generation globally within the next decade

Speakers

MODERATOR

Lee Williamson

Regional Editorial Director, Generation T

Tatler Asia

Lee Williamson

Regional Editorial Director, Generation T

Tatler Asia

Lee Williamson is a Hong Kong-based journalist with a decade of experience in the Greater China region. Formerly in the editor’s chair at Time Out Beijing, he now heads up editorial for Generation T, Tatler Asia’s content and events platform for the Leaders of Tomorrow. He was selected as a WAN-IFRA Young Media Leaders Fellow 2020.

Penny Davis

Brand, Customer and Corporate Affairs Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Penny Davis

Brand, Customer and Corporate Affairs Director

Bupa Hong Kong

Penny is the Brand, Customer and Corporate Affairs Director of Bupa in Hong Kong, leading a growing function that is focused on engaging people to live healthier and more sustainable lives. With a background mixing marketing and corporate affairs, Penny has worked across financial services, government, NGOs and now healthcare.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To reduce my personal footprint from food and fashion consumption, and to learn more about the incredible biodiversity of Hong Kong and how macro factors impact it.

Emma Smith

CEO

Sandpiper Communications

Emma Smith

CEO

Sandpiper Communications

An specialist in corporate positioning, employee engagement, ESG and crisis communications, Emma was APAC CEO of Weber Shandwick prior to founding Sandpiper, a 100% employee-owned corporate communications advisory business. She is a regular judge of PR Awards and sits on the boards of two Hong Kong based charities.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Reduce our levels of plastic use to a minimum. Increase our current composting effort across not only our own household but our neighbors households too.

Grace Zheng

Student

Island School

Grace Zheng

Student

Island School

Grace is currently a 17-year-old student studying at Island School (IS), where she is the head of the Circular IS initiative. By collecting plastic waste and repurposing them into new items for the community, they hope to promote the concept of a Circular Economy.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Make smart consumer decisions whilst empowering more youths to think and act sustainably — let 2021 be the year we all put an end to greenwashing.

Sponsored by

Bupa Hong Kong

Bupa’s purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives and making a better world. In Hong Kong, we are the health insurance specialist and provide primary care services through Quality HealthCare. Believing in “One Health”, we play an active role in creating sustainable shared value for our people, communities and planet.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Commit to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and adopt a whole-of-company approach to reduce our carbon footprint

2. Build awareness and engagement amongst our people and customers about ‘One Health’ – the connection between the health of people and the health of the planet

3. Role model and advocate for ‘One Health’ with stakeholders and contribute to the eco-movement

Legal Name: Bupa (Asia) Limited

Headline Theatre Sponsor

Wednesday 06 October 2021

Rethinking Built Spaces

In Partnership with

Rethinking Built Spaces focuses on how different types of green buildings work together to create a sustainable community and how innovations and technologies can achieve energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

10:30 – 11:45

Revitalised and Sustainable Communities

Featuring three signature projects, this session will showcase how sustainable buildings can reintegrate into and rejuvenate community with culture and art, balance revitalisation and conservation, enhance neighbourhood’s wellbeing by offering new life and purposes for historical buildings.

Learnings

  • How do you see the relationship between your project and the neighbourhood? How did you integrate your project with the neighbourhood?
  • What are the benefits of introducing sustainable features into a rejuvenated district or conservation project?
  • What were the challenges facing you as you blend in sustainability features into your unique project?

Post-Event Actions

  • Apply the knowledge and insights into their building projects to achieve building sustainability
  • Enhance awareness of the importance of sustainable building in enhancing a city’s liveability and quality of life
  • Seek for further knowledge enhancement in the area of sustainable buildings through attending professional trainings and / or joining professional bodies such as HKGBC

Speakers

MODERATOR

Man Kit Leung

Director / Director of Sustainable Design

Ronald Lu & Partners

Man Kit Leung

Director / Director of Sustainable Design

Ronald Lu & Partners

Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council

MK Leung, winner of the first Uniseal G-Architect Award from the Singapore Institute of Architects, has been active in both academic and professional circles for more than 20 years. He studied at the University of Cambridge and received a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Environmental Design in Architecture. He specialises in humane and ecologically-centric green architecture, sustainability master planning, green retrofit and zero/low carbon buildings.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

1. Contribute to company’s green blog to share sustainability with colleagues and friends

2. Meal plan to eat vegetarian for a week every month

3. Learn something new about sustainability every week

Eric Poon

Executive Director, Commercial

Urban Renewal Authority

Eric Poon

Executive Director, Commercial

Urban Renewal Authority

Mr Eric Poon is a professional quantity surveyor.   He is currently the Executive Director, Commercial in the Urban Renewal Authority, taking charge of matters relating to planning and design; property and land; and corporate services.  He is also a Director of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and a member of the Construction Industry Council.

Ellie Tang

Head of Sustainability

New World Development Company Limited

Ellie Tang

Head of Sustainability

New World Development Company Limited

Ellie Tang is currently Head of Sustainability at New World Development Company Limited and K11 Concepts Limited, where she founded the function and drives the “New World Sustainability Vision 2030” across the Group’s businesses in Hong Kong and mainland China, leads sustainable financing initiatives, and founded Nature Discovery Park at K11 MUSEA.

Ray Zee

Chief Designer / General Manager – Design Department

Nan Fung Development Limited

Ray Zee

Chief Designer / General Manager – Design Department

Nan Fung Development Limited

Ray Zee has practiced internationally for over 30 years having worked in the offices of IM Pei and Sir Norman Foster.  He has been leading the Nan Fung Design Department since 2009 having work on projects for the group in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Singapore, New York, and various parts of Greater China.  He has experience in residential, hotel, commercial and civic projects and is a product of the University of California, Berkeley.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To continue to create quality architecture with sustainability in mind through research and education.  Hong Kong’s future lies in improving and developing within the existing collection of buildings we call home.

12:00 – 13:15

Innovation and Energy Efficiency

This session will focus on how innovations and technologies facilitate energy efficiency and decarbonisation. The three innovative cases promote the use of clean energy, and take smart and green buildings to the next level in a way beyond imagination.

Learnings

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing your organisation or industry in achieving energy efficiency and decarbonisation?
  • How can technologies and innovations pave the way for Hong Kong’s building industry / infrastructure projects to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050?
  • How can existing buildings / infrastructure facilities achieve energy efficiency with the help of innovation?
  • How can the various private and public sectors work together to develop innovative solutions to achieve energy efficiency and decarbonisation?

Post-Event Actions

  • Apply the knowledge and insights into their building projects to achieve building sustainability
  • Raise awareness of the importance of sustainable buildings in enhancing a city’s liveability and quality of life
  • Seek for further knowledge enhancement in the area of sustainable buildings through attending professional trainings and / or joining professional bodies such as HKGBC

Speakers

MODERATOR

Ivy Kong

Chief Executive Officer, Asia

WSP (Asia) Limited

Ivy Kong

Chief Executive Officer, Asia

WSP (Asia) Limited

With 20 years’ experience in engineering consultancy and an established track record in delivering major infrastructure projects, Ivy is leading over 3,200 staff in 12 WSP offices across Asia to harness the region’s unique opportunities and challenges through collaborative and innovative engineering solutions, fostering Asia’s sustainable growth.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Drawing strategies for the entire Asia operations to meet WSP’s firmwide net zero emissions commitment across its value chain by 2040; strengthening collaboration with clients and partners to reduce emissions.

Andrew Mead

Head of Architecture

MTR Corporation Limited

Andrew Mead

Head of Architecture

MTR Corporation Limited

Andrew Mead is responsible for the architectural design management of all new MTR stations, trains and transit facilities. In addition, he oversees the Art in MTR programme to create site specific artworks in stations.  He has managed the design of over 200 metro stations in London, Toronto, Singapore & Dubai.

Ir Priscilla Wong

General Manager – Building Services

Chinachem Group

Ir Priscilla Wong

General Manager – Building Services

Chinachem Group

Priscilla Wong is a Chartered E&M Engineer with extensive experience in project management and sustainable built environment. She is also a Sustainability Steering Member of the Chinachem Group.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To coordinate with all departments of Chinachem Group to achieve the Group’s Yearly Sustainability Key Performance Index that is based on the Group triple bottom lines – People, Prosperity and Planet.

Dr Raymond Yau

General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development

Swire Properties Limited

Dr Raymond Yau

General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development

Swire Properties Limited

Dr Raymond Yau is General Manager, Technical Services & Sustainable Development at Swire Properties. He is responsible for implementing successfully transformative initiatives including formulation of SD2030 Strategies, 1.5C aligned Science-based Target, & establishment of Cloud-based Energy Management Platform across global portfolios. Raymond is currently Member of Advisory Council on the Environment; Director of BEC and HKGBC.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Raymond’s sustainability goals for 2021 are to help myself and others to learn to live and work more sustainably toward carbon neutrality.

Sponsored by

MTR Corporation

Booth B45

Headline Sponsor for the Sustainable Communities Theatre

At MTR, we connect and grow communities with caring, innovative, and sustainable services. We are committed to embedding sustainability into our operations. Our aspiration is to keep cities moving by managing our business sustainably with best-in-class governance and helping individuals and communities thrive, while contributing to combating climate change.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

1. Social Inclusion – MTR aims to foster social inclusion, promote equality and make a positive impact on communities we serve. Our railway system and properties are accessible for all, including the elderly, those with disabilities, people travelling with infants or toddlers and anyone who might need a barrier-free access from time to time. Internally, we actively promote equal opportunities and create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

2. Greenhouse Gas Emissions – MTR offers a low carbon solution connecting communities we serve. As an operator of a reliable, efficient and environmentally friendly transportation system, we are committed to managing our environmental and carbon footprint to help transit Hong Kong to a carbon neutral city. We will continue to incorporate green features and energy efficiency measures in the design, planning, construction and operation of our railway network and properties.

3. Advancement & Opportunities – MTR aspires to contribute to social mobility and advancement by connecting our communities with opportunities. We are committed to providing advancement opportunities for our employees, enhancing the skills and innovative capacity of our future generations and fostering growth of local enterprises in cities where we operate.

Solutions Showcase:

  • Transport, Logistics & Distribution

Legal Name: MTR Corporation Limited

Rethinking Women in Business

In Partnership with

14:30 – 14:35

Opening Welcome

Speakers

Lena Wong

Co-Founder

Womentors

Lena Wong

Co-Founder

Womentors

Lena brings with her a combined experience in finance and social impact. A finance veteran with over 13 years of experience in asset management, she has eventually landed herself into the social innovation space by founding Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs and new venture Womentors alongside working as a consultant with clients such as 100 Women in Finance to all contributed to her strong passion in sustainability especially on gender equality and diversity & inclusion.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

SDG 5: Gender Diversity and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities – Lena is truly passionate about helping both women and men to be at their best at all times given equal opportunities.

14:35 – 15:15

Rethinking Women in Leadership

Having more women on the board will have trickle-down effects on the rest of the workforce. It could break down stereotypes on women in leadership. It can also bring a broader collection of experience, viewpoints and backgrounds, which result in better decision-making. Having more women in more senior roles is also financially material.

Learnings

  • In 2020, 49 per cent of companies did not have a woman on the board, an improvement from 60 per cent a year earlier. Women make up 13.7% of the board seats on HSI.
  • Simply focusing on appointing more women at the board level is not enough to achieve gender equality across companies. There is a persistent lack of women in leadership positions, with women representing just 27% of all manager positions.
  • Having more women on the board also tends to curb excessive risk-taking, decrease aggressive tax strategies and improve firm reputation, earnings quality and sustainability performance.

Post-Event Actions

  • Initiate peer-to-peer conversations among current board members or via third party advisors. Boards are increasingly recognising that gender diversity is imperative to a successful business.
  • Educate staff about unconscious bias, and get more women on boards and into leadership positions.
  • Shine a light on the women in your organisation. Prioritise raising their visibility by making sure qualified female employees are leading critical strategic efforts and representing the company. Engage with external organisations that can advise further.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

María Blanca is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with Double Degree in International & European Business from France and Mexico. With over 15 years of experience working with banks and MNCs in Europe and Asia, María has acquired extensive management accounting and budgeting knowledge. She has also specialised in ESG and B-corp framework. Previously she has successfully established strategic alliances for multiple international companies in ASEAN. María also held positions as CFO and Finance Director with SME’s in Hong Kong. She contributed her knowledge in corporate governance and financial controlling to assist companies in achieving business goals.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

1. To increase the representation and inclusion of women in the workforce. Eliminate unconscious bias and stereotypes by providing training and assisting companies in implementing higher criteria around HR procedures and policies such as hiring, promotion and appraisal reviews. Create more inclusive workplaces where quotas are not the primary driver, rather implementing these changes at their overall core objectives.

2. To drive a positive impact in the workforce by implementing more creative and tailored D&I strategies that can trigger a more inclusive and diverse organisational culture.

3. Create corporate awareness and keep working with the government in addressing gender equality issues, especially around working mothers.

Tamsin Heath

Deputy Head of Mission

British Consulate-General

Tamsin Heath

Deputy Head of Mission

British Consulate-General

Tamsin Heath currently serves as the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Consulate-General.

She arrived in Hong Kong in August 2019 as Deputy Consul General. Tamsin joined the Diplomatic Service in 2005 as a diplomatic service economist working on economic issues, and as the economist in the Iraq Policy Unit in 2006-2007.  Her first posting was as 2nd Secretary Economic and Trade Policy in Beijing, working on the UK/China Economic and Financial Dialogue, as well as intellectual property issues.

After Beijing, she worked as First Secretary Economic, Energy & Climate Change at the British Embassy in Riyadh, and then as Head of Yemen policy in London, where she acted briefly as Charg d’Affaires in Sana’a in 2013. Between 2013 and 2015 Tamsin was Private Secretary to the FCO Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service.

She moved to Hong Kong from The Hague after three years working for the Dutch Development Bank FMO, as Senior Strategy Advisor and Head of Public Affairs.

Before joining the FCO, Tamsin worked for the Chief Economist of the Royal Bank of Scotland group and at HM Treasury. She studied Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Tamsin is married with two children, Emily and Thomas.

Shalini Mahtani, MBE

Founder & CEO

The Zubin Foundation

Shalini Mahtani, MBE

Founder & CEO

The Zubin Foundation

Shalini Mahtani is one of Hong Kong’s most authoritative and respected voices on social issues, particularly diversity and inclusion and the plight of Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities. Shalini has been a pioneer in civil society working in areas previously untouched in Hong Kong.

She is the founder of The Zubin Foundation, a charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong’s marginalised ethnic minorities by providing opportunities and reducing suffering. They are mostly Hong Kong’s poorest Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalis. The Zubin Foundation is among the city’s most accomplished and recognised on issues related to ethnic minorities. The Zubin Foundation works with women and girls in crisis and has the only helpline for them called “Call Mira”, it has the only mental health centre for ethnic minority children and adults in Hong Kong, works with families with special needs children in public schools and offers yearly scholarships for the financially needy to enter tertiary education. Simply put, Shalini works with those that lack visibility and opportunity in Hong Kong who are mostly of South Asian and South East Asian descent. The Zubin Foundation is named after Zubin Mahtani Gidumal, Shalini’s first child who died tragically in 2009.

Ada Wong

Chief Executive Officer

Champion REIT

Ada Wong

Chief Executive Officer

Champion REIT

Ms Ada Wong is the CEO of Champion REIT, overseeing its strategic development as well as asset management and enhancement. She was honoured with the titles of Best CEO by FinanceAsia and Best IR by CEO by HKIRA. She is the Chairperson of APREA HK and Fellow member of RICS.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

As influencer, together with our stakeholders, we aim at creating positive ripple effects and bringing lasting impacts to our community.

Sponsored by

The UK Department for International Trade in Hong Kong

Booth C37

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.

Solutions Showcase:

  • Government Agency

Legal Name: British Consulate in Hong Kong

15:15 – 15:55

Rethinking Women in Start-Ups

Women on average start more businesses with a larger purpose in mind. They are statistically proven to be more empathic, excel at multitasking and are usually more conscious of their social responsibility. Unfortunately, women founders are often underfunded compared to their male counterparts even though they are more likely to produce better results. In an effort to shake up the status quo, we need to dive deeper into the technicalities so that we can find out how to leverage the power of women founders to nurture a more equitable and sustainable economy.

Learnings

  • In 2019, 2.8% of funding went to women-led start-ups; in 2020, that fell to 2.3%. Some speculate that the pandemic made investors more wary of risks and more likely to stick to their existing networks. This statistic stands in stark contrast to research that showed female-founded and co-founded start-ups tend to perform better than all-male ones. What are the economic opportunities that come with investing in women?
  • Why does the start-up and investment community not embrace more women owned start-ups?
  • Empowering women founders is something that many in the Hong Kong business community have already caught onto but how are we falling short?
  • Is “social capital” affecting access to funding? If so, how can women broaden their networks to gain access to a larger variety of funding sources?

Post-Event Actions

  • Address structural biases built into funding decisions
  • Bringing more women into VC firms and institutional investors could mean more creative and unconventional problem solving and could help broaden the lens of potential investments.
  • Start-up accelerator and mentors focused on empowering young entrepreneurs
  • Additional networking opportunities for women in leadership roles to help support and encourage one another

Speakers

MODERATOR

Victoria Wisniewski Otero

Founder & CEO

Resolve Foundation

Victoria Wisniewski Otero

Founder & CEO

Resolve Foundation

Victoria is the Founder & CEO of the Hong Kong nonprofit Resolve Foundation. Previously, she was the Advocacy & Campaigns Manager of Justice Centre Hong Kong and a Researcher at the Center for Economic and Social Rights. She has been an advisor for CIVICUS and PIL-Net, a Gen-T honoree in 2018 and received AmCham’s Women of Influence Young Achiever Award in 2020.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

We are launching a campaign called #EveryActionMatters – to empower people in the public to take everyday action to be allies and active bystanders through an equality toolkit and series of experiential workshops. We believe big change starts with small steps to drive inclusion in our community and spheres of influence.

Karena Belin

Founder and CEO

WHub & AngelHub

Karena Belin

Founder and CEO

WHub & AngelHub

Karena Belin, Co-founder & CEO of WHub and Co-founder & COO/CFO/RO (Responsible Officer) of AngelHub; Member of the Startup Committee of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) of the HK S.A.R., Member of the HKTDC Belt and Road & Greater Bay Area Committee, Ambassador of StartupAsiaBerlin initiative from the German Senate in Berlin, Vice-President TiE HK, member of the Hyderabad FinTech Forum core team and of the FinTech Association of HK. International keynote speaker, judge and mentor incl. Techstars’ Startup Next, Chicago Booth’s GNVC, the APK (Asia Pacific Conference of the German Industry), Google EYE, RISE Conference and Web Summit, Jeju Peace and Prosperity Conference, Let’s Ignite Bangalore India, Techsauce Thailand, Tech Open Air Berlin, IFLR, global YNG+ program by YPO. 10 Best Female Entrepreneurs of the World award by True Global Ventures and Women of Hope Awardee. President of the Parent Faculty Organization at Hong Kong International School (HKIS). Previously, Finance Group Manager at Procter&Gamble in Europe, Northeast Asia and Greater China.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

At WHub and AngelHub, we believe in the power of the community. Unleashing the full potential of SDG Goal 17 is not only part of our mission, but the success behind helping our communities thrive!

Olivia Cotes-James

Founder

LUÜNA naturals

Olivia Cotes-James

Founder

LUÜNA naturals

Olivia is the founder and CEO of LUÜNA. She is Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2021, Tatler’s Generation T 2021, Hong Kong Women’s Advocate of the Year 2020 and the IPWS Young Business Leader of the Year 2020. LUÜNA is a purpose-driven period wellness company. Built between Hong Kong and Shanghai, LUÜNA exists to redefine the traditional period care industry to create social and environmental impact. Olivia launched the company in 2019, after learning about the harmful effects of the traditional period industry’s use of conventional cotton and non-cotton materials. Today, healthy LUÜNA period care products are available for subscription online, through retailers including Watsons and in bathrooms of major corporations and schools through the company’s unique dispenser system.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

1. Increase education around and adoption of reusable period care products to vastly reduce plastic period waste.

2. Launch subscription service which offers the user a carbon free period by working with partners to offset carbon emissions from the service.

3. Support corporates, schools, brands and organizations to supply eco-friendly period care products.

Devana Ng

Co-Founder

Invisible Company

Devana Ng

Co-Founder

Invisible Company

Devana is the co-founder of Invisible Company, she is actively promoting Eco With Attitude through daily actions for a better and plastic free living. Today they are offering alternative, sustainable packaging solutions to brands with #INVISIBLEBAG which is water-soluble, compostable and biodegradable, proven to be non-toxic, non-harmful to the environment.

Supported by

Resolve Foundation

Booth NGO Lounge

Resolve empowers future community leaders to bring about inclusive social change. Our Social Justice Fellowship brings 20 emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds together every year to create a diverse and inclusive Hong Kong. We prioritize people from marginalized groups in the society so that they could create ripple effects within their communities.

16:05 – 16:45

Rethinking Women in The Workplace

With the start of the pandemic, progress for women in work is spiralling backwards. Working mothers have been forced to reduce their hours or quit their jobs as they balance their work and family responsibilities. The pandemic is a wake-up call for companies to put gender inclusion at the forefront of the corporate agenda. By helping women stay in the workforce, companies will not only benefit from a more robust talent pipeline but also better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Learnings

  • Existing and new challenges faced by women in the workplace, with a focus on the impact of caregiving especially during the pandemic
  • Importance of allyship for advancing gender inclusion
  • The way forward for organisations to support women in the future of work

Post-Event Actions

  • Reflect on current practices in your organisation to identify how you might better support women and caregivers
  • Become an ally to help move the needle on gender inclusion through everyday actions
  • Build a more empathetic and flexible environment where you support women in adapting to new ways of working

Speakers

MODERATOR

Peter Sargant

Chief Executive Officer

Community Business

Peter Sargant

Chief Executive Officer

Community Business

Peter Sargant is the CEO of Community Business, an NGO dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices across Asia. Peter is a dedicated D&I advocate and a champion for minority groups. He has served as a Board Member of AIDS Concern and is currently on Urban Light’s International Board.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

To lead, inspire and support businesses to have a positive impact on people and communities.

Denman Chan

Senior Director (Sales, Equality & Inclusion)

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Denman Chan

Senior Director (Sales, Equality & Inclusion)

Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd

Denman is the Head of Sales at P&G Hong Kong & Macau, overseeing the Sales and Trade Marketing function. His extensive experiences cover different channels, categories and markets. Denman is also leading the regional Equality & Inclusion team, aspiring to create a world that everyone is valued, included and respected.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Denman is passionate about embedding sustainability into a core business strategy, as a powerful force for good. He aspires advancing the local circular economy development, to stand against climate change.

Dr Lucy Jordan

Associate Professor

University of Hong Kong

Dr Lucy Jordan

Associate Professor

University of Hong Kong

Dr. Jordan is a trained social worker with PhD in Social Welfare. Her research and practice maintains a central commitment to addressing issues related to gender equality and decent work with a particular focus on Asian families in developing countries and less advantaged women in high-income societies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

SDG3 Good health and well-being; SDG5 Gender equality; SDG8 Decent work and economic growth

Haryati Megumi Versace

Vice President

BlackRock

Haryati Megumi Versace

Vice President

BlackRock

Haryati Megumi Versace is a member of the Asia Client Business COO team in BlackRock based in Hong Kong. Prior to her current role, she was in the Client Onboarding team based in London for 2 years and in Singapore, where she started her career. Haryati is a CFA Charterholder.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

I am a strong advocate on gender equality and quality education as fundamental human rights and necessary foundation for a peaceful and sustainable world.

Supported by

Community Business

Booth NGO Lounge

Community Business is an NGO whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to make positive impacts on people and communities. A recognised leader in advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia, we work with companies from diverse industries, harnessing the power of business to drive social change.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

  • To build responsible leadership
  • To tackle workplace inequality
  • To ensure employee wellbeing
  • To promote social inclusion

 

Sponsored by

P&G

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ariel®,  Braun®,  Crest®, Gillette®,  Head & Shoulders®,  Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Rejoice®, SK-II®, VS Sassoon® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands from the Headquarter.

For local P&G information, visit us at http://www.pghongkong.com.

Our sustainability goals for 2021:

To help build awareness, participation & confidence in the HK circular economy so that HK can reduce the plastic waste to landfill and increase plastics recycling

Legal Name: Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Limited

16:55 – 17:35

Rethinking Gender Equality and ESG

Leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to build more resilient and gender-equal economies by investing in inclusive workplaces. We will explore how pioneers are making this happen, what expectations businesses face from stakeholders and the future of gender equality in companies here in Hong Kong and across Asia Pacific.

Learnings

  • Taking stock of workplace gender equality. Where are we? What are the challenges?
  • The big question: What role can companies play in developing more equitable care systems?
  • Capturing opportunity: How can we advance women’s rise to leadership positions?
  • Building resilience: How do we apply a gender lens to re-skilling and redeployment?
  • Looking ahead: Embedding gender parity into the future of work.

Post-Event Actions

  • To correctly measure gender wage gaps, companies need to disentangle productivity differentials from outright gender discrimination.
  • To become assertive about gender diversity, companies need to treat it as an integral part of their business strategies.
  • Create awareness around unconscious bias. To focus on improving companies’ cultures to increase inclusion and enhance employee experience and engagement.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Adam Harper

Founder & Managing Director

Ashbury

Adam Harper

Founder & Managing Director

Ashbury

Adam Harper is the Founder and Managing Director of Ashbury. The firm integrates communications strategy with original content creation for financial sector clients, with a strong emphasis on ESG and technology. Adam was previously HSBC’s Head of Communications for Greater China and Regional Head of Communications for Global Banking and Markets, Asia-Pacific. He has lived in Hong Kong since 2004 and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Helping clients tell unmissable stories about how they are contributing to more sustainable economies and markets.

Ivy Au Yeung

Chief Executive

OCBC Wing Hang Bank

Ivy Au Yeung

Chief Executive

OCBC Wing Hang Bank

Ivy is an international banker with more than 35 years’ experience in various senior positions in global and regional banks focusing on HK, Greater China & Asia markets.  She is now CEO of OCBC Wing Hang, leading the team to serve both individual and corporate customers to achieve their financial goals.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

  • Driving understanding & acceptance of Diversity & Inclusion in every opportunity.
  • Driving climate change action in my workplace.

Jasmine Ling

Head of Sustainable Finance, Asia Pacific Commercial Banking

HSBC

Jasmine Ling

Head of Sustainable Finance, Asia Pacific Commercial Banking

HSBC

Jasmine currently heads the Sustainable Finance team for HSBC Commercial Banking in Asia. She has spearheaded the set-up of the Sustainable Finance proposition for Commercial Banking in the region since 2017 and before that has over 10 years of corporate banking experience covering multinationals and Chinese state owned enterprises.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Keen to connect with people with shared interest on sustainability in the local/regional community to drive awareness for our future generation.

Christine Yu

Founder and Managing Director

Lapidary Limited

Christine Yu

Founder and Managing Director

Lapidary Limited

Christine Yu is Founder and Managing Director of Lapidary, which invests in and incubates early to mid-stage, for-profit and mission-focused companies across a variety of social and environmental impact mandates in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. In the impact venture building space Lapidary focuses on the sustainable fashion arena, having launched its first wholly-incubated apparel brand, AndAll (www.weareandall.com) in 2020. AndAll is a line of size inclusive shirting made with respect for people and planet.

Passionate about financial inclusion, financial literacy and the gender lens space, Christine is launching two startups focused on these impact mandates. She has also co-founded a non-profit organization focused on closing the gender investing gap called Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ (www.gjwhf.org). She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

I want to continue to make better sustainable, circular choices every day in all aspects of my daily life– from the clothes I wear, the food I eat, the things I consume and the footprint I create.

17:35 – 17:40

Closing Remarks

Speakers

Lena Wong

Co-Founder

Womentors

Lena Wong

Co-Founder

Womentors

Lena brings with her a combined experience in finance and social impact. A finance veteran with over 13 years of experience in asset management, she has eventually landed herself into the social innovation space by founding Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs and new venture Womentors alongside working as a consultant with clients such as 100 Women in Finance to all contributed to her strong passion in sustainability especially on gender equality and diversity & inclusion.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

SDG 5: Gender Diversity and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities – Lena is truly passionate about helping both women and men to be at their best at all times given equal opportunities.

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

Maria Blanca

Co-Founder

Womentors

María Blanca is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with Double Degree in International & European Business from France and Mexico. With over 15 years of experience working with banks and MNCs in Europe and Asia, María has acquired extensive management accounting and budgeting knowledge. She has also specialised in ESG and B-corp framework. Previously she has successfully established strategic alliances for multiple international companies in ASEAN. María also held positions as CFO and Finance Director with SME’s in Hong Kong. She contributed her knowledge in corporate governance and financial controlling to assist companies in achieving business goals.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

1. To increase the representation and inclusion of women in the workforce. Eliminate unconscious bias and stereotypes by providing training and assisting companies in implementing higher criteria around HR procedures and policies such as hiring, promotion and appraisal reviews. Create more inclusive workplaces where quotas are not the primary driver, rather implementing these changes at their overall core objectives.

2. To drive a positive impact in the workforce by implementing more creative and tailored D&I strategies that can trigger a more inclusive and diverse organisational culture.

3. Create corporate awareness and keep working with the government in addressing gender equality issues, especially around working mothers.

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