ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand
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Wednesday 05 October 2022

Rethinking Finance

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Hong Kong’s transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future will require the mobilization of large amounts of funding from public and private sectors.

Rethinking Finance will look into Hong Kong’s rapid expansion of sustainable finance deals, the growing practice of taking ESG into investment considerations, as well as how SMEs, asset owners and multinational corporations can access new breeds of green financing in the city’s efforts to capitalize on its strengths and accelerate its emergence as a green finance hub for the region.

11:10 – 11:25

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Finance

Speakers

Jonathan Drew

Head of Global Banking Sustainability, Asia-Pacific

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew

Head of Global Banking Sustainability, Asia-Pacific

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan graduated with an MA in Economics from Cambridge University in England and is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  Jonathan started his banking career more than 30 years ago in London and has worked in a diverse range of markets including Latin America and the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia.  During this time, he has been involved successful advisory and financing transactions across a wide range of industrial and services sectors including energy, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure and financial services, with a focus on resource efficiency and sustainability. These transactions have involved supporting projects, corporates and institutions to approach various financial markets and structuring innovative and tailored solutions to meet the often large and always specific needs of clients. Over the last 8 years Jonathan has led HSBC’s efforts in Sustainable Finance in Asia, assisting clients in the development of sustainability and transition strategies and communicating these to ensure best access to financial markets.  Jonathan has also been active in broader market development including driving awareness and engagement on the urgency of the need to transition and the development of robust financial products to support the implementation of the transition to a sustainable and resilient future.  Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and is also the founding chair of the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association Green and Sustainable Loan Committee.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Delivering capital solutions to enable clients to transition and grow their business to be resilient and create real value for their stakeholders.

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11:25 – 12:15

Impact Investing: Catalysing Capital for Positive Impact

From climate change, renewable energy, education, to health and wellness, impact investing is emerging as a source of healthy financial returns as well as a means of making positive, measurable contributions to environmental and societal well-being. What is the state of play for impact investors, and how do we overcome obstacles and risks specific to Hong Kong and Asia?

Learnings

  • What is impact investing, and how does it differ from other investments? What is the state of play for sustainable and impact investing in Hong Kong and the region?
  • Where and how can we identify innovative investments that integrate impact and return? What are some key risks and challenges, and how to overcome them? Who are the funders?
  • What are some interesting thematics within impact investing that is gaining traction in Asia?
  • What are some useful resources to get started on impact investing?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play and changing attitudes towards sustainable investing in Hong Kong and Asia.
  • Hear recommendations on steps that you can take to contribute to sustainable development with your investment decisions.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Katy Yung

Managing Partner

Sustainable Finance Initiative

Katy Yung

Managing Partner

Sustainable Finance Initiative

Katy is Managing Partner at HK-based Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi) platform, advising and supporting family offices and financial professionals on their sustainable and impact journeys. In 2022, SFI launched the education platform New Impact Society to address the knowledge and talent gaps in the sustainable finance sector.

Katy has served as Director of Investment at RS Group, a HK-based impact investor since 2010. She led the family office’s transition from a traditional investment portfolio to one that is 100% sustainably invested. In this role, she was actively involved in designing impact and climate change strategies and implementation across asset classes (utilizing both investment and philanthropic capital). Katy remains as consultant to RS Group.

Katy is formerly an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited and a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. She graduated from Duke University in North Carolina with a BA in Economics and a minor on Comparative Area Studies.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

  • Expand the discourse and knowledge around impact investing and sustainable finance
  • Supporting impact start-ups and funds gain access to private capital
  • Support finance professionals in their sustainable finance learning
  • Build a diverse and active community around impact

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Guneet Banga

Executive Director

The Caravel Group Limited

Guneet Banga

Executive Director

The Caravel Group Limited

Guneet Banga is an Executive Director for The Caravel Group, where he heads up Caravel Sustainable Investments , a dedicated vehicle for the Company’s investment management activities focused on Impact, ESG, and Sustainability. He is also a GP at Aera VC, an early-stage VC firm focused on climate tech.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Reduction in use of single use items – bags, straws, coffee cups, shopping bags, etc. There is tremendous wastage still created by the volume of plastic bags, etc that we use. Simple to implement by mandating certain products can no longer be used at all (and fine those caught using), and the impact will be quite a meaningful amount.

Alex Bent

Managing Partner

Undivided Ventures

Alex Bent

Managing Partner

Undivided Ventures

Alex has been involved in the real estate industry for the last eighteen years, as a co- founder of a serviced apartment platform, a co-founder of an asset manager and investor and also as an angel investor into early stage companies. Alex has always had a mission to make the built environment a better place to live, work and enjoy and Undivided Ventures represents what he hopes is a part of the solution to one of real estate biggest challenges.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Adoption of technologies to support net zero adaptation of the built environment.

Wayne Li

Partner

AlphaTrio Capital

Wayne Li

Partner

AlphaTrio Capital

Wayne Li is Partner at AlphaTrio Capital, an Asian sustainable technology fund that seeks to deliver triple returns by empowering early-stage technology companies to create innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.  He is also Managing Director at the Institute of Sustainability and Technology, a new non-profit organization with the vision to facilitate the transition and acceleration to a low-carbon economy.  Previously, Wayne served as Senior Director & Head of Investor Development (Asia-Pacific) at Fitch Ratings, Director of Corporate Finance (Investment Banking Services) at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Regional Head – Investment Management Group at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), and Business Development Manager at Standard & Poor’s Platt’s.  He is an alumnus of UCLA and a CPA (Australia).

Dominic Varley

Head

Green Token

Dominic Varley

Head

Green Token

An Engineer by training, with experience managing technical and project teams on larger resource projects. Dom has recently pivoted in his career shifting to the intersection of blockchain and sustainability. Now working on Green Token Dom is building a team, a platform and a community that will make a meaningful impact.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Waste Reduction and more specifically stopping needless consumption. I know I need to be better but I want people to understand that cheap and disposable comes at a significant cost.

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12:15 – 13:05

Technology, an Enabler to Accelerating our Green Finance Ambitions

Technology and sustainability are rapidly emerging as the driving forces reshaping our financial ecosystem. As green and sustainable finance gains increasing momentum, new technologies capable of analysing raw data to limit greenwashing and ensuring greater transparency and comparability of green credentials will be key to ensuring long-term and robust business transition.

Learnings

  • Technology is a crucial enabler for green finance, starting with the need to access high quality and comparable ESG data in considering sustainable investments.
  • Big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the internet of things (IoT) are offering innovative solutions for a more efficient, transparent and accessible system for scaling up sustainable finance.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on emerging opportunities to leverage digital technologies for financing sustainable development.
  • Understand that harnessing the potential of technology with the financing needs of sustainable development will require the collective ambition and innovation of businesses, financial institutions and policymakers.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Jenny Lee

Under Secretary General

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Jenny Lee

Under Secretary General

Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Jenny is the Under Secretary General for Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), primarily responsible for leading stakeholder engagement with private and public sector, regulatory and government driving green and sustainable finance initiatives across its eight working groups. Jenny contributes to the Centre for Green and Sustainable Finance capacity building and data analytics workstreams. Jenny has over two decades of experience in global investment banking and consulting, primarily in equity derivatives, prime brokerage, equity financing and new business development at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan, and has lived in London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Committed to supporting HK’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and aim for it to be an international green and sustainable finance hub.

Dr. Calvin Lee Kwan

Director – Sustainability & Risk Governance

Link Asset Management Limited

Dr. Calvin Lee Kwan

Director – Sustainability & Risk Governance

Link Asset Management Limited

I help organizations institute integrated thinking and value creation as part of sustainability and climate resilience action plans. This includes assessing future energy trends, producing climate impact reports to identify at-risk physical assets, establishing protocols to monitor ESG performance and enlisting support and securing alignment across the organizational value chain.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Coordinated and collaborative effort, particularly among industry peers instead of individual efforts.

Jack Lin

President

MioTech

Jack Lin

President

MioTech

Previously the Managing Director and Head of APAC Client Coverage at MSCI, Jack possesses over 20 years of leadership in the financial industry. Prior to MSCI, Lin was previously head of South Asia at Amundi. He also led and managed teams in global asset management, including as Head of Asia Pacific and Co-CEO International at US-based Janus Capital and Managing Director in Asia at Franklin Templeton, where he helped open offices in Japan, Vietnam, China and Korea. His expertise in financial markets and green capital has helped to drive efforts in sustainable investing solutions.

Eimund Loo

Partner, Digital Advisory

ERM

Eimund Loo

Partner, Digital Advisory

ERM

With over 20 years of experience in the Professional Services and Information Technology sectors across four continents, Eimund has a proven track record of creating and delivering sustainable, innovative, and impactful business value for Fortune 500 clients, government departments and small-to-medium enterprises through in-depth advisory services and digital transformations.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Hong Kong has always been at the intersection of people, resources, and innovation in a fast-paced modern city. My hope is that such energy can continue to be applied to showcasing how dense urban environments can create positive impact in a sustainable future.

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Director, Sustainable Investing

Fidelity International

Gabriel Wilson-Otto

Director, Sustainable Investing

Fidelity International

Gabriel works closely with Fidelity’s investment professionals to integrate sustainability considerations into investment processes, develop proprietary sustainability tools and product frameworks, and identify long term sustainable investment trends and strategic opportunities.

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13:05 – 13:55

Levelling the Field: Pathways to Green Financing for SMEs

As around the globe, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong are looking to step up their contributions to the city’s green transition. However, a lack of financing has remained a key barrier for these players seeking to enhance their sustainability performance and capabilities. Adding to this are a lack of awareness and investor-readiness for green financial opportunities, information asymmetry between SMEs and financial institutions, as well as a limited range of sustainable financing products adapted to the needs of SMEs.

Learnings

  • Green finance opportunities have primarily served companies with ready access to ESG data and consultants, and with sufficient resources to track and measure activity. How can we level the field, and make it easier for SMEs to take advantage of this new source of capital?
  • How can we strengthen industry guidance, training and collaboration, as well as promote policy dialogue to enhance the design and implementation of strategies on SMEs’ access to sustainable finance?
  • What challenges have to be overcome? What are the immediate priorities?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities for SMEs in Hong Kong to embrace green finance.
  • Understand the importance of SMEs in the conversation about sustainability and their needs for support in going green across value chains.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA(Aust) FRM

Board Governor and Honorary Secretary

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Serena Mak, CESGA CPA(Aust) FRM

Board Governor and Honorary Secretary

Friends of the Earth (HK)

Serena is the Board Governor and Honorary Secretary at Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong). She advocates decarbonization, sustainable finance and ESG talent incubation in Hong Kong. Serena is also Head of ESG Funding Asia for Home Credit and oversees debt financing across Asia Pacific including ESG-linked and sustainability loans.

Thomas Elliott

Managing Director, Head of Client Coverage, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Thomas Elliott

Managing Director, Head of Client Coverage, Commercial Banking

HSBC

Tom leads the Client Coverage team for Hong Kong Commercial Banking, responsible for senior corporate client coverage, structured lending and event financing transactions, sustainable finance, and lending and portfolio management. Having joined HSBC in 2007, Tom has worked across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas, with past roles spanning leveraged finance, large corporate coverage of the infrastructure sector, and leading structured lending credit approvals for HSBC’s Global Banking and Commercial Banking clients across Asia region.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

As momentum continues to reach new levels, I hope to see even more Hong Kong companies articulating Sustainability plans and objectives, as we all collectively strive towards net-zero.

Roy Lim

CEO and Founder

Tung Hing Automation

Roy Lim

CEO and Founder

Tung Hing Automation

Roy Lim is the founder of Tung Hing Automation and Robocore Technology. His companies create Robotics and AI solutions for tens of thousands of customers globally. The products include pressure-controlled polishing machine, medical rehabilitation robots, free-forming metal pressing robots, autonomous mobile robot solutions and other robotics solutions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

No wastage in Industrial automation, no down time with machines

Dennis Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Dennis Wu

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited

Mr Dennis Wu is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AEC Group (Stock Code: 8320.HK) mainly focusing on Green and Healthy Buildings, Environmental Consultancy and Sustainability Advisory. He is also the Founder and CEO of AEC Capital Group focusing on sustainable finance, real estate and investment management.

Mr Wu has over 20 years of experience in finance industry. He worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Department – Financial Institution Group of Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers in early 2000. Then, he worked for CITIC Capital for 17 years since 2003. During his career in CITIC Capital, Mr Wu was appointed as Executive Director for Finance Department, Principle Investment Department, and Culture and Tourism Department respectively.

Currently, Mr Wu is the Founding President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association. He is also a Co-Chair of Green and Sustainable Private Equity Working Group under Hong Kong Green Finance Association (HKGFA), and a Co-Chairman of Hong Kong Private Equity Finance Association (HKPEFA).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

With the passion for embracing Hong Kong’s sustainability, I always have the hope to witness Hong Kong stepping to the net-zero carbon generation with green-tech, climate-tech and carbon-tech supports.

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Rethinking Supply Chains

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Businesses are stepping up to scrutinize suppliers’ sustainability responsibilities, alongside the development of technology for more credible and timely data collection. It has become imperative for companies to respond to changing stakeholder demands, and innovate to address systemic risks, reduce waste, enhance transparency and improve resilience across entire value chains.

Rethinking Supply Chains will share leading practices in the integration of sustainability into supply chains and procurement processes, expectations for enhanced traceability and control, supplier financing, and tools and quality data for setting and achieving science-based targets.

14:50 – 14:55

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Supply Chains

Speakers

Genevieve Hilton

Co-Chair, AmCham E-ESG Committee

American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)

Genevieve Hilton

Co-Chair, AmCham E-ESG Committee

American Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong)

Geneviève Hilton is co-chair of the Energy & ESG committee of AmCham Hong Kong. Currently at Lenovo, and previously at BASF, she has led the communications and corporate citizenship functions for Asia Pacific. Starting from 1994, she held a variety of agency roles in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I want to see Hong Kong embrace its obvious role as a business sustainability leader in Asia Pacific by fully incorporating sustainability into companies’ strategic operations.

14:55 – 15:40

Technology, Traceability and Transparency: The Supply Chains Opportunity for Sustainability

Traceability and transparency provide opportunities for companies to assess and mitigate risks, find supply chain efficiencies, meet regulatory requirements, and verify and make social and environmental claims. Alongside the development of more advanced technologies, companies are now stepping up efforts to more closely scrutinise supply chains to deliver more credible, real-time tracking, data collection and sharing – from the very start of the supply chain through to end-use.

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong?
  • What is the leading practice and expectations of businesses in developing transparency and traceability across highly complex supply chains?
  • How can we make use of advanced technologies and controls to better understand suppliers and the provenance and journey of products and their inputs, and improve the tracking of our footprint throughout supply chains?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how businesses are increasingly embracing supply chain transparency and traceability as part of their sustainability efforts.
  • Rethink Hong Kong’s role and contribution to regional and global sustainable supply chain management.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr. Wan Yee Lam

Senior Managing Consultant

South Pole

Dr. Wan Yee Lam

Senior Managing Consultant

South Pole

Wan Yee has over seven years of research and consultancy experience, serving clients in various sectors in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, Europe and the Americas. She completed her PhD in environmental science on the topic of variability in the GHG footprints of crops under the European Commission’s Marie Curie industrial scholarship, led by Unilever and Radboud University. In her most recent work, she supported various agri-traders in the APAC region on their GHG accounting and net zero roadmap. She also serves as a reviewer for the academic journal Nature Sustainability.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Most companies in Hong Kong are still at the early stage of their climate journey. I hope to see more companies moving beyond compliance-based Greenhouse Gas Emissions reporting, to setting up more ambitious sustainability targets and implementing concrete actions for reducing their climate impact.

Alan Cuddihy

VP Sustainability

PCH

Alan Cuddihy

VP Sustainability

PCH

Alan has 15 years of experience in product design, engineering, supply chain and sustainability. Originally from Ireland, Alan lives and works in Hong Kong and has been based in Asia for most of his career. In 2021, Alan was announced as UN Global Compact SDG Pioneer for a Circular Economy. Alan develops the global PCH sustainability strategy, to go beyond compliance and focus on the economic benefit of excellence in environmental and social performance. Alan is primarily interested in the intersection of technology and sustainability. Bringing new products and technologies to market at the right time while also maximizing positive social and environmental impact. Alan is also a board member of Irish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To ensure access to safe and affordable housing, public transportation, and protection of country parks and green spaces. HK must be resilient to natural disasters and protect those in vulnerable situations while also minimizing economic loss.

Aytug Turk

Vice President, Supply Operations

PVH

Aytug Turk

Vice President, Supply Operations

PVH

Aytug is a senior executive who has worked in the Fashion, Apparel and Sporting Goods industry for the past 20 years and is passionate about Supply Chain, product and the environment. Aytug is originally from Turkey, grew up in the UK and is now living in Hong Kong for the past 5 years with his family.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I hope to see changes in environmental sustainability where everyone can have access to recycling in every neighborhood including clothing.

15:40 – 16:30

Taking Ownership: A Roadmap for Supply Chain Decarbonisation

Most companies’ climate impact lies in their supply chains. Measuring and managing supply chain emissions therefore plays an integral role in realising our net-zero ambitions. While companies are in a unique position to influence supplier behaviours, operations and investments, competing priorities and supply chain complexity have led to delayed action in this space.

Learnings

  • What are the biggest challenges – measurement and management – for companies seeking to decarbonise their supply chains?
  • What are some concrete steps companies can take to incentivise supply chain decarbonisation, and translate ambition into action?
  • What role does the financial sector play in incentivising supply chain behaviours, and in helping businesses navigate emerging supply chain challenges and opportunities?
  • Perspectives from finance, technology, new forms of retail, the identification of a robust inventory of GHGs, as well as the articulation of intention and engagement with suppliers and internal and external stakeholders beyond the buying-supplying level.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on concrete steps companies are taking to decarbonise their supply chains and build and maintain positive relationships with suppliers.
  • Understand that the global nature of many supply chains allows companies to support decarbonisation beyond our borders.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Ir Dr Eugene Wong

Associate Professor; Director of Policy Research Institute of Global Supply Chain

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Ir Dr Eugene Wong

Associate Professor; Director of Policy Research Institute of Global Supply Chain

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Ir Dr Eugene Wong is an Associate Professor in the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, and the Director of Policy Research Institute of Global Supply Chain. He has substantial managerial and consulting experiences in logistics transportation, manufacturing and engineering industry before joining the academia. He received several government funding projects on supply chain decarbonization and development of hydrogen fuel cell for transport and logistics. He is the author of a book ‘Supply Chain Decarbonisation – Organisation and Product Carbon Footprint’. He serves council members of professional associations, government organisations, and editorial boards on international journals.

Jenny Fan

Director, Sustainable Finance

ANZ

Jenny Fan

Director, Sustainable Finance

ANZ

Jenny joined ANZ in 2008 and currently looks after the North Asia Sustainable Finance business. Jenny was previously the Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets, North Asia and was responsible for the overall management and growth of ANZ presence across the region. Jenny has worked in Australia and mainland China across various banking function.

Chaminda Gunasekera

Senior Director – Asia Pacific

Seko Logistics ltd

Chaminda Gunasekera

Senior Director – Asia Pacific

Seko Logistics ltd

Chaminda Gunasekera.FCILT is the Senior Director of SEKO Logistics Hong Kong looking Asia Expansion and Network Development , M&A and Sustainability. Chaminda was in charge of eCommerce and Air Freight in SEKO Asia Pacific before taking up a more strategic development role. Chaminda is Sri Lankan living in Hong Kong and has been in the region for over 15 years and also lived in Dubai for 5 years. Chaminda has held many senior roles in his career and volunteered for social work. Some of few important roles he has held in Asia and Middle East were, VP of Sales , Marketing & Key accounts in Agility Greater China, Group Director-Commercial for Able Logistics Group/Kerry Logistics in the Middle East, the first Director of International Business for Kerry Logistics in Greater China, CEO of Bax Global Sub Continent and East Africa to name a few. Chaminda is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and services and served as the Chairman of UAE board of directors for CILT based in Dubai. Chaminda is a steering committee member and head of sustainability of American Chamber’s transport and Logistics committee, Chaminda is a very passionate sustainability activist looking after many projects for CO2 savings and designing logistics solutions for carbon neutralizing eCommerce products. Chaminda’s contribution to the industry can be found at www.Chaminda.net.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To produce the first ever Carbon neutral eCommerce parcel in the freight forwarder’s world and start reporting Co2 for all business channels in SEKO.

Mitsuko Wong

Sustainability Lead, Product and Supply Chain

Ralph Lauren

Mitsuko Wong

Sustainability Lead, Product and Supply Chain

Ralph Lauren

Mitsuko Wong is the Sustainability Lead, Product and Supply Chain at Ralph Lauren. She leads the company’s sustainability strategy and initiatives in the product supply chain space. She is also the co-chair of the UN Fashion Charter Low Carbon Manufacturing Working Group and member of the Steering Committee. Mitsuko has a long track record working in climate and sustainability initiatives in various settings including non-profit, consulting, and corporate.

Sophie You

Principal Consultant

RESET Carbon Limited

Sophie You

Principal Consultant

RESET Carbon Limited

Sophie is a principal consultant at RESET Carbon. She has over a decade of experience in dealing with supply chain issues. She works with RESET senior management team on corporate growth strategy and develop and head up the SBTi practice within the Hong Kong business.

Before joining RESET Carbon, Sophie was the Head of Sustainability & Sourcing at a French lingerie company, where she led the development and execution of the brand’s sustainability and sourcing strategies. Prior to this Sophie spent a decade at the iconic American retailer, Target, transforming them into an industry leader. She spearheaded their public facing water strategy and played an instrumental role across their fabric development, supply chain and responsible sourcing teams.

Sophie specializes in leading continuous performance improvement programs which adhere to corporates’ environmental strategy. By partnering with external parties in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and India, she successfully enabled more than 130 apparel factories and fabric mills to reduce their environmental footprint.

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16:30 – 17:15

From COVID Resilience to Long-term Sustainability: Unlocking Finance for Our Supply Chains

Sustainable supply chain finance is fast developing as an opportunity for incentivising and funding sustainable behaviour in supply chains. How can we leverage our city’s unique strengths and involve all players in the process, with the aim of improving security of supply such as in times of crisis, and reinforcing businesses and suppliers’ longer-term commitment to sustainability?

Learnings

  • What is the state of play in Hong Kong? What case studies can we draw from sectors that are leading the way?
  • What mechanisms and digital technologies are available and being developed to offer tangible commercial and sustainability benefits to buyers, financial providers and suppliers? What barriers exist, and how can we overcome them?
  • How can we leverage sustainable financing to engage with and provide a business case for disengaged suppliers across value chains?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities and barriers for businesses to scale sustainable supply chain finance.
  • Rethink how your teams in sustainability, procurement and finance can define shared goals and collaborate to identify opportunities.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Veronique J. A. Lafon-Vinais

Associate Professor of Business Education

HKUST

Ms. Veronique Lafon-Vinais is a seasoned financial market professional with over 20 years of banking and capital markets experience. She has worked in all the major financial markets and has extensive experience in all the major debt markets. She is now dedicating herself full time to education and teaching as Associate Professor of Business Education, Department of Finance, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where she teaches in the MBA/MSc programs as well as in the Undergraduate Programs, and professional training and consulting for the finance industry. She is the Executive Director, Career Development & Corporate Outreach for the School of Business and Management at HKUST, Associate Director for the UG programs, Co-Director of the BSc in Sustainable and Green Finance, Associate Director of the tri-degree World Bachelor in Business Program, and Project Director for the HKUST-NYU Stern MSc in Global Finance.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

There are numerous issues that need urgent attention, such as the enormous waste management problem and urgent housing problem, that will necessitate strategic intervention by the government. Younger generations are rightfully worried and anxious about the increasing negative impacts of pollution and climate change, in addition to the rising costs of goods and services. With collaborative efforts and leadership from government, industry, education and the community, these problems can be effectively addressed.

Billy Lai

Deputy Director, Knowledge Solutions

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Billy Lai

Deputy Director, Knowledge Solutions

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Billy Lai is currently a Deputy Director at SGS Hong Kong Limited. In this role, he oversees the implementation of sustainable business solutions that help organisations address climate risks and stakeholder concerns. He works with multinational corporations to cascade good practices to lower-tier suppliers and define the roadmap to building sustainable supply chains.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Support Hong Kong to become the region’s sustainability knowledge and sustainable finance hub, develop young sustainability talents, and drive innovation.

Pamela Mar

Managing Director

ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Pamela Mar

Managing Director

ICC Digital Standards Initiative

Pamela Mar is the Managing Director of the Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) of the International Chamber of Commerce, based in Singapore. She was previously Executive Vice President for Knowledge and Applications with the Fung Group, where she served as a sustainability and supply chain innovation leader for over 10 years.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Accelerate the digitalization of supply chains and global trade in order to drive growth, development and inclusion.

Ricky Ng

Head of Wholesale Banking

UOB Hong Kong

Ricky Ng

Head of Wholesale Banking

UOB Hong Kong

Mr Ricky Ng is Head of Wholesale Banking at UOB Hong Kong. He oversees development and management of wholesale banking businesses in Hong Kong and is responsible for commercial banking business in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area. Mr Ng holds a master’s degree in corporate finance from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

With a proven record of structuring innovative green loans, I will continue to develop and customise financing solutions that help businesses grow responsibly. On a personal level, I strive for net zero and a sustainable living. I am also keen to combat hunger and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the community.

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17:15 – 18:00

Social Accountability: Human Impact on Supply Chains

Companies are under increasing pressure to address the “S” of ESG in their supply chains, and to protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of individuals along all phases of operations. Hear from leaders in this space on how companies can implement socially responsible supply chain practices driven by value-led decision making, secure a social license to operate, and protect the long-term viability of their businesses.

Learnings

  • How can we better understand, measure and assess the social performance of our supply chains?
  • What opportunities and barriers exist to address pertinent risks and impacts?
  • What tools and techniques are available for facilitating sourcing from ethical suppliers as well as social compliance and transparency into practices of actors in the supply chain? Perspectives on labour rights, women in supply chains and more.

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on why and how businesses are embracing socially responsible supply chains.
  • Rethink your industry’s state of play, and consider how internal and external stakeholders can work together to improve social responsibilities in global supply chains.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Archana Kotecha

CEO and Founder

The Remedy Project

Archana Kotecha

CEO and Founder

The Remedy Project

Archana Kotecha is recognized as a regional expert on modern slavery across the Asia-Pacific region. A UK-qualified barrister and former corporate lawyer, Archana has over 15 years of experience advising international organizations (including the UN International Organization for Migration and the UN International Labour Organization), ASEAN bodies, governments and human rights practitioners on human trafficking and forced labour laws and policies. Archana is widely published and regularly engaged as a subject matter expert by governments, business and civil society on labour exploitation in global supply chains, remediation of worker grievances, and fair and ethical recruitment, among other issues. Archana is experienced in advising global and Asian businesses on human rights policies, grievance procedures, human rights due diligence and modern slavery and ESG disclosures. In 2017, Archana was named one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia Pacific by the Financial Times and she is also an alumnus of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program run by the US Department of State. She is regularly named as an influential changemaker and was most recently named one of Asia’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs by APAC Entrepreneur.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Greater awareness and engagement with the “S” in ESG

Anita Lo

General Manager

ICTI Ethical Toy Program

Anita Lo

General Manager

ICTI Ethical Toy Program

Anita Lo is the General Manager of IETP, a specialist responsible sourcing program. She is responsible for overseeing the Asia operations, monitoring the development & implementation of a robust Supplier Certification, advancing a wide range of capability-building programs to drive supply chain sustainability, and leading scalable worker wellbeing initiatives.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

  1. Engage more businesses to foster collaboration in the supply chain on worker wellbeing and decent work to mitigate labour risks & create better lives for workers
  2. Showcase Family-friendly Workplace and Gender Equality Program are scalable and adaptable for suppliers from all sizes & sectors

Michelle Wei

VP & Deputy General Counsel

Flex

Michelle Wei

VP & Deputy General Counsel

Flex

Michelle Wei is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Flex. Flex (Reg. No. 199002645H) is the manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products that improve the world. Through the collective strength of a global workforce across 30 countries and responsible, sustainable operations, Flex delivers technology innovation, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to diverse industries and end markets.

Michelle’s primary responsibilities are managing a wide range of legal issues in Asia region which include corporate governance, commercial contracts, procurement, disputes management, compliance, M&A, new investment, labor & employment and other regulatory areas.

Prior to joining Flex, Michelle worked with law firms in China and New York. She was also trained at a solicitor’s firm and a barrister’s chamber in London. She is admitted to practice law in China and New York State.

Michelle served as secretary and director of Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (“HKCCA”). She is a co- chair of the Law Committee at American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong (“AmCham HK”).

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Thursday 06 October 2022

Rethinking Built Spaces

In Partnership with

In Hong Kong, buildings and related activities account for about 90% of our electricity usage and 60% of our carbon emissions. In view of the city’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050, as set out by the Government in its Climate Action Plan 2050, the industry is now gearing up its decarbonisation capabilities in the whole building life cycle – from design, construction, operation to retrofitting.

Rethinking Built Spaces is designed to highlight the vision and experiences behind exemplar cases and award-winning projects, covering commercial spaces; neighbourhoods and residential spaces; as well as campuses and public buildings, with a view to expediting the net-zero transition and a climate-resilient future for Hong Kong.    

10:00 – 10:10

Opening Welcome: Rethinking Built Spaces

Speakers

Ir Dr Cary Chan

Executive Director

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Ir Dr Cary Chan

Executive Director

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Ir Dr Cary Chan, JP is a professional engineer and is currently the Executive Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council. Cary has been playing a leadership role in the development of sustainable buildings within Hong Kong and abroad. In 2019, he has put “Advancing Net Zero Carbon Mission” as one of the HKGBC’s main focuses. His strategy is well recognised and welcome by the local industry and the World Green Building Council. He has been appointed as WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Regional Chair since 1 July 2021.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

The building stock in Hong Kong will be zero-carbon ready, striving Hong Kong to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050.

10:10 – 11:20

Towards Net Zero Carbon: The Future of Commercial Spaces

This session will examine how commercial built spaces contribute to achieving carbon neutrality in Hong Kong by 2050. Covering the entire building life cycle – from award-winning sustainable designs, latest developments in green construction materials, to the transformation, retrofitting and operation of existing building portfolios – exemplar cases will showcase holistic tactics for building towards net zero.

10:10-10:15 Introduction by Moderator

10:15-10:25 Ir Dr Vincent Cheng, Arup Fellow, Director of Climate and Sustainability, Arup: “A Regenerative & Biodiverse Net Zero Workplace”

10:25-10:35 Kevin O’Brien, Chief Executive, Gammon Construction Limited: “Enabling a Zero Carbon Construction Legacy by 2050”

10:35-10:45 Andy Yeung, Director & Head of Technical Services, Hongkong Land: “Reinvesting in Buildings for a Greener Tomorrow”

10:45-10:55 Pubudu Abayasiri, Director, Digital Services, CLP Holdings Limited: “Net-Zero Buildings: Smart Energy Management Through Innovation

10:55-11:20 Panel discussion

Learnings

  • What are the latest trends in the sustainable design of commercial built spaces to achieve decarbonisation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in the use of sustainable construction materials?
  • How should we transform and retrofit existing building portfolios to operate sustainably?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights and apply knowledge in building projects to support the achievement of Hong Kong’s carbon neutrality target by 2050.
  • Raise awareness on the role of green buildings in driving Hong Kong towards net-zero carbon, from master planning, smart and sustainable designs, use of green materials, green construction methods to sustainable operations.
  • Understand the practices and concerted efforts of various industry players and their contributions to expedite the decarbonisation journey of Hong Kong.
  • Seek further knowledge enhancement in the area of net-zero carbon buildings through attending professional trainings and/or joining professional bodies such as the HKGBC.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Grace Kwok

Chairman and Executive Director / Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Grace Kwok

Chairman and Executive Director / Director

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited / Hong Kong Green Building Council

Grace is a seasoned sustainability professional with more than 20 years’ experiences in sustainable design and green building projects in Hong Kong, China and across Asia-Pacific. With an environmental engineering background, Grace is a keen advocate of regenerative sustainability for the built environment. She is currently a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council, Director of Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals and Founding Vice President of Greater Bay Area Carbon Neutrality Association.  Outside Hong Kong, she led AEC Group to become WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Net Zero Collaborator, and shares best practices through her roles in the LEED Technical Advisory Group, BRE ESG Advisors Club, IWBI Health Equity Advisory, and GRESB Real Estate Standards Committee. Driven by a vision to shape a sustainable future for all, Grace works with building and other sectors through ESG and Green Finance advisory to build climate resilience and accelerate net-zero transition.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To accelerate our own net zero transition, we have been striving to achieve our goal of net zero carbon business operation by 2030. I hope to see a clearer decarbonization roadmap for different sectors and how cross-sectoral collaboration could be facilitated to achieve the carbon neutrality goal.

Ir Dr Vincent Cheng

Arup Fellow, Director of Climate and Sustainability

Arup