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Wednesday 05 October 2022

09:15 – 09:40

Opening Ceremony

09:40 – 09:50

Opening Address

10:00 – 10:50

From Ambition to Action: Hong Kong’s Race Towards a Net-Zero Future

Hong Kong has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050. The push for net zero is driving businesses to create and deliver on ambitious pledges to reduce their carbon footprint. What commitments, partnerships and innovations are needed to help us get there? How can corporates leading the charge inspire, collaborate and share technical expertise to help the city win its race to zero?

Learnings

  • In face of escalating climate risks, how should business models evolve for lasting value creation that benefits shareholders, internal and external stakeholders and the wider society?
  • What are our biggest barriers? How can businesses turn transition risks to opportunities?
  • How are leading companies’ commitment to carbon-reduction targets contributing to the achievement of Hong Kong’s 2050 net-zero target?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on leading companies’ carbon reduction approaches, technical experience and cross-industry solutions.
  • Rethink actions that your company and industry should focus on over the next five to ten years to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Understand why business leaders have a compelling and common interest to ensure the transformation of every aspect of their business to contribute to a net-zero economy by 2050.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh was the Undersecretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government and well-known for her policy work. Since leaving government, she is teaching and writing. She sits on numerous boards internationally, and is advisor to HKSTP, Teneo, and BASF. She is a published author of many academic and popular works.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

That interest in sustainability will blossom and more organisations in HK will embark on a positive path in 2022.

Gill Meller

Legal and Governance Director

MTR Corporation Limited

Gill Meller

Legal and Governance Director

MTR Corporation Limited

Gill Meller is MTR’s Legal & Governance Director. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Company’s environmental, social and governance strategy and also leads the Company’s legal, company secretarial, compliance, insurance and risk management functions and a central procurement and supply chain function.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

My sustainability goal is to operationalise and deliver on MTR’s new environmental and social KPIs.

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew

Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Jonathan Drew leads the ESG Solutions Group for Global Banking at HSBC.  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 20 years ago in London and after working in rapidly emerging Latin America and raising capital for large scale projects in the Middle East has been based in Hong Kong since 1997 witnessing first-hand the rapid growth of Asia and notably China.  During this time, he has been involved in successful transactions across a wide range of sectors including advising on and arranging finance for projects and business across industrial and services sectors including energy, manufacturing, transportation and infrastructure, 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 products including to meet the often large and always specific needs of clients. In recent years Jonathan has also been responsible for the structuring and delivery of sustainable bonds, loans and other financial support for corporate and institutional clients as well as collaborating with colleagues across businesses in the creation of sustainable investment opportunities. Jonathan is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association and also 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.

Richard Lancaster

Immediate Past Chairman

Business Environment Council

Richard Lancaster

Immediate Past Chairman

Business Environment Council

Richard Lancaster joined CLP in 1992 and in 2013 became CEO of the company, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific. He has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry and other industrial operations in Australia, UK and Hong Kong. Richard is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Business Environment Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

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

 

11:00 – 12:00

The Full Picture: Addressing Scope 3 Emissions Through Engagement and Empowerment

As corporates progress on carbon-reduction initiatives, the supply chain has come into focus, with many organisations successfully mapping out and implementing strategies to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Yet, many still struggle with the challenges posed by Scope 3 emissions, which entail indirect emissions that occur in the value chain. Hear from leaders in this space on how they are addressing Scope 3 as a key opportunity for emissions and cost reduction as well as positive engagement with all stakeholders.

Learnings

  • Transportation, purchased goods and services and investments are among the many forms of a company’s Scope 3 emissions. How should businesses in Hong Kong identify their emissions hotspots?
  • What are some trends and challenges that leaders in this space are seeing? What are some tools and techniques that businesses can use to align Scope 3 emissions reductions with net-zero targets?
  • How are leadership companies defining and executing strategies with sound data analysis, and articulating holistic engagement plans with investors, clients, suppliers and teams?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how leading companies are engaging and empowering investors, clients, suppliers and teams to assess and address Scope 3 emissions hotspots in their value chains.
  • Understand how you can equip your company with the insights and tools it needs to identify energy efficiency and cost reduction opportunities relevant to Scope 3 in its supply chain.
  • Scale up collaborations with value chain partners in setting ambitious Scope 3 targets aligned with climate science.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Stacey Chow

Director and Asia Regional Lead for Business & Society

Brunswick Group

Stacey Chow

Director and Asia Regional Lead for Business & Society

Brunswick Group

Stacey leads Brunswick Group’s Business & Society practice in Asia, and advises clients on sustainability, ESG and social purpose strategies, stakeholder engagement, and thought leadership positioning for senior executives. She previously worked at the World Economic Forum and World Bank, and has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, infrastructure development and public-private partnerships. She was a 2012-2015 Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Helping companies reach sustainability goals through global partnerships and technological innovation.

Dedy Mahardika

SBT Engagement Manager, SEA and Oceania

CDP

Dedy Mahardika

SBT Engagement Manager, SEA and Oceania

CDP

Dedy is the SBT Engagement Manager for Southeast Asia and Oceania at CDP based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He focuses on the development of the regional corporate engagement and strategic collaboration to bring more uptakes in the region. Dedy earned a M.Sc of Environment and Energy Engineering from Kyungpook National University.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I would like to see more uptakes of the Hong Kong companies in joining the SBTi and set their corporate climate ambition to be in-line with the climate latest science.

Dr Robin Kennish

Director, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change

Environmental Resources Management

Dr Robin Kennish

Director, Corporate Sustainability & Climate Change

Environmental Resources Management

Dr Kennish has worked with ERMs Clients in the Asia Pacific region for the last 25 years on managing their sustainability risks and opportunities. His focus is on helping Clients with their transition to a low carbon economy and working with their teams to ensure that a robust ESG strategy is in place. This has included advisory services around climate disclosures such as: CDP and TCFD, GHG assessments, net-zero transition plans, SBTi submissions, as well as approvals for renewable energy projects (ie offshore wind and solar).

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I am committed to working alongside my ERM team and our Clients in Hong Kong to get us on a path to a net-zero world.

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 of Technical Services & Sustainable Development at Swire Properties (SPROPS). Raymond is currently Director & Vice-Chairman of Sustainable Development Committee, Hong Kong Green Building Council. Raymond also serves as member of Advisory Council on the Environment, Board of Director of Business Environment Council, and founding member of IWBI Governance Council.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Lead Swire Properties’ implementation strategies of carbon and energy reduction based on our 1.5°C aligned Science-based Targets, paving way to achieve net zero by 2050.

12:00 – 13:00

Preparing for the Next Threat: The Business Case for Investing in Climate Adaptation and Resilience

The devastating consequences of climate change for society, the environment and economy have become impossible to deny. While businesses must continue to advance efforts to limit global warming and reduce emissions at speed and scale, there is also a need to focus on adapting to climatic changes, to ensure that we thrive through this transformation and build resilience to a more unpredictable world. Although corporate ambition is on the rise, most companies are still in the early stages of their journey on climate adaptation and resilience.

Learnings

  • Why are so few companies in Hong Kong strategically addressing the risks posed by the changing climate to their business models and industry? Why aren’t investors and stakeholders challenging companies more on how they plan to adapt and build resilience? Can these barriers be overcome?
  • How can we scale up private sector involvement in building climate resilience?
  • Why businesses should not only see climate adaptation and resilience via corporate risk management, but also through the lens of new markets and economic opportunities

Post-Event Actions

  • Rethink the critical role that businesses can play in building climate-resilient operations and value chains, as well as leveraging their innovative capacity and reach to achieve the scale and pace required for systemic change.
  • Consider the motivations for business to invest in climate adaptation.
  • Understand that early movers will benefit most, and take action to identify knowledge gaps and engage stakeholders in directing resources and investment to strategies that protect people, profit, assets and supply chains.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Bruce Chong

Director – Climate, Urban Sustainability & Smart City

Arup

Bruce Chong

Director – Climate, Urban Sustainability & Smart City

Arup

Dr Bruce Chong is the Climate & Urban Sustainability Leader for Arup in the East Asia region. He works with clients to formulate strategies and implementation plans for climate resilience, carbon neutrality, smart city resource efficiencies and green infrastructure for city government and corporates in Hong Kong, greater China and East Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Zero Carbon – not only carbon neutrality & Resilient at all levels – from city, infrastructure, energy, water, food, transport, to individuals.

Giuliana Auinger

Partner & Vice President, Sustainability Business

Schneider Electric

Giuliana Auinger

Partner & Vice President, Sustainability Business

Schneider Electric

Giuliana Auinger is the Partner & Vice President of the Sustainability Business at Schneider Electric. She is responsible for managing the region’s Energy & Sustainability Services and Sustainability Consulting organization, with the mission to help large enterprises deliver climate mitigation actions and reduce carbon emissions using technological solutions.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Giuliana was a strategy consulting Partner at KPMG, practice leader at Axiom and management consultant at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and Booz & Company.

Giuliana has an MBA from the University of Hong Kong and a BSc in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

A complete transformation to being a truly Sustainable city – accelerated transition to renewable energy, wholly circular economies, advanced conservation of energy and resources, pioneering approach to investment and economic policies….to name a few.

Dr Margaret Burnett

Programme Director

The University of Hong Kong

Dr Margaret Burnett

Programme Director

The University of Hong Kong

Currently the Programme Director for the Master of Social Science in Sustainability Leadership and Governance, in the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong. Margaret has developed learning modules for students as well as organisations to raise awareness of sustainability issues and their relevance by helping both students and clients integrate sustainability into personal and core organizational decision-making processes. She is often a guest speaker, and partners with organizations to provide support to their in-house Sustainable Development initiatives, currently with an emphasis on climate change related factors.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

For leaders to put into action meaningful changes to their operations given that everyone can drive significant improvements through the cumulative effect of us all playing our part. As much as we all want nice stuff, it’s not much point if we don’t have a planet to put it on!

Mark Harper

Group Sustainable Development Manager

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

Mark Harper

Group Sustainable Development Manager

John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.

At Swire Mark is responsible for the Group’s ESG disclosure and TCFD reporting as well as guiding the development of Group strategy on Climate, and Waste. He sits on the Board and Executive Committees of a number of NGO’s including Business Environment Council, Drink Without Waste and HeroesToo.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Rollout of the Group’s Net Zero Carbon emissions and zero to landfill commitments. Finalising the Group’s climate risk assessment process and analysis.

Business for Biodiversity

In Partnership with

14:00 – 14:10

Opening Welcome: Business for Biodiversity

14:10 – 14:25

Biodiversity is Everyone’s Business: A Wake-Up Call from Nature

14:25 – 15:25

Getting It Right: Synergising Nature and Net-Zero Strategies

Businesses rely on nature for resources, ecosystem services and healthy societies for their own prosperity and continuity. As nature loss exacerbates due to climate change and human ecosystem destruction, businesses are starting to realise the material risks of nature loss for their long-term success – as well as opportunities for incorporating nature and biodiversity into business strategies to ensure long-term viability of business models, stable supply chains, access to new markets and services, and improved relationships with stakeholders.

Learnings

  • Nature and climate change are inextricably connected. At COP26, for the first time, nature was placed firmly on the climate agenda, and biodiversity loss recognised as among our top global risks. In the context of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a compelling case for businesses to address both crises simultaneously.
  • What are the opportunities and barriers for business to synergise commitments to nature and a net-zero pathway?
  • What are some tools and techniques that businesses can use to assess and minimise adverse impacts on ecosystems? How can businesses support biodiversity and conservation initiatives, and promote greater awareness among employees and stakeholders?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play by the private sector locally, regionally and globally.
  • Rethink how your company and industry can become an agent of change for nature.

15:45 – 16:35

Waves of Opportunity: Tapping into the Trillion $ Sustainable Ocean Economy

Our ocean provides ecosystem services that are vital for human wellbeing and the prosperity of the global economy. But these services are at risk. With the ocean under increasing pressure from climate change, overfishing, pollution, a loss of biodiversity and coastal ecosystems degradation, what are the risks – and opportunities – facing companies and investors? How can business best harness ocean resources and services for long-term economic development and social prosperity while ensuring the health of our marine ecosystems?

Learnings

  • Businesses which depend on ocean resources have a responsibility not only to limit their impact, but also to have a positive influence on the health of marine ecosystems.
  • It is in the best interest of business to invest in the sustainable development of the ocean economy – via innovation in technology as well as creating systems that accelerate the development and financing of new approaches.
  • What does “sustainable investment” look like in an ocean context? The goal is to ensure that ocean-related investment delivers long-term value without having a negative impact on marine ecosystems, on efforts to reduce carbon emissions, or on ocean-based businesses of all sizes and the livelihoods of people who depend on them.

Post-Event Actions

  • Find out how your company and industry can mobilise partnerships, capacity and technology into redirecting the way the economy works – in a way that harnesses ocean resources and services for long-term economic development and social prosperity while protecting the environment.
  • Rethink how you can support developing financial instruments, investments and projects that aim to restore, protect or maintain the diversity, productivity, resilience and overall health of marine ecosystems, as well as the livelihoods and communities dependent upon them.

16:35 – 17:25

Mobilising Private Investment and Innovation to Scale Up Nature-Based Solutions

We are not only in a climate crisis, but also a biodiversity crisis – and nature-based solutions can address both challenges simultaneously. The benefits and opportunities of nature-based solutions to address global challenges have never been more urgently needed and relevant. Investments and innovations in nature-based solutions will be key to accelerating the pace and scale required for climate action and nature preservation.

Learnings

  • What are nature-based solutions, and why do they matter in achieving climate and biodiversity impact?
  • According to the UN, investments in nature must triple by 2030 to help save ecosystems. However, the private sector currently provides only 14% of funding towards nature-based solutions. What are the barriers and knowledge gaps for unlocking private capital for nature-based solutions? What opportunities exist for businesses to pursue new sources of revenue and reap the benefits of increased resilience and purpose?
  • What innovations in nature-based solutions hold the most promise? What examples can we draw from locally and regionally?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on the state of play by the private sector locally, regionally and globally.
  • Rethink the role that your company and industry can play in accelerating the investment and innovation of nature-based solutions.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Justin Chang

Program Director – Social Finance, Asia

UBS Optimus Foundation

Justin Chang

Program Director – Social Finance, Asia

UBS Optimus Foundation

Justin is responsible for developing UBS Optimus Foundation’s Social Finance programs in APAC. He works on outcomes-based financing projects and investments into social enterprises with a focus on climate and nature-based solutions.

Prior to Optimus, Justin worked for Prudence Foundation for six years and before this, five years with Prudential in London and Hong Kong in Finance, Strategy and M&A roles. He started his working life with EY Australia and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

For Hong Kong to be the city of excellence when it comes to building effective partnerships to deploy the urgently needed capital to support organisations addressing crucial social and environmental issues.

Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer, Private Markets

Manulife Investment Management

Brian J. Kernohan

Chief Sustainability Officer, Private Markets

Manulife Investment Management

Brian is responsible for sustainability strategy, support, and related engagements across Manulife Investment Management’s private markets business. In his role, he directs global sustainability programs for the firm’s timberland, agriculture, real estate, infrastructure, and private equity and credit asset classes.

Dr. David Gallacher

Director, Environment

AECOM

Dr. David Gallacher

Director, Environment

AECOM

Dr. David Gallacher is an environmental specialist with over 23 years experience. He has an academic background in ecology and environmental management, and has experience in a wide range of project types including environmental planning, impact assessment and monitoring, biodiversity management and habitat creation, sustainable urban design and Nature-based Solutions.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Better integration of ESG principles, especially relating to ecosystem services, into all aspects of Hong Kong life.

Professor Koh Lian Pin

Director

National University of Singapore, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions

Professor Koh Lian Pin

Director

National University of Singapore, Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions

Professor Koh brings 16 years of international research experience in the field of sustainability and environmental science. In 2020, he returned to Singapore under the National Research Foundation’s Returning Singaporean Scientists scheme to join the Department of Biological Sciences at the National University of Singapore. He is the Director of the University’s Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Chair Professor of Conservation at NUS, Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Science, and Director of NUS’ Tropical Marine Science Institute. He also currently serves as a Nominated Member of Parliament.

Ronie Mak

Managing Director

RS Group

Ronie Mak

Managing Director

RS Group

Ronie is the Managing Director of RS Group, a HK-based family office that commits 100% of its capital on sustainability and impact. She led the launch of RS Group’s Impact Report in 2016, and the incubation of the Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi) in 2018, a community-building platform for sustainable investors in Asia. One of Ronie’s key current focus is on deploying catalytic and blended finance capital on nature based investment solutions in Asia.

 

Thursday 06 October 2022

The Sustainability Imperative for Business

09:30 – 09:45

Opening Welcome

09:45 – 10:00

Opening Address: Net Positive

Speakers

Paul Polman

Business Leader, Campaigner and Co-Author of

“Net Positive”

Paul Polman

Business Leader, Campaigner and Co-Author of

“Net Positive”

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and which he continues to champion, working with global organisations and across industry to advance the 2030 development agenda.

Paul’s new book, “Net Positive”, is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He Chairs IMAGINE, a social venture dedicated to systems change, and Saïd Business School, and he is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact as well as a B Team Leader. Paul is Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.

10:00 – 11:00

Where We Are, Where We’re Headed: The New Ambition Powering Hong Kong’s Conglomerates

Conglomerates face a unique and complex set of challenges: with large, diverse businesses spread across different industries and geographies, how can they take a leadership role on tackling environmental and social challenges while maintaining growth ambitions and shareholder value creation? Hear from Hong Kong’s leading companies on how they are addressing myriad ESG risks and driving systemic change to move from risk to opportunity – from risk to resilience.

Learnings

  • How are Hong Kong’s largest and most complex organisations working to identify, understand and manage ESG risks for multiple industries and geographies?
  • What are the key internal policies, mechanisms and oversight that are being implemented on key sustainable development issues?
  • How can leadership companies leverage innovation and collaboration to inspire ambition and drive solutions?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insight on how some of the world’s most complex organisations are engaging internal and external ecosystems to navigate sustainability across multiple industries and countries.
  • Understand the characteristics of strong governance and alignment of sustainability strategies with business models to help raise levels of ambition for sustainable development.
  • Explore how to turn risks into leadership opportunities to make meaningful impact at the scale needed to address today’s most pressing issues.

11:15 – 12:15

From Strength to Strength: Financing Our Transition to a Sustainable Future

As a mature international financial centre, and with proximity to mainland China and unique access to global investors, Hong Kong has what it takes to become a regional hub for green and sustainable finance. How are we maximising efforts to promote the city’s capital markets as well as financial and professional services for green and sustainable investment, and capitalising on the enormous opportunities presented alongside the development of the Greater Bay Area?

Learnings

  • How can Hong Kong best capitalize on its unique strengths and involve all players of the private sector in developing green and sustainable finance to boost investments conducive to reducing carbon emissions?
  • How can Hong Kong enhance synergies with Greater Bay Area cities to play a strategic role as China’s gateway and mobiliser of green investments to facilitate national carbon neutrality goals?
  • Already, assessments are being made with local financial regulators and Chinese authorities on the feasibility and support needed for developing the city’s carbon trading capabilities for the Greater Bay Area and Asia as a whole. What are the opportunities and barriers for the city to develop as a regional carbon trading hub?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on opportunities, barriers and the next steps for the city to advance its green and sustainable finance ambitions towards a low-carbon future.
  • Rethink Hong Kong’s unique role to become a carbon trading hub catering to global sustainability and its own and China’s carbon neutrality push.

Speakers

Christine Ip

CEO – Greater China

UOB

Christine Ip

CEO – Greater China

UOB

Christine Ip is CEO – Greater China of UOB and a non-executive director of UOB China. Mrs Ip has more than 30 years of experience in both consumer and corporate banking and has significant experience in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas markets. She holds a MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I strive to ensure the Sustainability Development Goals are firmly embedded in our Bank’s corporate strategy for sustainable environmental, social and governance outcomes. On a personal level, I hope to mobilise efforts to minimise all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change.

Kenneth Hui

Head (Market Development), External Department

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Kenneth Hui

Head (Market Development), External Department

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Kenneth Hui is the Head of Market Development Division of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), in charge of the HKMA’s efforts to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international financial centre. Prior to joining the HKMA, Ken was a senior manager at the Investment Products Division of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), specialising in regulatory policies on retail funds and innovative retail investment products. During his time at the SFC, Ken was seconded to the Secretariat of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, where he was responsible for global OTC derivatives reforms.

Dr. Stephen Wong

Vice President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation

Dr. Stephen Wong

Vice President, Hong Kong Green Finance Association

Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation

Dr. Stephen Wong received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago and Master of Arts in East Asian Studies from Yale University.  He completed his Doctorate degree in Public Administration (DPA) from the University of Hong Kong.

He began his career as an investment banker and held regional management positions with several global financial institutions, including as Executive Director at UBS in London and Managing Director at RBS.

Dr. Wong joined Our Hong Kong Foundation in 2015, and he is currently Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Public Policy Institute.  He is also a member of the Legislative Council.

12:15 – 13:15

Benchmarking Sustainability Reporting: Transparency, Comparability and Accountability

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

Learnings

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

Post-Event Actions

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

Speakers

MODERATOR

Pat Woo

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

KPMG China

Pat Woo

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

KPMG China

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

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

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

Hendrik Rosenthal

Director – Group Sustainability

CLP Holdings Limited

Hendrik Rosenthal

Director – Group Sustainability

CLP Holdings Limited

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

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

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

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

Katherine Ng

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

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”)

Katherine Ng

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

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”)

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

Teresa Ko

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

Co-Vice Chair, IFRS Foundation

Teresa Ko

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

Co-Vice Chair, IFRS Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

Hong Kong and Beyond

In Partnership with

14:00 – 14:15

Opening Welcome: Resetting Our Planet’s Trajectory Together

14:15 – 15:05

All Hands on Deck: How Business Leadership and Policy Makers Can Leverage Technology to Build a Sustainable Future

It is now conventional wisdom that technology will play a critical role in tackling global environmental issues. But have we become too fixated on digital technology or the next “cutting-edge” technology as the panacea for all our challenges while failing to invest in those that will solve critical problems? As the market size and investments into green technologies continue to grow, how can governments and businesses prioritise technological innovations that build long-term societal resilience and a sustainable future? What is required to enable adoption of sustainable solutions?

Learnings

  • Have we become too fixated on digital technology, and do we tacitly assume that cutting edge technologies will be a panacea for all our challenges while failing to invest in those that actually solve critical problems? What are examples of environmental technologies that have resulted in the sustainable and wide-reaching impact? What lessons can we learn?
  • What are the biggest barriers in Hong Kong and beyond, when it comes to development and adoption of sustainable technologies? What are the policies, economic incentives, infrastructure development, and other supporting factors required to enable large scale adoption of sustainable technologies?
  • Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Fund has invested significantly in environmental-technology-related R&D projects. What fields of environmental technology is Hong Kong competitive in? Can we transform Hong Kong into a hub for sustainable technology innovation?

Post-Event Actions

  • Learn from examples of the successful adoption/application of green technology for sustainable impact.
  • Rethink how your company and industry may utilise technology specifically for the purpose of sustainable development.
  • Consider policy improvements and public-private partnership opportunities that will pave the way for the adoption of innovations that contribute to a amore sustainable future.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Eric Stryson

Managing Director

Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Eric leads GIFT’s dynamic advisory business, manages global clients, and facilitates GIFT’s leadership development programmes. He has worked with thousands of executives from all regions in areas of governance, business and sustainability. He writes and speaks on topics related to development, technology, and the role of business in society.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Reduced waste, improved walkability, overall improved quality of life for all, including the basics of housing affordability, access to nutritious food, purposeful employment, dignified ageing in place.

Eli Konvitz

Director, Urban Planning & Design | Net Zero Champion

Atkins

Eli Konvitz

Director, Urban Planning & Design | Net Zero Champion

Atkins

Eli is an urbanist with expertise in sustainable urban development, with experience including climate change strategy and policy, and creation of a mechanism in the UK for low-carbon retrofit. At Atkins, Eli is the regional Net Zero Champion, and Director for Planning and Urban Design for SE Asia.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Making significant progress on the path to a more liveable and sustainable city that celebrates our unique strengths and addresses our challenges.

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications

Fung Group

Pamela Mar leads the development of knowledge and applications which support the Fung Group’s strategic response to disruption driven by technology, the rise of sustainability, geopolitical risk and the changing nature of consumption. Current explorations include trade finance, sustainable finance and the global supply chain’s evolution after Covid-19.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Drive sustainability into finance and supply chains.

15:20 – 16:10

A Just Transition: Prioritising Basic Needs and Creating Business Opportunities of the Future

The basic needs of a significant proportion of the world’s population remain unmet (i.e., access to clean water and sanitation, nutrition, electricity, adequate housing, healthcare, education). In Hong Kong , almost 15% of the population are unable to afford basic necessities. In discussing what a sustainable future will look like, beyond the focus on environmental sustainability, it is equally important to  meet these basic needs to ensure societal resilience and social sustainability. Moving forward, how should governments and businesses  develop policies and business models to meet such needs while capturing business opportunities in the face of growing environmental and societal challenges?

Learnings

  • What are some notable efforts countries in Asia or beyond are making to ensure basic needs for their populations are met? What are the successes and challenges faced, and what lessons can be learned from their experiences?
  • How can businesses contribute to improving the lives of communities they operate in / people they affect?
  • How can businesses develop successful business models that balance capturing opportunities with building societal resilience / meeting basic needs, especially in the context of the growing environmental challenges we face?

Post-Event Actions

  • Learn from successes and challenges faced by various countries in their efforts to meet their populations’ basic needs, alleviate poverty, etc.
  • Rethink how your company and industry may address and contribute to alleviating these fundamental concerns.
  • Consider future business opportunities and new business models that will contribute to social sustainability.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Aasha Pai

Co-Chair, Asia Board

EMpower, the Emerging Markets Foundation

Aasha Pai

Co-Chair, Asia Board

EMpower, the Emerging Markets Foundation

Aasha Pai is a global health consultant with over 20 years of experience focusing on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender equity. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Empower Asia, the Emerging Markets Foundation and a Senior Associate at Mann Global Health.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I want to see all people in Hong Kong living with dignity, with decent livelihoods to meet their basic needs and beyond, and access to the services they need in the ways they want them.

Hester DeCasper

Regional Head of Operations, East Asia Pacific

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hester DeCasper

Regional Head of Operations, East Asia Pacific

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Hester is the Head of Office for IFC in Hong Kong, SAR, where she is responsible for developing business and knowledge-sharing opportunities with Hong Kong-based partners and clients. She also serves as IFC’s Regional Head of Operations, East Asia & Pacific. As RHO she is responsible for regional strategy formulation, facilitation and oversight of investment and advisory programs, fundraising efforts, and general administration.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More use of renewables, and smart management of food and plastic waste!

Dr Sarah Chapman

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

Manulife Financial Corporation

Dr Sarah Chapman

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

Manulife Financial Corporation

As the Global Chief Sustainability Officer at Manulife, Sarah is responsible for leading the ongoing development and execution of the organization’s global sustainability and social impact strategy and oversees environmental, social & governance (ESG) reporting and disclosures. She has her PhD in Sustainability and Social Impact and a Master’s in Management.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Driving sustained interest and engagement on sustainability – both in the business context and in people’s personal lives.

16:10 – 17:15

Bridging the Gaps: Hong Kong’s Role in Advancing the Sustainability Dialogue Between China, ASEAN and Beyond

Hong Kong has long been considered the connector between China and the rest of the world. This role will continue to be of critical importance in areas of sustainability-related policy and technological innovation, as developing countries in ASEAN and beyond embark on their sustainable development journeys and seek to learn from the successes and failures of their neighbouring economies such as China. How can Hong Kong best leverage its role as a bridge and an outbound and inbound connector to China to facilitate greater dialogue and learning? What new opportunities will this present to Hong Kong?

Learnings

  • How can Hong Kong leverage its role to facilitate dialogue and cooperation between China and ASEAN region and other developing countries?
  • What business opportunities will Hong Kong realise in its role as a connector?
  • China’s 14th Five-Year Plan underscores a commitment to the “dual circulation” concept for economic development, driven by reform and innovation, led by quality supply and creating new demands, with the domestic market as the mainstay, while enabling domestic and foreign markets to interact positively with each other. How can Hong Kong fulfil its responsibility to proactively become a “participant” in domestic circulation and a “facilitator” of international circulation in the “dual circulation” development strategy?
  • With the arrival of the Common Ground Taxonomy (an in-depth comparison exercise that puts forward areas of commonality and differences between the EU and China’s green taxonomies), what other opportunities and challenges do you foresee in Hong Kong’s push for different frameworks of collaboration and sustainability dialogue between China, ASEAN and beyond?

Post-Event Actions

  • Consider Hong Kong’s role and the business opportunities for the city in advancing sustainability dialogue and cooperation on the international stage.
  • Rethink and reimagine current modes of collaboration to establish new frameworks of cooperation in various industries.
  • Gain deeper understanding of China’s development experience and identify opportunities to apply such learnings in Hong Kong and beyond.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

Walter van Hattum

Head of Trade and Economic

EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao

My career combines commercial with sustainability policies. I worked for the ILO in Nigeria; the Dutch MFA and for the EU on nuclear fusion, humanitarian aid and health policies. Recent postings include Indonesia and the Philippines, where I served as head of the trade section of the EU Delegation, following which I was responsible for leveraging EU’s trade (preferences) for improving labour, human rights and environmental standards. In January 2021, I was appointed head of the trade section of the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Awareness, ambition, cooperation

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christine Loh was the Undersecretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government and well-known for her policy work. Since leaving government, she is teaching and writing. She sits on numerous boards internationally, and is advisor to HKSTP, Teneo, and BASF. She is a published author of many academic and popular works.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

That interest in sustainability will blossom and more organisations in HK will embark on a positive path in 2022.

Matt Ashworth

Commercial Counsellor, Energy & Infrastructure

Department for International Trade, British Embassy

Matt Ashworth

Commercial Counsellor, Energy & Infrastructure

Department for International Trade, British Embassy

Matt runs the Energy & Infrastructure teams for the Department of International Trade in China, based in the British Embassy Beijing. His team helps Chinese companies to invest in energy & infrastructure projects in the UK, and support UK companies to access export opportunities with Chinese customers in China and third markets. Matt has a degree in History from Oxford University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham. He has experience in trade & investment policy, including investment in the energy sector. His career has seen him working in London, Sydney, Brussels and Bucharest. Matt joined the UK Civil Service in 2014, following work in the private sector, and has worked in a number of Government Departments in London. Prior to moving to China, he was based in the Department for International Trade in London, where he led work on investment policy development and multilateral engagement with bodies such as the UN, WTO and OECD.

All sessions are subject to change.