Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

Prioritising Climate Governance in the Boardroom

Day 1 : 12:35 – 13:25

While much of today’s focus on ESG is around the big environmental and social stories, investors and regulators consistently and intrinsically regard the “G” as the foundation of ESG. In the face of evolving climate challenges in particular, ensuring effective climate governance is critical for corporates to drive a smooth climate and net-zero transition. But what does it mean to have sound climate governance?


  • Why is climate governance a responsibility of the boardroom? Why is it important to have effective climate governance in place?
  • How are the boards of leading businesses prioritising climate considerations and strategically integrating them into boardroom agenda and governance structures?
  • What are some tools that boardrooms are using to steer climate risks and opportunities for the long-term resilience of their organisations?
  • Should executive compensation be linked to specific targets related to climate change? How to assess the suitability and measure the effectiveness of climate-based performance incentives?

Post-Event Actions

  • Gain insights on how climate risks and opportunities are being prioritised, reframed and addressed at the board level
  • Rethink the governance mechanisms your company is implementing or planning to implement to mitigate climate change and other major sustainability risks


Anthony Cheung

Steering Committee Member

Anthony is the Head of ESG at Polymer Capital and serves on the Climate Governance Initiative HK Steering Committee, responsible for driving sustainable investment and climate transition via corporate engagement. He also serves as a Supervisory Board Member of World Benchmarking Alliance and Deputy Chairman of the HKIoD Training Committee.

Jonathan Lloyd

Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Jonathan joined Jardines in January 2018 and has taken a leading role in the development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy over the past three years. He spent many years as a lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the UK, Europe and Asia, before joining Tesco, the leading international retailer, in 2005, where he led engagement with investors on ESG matters.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

HK government taking effective steps, including developing appropriate policies, to drive businesses to act ambitiously on climate change, transform for more circular economies and support more inclusive communities.

Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment

Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist at Institute for the Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Center for Global Management. She serves on the boards of CDP Worldwide, Global Maritime Forum, New Forests Pty Limited, and Towngas Smart Energy. She is a published author of many academic and popular works; her latest book is on COVID-19 from a global governance perspective.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

To help inform the gap of knowledge between science, policy and finance with respect to sustainability.

Agnes KY Tai

Chief EC.ESG Investment Strategist

Agnes has held senior roles in the financial community over the past 43 years, including being Co-Founding Director of Peregrine Asset Management (HK) in 1991, and is a former SFC-licensed Responsible Officer (RA 4 & RA 9).

Agnes holds certifications in Climate Designation (Competent Boards), Sustainability and Climate Risk (GARP), Financial Risk Manager (GARP), ESG Investing (CFA UK), CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association), and a Palladium Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certificate.

She is a Governing Board member of Climate Governance Initiative working closely with World Economic Forum, Steering Committee member of Climate Governance Initiative Hong Kong Chapter, an Expert Review Panel member for the MTR Corporation sustainability reports, an Advisory Board member of Asia Climate Forum, an ESG judge for the Benchmark Funds of the Year Awards.

She has a PhD from HKUST with dissertation titled “Do carbon risks matter for Hong Kong equity prices?”

May Tan

Independent Non Executive Director

Ms May Siew Boi TAN was an Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and its Chief Executive Officer from July 2014 to February 2017.

In 2016, Ms May TAN was the Chairwoman of The Hong Kong Association of Banks.

Currently she sits on several corporate and charity boards in Hong Kong including Link Asset Management and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Nomination Committee of the Manager. In June 2017, she joined the Board of MSIG Insurance HK Limited. In terms of charity boards, May is on the Board of Oxfam HK and the HK Youth Arts Foundation.

At Standard Chartered May was instrumental in encouraging diversity & inclusion and started the Women’s Network in Hong Kong before she became the Executive Sponsor of the bank’s Global Women’s Internal Network for 5 years. She was awarded the AMCHAM 2014 Professional Woman of the Year.

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