People & Purpose Theatre

Competence Greenwashing: Contributing to Today’s Workforce Skills Gap

Day 1 : 15:50 – 16:40

According to a Reuters study in 2022, the number of Chief Sustainability Officers has more than tripled since 2021. And here in APAC, the number of green jobs has risen by over 30% in the last five years. Unfortunately, the skills and personnel needed to do these key jobs has not kept pace with demand, and we are experiencing global shortage of ESG talent and skills available globally to deliver on the green transition needed. This is leading to more executive playing up their knowledge, skills and experience on ESG and sustainability, a practice coined as “competence greenwashing.


  • Why competence greenwashing is a problem.
  • Which industries are fudging ESG skills?
  • What skills and competencies do people working in ESG need?
  • What is the future of ESG talent in Asia and in Hong Kong?

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