Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Swire Pacific

Sustainable Development Manager

Sam has over 10 years’ experience in business & corporate sustainability. At Swire Pacific, Sam is responsible for managing a Group Sustainable Development Fund, supporting trials and roll-out of cleantech innovation within the business. In addition to advising senior management of key developments and policies related to sustainable development, he is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy, SwireTHRIVE, with a focus on waste & circularity, and nature related impacts and opportunities through the setting of relevant targets and policies, and monitoring progress.

Sam has extensive experience on ESG disclosures, stakeholder engagement and strategy development. Prior to his role at Swire Pacific, he worked for Swire Coca-Cola and Finlays (B2B coffee & tea supplier) in commercial, logistics and sustainability roles. He also worked for the UN on climate and multilateral diplomacy topics. Sam is an MBA candidate at IE Business School in Madrid, holds two Master’s degrees including an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute Geneva, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford.

My Sustainability Goals for 2024:

I would love to see more private and public spaces taking on aspects of biophilic design in Hong Kong. Biophilia, the instinctual tendency to seek connection with nature, and urban forestry, build climate resilience and positively affect our wellbeing. I’d like to see a biophilia revolution in the city for humans and other animals to enjoy!