With the right approach, ESG reporting can become a strategic tool for future-proofing your business.
This year’s conference will examine ways in which ESG reporting can become a process for stress-testing and action planning to ensure your business is well prepared for the environmental, social and governance challenges on the near horizon.
Investors, lenders and insurers have flagged up a range of legal, policy and reputational risks faced by businesses when they fail to identify and report the impact of climate change. Physical risks to assets, particularly buildings, are created by both acute and chronic effects of changes to weather patterns.
To align business with national efforts on social and environmental action, many companies are linking ESG reporting directly to Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will introduce this global trend.
Date and Time: 1 December 2017 (Friday) 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Venue: Owners Box, 2/F & 3/F, Members Stand 1, Happy Valley Racecourse, HK
Language: The conference will be conducted in English with the exception of two afternoon workshops which will be facilitated in Cantonese.
Registration deadline: 24 November 2017 (Friday)
(Seats are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.)
Wide-ranging inputs and varied perspectives from business and government leaders
Insightful discussions and critical debates on both immediate practical issues and a look to the future
Unrivalled networking opportunities with top professionals in the industry
Get inspired by leading thinkers on ESG reporting and green buildings
9:30 Welcoming Remarks by Mr Chong Chan Yau, Board Chairman, Carbon Care Asia
9:35 Keynote Speech by Mr K S Wong, GBS, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government
9:45 Opening Speech by Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
10:00 Scene-setting by Ir Albert Lai, CEO, Carbon Care Asia
“Climate risks for buildings and infrastructure: the impact on Hong Kong in future climate scenarios”
by Mr Edwin Lai, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Observatory, HKSAR Government
“Green buildings beyond efficiency: global demands on climate resilience from investors, lenders and insurers”
by Mr Andy To, Managing Director, North Asia, U.S. Green Building Council & Green Business Certification Inc.
“Assessing ESG in credit analysis: cases studies for listed companies”
by Mr Ivan Chung, Associate Managing Director & Head of Greater China Credit Research & Analysis, Moody’s Investors Service
“License to operate: why ESG reports are public concerns”
by Ms Kalina Tsang, Head of Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan Programme, Oxfam Hong Kong
“UN Sustainable Development Goals: a global framework for business innovation”
by Mr Wilson Ang, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Singapore
“Update from COP23: Corporate Action on Sustainable Development Goals”
by Mr John Sayer, GRI Stakeholder Council member and Director, Carbon Care Asia
Panel Discussion with Q&A
14:00 CarbonCare® Label 2017 Award Ceremony
Keynote speech by Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government
Presentation of CarbonCare® Label Awards
Keynote speech by Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong
Joint announcement on new Climate Label by CCA and U.S. Green Building Council
15:30 Networking refreshment
16:00 Interactive Workshops (in parallel)
Workshop 1*: ESG Reporting Clinic – Expert sharing on how to overcome bottlenecks and enhance reporting quality in compliance with the tightened HK Stock Exchange ESG Guide for 2018
Workshop 2: Corporate Action on the SDGs – Latest international trends on how to integrate corporate development plans with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Workshop 3*: Climate Resilience for Safer Assets – Practical methodology on how to assess climate vulnerability and identify adaptation measures for buildings in an urban context
17:30 Event ends
* The conference will be conducted in English with the exception of Workshops 1 and 3 which will be facilitated in Cantonese.
Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, HKSAR Government
Mr Yau assumed the post of the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development on July 1, 2017. His portfolio covers policy areas from trade, commerce to telecommunications and broadcasting, and from promotion of creative industries, intellectual property and consumer protection to boosting inward investment and tourism development.
Mr Yau has his full career in the public service. Before taking up the current post, Mr Yau was the Director of the Chief Executive's Office from 2012 to 2017, assisting the Chief Executive in formulating policies and setting policy goals and priorities. He was the Secretary for the Environment from 2007 to 2012, overseeing policies on environmental protection, energy, nature conservation and sustainable development.
Mr Yau started his civil service career as an Administrative Officer in 1981. During his long service as a civil servant, he held various positions, including Director of Information Services, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry as well as Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, DC, USA.
Mr Yau graduated from the University of Hong Kong. He received further education at Oxford University and at Harvard University.
Mr KS Wong, GBS, JP
Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government
Mr KS Wong is an architect by profession and has been promoting sustainable built environment since 1990s. He was Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Green Building Council and Chairman of the Professional Green Building Council, contributing to the development of local standards and guidelines for a sustainable built environment.
Before joining the SAR Government, Mr Wong has contributed to the work of a number of Government advisory bodies. In particular, he was actively involved in the public engagement processes of the Council for Sustainable Development. He was the convener of the Support Group on “Combating Climate Change: Energy Saving and Carbon Emissions Reduction in Buildings”. He was also a member of the Support Group on “Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment”.
Mr Wong was an Architecture graduate of The University of Hong Kong. He received further education on sustainable built environment from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has been appointed as the Secretary for the Environment of the HKSAR Government since 1 July 2012.
Prof Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong
Professor Peter Mathieson is the fifteenth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong. He was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College in 1978 and qualified from the University of London with First Class Honours in 1983. He obtained a research training fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to study at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992.
He then became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After a further MRC fellowship he moved to Bristol in 1995 as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust.
Prof Mathieson was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999. Between 2003 and 2007 he chaired the Research Grants Committee of Kidney Research UK. He was a member of the Renal Association Clinical Trials committee from 1996 to 2007 and Chairman between 2000 and 2003. In 2007 he was elected as President of the Renal Association (the youngest in its history) and also became Head of the University Department of Clinical Science at North Bristol. In the same year he was appointed as Director of Research & Development for the North Bristol NHS Trust. He served the full three year term as President of the Renal Association and remained a Trustee for a further two years as Immediate Past-President.
In 2008 Prof Mathieson was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bristol. Following the formation of Bristol Health Partners, he was appointed as the founding Director in May 2012, a role which he undertook alongside the role of Dean.
Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, GBS, JP
Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges joined The Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1998 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2007. Under his leadership the Club has undergone significant transformation, developing its customer-centricity, more than quadrupling its regular charity donations, and raising the quality and profile of Hong Kong racing to a world-class standard. He is a Board Member of the Community Chest and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association. Internationally he serves as Vice Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the world's highest thoroughbred racing authority, and is Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation.
Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges grew up in Germany, where he developed a passion for horse racing, breeding and ownership. A graduate from the University of Cologne in Economics, Finance and Statistics, he was a Board Member of the German Jockey Club for 10 years, serving as CEO for six years.
Ir Albert Lai
CEO, Carbon Care Asia
Ir Albert Lai, the CEO of CCA, has been involved with green solutions and environmental organizations throughout his career. He was the founding chairman of the Professional Commons and the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development. He is a Director and past Chair of the Conservancy Association, the first non-government environmental group established in Hong Kong in 1968. He led the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and was also co-leader of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007) and Copenhagen (2009) and led the HK NGO delegation to the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December 2015. Ir Lai was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) responsible for the development of international sustainability reporting guidelines.
Mr Edwin S.T. Lai
Assistant Director, Hong Kong Observatory
Mr Edwin S.T. Lai joined the Hong Kong Observatory in 1986 and was appointed Assistant Director in 2012, looking after the development, research and administration of the department. He has rich experience in operational forecasting, the development of operational forecasting systems, tropical cyclone analysis and research, public weather services (including more than 20 years as presenter in TV weather programmes), climate services and studies.
Mr Lai is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Meteorological Society and a Fellow and Chartered Meteorologist of the Royal Meteorological Society since 2005. He is also experienced in international consultancy, working under both the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee.
Mr Lai obtained a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lancaster, and a M.Sc. in Meteorology from the University of Reading, UK.
Mr Andy To
Managing Director, North Asia, U.S. Green Building Council & Green Business Certification Inc.
Mr Andy To is the Managing Director, North Asia, of the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. based in Shanghai. Mr To has more than 20 years of experience in the property and asset management industry, with a particular focus on properties and facilities management in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and various second-tier cities in Mainland China. Prior to joining the US Green Building Council, Mr To was the Managing Director, Asset Services Greater China of CBRE; Property Management Director of Shanghai Apong Realty & Investment Corporation; General Manager of Kerry Property Management (Beijing) Limited and MegaBox Development Limited, and General Manager of Sino Estates Management Limited in Hong Kong.
Mr Andy To is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building, UK; corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, UK and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Housing.
Mr To holds a MSc degree in Real Estate from the University of Hong Kong and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Hong Kong Shue Yan University.
Mr Ivan Chung
Associate Managing Director & Head of Greater China Credit Research & Analysis, Moody’s Investors Service
Mr Ivan Chung is an Associate Managing Director based in Hong Kong, heading the Greater China Credit Research and Analysis team. In his role, Mr Chung leads his team in the analysis and research of evolving credit trends in China and of the developing onshore and offshore RMB bond markets.
Mr Chung also plays a key role in developing Moody’s analytical frameworks and research for China’s Local Government Financing Vehicles (LGFVs) and contributes to the analysis of Chinese regional and local governments.
Mr Chung first joined Moody’s in 1997, and has held senior analytical positions both in Moody’s Corporate Finance Group and Project and Infrastructure Finance Group, covering key state-owned enterprises in various industries, utilities, transportation and infrastructure. Before rejoining Moody’s in 2006, he held executive positions in the credit rating and banking industries.
Mr Chung holds a BBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MA from City University of Hong Kong. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Ms Kalina Tsang
Head of Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan Programme, Oxfam Hong Kong
Ms Kalina Tsang has worked for Oxfam Hong Kong since 2002, and is now the Head of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Programme. She is the major spokesperson and advocate of Oxfam campaigns in Hong Kong addressing both local and global poverty issues. She was also the lead of the agency on private sector issues with Oxfam International. Over the past decade, she pioneered ESG research and advocacy work on the Hang Seng Index Constituent Companies, garment sector, food and beverages and agricultural products sector etc. in Hong Kong for pro-poor development. She led the teams to contribute to impressive pro-poor policy change on issues like the ESG disclosure requirement of Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the establishment of the first poverty line in HK, new subsidy scheme for low-income families, minimum wage legislation for the working poor and Chinese language education programmes for deprived ethnic minorities’ children etc. Ms Tsang also contributed to Oxfam global campaigns such as “Make Trade Fair”, “Behind the Brands”, “GROW” and “Food Justice”, as well as the latest “Inequality Campaign”.
Ms Tsang holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Social Work and Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has been social work student supervisor and lecturer in various universities in Hong Kong and a community organizer in the Hong Kong Society for Community Organization.
Mr Wilson Ang
Executive Director, Global Compact Network Singapore
Mr Wilson Ang is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Singapore. He holds a Master’s degree in Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. He began his sustainability journey as the founder and President of a local non-profit organization, ECO Singapore, which has since engaged some 60,000 youths in Singapore.
Over the last 10 years, Mr Ang has held several appointments with expansive portfolios, serving on various national, regional and global boards. He believes the only way to create a better planet for human survivability is for every individual to take responsibility for their own actions by being more conscious about daily choices in consumption habits. He also hopes to create 10,000 green jobs through working with the people, private and public sectors.
Mr Chong Chan Yau, MBE
Board Chairman, Carbon Care Asia
Mr Chong Chan Yau has experience in international development, poverty reduction and humanitarian work. He is a leader in the field of equal opportunities, disability and inclusive education. Mr Chong has worked in government, academia as well as NGOs and business. He served in the Hong Kong Government as an administrative officer, worked as Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development. Mr Chong is active in promoting civil society in Hong Kong. He is Vice-Chairman of The Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and President of the Hong Kong Blind Union. He has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Subcommittee of the Council for Sustainable Development, which is an advisory committee to the Hong Kong SAR Government on sustainability issues.
Mr John Sayer
Director, Carbon Care Asia
Mr John Sayer has a background in sustainability issues and human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. Mr Sayer was Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre working on information technology, labour rights and workplace health and safety before joining Oxfam Hong Kong in 1991 as Program Director and then Executive Director. In 2001 he moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, a development agency working on market-based solutions for small-scale producers in Africa through business development services, and the promotion of ethical trade among international companies doing business in Africa. In 2006, he returned to Asia and re-joined Oxfam Hong Kong as Director General until 2013.
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