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Corporate Sustainability Summit



Join WWF-Hong Kong’s Corporate Sustainability Summit, happening on 27 November, as the global community continues to grapple with COVID-19, the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and our ever-growing ecological footprint.

The annual gathering of corporates and SMEs is a chance to share best practices and tap the latest insights on corporate sustainability issues.
 
This year’s theme “Our Planet: Too Big To Fail” is based on the successful Netflix documentary Our Planet, which shows the immense value of nature to the economy, the scale of the challenges we face, and the critical role that business can play.  It also focuses on the crucial role the finance sector plays, by exploring the risks of inaction, the impact of investing-as-usual, and the role the finance sector can play in powering a sustainable future.


“Corporate partnerships play a vital role in our work to influence the course of sustainability and conservation in Hong Kong and across the region. Our partnerships with the business sector aim to change behaviour and drive consumer results that would not be possible otherwise.” Peter Cornthwaite, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong 

 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion by leaders from the corporate, finance and conservation fields, who will explore ways these sectors can collaborate for a sustainable future where humanity and nature thrive.
 
To do so, businesses will need to follow five principles: (1) Zero carbon, (2) Minimise use of space (3) Restore ocean health, (4) Eliminate waste, and (5) Reimagine success.
 
Likewise, the financial sector must achieve five overarching goals: (1) Understand and minimise risk, (2) Declare and halt negative impact, (3) Consider all stakeholders in decision-making, (4) Seize new opportunities, and (5) Help rebuild a new system. 
 
The summit’s afternoon session will recognise our business partners from the Corporate Membership Programme (CMP), Low-carbon Office Operations Programme (LOOP), and Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme (LCMP), who collectively, avoid tens of thousands tonnes in carbon emissions each year.

So make your business part of the solution by attending the WWF Corporate Sustainability Summit, to be held at the Eaton Club in Central! 

Be sure to check out our corporate sustainability booths to equip yourself with the right tools to start your company’s journey towards sustainability!

Speaker List

Edward M. Ho

 
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Edward M. Ho
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Chairman, WWF-Hong Kong
Edward has been involved with WWF-Hong Kong since 2012, holding positions previously as a member of the Finance Committee and Development Committee before being appointed Chairman in 2014.

As a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in the financial markets and asset management industry, Edward has been bringing a wealth of financial expertise and commercial experience to the local non-profit community in Hong Kong. Apart from WWF, Edward holds other advisory roles including as a task force member of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund under the Commission on Poverty in Hong Kong, and as a board member of Grantham Hospital.

Joseph H. L. Chan, JP

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Mr Joseph H. L. Chan, JP
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Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury
The Government of Hong Kong SAR
Appointed in 2017, the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury has many years of senior executive experience in the banking industry. He was a Managing Director in the Global Markets Division of Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and was a Managing Director in Financial Markets of Standard Chartered Bank.

Prior to joining the Government, Mr Chan held multiple roles in several public and professional bodies, including Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts, Director of Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute, Advisor of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society, as well as a General Committee member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Mok

 
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Phillip Mok
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Vice-Chairman, Verde Holdings Ltd
Executive Council Member, WWF-Hong Kong

Philip Mok is co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Verde Holdings Limited, an apparel design and manufacturing company based in Hong Kong and China. Since its conception in 2001 the company has expanded rapidly, serving major international brands. Philip also serves as the President of Hong Kong Tennis Association and is a member of WWF-Hong Kong’s Executive Council.

Peter Cornthwaite

 
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Peter Cornthwaite, Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Hong Kong

Peter Cornthwaite joined WWF as CEO in June 2016 to steer necessary changes to policies, programmes and organisational direction, including transforming the Mai Po Nature Reserve into a 21st century nature classroom to enable our community to connect with nature and engage schools and youths in citizen science. Peter holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and sits on the board of Raleigh Hong Kong and is an external advisor to both Youth Outreach and Hong Kong Baptist University. He retired as Assistant Commissioner of Police in 2015 after 35 years of government service.

Grace Hui

Grace Hui 
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Grace Hui
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Head of Green and Sustainable Finance
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX)

Grace is the Head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) with responsibility for the development of HKEX’s green and sustainable finance programme. From 2013 to April 2020, Ms. Hui was the Chief Operating Officer of HKEX’s Listing Division.  Prior to joining HKEX, Ms. Hui was with UBS in various roles including Chief of Staff and Global Chief Operating Officer of UBS Legal & Compliance Department.  Ms. Hui is an Honorary Adviser and a member of the Inspection Committee of the Financial Reporting Council; a member of both the Regulatory Oversight Board and the Sustainability Committee of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and co-chairs the Market Development Work Stream of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agencies Steering Group established by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Securities and Futures Commission.

Irene N.Y. Chu

 
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Irene N.Y. Chu
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Partner, KPMG
Executive Council Member, WWF-Hong Kong

Irene is a Partner of KPMG China specialising in emerging businesses and life sciences industries. She started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in Hong Kong for 19 years. Irene is experienced in serving multinational and mainland Chinese companies that are private or listed in Hong Kong or U.S in audit and accounting advisory projects, and works with innovative and emerging companies across different industry sectors, and collaborates with Hong Kong governments, investors, universities and corporate entities to support and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem, new economy opportunities and the life sciences sector in Hong Kong.
 

Ben Ridley

 
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Mr. Ben Ridley, Deputy Global Head of Sustainability Affairs at Credit Suisse.
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Director, Sustainability Risk
Credit Suisse

Ben is a primary enabler to embed sustainability into the bank’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region through the design and delivery of business, operational and stakeholder initiatives. Ben is responsible for facilitating transaction-level environmental and social due diligence, and in helping clients develop their strategy and capacity to address key environmental and social challenges. With a background in ecology and environmental management, Ben has almost 30 years’ experience as a sustainability professional, including 15 years as project consultant on behalf of clients in multiple sectors. Ben is, inter alia, an Advisor to the Asia Impact Investing Fund I & II and a member of WWF-Hong Kong’s Conservation Advisory Committee.

Eric K Lee

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Eric Lee Corp Summit
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General Manager - Public Affairs MTR Corporation Ltd
Eric looks after stakeholder engagement, corporate responsibility initiatives as well as the coordination and champion of sustainability matters within the Corporation. 
 
Prior to joining the MTRC, Eric spent 15 years in the HKSAR Government, working at different bureaux and departments, including as assistant secretary in the Council for Sustainable Development between 2001 and 2004. He then assisted the Council to design a public engagement process, laying the foundation for the Council's formulation of the first sustainable development strategy for Hong Kong.  During his time there, Eric promoted the use of sustainable development assessment tools to government colleagues and advocated the inclusion of such assessment in decision-making processes. 

Simeon Cheng

 
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Simeon Cheng
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Group Director – Sustainability and Corporate Communications
Vitasoy International Holdings Limited

Simeon is Group Director – Sustainability and Corporate Communications is the Group Director of Vitasoy International Holdings Limited, an international food and beverage company publicly listed in Hong Kong. He is a sustainability professional with 25 years of experience leading the development of sustainability strategies and overseeing implementation in consultancy and corporate environments.

Prior to joining Vitasoy, he has served in environmental and sustainability leadership roles in MTR Corporation and CLP Holdings. He has spoken internationally on sustainability topics and has served in many external roles including being a board member on GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board between 2015/2016.

 

Sophia Kim

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Sophia Kim
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Managing Director
Head of Client Coverage Group Hong Kong & Korea and Head of Passive Sales APAC, DWS Group

Sophia joined the firm in 2008 with three years of industry experience at Goldman Sachs Asset Management as an Institutional Sales covering South East Asia and Korea. Prior to her current role, Sophia served as a fund structurer of db x-trackers ETFs and Systematic funds at Deutsche Securities Asia Limited covering APAC. She is currently responsible for the distribution of Passive Products in APAC. In addition, Sophia has been appointed as the Head of Client Coverage Group, Hong Kong & Korea distributing broad DWS capabilities across Active, Passive and Alternatives.

Laurence McCook

 
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Laurence McCook
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Head of Oceans Conservation, WWF-Hong Kong

Laurence works in science-based management and conservation of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. He has a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University, in Canada, and more than 30 years’ experience, including on coral reefs in Australia, Indonesia and the “Coral Triangle”, the Pacific and Caribbean, as well as temperate ecosystems. He has worked with government, academic research, non-government and industry sectors, and international bodies such as the United Nations. Laurence’s work in China aims to strengthen management of coral reefs and tropical marine habitats generally. He is particularly interested in using natural capital and ecosystem service accounting to redress the mistaken perception that human development comes at the cost of nature conservation.

Jean-Marc Champagne

 
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Jean-Marc Champagne
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Head of Environmental Finance, Asia-Pacific, WWF-Hong Kong

Jean-Marc advises institutional investors, lenders and underwriters on the financial and economic risks and opportunities related to climate change and environmental degradation issues, with the aim of shifting their financial flows toward sustainable investments. In addition, he originates and arranges commercially viable projects with environmental and conservation impact, either directly or via capital markets, with funding sourced from private as well as public institutions. Prior to WWF, he spent 17 years working for investment banks in New York and Hong Kong advising institutional investors.

2020 Programme Rundown

Time Content
10:00 – 10:10 Registration
10:10 – 10:15 Introduction by Master of Ceremonies
10:15 – 10:20 Welcome remarks by Mr Edward M. Ho, Chairman, WWF-Hong Kong
10:20 – 10:40 Keynote Speech
  • Mr Joseph H.L Chan , JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, The Government of Hong Kong SAR
  • Ms Grace Hui, Managing Director, HKEX
10:40 – 10:55 Film Screening: "Our Planet: Too Big to Fail”
10:55 – 11:10 Break
11:10 – 11:15 Speech by Mr Philip Mok, Member of the Executive Council & Chair of Development Committee, WWF-HK
11:15 – 12:00 Leadership Panel discussion
The role business and finance must play for a sustainable future

Facilitator:
  • Irene Chu, Partner, KPMG
Panelists:
  • Ben Ridley, Director, Credit Suisse
  • Eric K Lee, General Manager – Public Affairs, MTR Corporation
  • Simeon Cheng, Group Director, Vitasoy
  • Sophia Kim, Managing Director, DWS
  • Laurence McCook, Head of Oceans Conservation, WWF-Hong Kong
12:00 End of Event
 
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Time Content
14:00 Registration
14:15  Introduction by Master of Ceremonies
14:20  Welcome remarks by Mr Peter Cornthwaite, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong
14:25  Screening of "Our Planet, Too Big To Fail"
14:40 Film Wrap up by Jean-Marc Champagne
14:50 LOOP & LCMP Awards Presentation
15:20 Corporate Membership Programme Awards Presentation
16:00 End of Event
 
Register now
 
When: 27 November 2020

10:00-12:00 (am session)
14:00-16:00 (pm session)
 
Where: 5/F, Champion Tower
3 Garden Road, Central

See you there!