FSDC Practitioner Speakers Series: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy for Hong Kong
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- Financial Services Development Council (FSDC)
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- 25Feb 2019 (Mon)18:30 - 20:20
- ADC 204, 2/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (access via the shopping arcade escalators through Exit A, Admiralty MTR Station) (M54547)
- Mr Pat-nie Woo, Partner, KPMG Mr Stephen Wong, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute Our Hong Kong Foundation Ms Mary Leung, CFA Head of Advocacy, Asia Pacific, CFA Institute
Mr Pat-nie Woo, Partner, KPMG
Pat is a Partner of Business Reporting and Sustainability at KPMG who oversees Corporate Social Responsibility as well as being a core member of the KPMG China Steering Committee on Climate Change & Sustainability (“CC&S”). He is also a member of the KPMG Global CC&S network. He has been active for over 10 years in the field of sustainable development. In his previous capacity as a director at Central Textiles, through his leadership Central Textiles was the first textile company in Asia to issue a Sustainability Report under the Global Reporting Initiatives (“GRI”) Guidelines in 2008. The report subsequently received an award from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”). Through his initiatives Central Textiles subsequently won the Gold Award for the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Award in 2012 and the Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence (“HKAEE”) – Manufacturing Sector in 2013. He also helped KPMG win the HKAEE Silver Award – Service and Trading Sector in 2017. For his contribution to the textile industry with regards to sustainability, Pat received the Young Industrialist of the Year award from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2009.
Mr Stephen Wong, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute Our Hong Kong Foundation
Mr Stephen Wong received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. Degree in East Asian Studies from Yale University. Since then, he worked for a number of global financial institutions, including as an Executive Director in UBS (London) and a Managing Director at RBS. Mr Wong’s public service includes various advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong Government, including Member of the Financial Services Development Council, Member of Task Force on Land Supply, Sub-committee Co-opt Member of the Sustainable Development Council, Member of Investment Committee of the Beat Drugs Fund, Member of Investment Sub-Committee of the Housing Authority, and Member of Feasibility Study Working Group of “Special Needs Public Trust”. Mr Wong is also active in community service. He is Chairman of the Clean Air Network, Vice Chairman of the Budget and Allocation Committee & Investment Committee Member of the Community Chest, and Executive Committee Member & Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Social Enterprise and Innovation Platform of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Mr Wong is also a part-time Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business.
Ms Mary Leung, CFA Head of Advocacy, Asia Pacific, CFA Institute
Mary is Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute. She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders to advance the wider CFA Institute mission. Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory and fund management. She joined from Coutts & Co, where she was Director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was Executive Director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high net worth individuals. Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She has been a CFA sharterholder since 1997 and speaks English, Putonghua and Cantonese.
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ESG investing is one of the fastest growing areas in recent years and has shifted from a niche area of investment into the mainstream. This is certainly an investment market segment that Hong Kong should put more focus on. While it is encouraging to see certain rules and initiatives in place to promote ESG reporting and integration, a strategy combining incentives and regulations needs to be developed to support the sustained development of the industry.
For this, the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) released a research report "Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy for Hong Kong" to present the value proposition for ESG integration. The report also sets out key recommendations to the Hong Kong Government and other regulators to provide more incentives for ESG integration.
FSDC is organizing a forum with industry experts to explain the ESG strategy covered in the report, and to share insights on how Hong Kong can stay competitive in the ESG investment spectrum.
This event qualifies for 1 CE under the guidelines of the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program.
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The forum will be deliveried in English.