Technology, Aviation, Engineering & SciencesGeneral & Environmental Sciences
Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professionals)
證書(單元 : 可持續發展專業)
CEF Reimbursable Course
- Study mode
- Start Date
- 14 Oct 2020 (Wed)
- Next intake(s)
- 12 weeks
- Course Fee
The Sustainability Professionals programme is designed for those working on all aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) planning in business and finance.
The programme will provide an understanding of the global ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, show the links to international and local sustainability standards and metrics, and follow this through to the practical challenges of materiality assessment and stakeholder consultation necessary for a company’s ESG report. From high level policy to practical detail, this programme will expose participants to the full range of issues related to sustainability stewardship and illustrate the practical risks and opportunities facing companies in cities like Hong Kong.
- Defining sustainability
- Sustainability and business
- The development of CSR: the triple bottom line, shared value and related concepts
- A critique of CSR
- Climate-related risks
- Social issues and economic impacts
- Foundational international agreements: Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement
Environment and development: synergies and trade-offs
- The business opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy
- Shareholders, stakeholders and society
- Business and the SDGs
- Unsustainable industries
- The sustainability challenge for cities
- City-level initiatives and case studies
- Town planning: housing and transport; production and consumption-based carbon footprints
- Case study on Hong Kong
- The drivers of sustainable finance
- Definitions and key principles
- The emergence of regional and national standards
- Opportunities of green finance in China and Asia
- Reporting principles
- Monitoring and verification.
- Reporting and measurement standards: GRI, SASBI, CDP, Science Based Targets etc.
- Local reporting standards and development trends: HK, China and Singapore
- Understanding carbon emissions and carbon footprint
- Carbon neutrality and how it works
- Business and pollution – air pollutants, waste and wastewater
- Effective use of resources
- The business case for diversity and equality
- Addressing child labour and forced labour issues
- Labour rights and labour standards
- Health and safety in the workplace
- Product responsibility – consumer health and safety, advertising, labelling and data privacy
- Supply chain management: environmental and social risks
- Combatting corruption
- Whistleblowing policies
- Identification of stakeholders
- Stakeholder mapping and engagement methodology
- How to determine materiality
- Materiality analysis and business implications
- Effective philanthropy vs. window dressing
- Relating community programmes to a company’s core business impacts
- Adding value and motivating staff: skills-based volunteering
- Supporting beneficial policy change
- Behaviour change, education and regulation
- The challenges and obstacles
- Personal self-reflection on the path to ‘making a difference’
- Good Life Goals and its link to SDGs
- A review of specific sustainability issues facing industries and sectors
- Logistics; real estate; manufacturing; property & construction; extractives; agribusiness & food; energy; the finance sector
- Manage the development of sustainability strategies and plans in compaines and organisations;
- Situate sustainability activities in the context of international, national and sub-national, plans, regulations and incentives;
- Explain business risks and opportunities stemming from the science and economics of sustainability;
- Explain the key sustainability challenges facing different business sectors;
- Evaluate key sustainability tasks related to stakeholder consultations, materiality, carbon auditing and other key reporting issues at company level.
Students are required to complete and pass all the assessments, including essays and presentation.
To be eligible for the award of the Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professional), student are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assessments.
Ir Albert Lai
Ir Albert Lai is the co-founder and CEO of Carbon Care Asia, a mission-driven sustainability consultancy dedicated to the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Ir Lai was the founding chair 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. Albert was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) responsible for the development of international sustainability reporting guidelines. He also served for many years on the judging panel for the ACCA HK Sustainability Reporting Award.
Mr John Sayer
Mr John Sayer is the Director of Carbon Care Asia. He has a background in sustainability, human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. He was the 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 Mr Sayer 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 and business development services as well as promotion of ethical supply chains among international companies doing business in Africa. He has served on the Board of the UK Ethical Trading Initiative helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chains. He also participated in the advisory body to the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. He was a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Stakeholder Council and a member of the Council’s Capital Markets Discussion Group from 2016 to 2019.
Since joining Carbon Care Asia in 2014 Mr Sayer has worked on green finance standards, green building standards, ESG reporting and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate reporting.
Mr Ringo Mak
Mr Ringo Mak is the Programme Advisor of CarbonCare InnoLab, an independent community NGO dedicated to expanding the circle of people active on climate change innovation, education and action, with a strong focus on youth and students.
Mr Mak is also the Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd., a social innovation company that focuses on supporting social startup as well as the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org.
Mr Mak is currently the Chairman of TOYPA TRUST (The Outstanding Young Persons' Association); Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong, and Golden Age Foundation; Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute; Director of Leap Community. He advises on a number of social enterprises such as: Urban Spring, Food Grace, Maker Bay.
Ir Dr Shelley Zhou
Ir Dr Shelley Zhou is the Expert Advisor at Carbon Care Asia. As a dedicated sustainability professional, she has over 15 years’ experience in corporate sustainability, environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, she was Chief Executive of the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation responsible for driving innovation business development and research projects in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she helped establish the sustainability function of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been in charge of delivering the Club’s strategic sustainability performance and reporting for seven years.
Ir Dr Zhou holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She is a Certified Carbon Audit Professional (CAP), a LEED Green Associate, a BEAM Professional and a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the HKUST.
Ir Dr Zhou actively engages with non-governmental organizations and professional associations. She is currently a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers (HKAEE) and a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) Environmental Division. Previously, she was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (Hong Kong Chapter), a co-opt member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Public Education, and a core member of the Hong Kong delegation to COP13 held by the UNFCCC in Bali in 2007.
Ms Chloe Mok
Ms Chloe Mok is the Director of Sustainability Strategy at Carbon Care Asia. She specializes in business advisory on sustainability strategies and reporting, sustainability learning, carbon innovations and sustainable finance. She has solid experience in both business and social sectors locally and in mainland China. She served in the multinational company Amway in corporate social responsibility programmes, non-profit making organization Friends of the Earth (HK) on environmental protection projects and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) on stakeholder engagement.
Ms Mok is a GRI certified sustainability professional and has been leading over 100 sustainability projects for a variety of listed companies, ranging from leading industrial conglomerates and property developers, garment enterprises to global logistics service providers and medical equipment manufacturers.
Dr Winnie Law
Dr Winnie Law is the Deputy Director and Principal Lecture at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development, community planning and environmental management. She also works with a team of researchers and conducts policy research, action research and knowledge exchange projects on rural revitalization, social innovation, community engagement and corporate sustainability. Dr Law has been a director of the Conservancy Association since 2005 and has served on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including Advisory Council for the Environment. At the regional level, Dr Law was commissioned by the EU and UNDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their city planning and environmental management programmes in Vietnam. Dr Law was one of the invited speakers for the first TedxTongChongSt’s series on Hacking the Future and delivered a talk on Future of Sustainability in 2019.
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證書 (單元 : 可持續發展專業)
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