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NEWSLETTER June 2023 - HONG KONG ESG Club


With the new year underway, we would like to share some highlights of our Sustainable projects over 2022 and recap some of our achievements in the first half of 2023.

Webinars/Seminars

THINK ESG Limited hosted nine seminars to provide the latest ESG trends and insights. The webinar welcomed public participation, featuring renowned speakers, including individuals from the HK ESG Club, who are experts in a wide variety of subject matters. It was a success, reaching an average of 200 participants per webinar and an overall attendance of 1500 people across all seminars.


Webinar Highlights:

  1. Dr. William Yu & Dr. Angus Yip conducted a seminar covering HKEX’s latest guideline briefings, providing the new key performance index for climate change Target setting.

  2. Dr.Yu and Dr. Yip hosted a seminar covering sustainable and responsible investments and the Sustainable investment strategies of ESG funds, explaining some growth drivers of ESG funds.

  3. Mr. Gary Chan and Mr. Andy Yiu covered ESG Trends, carbon assets & tokenisation, exploring ESG in green finance, carbon assets and trading using blockchain tech.

  4. Ms. Judy Wong & Dr. Raymond Wong conducted a seminar on ESG Brand revolution and brand strategy, explaining How ESG leads brand revolution and how sustainable development benefits companies.

  5. Ms. Dilys Lam, Development Director from ICSD, hosted a webinar to explain the ESG rating market trend in detail and share her valuable insights on ESG rating.

Check out Webinar Lists for more details.


THINK ESG Limited - Highlights

THINK ESG Limited is a leading international organization that focuses on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. We have achieved great accomplishments in the areas of partnership and alliance in order to broaden the choices of ESG solutions to Club members, as well as showing support in the field of ESG education. Through its initiatives, THINK ESG Limited has made significant contributions to the advancement of sustainable development in many countries around the world.

The following highlight some of the company's successes and discuss how they have helped shape the future of ESG:


Partnership - Forbes Global Alliance





THINK ESG Limited is delighted to announce its official partnership with Forbes Global Alliance. Effective August 24th, 2022, this collaboration establishes THINK ESG Limited as a key global exchange platform under the prestigious Forbes Media Group.

The Forbes Global Alliance is Forbes Media Group's global exchange platform. It is committed to enhancing member services by providing diverse and rich online and offline services to cater to members' varied needs at various stages of their careers and lives. As the only official membership organisation in the Asia-Pacific region, it benefits from Forbes' global impact and cross-industry resources. Through its partnership with Forbes Global Alliance, THINK ESG Limited aims to support, advocate, and guide member companies in realising the full potential of ESG.

As a strategic partner of Forbes China and Forbes Global Alliance, we have sponsored the first "Forbes China Greater Bay Area ESG Economic Forum" at the St. Regis Shenzhen on April 14th, 2023.


THINK ESG's Articles on Corphub



THINK ESG Limited has utilized CORPHUB’s platform to share out market insights and publish articles on the CORPHUB platform.


Check out CORPHUB for more details


Funding Support for ESG Programs

In the past two years, Think ESG has continued to provide financial support to noteworthy education programs and offered discounts to our members participating in training related to green and sustainable finance in response to the new trend of developing low carbon and sustainable economy:

1. Lingnan University, Executive Training Programme (SET)


In 2022, Think ESG partnered with Lingnan University to offer their SmartCity Executive Training Programme (SET), which aims to introduce the planning, designing, and management of Smart Cities based on the ESG initiative and UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Check out website for more details


2. Chinese University, ESG Series: Sustainable Banking and Finance


THINK ESG also provided financial support with the recent CUHK’s, Offering the ESG Series: Sustainable Banking and Finance. The programme aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills in banking and finance to cope with our world's most pressing ESG issues through obtaining a solid knowledge of sustainability and understanding the trend and state-of-the-art development within ESG.


Check out website for more details


3. HKMA Advanced Executive Diploma in ESG Strategy and Innovation for Net-Zero


The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) is a non-profit-making organisation with a vision to be the leading professional organisation advancing management excellence in HK and the region.


Led by Dr. William Yu, HKMA continues to offer an advanced Executive Diploma programme in ESG Strategy and Innovation for Net-Zero. The programme's target audience is senior administrators, executives, and board members of organisations mandated to enhance ESG performance with measurable results toward Net-Zero.


Check out website for more details


4. Executive Certificate in ESG Planning (Certified ESG Planner CEP®)


Certified ESG Planner CEP® is a trade mark granted by International Chamber of Sustainable Development (ICSD)* and registered with the United Nations SDGs Knowledge Platform. (Registration No.: 39533). This designation can be used after your name and aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills to cope with the most pressing ESG issues in our world. CEP® holders are able to address sustainability problems and provide suitable advisory services.


Check out website for more details

Partnership - More Sustainable, More Profitable (MoSMoP) Project




This year, THINK ESG acted as a strategic partner for the More Sustainable, More Profitable (MoSMoP) project. Hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and the Centre for Business and Industry Transformation (CBIT) of the Nottingham Business School, the project empowers ESG-driven businesses to thrive more by making sustainability even more profitable.


As a team, THINK ESG proudly contributed a £160,000 grant, supporting co-creative workshops and "MoSMoP" models alongside renowned business leaders. A recent STJU Xuhui campus workshop supplemented the expertise of university experts and industry guests through enlightening speeches.


THINK ESG’s CEO, Andy Chan, delivered a speech to commemorate the launch of the three-year project, which aims to select 30 sustainable industry organisations that lead or aim to lead industry transformation, providing them with toolboxes and manuals needed to improve their businesses models, paving the way forwards for the sustainability industry.

World Green Organisation(WGO) - Highlights

The following highlight some of the WGO's successes and discuss how they have helped shape the future of ESG:


Partnership with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific -Sustainable Investing and ESG Conference 2022

The World Green Organisation (WGO), partnering with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), organised the third International Conference on Sustainable Investing and ESG Conference 2022.



Esteemed professionals covered topics including green finance, low-carbon technology, and climate policies. The ESCAP Sustainable Business Network initiative introduced the Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business, which was discussed at the conference. The conference, held in Cyberport on 1 and 2 December, received strong support from business magnates, industry specialists, and academics. In particular, ESCAP’s initiative urged private companies to tackle Sustainable Development Goals and lead the economy’s green transformation.


Mr. Tim Lui, Chairman of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), praised Hong Kong’s success in sustainable finance, stating that the SFC has been setting standards to encourage ESG principles, enhance transparency in corporate sustainability and climate-related information while addressing greenwashing in the industry.


Additionally, the SFC is working to develop Hong Kong as an international voluntary carbon trading market, reviewing the regulatory framework to ensure alignment with the Mainland goals.


Dr. Tientip Subhanij, Chief of Investment and Enterprise Development at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Dr. Tientip Subhanij, Chief of Investment and Enterprise Development at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, expressed concern over the carbon reduction process in Asia. She explains as the Coronavirus epidemic has now eased and countries have recently accelerated their economic recovery; carbon emissions are expected to rise and, as a result, exacerbate global warming.


Dr. William Yu, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Organisation


Dr. William Yu, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Organisation stated that establishing a cross-regional platform through the Asia-Pacific Green Deal for Business helps unite the public and private sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, connect green professionals from the political and business sectors, exert geographical synergies and promote green development in the Asia-Pacific region.


Dr. Yu also encouraged small and medium enterprises in the region to fulfil their social responsibilities and contribute to the development and environmental protection of ESGs. He reiterated, "To achieve global carbon neutrality as soon as possible, this will rely on the concerted efforts of the public and private sectors in all countries.

Green WALK Hong Kong 2022

The World Green Organization (WGO) partnered with Dah Sing Bank in their annual GreenWALK event to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce our carbon footprints.


This annual event takes participants on a scenic walk through Hong Kong’s Stunning countryside while highlighting the city's environmental challenges and initiatives. Walkers learned about waste management, conservation efforts, and sustainable transportation options.


In last year’s GreenWalk Hong Kong Campaign. WGO and Dah Sing Bank continued their annual tradition of promoting a healthier, low-carbon lifestyle by encouraging participants to walk more rather than take public transportation.


One highlight of this year’s campaign was the City Orienteering Competition Cum Carnival, which saw participants searching for sightseeing spots while tracking and translating the number of steps taken into measurable, real-world carbon reductions.


Through the ‘Dah Sing Bank 75th Anniversary Charity Challenge’, Dah Sing Bank donated $750,000 to five green charities selected by the ambassadors who recorded 250 million steps by the end of the campaign, significantly exceeding the target of 750,000 steps.

Sustainable Business Award 2021

From 2016 onwards, all the listed companies in Hong Kong are required to comply with the new ESG reporting guidelines to enhance business transparency on their social responsibility. This acts as an important incentive to urge those enterprises to develop a better sustainable development strategy.


To raise local businesses’ awareness of the importance of their contribution in ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), the World Green Organisation (WGO) has initiated an award scheme, namely The Sustainable Business Award to recognise corporations that have put efforts and contributions in the following assessment categories: Workplace Quality, Environmental Protection, Operation Practice and Community Involvement.


The World Green organisation hosted their seventh annual “Sustainable Business Award 2021” ceremony at the Cyber Arena on the 30th Nov 2022. The event celebrates companies that demonstrate excellence in ESG practices and has been widely supported by many listed and non-listed enterprises. In 2022, eleven corporations won the award and are now recognised as a “Sustainable Business” by a creditable and professional judging panel. We’d like to proudly highlight just a few of the winners for their efforts in leading the industry with ESG solutions.


Check out website for more details


WGO ESG Accelerator

In May 2023, WGO introduced their ESG Accelerator, a 3-month mentorship program based in WGO, Hong Kong, sponsored by ThinkESG. The program offers a platform for startups and investors committed to creating positive environmental, social, and governance impacts. Participants gain access to exclusive resources, mentorship, and funding opportunities to help accelerate their growth and scale their impact.


Check out website for more details


International Chamber of Sustainable Development (ICSD) - Highlights

The following highlight some of the ICSD's successes and discuss how they have helped shape the future of ESG:

Certified ESG Planner (CEP®) Course

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has adopted the ICSD-approved ESG Certified ESG Planner (CEP®) course as a 2-credit Earth Science course for full-time students.



Additionally, the SmartCity Executive Training course at Lingnan University also offers an optional module for students who want to pursue the path of the title of CEP®.


These courses aim to equip students with essential knowledge and skills to cope with the most pressing ESG issues in our world. CEP® holders can address sustainability problems and provide practical advice.

New Platform to share the latest ESG insights

Beginning in January, ICSD has been creating posts on Finance730 - a platform that provides in-depth knowledge on finance, real estate, investment, and financial analysis. Topics range from greenwashing and ESG insights to trending financial topics (such as a decrease in Tesla’s stock price) to the application of green technology in carbon neutrality.






























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