26 Apr 2017
Global Trends in CSR and Sustainability
A closer look at the CSR landscape, highlighting ways that businesses can take meaningful action
More companies in Hong Kong may be practising corporate social responsibility, but they still lag behind its counterparts in Asia, let alone Europe and North America. According to the Fourth Hong Kong SME Business Sustainability Index announced on 14 February 2017, while the overall average score was 66.02, on a 100-point scale, up 3.2% compared with the third Index in 2014, and up 13.2% compared with the first Index announced in 2012. The progressive improvement of SMEs in CSR and business sustainability over the past five years has been encouraging, although the standard deviation of 24.34 reflected that the gap between the top and bottom performers remained huge.
- Understand the global trends in CSR and Sustainability
- Understand the Hong Kong Business Sustainability Index
- Understand the landscape – which organizations or public bodies are involved, legal and social issues
- Reflect on how different stakeholders, including the business community, can improve the situation
- Suggest ways for businesses to take action
Richard WelfordmoreChairman, CSR Asia
Carlos LomoreDirector, Sustainability Management Research Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Fern NgaimoreCEO, Community Business
Chairman, CSR Asia
Richard is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has many years of experience in academia, pioneering courses and programs covering a range of issues including shared value, inclusive business, private sector engagement, supply chain risks, human rights and community investment.
Richard is also a Board Director of a number of other organizations including ERP Environment and is the Chairman AIDS Concern in Hong Kong.
Director, Sustainability Management Research Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
CEO, Community Business
Under Fern’s leadership, Community Business has expanded its products and services, established a subsidiary in India, and has launched the LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion Index, the first and only benchmark for workplace inclusion practices and initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in Asia.
Fern has been actively involved in and passionate about corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion, in her voluntary role as Board Director of KELY Support Group, a Hong Kong charity dedicated to supporting young people, and in her previous roles at Standard Chartered Bank.