The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of sustainability to investors, causing both short and long term ESG strategy changes. Sustainability efforts should not be limited to a particular product, service, or business as all aspects of the company can be used to promote sustainability, even certain financial devices.
For example, Sustainability Linked Loans (SLL) offer discounts that can be applied to each Key Performance Indicator (KPI) that is met. One such KPI is the CO2 reduction target, which aims to keep global temperatures below a 1.5 degree increase.
The emergence of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is the latest attempt to bring about specific measures (a set of 17 goals and 169 targets) and a series of integrated steps that aim to tackle the world’s biggest social and environmental issues. The SDG have been officially adopted by all 193 UN members. Using SDG to craft company’s ESG Identity which make company future-proof for sustainability, philanthropy, and public social impact.
Businesses cannot survive without customers and future generations, such as Gen Z, are about to become the largest market segment. The latest statistics show that 92% of Gen Z customers consider sustainability highly. They prefer brands that actively support sustainability issues and are willing to switch brands and pay more for sustainably-sourced items.
This year’s Executive ESG forum theme is
“Reimaging the new normal sustainably: achieve it smartly”
Forum events will be on the following topics:
Reporting: New ESG Requirement updates and trends.
Repositioning: Paradigm shifts can be positive and create powerful changes in
ESG/Sustainability. Three shifts are analysed:
- From current to future markets.
- From a budget fundraising to a self-financing centre.
- From ESG to SDG perspective.
Recognition: Strategic ways to show your company’s commitment to
sustainability, philanthropy, and social impacts.
Dr. Darwin Chen, SBS Emeritus President, UNESCO Hong Kong Association
9:00am Registration & People-Centric ESG Alignement Self-exercise
9:15am to 10:30am Speak Individually
10:30am to 10:50am Break & Networking
10:50am to 11:00am SDG World Record Presentation
11:00am to 11:45am Panel Discussion
11:45am to 11:55am Q&A
11:55am to 12:05pm Social Endorsement Label Presentation
12:05pm to 12:20pm Key Findings of Sustainability Preferences of Future-Gen Customers
12:20pm to 12:30pm Takeaways
1) People-Centric ESG Alignment Tips
2) ESG Game Changers (e)Book
The Executive ESG Forum 2021 (face to face) will be held on 31th March 2021 (Wed) at the 4/F Conference, HKPC Building (Kowloon Tong) from 9:00am to 12:30pm. Cantonese/English (simultaneous interpretation upon request). The event is by invitation only.
Donation for Peace – SocietyNext Foundation will donate to UNESCO HK Association Global Peace Centre for each forum participant. Selected SDG World Records will be presented at the event.
To learn more about the executive forum, please contact at us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or our professional services partners.
Institute of International Sustainable Development