Technology, Aviation, Engineering & SciencesGeneral & Environmental Sciences
Certificate for Module (Sustainability Professionals)
證書(單元 : 可持續發展專業)
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- 06 Feb 2020 (Thu)
- 12 weeks
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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 do an assignment, a test and a group project.
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 assessment.
Ir Albert Lai
Ir Albert Lai is the Chief Executive Officer of Carbon Care Asia. He was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) the sustainability reporting standard-setting organization, representing the Asia-Pacific Region in the development of G3 sustainability reporting guidelines. He has led numerous local initiatives in the field of CSR and sustainability, including the leadership of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007), Copenhagen (2009) and most recently, Paris (2015). Albert Lai was founding Chairman of the Professional Commons and Director of The Conservancy Association and was a former member of the Commission on Strategic Development set up by the Hong Kong Government.
Mr John Sayer has a background in sustainability issues and human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. As Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong he helped shape and implement the first Oxfam International advocacy campaign on climate change (2008-2009). He has served on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative in the UK, helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chain policies with a focus on labour issues. He has also served on the advisory body of the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. In addition to being Research Director of Carbon Care InnoLab, he is a member of the Board of Carbon Care Asia Ltd. He is currently a Stakeholder Council Member of the Global Reporting Initiative. He holds a Master of Letters in Development Studies (University of New England.)
Mr Ringo Mak is Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd. He is also the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org.
Ringo is currently the Chairman of TOYPA TRUST; Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong; Executive Committee member of Golden Age Foundation; and an Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute. He was awarded an Outstanding Young Person in 1984, and became Chair of the Outstanding Young Persons Association in 2009.
Ms Chloe Mok is Director of Sustainability Strategy at CCA. She specializes in business advisory on sustainability strategies, sustainability reporting and carbon innovations across many sectors including property, manufacturing, garments and logistics. Prior to joining CCA, Ms Mok worked in corporate social responsibility programmes in both business and social sectors in Hong Kong and the mainland, serving in the multinational company Amway, the environmental NGO Friends of the Earth (HK) working on environmental protection and with the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) on stakeholder engagement. Ms Mok is a GRI certified sustainability professional.
Ms Xing Lan is the Associate Director (Sustainable Finance) in Carbon Care Asia Ltd (CCA). With more than 8 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors as a sustainability practitioner, she conducts quantitative analysis and quantitative simulation for sustainable solutions as well as financial analysis of green technologies. She has provided various carbon management, ESG reporting, and other sustainability consultancy services to leading conglomerates, property developers, garment, logistics and industrial manufacturers in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore.
Ms Lan holds a master’s degree in Environmental Measurement and Assessment from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and dual-bachelor degrees of Environmental Engineering & Finance from the Sichuan University in China.
As Principal Sustainability Consultant at CCA, Ms Bonnie Yip guides corporations in their journey to sustainability, specializing in sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining CCA, Bonnie worked with multinational retail brands, having established their supply chain compliance/sustainability programmes which included training, auditing and engagement initiatives. With experience in both in-house and consultancy roles, she is skilled at guiding corporates and collaborating with them in their sustainability management.
Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong, having graduated with distinction.
Ms Edith Yiu is Principal Sustainability Consultant of CCA. She has supported a number of corporations to develop sustainability strategies and reports. Prior to joining CCA, She was responsible for corporate communications, investor relations and corporate social responsibility in a listed telecommunication company in Hong Kong. With years of cross-sectoral commercial experience, she is skilled at guiding companies to integrate sustainability principles into their operations.
Ms Yiu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at the same university.
Dr Lindsay Mai
Dr Lindsay Mai is a sustainability practitioner and a public policy analyst with over nine years of experiences in conducting multiple research projects on decarbonisation pathways and governance of climate mitigation responses in cities in China and Europe. As the Senior Sustainability Consultant at Carbon Care Asia, Lindsay has been providing consultancy advisory to enhance the sustainability performance of over 30 companies listed in Hong Kong and Singapore. She has also designed and delivered teaching and learning modules for undergraduate and postgraduate students on environment and climate change in multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Policy Studies and Administration with First Class Honours and a PhD in Public Policy specialised in environmental governance from City University of Hong Kong. She has published a range of journal articles on the governance of sustainability and climate change action.
Ms. Winnie Law is Associate Director (Sustainable Development) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong where she is involved in development and implementation of programmes and projects in the field of sustainability. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in New Zealand Ms. Law is engaged in both urban and rural sustainable development issues.
Her main research areas are civic engagement, social impact assessment, and education for sustainable development. Ms Law is currently a Director of the Conservancy Association (the longest established local green group in Hong Kong) and the Conservancy Association Centre of Heritage. Winnie Law also sits on a number of HKSAR Government’s advisory committees including the Environmental Campaign Committee (Vice-Chairman, EE&CA Projects Vetting Sub-committee), Steering Committee for Restored Landfill Revitalisation Funding Scheme and Agricultural Products Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee. At the regional level, Winnie Law was commissioned by the EU and ENDP as a planning and social monitoring expert for their programmes in Vietnam. She also reviews books for Urban Policy and Research Journal (Taylor & Francis Inc) and reviews papers for Journal of Urban Planning International (China).
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