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To help the sustainability reporters in Hong Kong to adopt GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Framework more efficiently and effectively and to help the Hong Kong listed companies to prepare for the upcoming upgrade of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report issuance level from “voluntary” to “comply or explain” by the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), we co-organized the first GRI Reporters Meeting in Hong Kong with GRI Regional Hub China on 16 November 2015. The meeting was well received by sustainability practitioners from a variety of industries, including, property management, printing, conglomerate, financial service and etc.

Feedback from the majority of meeting participants welcomed the theme presentation session by SGS and GRI where SGS shared tools for reporting quality enhancement and GRI explained the programs and services available for reporters in the different stages of the reporting process, as well as introduced the upcoming linkage document between G4 and the new HKEx ESG Reporting Guide. They also appreciated the case sharing session by experienced GRI reporters. The information and knowledge share had provided meeting participants with insightful and inspiring content that enables better reporting as well as tools and guidance to tackle the EGS Reporting challenge. In the panel discussion session, our meeting gathered a diverse group of experts from HKEx, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong Airport Authority, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and SynTao Co., Ltd.

The discussion on “How to embrace the new challenges and enhance the value of ESG reporting?” addressed some key issues in reporting, from the effectiveness in stakeholder engagement, the credibility of reports and better quality data, to the use of sustainability information and the global and regional trend in greater transparency and accountability among businesses. The participants enjoyed the meeting and expressed their interests in supporting sustainability-related events as such continuously.

To find more information about the meeting content, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Zonta Yung (E-mail: zonta.yung@sgs.com , DL: 852-3543 7997)