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SGS introduced strategic sustainability benchmark tool and used SGS performance as a case study to show how to integrate the tool in the business.

Business Sustainability Conference 2019

With the aims of providing academic and industrial knowledge on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) application as well as facilitating exchange of ideas and the best practices among practitioners across industries, SGS supported The Centre for Business Sustainability (CBS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to co-organize Business Sustainability Conference 2019 and The 4th Hong Kong Business Sustainability Indexes (HKBSI) Recognition Ceremony on January 7, 2019 (Monday). The event attracts more than one hundred participants from different sectors including property development, telecommunications, energy, environmental consultancy, education and so on.

During the conference in the morning session, Professor Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Professor Carolyn Egri, Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program of Beedie School of Business of Simon Fraser University in Canada and Professor Carlos Lo, Director of CBS of CUHK represented the academic sector to share their views on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), global trends of CSR and CSR actions and corporate financial performance of the HKBSI companies.

After that, Mrs. Mei Ng, the Chairperson of Friends of the Earth (HK) shared a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) perspective of CSR. With the growth of sustainability awareness, Mr. Anthony Cheung, the Managing Director of the Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing of Hamon Investment Group demonstrated CSR assessment and ESG investment models.

Following this topic, Ms. Miranda Kwan, the Director of Certification and Business Enhancement (CBS) of SGS introduced Strategic Sustainability Benchmark Scheme (SSBS) and used SGS performance as a case study to show how to integrate the tool in the business.

CUHK Prof.Carlos Lo & SGS Miranda Kwan
Professor Carlos Lo, Director, CBS, CUHK & Ms. Miranda Kwan, Director, SGS took a photo during the conference

The conference is concluded with a panel discussion involving the sustainability practitioners of CLP Holdings Limited, HSBC Holdings PLC, MTR Corporation Limited and The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited. It is a practical session that the commercial sector can learn what the top five companies of 4th HKBSI have been doing to achieve great performances.

In the conference luncheon, a ceremony was held successfully to congratulate and recognize the top 20 companies of the 4th HKBSI. Since the launch in 2015, the HKBSI motivates companies to adopt CSR as a progressive business model to achieve business sustainability while making positive impacts on the society with the use of VPI (Value-Process-Impact) model as the assessment tool. It is our honor to celebrate this great achievement with the top companies together.

Business Sustainability Conference 2019 HKBSI Top 20 companies
A group photo of the 4th HKBSI top 20 companies

About SSBS

SSBS is a joint effort between the Centre for Business Sustainability, CUHK Business School (CBS) and SGS Hong Kong Limited (SGS), leveraging on the expertise of CBS's recognized business sustainability research methodology and framework, and SGS's independent assessment. Upon such strong synergy, SSBS provides a robust but simple tool to gauge companies’ business sustainability performances with the adoption of VPI (Value-Process-Impact) model.

After the completion of benchmarking, an organization will benefit from achieving continuous improvement on sustainability, gaining objective evaluation of performance comparing to other organizations, strengthening CSR risk management and obtaining insight on incorporating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into sustainability with reference of the benchmark report. The following items will also be provided for corporate image enhancement and promotion.

  • Certificate
  • Scheme Logo
  • Rating Symbol

Contact SGS now for any enquiries.