SAR – Media OutReach – 19 December 2021 – Environmental, social and governance
(ESG) knowledge should form part of Hong Kong youth’s future skills development,
according to the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB).
Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (fourth from right, second row), Luanne LIM, Chairperson, the Hong Kong
Association of Banks (third from left, first row), and representatives from
banks visited the “ESG Community Promotion Booth”.
HKAB partnered with the Hong Kong Federation
of Youth Groups (HKFYG) in October to launch the “ESG Pioneer –
Farm-to-Community Project” (the Project), which allowed school educators and
students to dig into the rich experiential learning opportunity offered by
local organic farms. Through this
project, close to 300 students from 18 primary and secondary schools gained
first-hand experience about the agricultural industry and explored ESG best
practices in daily life.
Speaking at the closing ceremony
yesterday, Luanne LIM, Chairperson, the
Hong Kong Association of Banks, said, “ESG has become an inextricable part
of how banks do business. We are pleased
to be able to enrich our students’ real-world learning experience and help them
discover future careers, especially in the ESG fields. I would like to thank the Hong Kong Federation
of Youth Groups, our NGO partner, participating schools and volunteers from
member banks. The banking industry will
continue to work with different stakeholders to build a sustainable future for
WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region, Luanne LIM, and WAN
Man-yee, President, the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, officiated at the closing ceremony. Representatives from the participating schools and banks also shared
their takeaways from the project and expressed strong interest to continue to
promote ESG in schools.
Students were invited to visit the HKFYG
Organic Farm to learn farm operation, sustainable farming principles,
biodiversity and ecosystem. Forty participants
were nominated to receive in-depth training and organise three “ESG Community
Promotion Booths” in Fanling, Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan.
The project also supported the development
of specific ESG learning materials for students, which is expected to be the
first teaching material of its kind in Hong Kong.