Seminar 3: Corporate sustainability: More than a fad?
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, JW Marriott Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm
Founder and Director
The Purpose Business
Ms Pat Dwyer is passionate about sharing her 20 years of sustainability leadership to help businesses in Asia thrive through responsible growth.
Before founding The Purpose Business, Ms Dwyer has led teams at Shangri-La Hotels and Ayala Land, setting standards in corporate sustainability. Her work includes firsts such as shark’s fin ban, DJSI listing, impact measurements and LEED developments.
Ms Dwyer serves on the World Economic Forum Council on Future of Environment & Natural Resource Security and coaches charities on strategic fundraising. She is an Asia Society Fellow and WEF Young Global Leader.
Ms Dwyer has a Master of Arts in Globalisation & Governance and certificates of completion for Transformational Leadership at University of Oxford and Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Roger Lee is the chief executive officer of TAL Group consisting of four different businesses.
TAL Apparel has become one of the largest apparel manufacturing operations in the world today. Employing more than 26,000 employees, across five countries and producing over 60 million pieces of garment annually, TAL supplies one out of every six dress shirts bought in the US with customers like Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Dillard’s, J.Crew, JCPenney, L.L.Bean, Michael Kors, Nordstrom and Thomas Pink. Formers US Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama have been known to wear shirts made by TAL for Brooks Brothers. The wholesale arm, The Apparel Group based in the US designs and manufactures branded and private labels and is responsible for over US$ 1.1 billion in annual retail sales.
Mr Lee is also an active board member on several US retail brands including Brooks Brothers, J. Hilburn and Zachary Prell.
Vice President, Communications and Sustainability
SAP Greater China
Mr Michael McComb leads the team at SAP Greater China looking after employee and executive communications, media relations, and social responsibility initiatives. He also leads the region’s environmental sustainability program. He is an American who has lived and worked in China for nearly 25 years. Originally trained as a journalist, Mr McComb has a range of corporate communications experience in strategic planning and research, brand strategy and design, media and communications. He has worked with agencies and consultancies, as well as in B2B and B2C corporate roles in technology, media, and financial services.
Head of Sustainability
New World Development Company Limited
Ms Ellie Tang is currently the head of sustainability at New World Group, where she leads the group’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, risk management, environmental management, and green financing initiatives. Also serving as the general manager – sustainability at K11 Group Limited, Ms Tang supports Hong Kong and Mainland China property projects from planning to customer experience design.
Previously, Ms Tang was the Asia Pacific coordinator of the “HSBC Water Programme”, a US$100m global partnership which invests in freshwater and sanitation projects to improve livelihoods. She also has experience in ESG strategy development and environmental management in the REIT sector.
Ms Tang graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She has worked in environmental and health policy research and UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit project advisory in the US.
Denise Tsang (Moderator)
Hong Kong News Editor
South China Morning Post
Ms Denise Tsang is an award-winning journalist with the South China Morning Post, with her journalism career built on covering business and Hong Kong local news. In her latest role as Deputy Hong Kong News Editor, she leads a reporting team focusing news and analysis of the city’s economic development and planning issues. She has won a number of regional and Hong Kong press awards and was a part-time lecturer on business journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.