August 2012

BEC Member Activities

Consultation on Revised Sustainability Reporting Guideline

BEC organised an interactive workshop to discuss the updated sustainability reporting guideline, the/sites/default/files/enewsletter/G4-Exposure-Draft_0.pdf G4 exposure draft, which was issued on 25 June 2012 by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for public comment. The workshop saw around 50 members discussing the key changes between the G3.1 and G4, and obtaining insights and opinions around the challenges of fulfilling the new requirements. Members also expressed their views on whether BEC should respond to GRI’s public consultation document on behalf of its members.

Facilitated by Hendrik Rosenthal, Director – Policy & Research of BEC, the workshop had expert speakers Glenn Frommer, Chief Sustainable Development Manager of MTR Corporation, and Simeon Cheng, Group Environmental Manager of CLP Holdings. Two more consultation workshops will be organised by BEC to discuss areas of significant changes with its members towards the end of August. Don’t miss our event calendar for more information!

BEC Partnership Programmes

HSBC Living Business Capacity Building – A Green Ride to KMB Headquarters

How does Hong Kong’s largest bus operator practice corporate sustainability in its operation? Around 45 participants from small and medium enterprises found out the answer in a company visit to the Kowloon Motor Bus Headquarters and Lai Chi Kok Bus Depot on 6 July 2012. During the second capacity building event of the HSBC Living Business Programme, participants boarded the new EuroV bus, the latest green addition to the KMB fleet, to find out how the bus company adopts innovative technology to achieve environmental effectiveness and engine performance.

Green Delight in Estates

Aiming to raise environmental awareness in the general public, BEC partners with the Housing Authority, the Conservancy Association and Friends of the Earth (HK) in organising a large-scale community environmental programme “Green Delight in Estates”. From roving exhibitions and workshops on green living to collecting and recycling of food waste and glass bottle, BEC will organise a year-long series of sustained and in-depth educational activities in 10 selected public rental housing estates in the coming year. The programme will be officially kicked-off at a launching ceremony on 10 August 2012. Stay tuned for more updates on our newsletter!

Invitation to LOOP Labelling Scheme 2012

Are you working in a low-carbon office? Established to encourage Hong Kong companies and organisations to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from their office operations, World Wide Foundation (WWF) developed the Low-carbon Office Operation Programme (LOOP) in 2010. Offices wishing to be awarded LOOP certificate are required to uphold a 4C principle – Commit to act on climate change, Calculate GHG emissions generated from office operations, Cut down GHG emissions, and Communicate carbon performance internally and externally.

Applications are accepted all year round but verification by third party, such as BEC, only takes place from May to August of every year. Take action to become part of LOOP family now! For enquiry, please contact Konnie Yu (

BEC Activities

CCBF Research – The New Normal: A Hong Kong Business Primer on Climate Change

What will climate change do to your business – how can you prepare for it, mitigate its risks and even profit from it? Climate Change Business Forum is researching just these questions for a study tentatively entitled The New Normal: A Hong Kong Business Primer on Climate Change. In July, CCBF researchers collected views from six Hong Kong business sectors on climate change impacts and adaptation actions. Set to publish online in the fourth quarter, the study aims to build the case for climate change adaptation by raising awareness among Hong Kong corporations about how a changing climate can affect them.

Technical Seminar – The ZCB Story: Process, People and Performance

Hong Kong’s first zero-carbon building will be opened to public in the third quarter of 2012. In a technical seminar held on 2 August 2012 with The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Hong Kong Branch, about 40 people heard from MK Leung, one of the creators of the state-of-the-art eco-building, and found out how the integrated design and advanced technologies help achieve the seemingly impossible. From enhancing liveability in the outdoor environment to implementing indoor energy-efficient systems, the event gave participants the first glimpse of the greenest building in Hong Kong.

BEC Upcoming Events

August: Corporate Sustainability for Construction Sector

How does the construction sector implement corporate sustainability? What are the benefits and challenges? Join a briefing seminar in late August 2012 to find out more! As an activity of the year-long campaign “Moving the Construction Sector towards Sustainable Development”, the seminar will include industry best practices shared by the Construction Industry Council. Companies with a proven track record in implementing corporate sustainability will also share their success stories. We welcome you and your contractors or business partners to join the event.

For enquiry, please contact Sarah Choi (

BEC Upcoming Member Activities

14 September: BEC 22nd Anniversary Dinner

The 22nd Anniversary Dinner of BEC will be presented at Conrad Hong Kong hotel. As a major celebration of our success and progression, the annual dinner will also see BEC embark on new ambitious initiatives to contribute at the forefront of Hong Kong’s sustainable development. It will also be a special occasion to express gratitude and appreciation to our members providing continuous support, guidance and inspiration to the organisation. We welcome our members and their invited guests to join us for a night of enjoyment!

Click here for more details. If you are interested in making ticket or table reservations, please contact Ms Patricia Poon (

31 August: Industry Visit to Zero Carbon Building

Members of BEC can now enjoy an exclusive visit to Zero Carbon Building, Hong Kong’s first building with zero carbon emission, before its public opening. Located at Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, the three-storey building showcases advanced green building technologies and key design features, including carbon neutral, energy plus, climate positive and waste to energy. The green building shows society how low carbon living can become a reality.

For registration or enquiry, please contact Jun Ng (

21 September: Industry Visit to Lamma Winds

Check out Hong Kong’s first green energy wind power in action! Lamma Winds is not only the first commercial-scale wind turbine in the territory, but also an interesting educational showcase of renewable energy. Find out how the turbine generates clean electricity to our society and network with fellow BEC members. Reserve a seat in the industry visit to Lamma Winds now!

For registration or enquiry, please contact Jun Ng (

BEC Supporting Events

17 Sept Collaboration and Cooperation in Contracts for Hong Kong’s Expanding Infrastructure Conference
17 - 27 Sept Corporations and Communities Debates
22 Sept - 2 Mar 13 Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge 2012
27 Sept Feeding The World: Asia’s Prospect of Plenty Conference
15 - 19 Oct Work-Life Balance Week 2012
27 - 30 Oct Eco Expo Asia 2012
13 - 15 Nov InnoAsia 2012
29 Nov - 1 Dec Social Enterprise Summit 2012

BEC Members Update

Please join BEC in welcoming the following members:

Corporate Member
Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre

General Member
Shiu Wing Steel Limited
Sky Tech Recycling Limited
Green Dot International Limited