The sustainability challenges we face are complex and fluid, and are shared across borders and industries. We believe in a coordinated, collaborative and holistic approach to drive positive change. BEC is committed to working with its members, the wider business community, the Hong Kong Government, and others in Hong Kong society to realise a sustainable economy. In this way, we are enablers within the sustainability ecosystem, working with different partners to build capacity and encourage the adoption of innovative practices and technologies through green collaboration, practical projects and advisory, using BEC as a green lab, and nurturing leadership.
We participate in the shared global agenda for sustainable development as a member of the wider global community. As we harness and augment the positive impact of our members and other partners in Hong Kong, we make direct and indirect contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). As a multi-stakeholder platform focused on sharing and enhancing knowledge, we have identified two overarching SDGs where BEC contributes the greatest value:
a. SDG 4*: BEC aims to expand and enhance sustainability knowledge in Hong Kong to encourage innovation and improve environmental practices and performance.
b. SDG 17#: BEC aims to be an “enabler” to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships for sustainable development.”
*BEC specifically contributes to achieving SDG 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
#BEC specifically contributes to SDG 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries; and SDG 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
Check out our latest Sustainability Report to understand how we enable sustainability.