Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

CGj finds that changes to both recruitment practices and corporate culture will be required if companies hope to adapt to the new higher expectations regarding diversity and inclusion performance. Companies’ diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies and practices...
Climate action: a practical guide

Climate action: a practical guide

CGj reviews a recent Institute webinar that offered practical recommendations for organisations on how to address the complex and urgent issues surrounding climate change. Globally, developments relating to climate change and sustainability reporting have been coming...
Charting a net-zero roadmap

Charting a net-zero roadmap

Companies are under mounting pressure to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Angus Chan, Vice-President, Head of ESG Solutions for Greater China, Alliance Advisors, gives some guidance on how the net-zero transition can be achieved. Escalating and ubiquitous...
Sustainability disclosures: towards a global standard

Sustainability disclosures: towards a global standard

This article highlights key features of the proposed sustainability disclosure standards issued by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) for consultation in March this year. On 3 November 2021, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)...
CGj June 2022 (pdf version)

CGj June 2022 (pdf version)

Diversity and inclusion – A strategic perspective Click here or on the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
The silence of good people – Whistleblower protection in Hong Kong

The silence of good people – Whistleblower protection in Hong Kong

Building an effective whistleblower framework is a little more complex than setting up a complaint hotline for employees. CGj takes a look at a critical component of such frameworks that has received too little attention in Hong Kong – whistleblower protection. The...
ESG and venture capital – portfolio management in practice

ESG and venture capital – portfolio management in practice

In the second and final part of their article, ESG consultants Theodora Thunder and Dr Glenn Frommer look at the specific application of ESG strategies to portfolio development. In the first part of this article, published in last month’s CGj, we explored the business...
Recent guidance notes

Recent guidance notes

CGj reviews four recent additions to the guidance note series of the Institute, two of which give advice on issues pertaining to merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, notably those involving share transfers, while two spotlight the ethical themes relating to...
CGj May 2022 (pdf version)

CGj May 2022 (pdf version)

Whistleblower protection in Hong Kong Click here or on the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Principles-based regulation – Is it working in Hong Kong?

Principles-based regulation – Is it working in Hong Kong?

On the 30th anniversary of the launch of the UK’s Cadbury Code, which pioneered the ‘comply or explain’ approach to principles-based regulation, CGj looks at the effectiveness and appropriate role of this approach in Hong Kong. The UK’s Report of the Committee on the...
Hong Kong’s listing regime – Some governance considerations

Hong Kong’s listing regime – Some governance considerations

In 2018, Hong Kong brought in changes to its listing regime. CGj interviews Paul Lau, Head of Capital Markets and Professional Practice, KPMG China, on whether the governance safeguards built into the new regime are proving to be effective. Many thanks for giving us...
ESG and venture capital – the business case

ESG and venture capital – the business case

In a two-part article, ESG consultants Theodora Thunder and Dr Glenn Frommer examine current ESG developments and practices in the global venture capital industry. In this first part of our article, we explore the business case for adopting environmental, social and...
Working from home – The privacy and data security implications

Working from home – The privacy and data security implications

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data provides new guidance on ensuring data security and personal data privacy when implementing work-from-home arrangements. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) has published a guidance...
CGj  April 2022 (pdf version)

CGj April 2022 (pdf version)

Principles-based regulation – Is it working?    Click here or on the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...
Money laundering and environmental crime

Money laundering and environmental crime

Sharan Gill, writer, lawyer and CGj contributor, reviews a new report highlighting the relatively neglected connection between money laundering and environmental crime. The reality put forward in a new report by Finance for Biodiversity (F4B) – Breaking the...
Live and let VIE

Live and let VIE

Nana Li, Research and Project Director, China, the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), answers some important questions about variable interest entities (VIEs) and discusses the future implications for Mainland companies using this structure. A listing...
New guidance note: how to respond to a dawn raid

New guidance note: how to respond to a dawn raid

CGj shares some practical tips for responding to a dawn raid in the context of competition law enforcement in Hong Kong, derived from the latest guidance note issued by the Competition Law Interest Group of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (the Institute)....
The future of the governance professional

The future of the governance professional

CGj talks to Ellie Pang FCG HKFCG, Institute Chief Executive, about her own journey, and that of the Institute and profession, to the new home of governance.  Could we start by discussing your personal and professional background? ‘I was born in Beijing and came to...
Fundraising governance for charities

Fundraising governance for charities

Michelle Chow, Consultant, Withers, offers some key recommendations on fundraising best practice for charities. Do you know the cost of running a charity? Depending on what the charity does, the monthly costs will vary. For instance, at Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR),...
Hong Kong issues guidance on the use of AI

Hong Kong issues guidance on the use of AI

Glenn Haley, Partner, and Sharon Chan, Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, summarise key highlights from the recent guidance issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) on the use of artificial intelligence (AI). Hong Kong now has its...
Powers of Hong Kong liquidators under the Recognition Pilot Program

Powers of Hong Kong liquidators under the Recognition Pilot Program

Michael Chan, Managing Director, Mona Liu, Senior Manager, and Isaac Tang, Senior Manager, Restructuring, Kroll, explain the key features and benefits of the framework for mutual recognition of and assistance to insolvency proceedings between Hong Kong and the...
Implementing equity incentive plans in state-controlled companies

Implementing equity incentive plans in state-controlled companies

How can state-controlled listed companies make better use of equity incentive plans? Sui Li,  Board Secretary, Guangzhou Automobile Group, shares her experience. Equity incentive plans allow employees to obtain company equity and enjoy economic rights to a certain...
Climate governance and the company secretary

Climate governance and the company secretary

Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO Risk Advisory Services Ltd, looks at the roles company secretaries can play in climate governance and in implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). In August...
ESG reporting in Hong Kong

ESG reporting in Hong Kong

Authors from City University of Hong Kong highlight the advantages of developing industry-specific reporting guidance to improve the quality of environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in Hong Kong. With the deepening of various global crises – climate...
Governance professionals – Specialists and general practitioners

Governance professionals – Specialists and general practitioners

This month CSj talks to Ernest Lee FCG HKFCG(PE), Technical Partner, Deloitte China, about the future development of the governance professional role and about his aspirations as the new President of The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (the Institute). Could...
AML/CFT conference review

AML/CFT conference review

CSj highlights the key takeaways of the annual forum organised by The Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute (the Institute), updating practitioners on all the latest developments in anti–money laundering and counter–terrorist financing (AML/CTF). The Institute’s...
CSj January 2022 (pdf version)

CSj January 2022 (pdf version)

Climate change – A governance perspective Click here or on the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full edition....