In this month’s NextGen series, CGj interviews Emily Ng ACG HKACG, Senior Manager, ESG, ANTA Sports Products Ltd.

What is your current role and what was your career path to this role?

‘I studied finance at university and my first job was in banking as a relationship officer. After working for one to two years, I realised it wasn’t what I wanted, so I went to HKU SPACE to take an executive certificate course in investor relations. After completing the course, I joined my current company – a listed sportswear company – and have been here for nine years. When I first joined, I worked in the Investor Relations Department but later moved to the Sustainability Department, where I am responsible for publishing ESG reports, data management and more.’

When did you first hear the terms ‘company secretary’ and ‘governance’? What was your impression of these terms?

‘I heard the term company secretary from friends. At that time, we had just graduated and were considering further qualifications that we could pursue, such as Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, Financial Risk Manager and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. I asked many people what would be helpful if I wanted to pursue a career in investor relations. A senior colleague suggested that I could obtain a qualification to become a company secretary. She explained that working in investor relations requires frequent interactions with different institutional investors who may not be familiar with Hong Kong’s Listing Rules. This recommendation really made an impression on me.’

What qualities do you think are needed to be a successful governance professional?

‘Company secretaries have to be very detail-orientated as they handle a lot of confidential information. They also need to constantly update their knowledge of the Listing Rules and to stay informed of changes in both the Hong Kong and overseas markets. As regulatory authorities in Hong Kong routinely issue consultation papers and seek opinions, the company secretary needs to be aware of current market developments. Other required skills can be developed through the course of the job.’

What was your chosen route to complete the Institute’s qualifying programme and what advice would you give to people who are considering qualifying as a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional?

‘I chose to take the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme examinations. In the month leading up to the exams, I studied until 3am or 4am every day. Students who decide to take the exams need to be mentally prepared as this requires a significant amount of effort and can take one or two years of groundwork. I would therefore recommend that, if you have no prior knowledge of the subject, you enrol in some short-term courses. For the younger generation who want to enter this field, it would be useful to experience different types of job. There are many aspects to governance and I believe that, while young, you should explore and find a job you enjoy and then develop your career from there.’

As a member of the younger generation, how do you think governance will evolve in the future and would you recommend a career in governance to others?

‘The change I see now is that everyone is making a concerted effort to promote sustainability and ESG, but many companies don’t know how to go about it. Sustainability and ESG are not only beneficial for your own company, they also help transform the entire industry and contribute to global change. So it’s an interesting career because you engage both with companies and with various stakeholders. I believe that as times change, many people – including the general public – will come into contact with governance. Nowadays, many companies are relatively small and it’s possible that an administrative employee could also be responsible for governance-related tasks. One outcome of the pandemic is the increased attention being paid to governance issues by everyone.’

sustainability and ESG are not only beneficial for your own company, they also help transform the entire industry and contribute to global change


Senior Manager, ESG, ANTA Sports Products Ltd

在本月的新一代治理栏目中,CGj采访了吴汝怡女士ACG HKACG,安踏体育用品有限公司高级ESG经理。


‘我大学修读金融,第一份工作是银行的客户主任。在工作一、两年之后,我发觉这不是自己想要的东西,于是到香港大学专业进修学院报读投资者关系的行政人员证书课程。完成课程后加入了现职的上市体育用品公司,到现在已经九年。我刚入职时是在投资者关系部门工作,之后转职到可持续发展部门,负责出版 ESG(环境、社会及治理)报告、数据管理等等的工作。’

您第一次听到  ‘公司秘书’或  ‘公司治理’是什么时候?您当时对这些专业名词有什么印象?       






作为年轻一代的一员,您认为  ‘治理’将来会如何发展?您会推荐其他人从事治理方面的工作吗?

‘我现在看到的改变是,大家都很努力推动可持续性与 ESG,但很多公司都不知道从何入手。可持续性与  ESG  不只对你的公司有好处,还可帮助改变整个行业,以及整个世界。所以这个职业挺有趣的,你不只接触到公司,还接触到很多不同持份者。我相信随着时代变化,很多人、包括公众都有可能接触到治理。现在很多公司规模比较小,可能一位行政人员也需要负责与治理有关的工作,而且疫情之后大家对治理也更加关注了。’

可持续性与 ESG 不只对你的公司有好处,还可帮助改变整个行业,以及整个世界

吴汝怡女士 ACG HKACG 


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