Operationalising the Sustainable Development Goals

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Operationalising the Sustainable Development Goals

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2017 marks the second year of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The key to effectively implementing the SDGs requires moving away from aspirational international level commitments, and digging deep into creating development policies, plans and strategies at local level.

Join us as we discuss this process and the business approach to operationalising the SDGs as a framework for good business. We will look at the actions companies are starting to take in line with the new agenda, how companies in Hong Kong and Asia are choosing to operationalise SDGs, and why it's important for everyone to measure their contribution towards the goals.


About the Speakers

Ben Ridley is Regional Head of Sustainability Affairs for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse. He has almost 20 years of experience as a sustainability professional working across the Asia Pacific region, and has been resident in Hong Kong throughout this period. At Credit Suisse, Ben is responsible for managing sustainability issues in the region, including technical and reputational assessments of environmental and social (labour, community) matters associated with Bank transactions, and for the management of relationships with key stakeholders including the regional NGO community.

Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2008, Ben worked in environmental consultancy, latterly as Director of the environmental business stream for the East Asia operations of an international consultancy business where he managed or oversaw some 300 projects in support of a broad range of customers primarily involved with manufacturing, waste management, construction and real estate, and private equity.

Ben has a bachelor's degree in Ecology, a Masters degree in Environmental Management, and a professional qualification in solid waste management.


Holy Ranaivozanany is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Huawei. She is responsible for community investment programs supported and implemented by Huawei in more than 170 countries, including the strategy, communication, profile-raising events and stakeholders 'engagement'.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2011, she was in charge of CSR in Africa, Middle-East and Asia for Orange, a French telecommunications operator. She held several positions at Orange, including as a Culture Change and Human Resources project manager and as a Marketing Analyst for Orange UK.

Holy holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from EDHEC Business School in France. She is the recipient of the CSR Leadership and Excellence Award from the World CSR Day, recognizing the contribution made by individuals to drive Sustainability and CSR through the business.


Jude Wu leads Conservation International’s (CI) Hong Kong program, which works to accelerate the city's leadership in urban and corporate environmental sustainability. CI-Hong Kong focuses on helping Hong Kong value and invest in safeguarding the natural wealth that its people depend upon for freshwater, food and economic prosperity.

Previously, as Senior Director of Strategy, Jude facilitated CI global leadership's development of CI’s new global strategy: to help societies adopt the conservation of nature as the foundation of sustainable development and enduring human well-being.  Jude transitioned to the environmental community after 8 years as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and business development professional for an internet tech startup and an international law firm.  During that transition, she volunteered for two years in various environmental initiatives in Belize, California, and New York City.

Jude holds a B.A. In Politics from Princeton University and a Master in Environmental Management from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Among her passions are long hikes in vast wilderness areas such as Patagonia.


Rebekah Earp has more than 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility, corporate affairs, brand reputation & marketing communications in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong. She has led strategy development and implementation on a global, regional and local level within the FMCG, retail, luxury goods, property development, healthcare and finance sectors. She has also worked in the NGO sector in education, youth affairs, Indigenous affairs and conservation. Rebekah is Director of Brand Development and Corporate Responsibility at Manulife Asia. Prior to this, her roles have included Head of Community & Sustainability for Woolworths Supermarkets in Australia and Community Engagement at Westfield London. Rebekah has been a member of the Britcham Women in Business Committee for the last two years.


About the moderator

Mara Chiorean is an Executive Director of CSR Asia managing the Hong Kong office. Mara has worked in corporate sustainability in Asia for over seven years and has lived in Singapore, Italy, Germany and Romania. She is a strong believer in the role of business in driving sustainable development.

Her role at CSR Asia includes leading advisory work, especially in the areas of sustainability strategy, reporting and community investment. She has worked with a wide range of clients across different industries covering multinational and local companies and organizations such as Hong Kong Airport Authority, Danone, Cathay Pacific, Bank of China Hong Kong, MTR Corporation, Oxfam, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Swire Pacific, State Street, Hang Lung Group, State Street, FWD, PCCW, Coca-Cola and others.

Mara has a master's degree in Environmental and Energy Management at Bocconi University in Italy, and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Romania. She is a graduate of the Oxford Scenarios Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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Operationalising the Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, April 25, 2017
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Ben Ridley, Regional Head of Sustainability Affairs - Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse


Holy Ranaivozanany, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Huawei


Jude Wu, Managing Director, Conservation International Hong Kong


Rebekah Earp, Director of Brand Development and Corporate Responsibility Asia, Manulife


Moderated by Mara Chiorean, Executive Director, CSR Asia (Hong Kong Office)

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