[ Press Release ] ReThink HK Returns to Accelerate Hong Kong’s Sustainable Transformation #AcceleratetheChange

ReThink HK Returns to Accelerate Hong Kong’s Sustainable Transformation

[27 September 2022, Hong Kong] After its debut in 2020 and huge success in 2021, the third edition of ReThink HK returns to the city on 5-6 October this year at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to help businesses accelerate their transformation towards a more sustainable future. It aims to unite business leaders, sustainability practitioners and those responsible for researching and resourcing sustainable strategies and solutions in order to achieve a circular economy, and push Hong Kong towards carbon neutrality by 2050. This is where the business of sustainability meets in Hong Kong, action focused and open to all.

New elements, one goal
ReThink HK will continue its mission to facilitate transformation and accelerate change towards a more sustainable environment, society, and economy through a series of content- and innovation-led events. “The ambition to fast-track sustainable transformation in Hong Kong is real,” Mr Chris Brown, Founder and Director of ReThink HK and the ReThink Foundation said. “it’s evolving into an exciting and purposeful space with significant opportunities to do good, invest in new solutions and form collaborations that positively impact our communities and our businesses. ReThink HK is proud and privileged to be the main event to bring everyone together to accelerate the change towards a cleaner, greener and more sustainable city, for everyone.”

As the exclusive co-organiser of ReThink HK 2022, Business Environment Council (“BEC”) will host the dedicated BEC Sustainable Business Theatre and the expanded BEC Pavilion this year’s event. “Following a successful partnership with the ReThink Hong Kong team in the previous year, BEC is pleased to be the exclusive co-organiser of the well-received Conference for another year,” Mr Simon Ng, Chief Executive Officer of BEC, said. “Our continuous partnership with the team to deliver ReThink HK 2022 demonstrates BEC’s commitment in advancing environmental excellence and sustainability in the business sector and in the community. As we are celebrating our important milestone of 30th Anniversary this year, BEC is delighted to have this opportunity again to accelerate sustainable transformation and further drive business ambitions into actions on the net-zero journey.”

At the last edition, ReThink HK featured six unique theatres that focused on different themes related to sustainability, including Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote), BEC Sustainable Business Theatre,
Change Makers Stage, Sustainable Communities Theatre, Sustainable Partnership Theatre, and Sustainable Resources Theatre. To address the sustainability challenges the city is facing, as well as identify and nurture the next generation of leaders, ReThink HK 2022 will introduce the brand-new “Future Leaders Stage” to empower the city’s sustainable development.

In addition, ReThink HK will feature over 400 prominent speakers across disciplines from leading businesses, organisations and institutes to cover more than 130 unique conference sessions, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to draw insights and inspiration from these conferences. Speakers include Mr Tse Chin-wan, BBS, JP, Secretary for Environment and Ecology; Ms Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist from the Institute for the Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Mr Hendrik Rosenthal, Director – Group Sustainability of the CLP Holdings Limited; Ms Pamela Mar, Managing Director of ICC Digital Standards Initiative; Mr Paul Polman, Business Leader, Campaigner and Co-Author of “Net Positive”; Ms Poman Lo, Founder and Managing Partner of AlphaTrio Capital, also Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Regal Hotels International and Mr Patrick Healy, Chairman of the Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Swire Coca-Cola Limited, amongst many others.

On top of the in-depth topics and themed theatres related to Hong Kong’s business environment and sustainability, ReThink HK expands the trade expo by introducing more than 200 showcase exhibitors to provide innovative and sustainable products, services and solutions applicable to various sectors in Hong Kong. In addition, the event has expanded the size of BEC Pavilion and introduces three new international showcases; European Pavilion, UK Pavilion, and Swedish Pavilion, hoping to provide the cutting edge solutions and ideas from overseas that will help businesses embrace innovation and drive sustainable development.

Stronger ties with a diverse range of industries

As Hong Kong’s best attended and most ambitious business event for sustainable development, ReThink HK continues to receive support from well-established businesses from various sectors for its 2022 edition, including the pan-Asian life insurance group AIA, leading global professional services organisation EY, multinational banking and financial services institution HSBC, international financial services provider Manulife, one of the oldest investment-led service companies Pictet Asset Management, world’s leading energy technology and transport solutions providers Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility, and one of Asia’s leading banks committed to financing a sustainable future United Overseas Bank. These, plus an estimated 3500+ attendees from Hong Kong’s conglomerates, MNCs, SMEs and international trading companies will gather under one roof to expand the ever-growing force to build towards a more sustainable society.

Actions speak louder than words
ReThink HK is honoured to partner with the TaKe Group to offset carbon emissions via a local bamboo planting project. ReThink HK will work with TaKe to plant bamboo in local sites to offset the estimated 131 tonnes of carbon that will be produced from the event’s operations and delegates’ travel to the event. Moreover, to encourage a higher carbon offset rate, more bamboo will be planted by ReThink HK and TaKe as delegates engage more actively through the event app; the higher engagement rate in the app equals more bamboo to be planted, more carbon offset and more jobs created for the local community.

There is no better time than to reduce, re-use and recycle plastic. In keeping with this vision, all delegate fees from ReThink HK 2022 contribute to funding the “ReThink Plastic” campaign by ReThink HK’s Charity Partner, HandsOn Hong Kong. ReThink Plastic empowers Hongkongers to correctly recycle their singleuse plastic and rethink the impact of their everyday choices through partnerships with local environmental organisations such as V Cycle. For more details, please visit: https://rethinkevent.com/handson/.

For more event information, please visit ReThink HK’s website: https://rethink-event.com/

About ReThink HK
ReThink HK is a unique annual event that helps organisations align sustainable business practices at every stage of their value chain, showcases innovation and solutions accelerating sustainable transformation. ReThink unites the ecosystem so all stakeholders and communities can contribute to and look forward to a climate-smart and equitable city, for everyone. All delegate fees contribute to funding local impact projects with Hong Kong charities.

Please refer ReThink HK 2022 Event Programme here

For sponsorship, partnership or media enquiries, please contact:
Chris Brown Founder & Director chris.b@rethink-event.com +852 5966 3137
Carmen Ip Partnerships & Marketing Manager carmen.i@rethink-event.com +852 6730 5432


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