The Social Enterprise Summit 2021 ends successfully

Concluded with delegates’ visions for a regenerative future

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – November 7, 2021 – The 14thand The Social Enterprise Summit (“SES”) successfully concluded today, with thousands of local and overseas delegates participating online and offline. Themed “Building Blocks of a Regenerative Future”, the four-day SES 2021 hosted a series of exciting events on topics spanning Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), Net Zero Emissions, social sourcing, data for good and entrepreneurship exchange. It aimed to synergize the collective efforts of the civic sector, business, academia and government to contribute to the well-being of our society and our planet.

Ms. Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair of the Social Enterprise Summit Organizing Committee, said at the closing session: “SES is committed to advancing the development of social innovation and entrepreneurship. We are pleased to have engaged stakeholders from different sectors to co-create innovative schemes and strategies to achieve a “regenerative future”.

The four-day summit consisted of 14 panel discussions, 3 social innovation tours and 2 interactive workshops, with the participation and engagement of over 70 leaders from over 13 countries and locations. The three thematic tracks covered topics such as: the co-creation of an open knowledge center on social innovation; building alliances for collective regional impact; and examine strategies for channeling resources effectively to bring sustainable growth to social enterprises.

The need to combat climate change is more pressing than ever with extreme weather conditions affecting all regions of the world. Many countries have committed to achieving carbon neutrality, or “net zero” emissions over the next few decades. Under the theme “Bridging Purpose with Actions”, the session “Achieving Net Zero: Unlocking Private Capital and Mobilizing Resources for Success” invited Mr. Anthony CHEUNG, Governor of the Board of Directors and Head of Green Finance of Friends of the Earth (HK); Prof Christine LOH, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Ms. Cheuk Wan FAN, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Asia of HSBC Global Private Banking and Wealth; Ms. Grace HUI, Head of Green and Sustainable Finance of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX); and Mr. Samuel TANG, Advisor to the World Green Organization, to explore how cross-sectoral collaboration between private investment, governments and civil society could turn promises into plans to accelerate success in reaching the net zero targets of here 2050.

Technology-driven social innovation has become the focus of social entrepreneurs as an effective solution to address social issues these days. The “Data for Good” session under the title “Co-Creating an Open Knowledge Hub for Ecosystem Development” brought together Mr. Leong CHEUNG, Executive Director, Charities & Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Mr. Yue Chun CHAN, Head of Spatial Data Office, Development Office, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and Mr. Kenny SHUI, Deputy Director of Research and Head of Economic Development Research, Our Hong Kong Foundation. They had a dialogue on how data-driven social innovation projects have made inroads in solving complex social challenges.

Today, Asian cities have largely adopted an innovative approach in response to social issues and crises. In particular, topics surrounding the environment and technology, community empowerment, mental health and well-being have captured the attention of Asian cities by providing increased opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between they. The Asia Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange session under the theme “Building Alliances for Collective Regional Impact” brought together young social entrepreneurs and changemakers across Asia to showcase their innovative solutions to address today’s social challenges. today. Mr. Roy DAHILDAHIL, Co-founder of #MentalHealthPH, Philippines; Ms. Hyeonjin KIM, Founder and CEO of KAYD, South Korea; Mrs. Passawee KODAKA, Founder of Folkcharm, Thailand; Ms. Hazel KWEH, Founder and CEO of Bloomback Pte Ltd, Singapore; Ms. Ellen LEE, COO of PackAge+, Taiwan; Mr. Raymond MAK, co-founder and CEO of Farmacy Hong Kong, Mr. Paddy ROBERTSON, CEO of Smart Air, China and Ms. Ovy SABRINA, co-founder and COO of Rebricks, Indonesia exchanged their entrepreneurial stories and explored ways to generate regional impact with delegates.

The closing session of the Summit on the theme “Beyond Sustainability” was moderated by Dr. Ilex LAM, President of the iEnterprise Foundation. He joined Ms. Naomi CHAN, JCI National Executive Vice President, Hong Kong; Dr. Eddy LEE, Founder of 350HK; Ms. Nicolette TONG, Executive Vice-President of The Wave; and Mr. YUEN Shu Wah, Founding Chairman of Gratia Foundation Limited, to examine visions of sustainability in the post-pandemic era and prospects for future “regenerative” development.

The SIE Fund held a social innovation exhibition themed “Creating Social Value with Novelties” during the first two days of SES 2021 at HKCEC. The exhibition showcased its two flagship projects, namely “Gerontechnology Platform” and “FOOD-CO”, as well as the first “Pay-for-Success” project, which demonstrated how cross-sectoral collaboration contributes to poverty reduction. in Hong Kong.

About the Social Enterprise Summit (SES)

The Social Enterprise Summit (SES) is a cross-industry platform aimed at inspiring and strengthening social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The flagship international symposium draws on the experiences of over 70 speakers and participants from 10 locations to inspire, innovate, connect and collaborate with delegates from civil society, business, government and academia across Hong Kong , China; Asia-Pacific and beyond to advance positive societal change. Community engagement activities are held in nine different districts of Hong Kong during the year to broaden participation and go beyond conference rooms, applying knowledge, social entrepreneurship and innovative mindsets to diverse contexts of everyday life. Official site: http://www.ses.org.hk

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