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Background

  • Introduced by the Institute in 2000, the Awards are Hong Kong's most well-established, dedicated CG and sustainability/ ESG awards. The main objectives of the competition are to encourage and promote good CG sustainability/ ESG and disclosures and practices and to acknowledge listed companies and public sector/not-for-profit organizations that exemplify the best CG and sustainability/ ESG standards in Hong Kong. In addition, the revamped Awards aim to encourage listed companies and public sector organizations to progressively integrate the oversight and implementation of their CG and ESG.

 

  • The Awards have expanded over the past two decades from a total of three categories and ten possible awards to seven main categories and over 30 possible awards. 

 

  • A category for H-share companies was introduced in 2006,  which was subsequently been extended to include other relevant enterprises whose effective management, main interests, etc. are in the Mainland, using the "Hang Seng Mainland 100" index, and, more recently, the “Hang Seng Stock Connect China 500” Index as the basis for selection. 

 

  • The non-HSI companies are divided into three separate categories, based on following market capitalization thresholds, as at 30 April 2021:
    (i) Large market capitalization (Over HK$54 billion),
     
    (ii) Medium market capitalization (Above HK$9 billion to HK$54 billion); and
     
    (iii) Small market capitalization (HK$ $9 billion or less).
     
    Public sector /not-for-profit organizations are divided into two categories, namely, (i) large and (ii) small- to medium-size, based on their total revenues. 

 

  • The Awards brochure provides further information about how candidates will be assessed for the different kinds of awards. 

 

  • In addition to the material contained in annual reports or sustainability/ ESG reports, information on companies’/ organizations’ websites may also be taken into account by the judges and reviewers. For the awards for website CG information, websites constitute the main source of information. Judges and reviewers may also take note of other publicly-available information, such as media reports, where this gives further insight into individual companies’ or organizations’ CG or sustainability/ ESG practices and culture.

 

  • The Judges' Reports for reporting years indicated below contain the results and commentaries on the CG performance and also, since 2011, the sustainability/ ESG performance of the award winners, as well as general observations on the standard of CG and sustainability/ ESG in Hong Kong:

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Recent A Plus articles on the awards

As part of the Institute’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the awards, the Institute’s monthly magazine A Plus has featured articles on how the awards have helped to develop Hong Kong’s corporate governance landscape, and what winning awards means to companies and public sector organizations.

 

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