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ESG Information Centre

The Institute has joined 13 other accounting bodies, all members of A4S ABN, in publicly committing to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their own organizations, as well as provide an enabling environment for their membership to do the same. As part of our commitment, we have established this information centre to provides convenient access to the latest development, thought leadership as well as learning resources on ESG that are relevant to the accounting profession, in order to facilitate our members to stay ahead of the market. 



Check out the latest news and developments regarding ESG.


Date Title
6 September 2022 Enrolments for ESG courses surge in Hong Kong amid exponential demand for staff with requisite skills
31 August 2022
HKSAR Government releases Green Bond Report 2022
4 August 2022 Chinese green bonds required to use 100% of funds for green purposes
2 August 2022 SFC sets out the way forward for green and sustainable finance
1 August 2022 IFRS Foundation completes consolidation with Value Reporting Foundation
1 August 2022
More companies obtaining independent assurance on sustainability data, according to global study by IFAC, AICPA & CIMA
29 July 2022 調查:中小企永續發展意識仍不足
25 July 2022 深交所發布ESG評價方法和ESG指數
5 July 2022
HKEX launches Hong Kong International Carbon Market Council, Unveils Carbon Market Plans
5 July 2022 Green debt soars in Hong Kong as other thematic labels fast emerge
23 June 2022 ISSB and GRI provide update on ongoing collaboration
21 June 2022 Cross-Agency Steering Group announces launch of information and data repositories and other progress in advancing Hong Kong’s green and sustainable finance development
8 June 2022 IFRS Foundation Trustees appoint four further members to the International Sustainability Standards Board



Read some selected ESG articles and thought leadership issued by the Institute and other local and global organizations that provide insights across

various aspects and issues in relation to ESG.


Articles from A Plus

2022 issue


Walking the ESG talk: the time is now

  • Pat Woo CPA (practising), the Partner and Head of ESG, Hong Kong at KPMG China and member of the Institute’s Sustainability Committee, on how corporates can eliminate greenwashing

Sustainability reporting assurance

  • An overview of the Institute’s position for effective sustainability reporting assurance

How CPAs can drive change and lead the way on sustainability

  • Herbert Yung FCPA, the Institute’s Director, Member Engagement and Sustainability Lead, on how accountants can champion a company’s sustainability journey

A new standard of sustainability

  • Emmanuel Faber, new Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board, on what new standards will mean for sustainability reporting

Second opinions

  • How will the International Sustainability Standards Board’s two proposed standards meet the needs of investors?

What does ESG assurance in Hong Kong look like?

  • A look at the prevalence of ESG assurance among Hong Kong-listed companies, according to a study conducted by the institute.

Meet the speaker

  • Herbert Yung, FCPA, the Institute’s Director, Member Engagement and Sustainability Lead, on what to expect from the e-Series on environmental, social and governance reporting

Closing the loop

  • How accountants can help companies transition to a circular economy
Post-COP26 sustainability disclosure trend
  • Simon Ng, Chief Executive Officer of Business Environment Council on how companies can embrace the sustainability disclosure trend to build climate resilience

2021 issue


Setting the right tone

  • Awardees of this year’s Best Corporate Governance and ESG Awards on creating long term value and maintaining resilience through sustainability

The impact of climate risk on corporate reporting

  • Chris Joy, FCPA, the Institute’s Executive Director, on the profession’s role in providing transparency and insights on the financial impacts of climate change

The journey to net-zero

  • What are companies doing to limit their carbon emissions for a net-zero future?

How to empower CFOs to drive climate action

  • Sanjay Rughani, Chair of the IFAC Professional Accountants in Business Advisory Group writes on how CFOs can steer companies towards decarbonization

Second opinions

  • How can common standards combat greenwashing?

Beyond the bottom line

  • Experts from the Best Corporate Governance Awards' Organizing Committee and Review Panel discuss why ESG is now at the heart of every successful organization

Investing for a sustainable future

  • How will the rise of green finance in Hong Kong elevate the city on the global stage?

Starting over

  • How can businesses use the pandemic as a means for change and even long-term growth?


Other articles and reports

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Our Sustainability Committee and Education and Training Department continue to identify areas of training in ESG, and have launched various programme across the spectrum of ESG to equip members with both essential knowledge and advanced insights on the subject. Explore the training through the dedicated webpage: 





ESG guidance, standards and frameworks

The following is a non-exhaustive list of guidance, standards and frameworks that are commonly adopted by global and local organizations in relation to ESG reporting. 



ESG certifications

The following is a non-exhaustive list of ESG certification programmes organized by various organizations:



Best Corporate Governance and ESG Awards

The Awards recognize that investors and other stakeholders are more and more interested in how listed companies and major public sector organizations are addressing issues such as climate change and other environment and social concerns that may affect their businesses and services. 

The Best Corporate Governance Awards 2021 – Judges’ Report contains commentaries from the judges and reviewers on the CG and SSR performance of the winning companies and organizations, information on international and local developments in these areas, as well as background information on the Awards.