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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
17 January 2023 ISSB Update January 2023
11 January 2023 HKEX published a research paper on the global carbon markets and opportunities for Hong Kong
22 December 2022 FSDC report on the State of ESG in Hong Kong
20 December 2022
Cross-Agency Steering Group announces collaboration with CDP to enhance data availability and sustainability reporting in Hong Kong
13 December 2022
Hong Kong Monetary Authority - Government launches Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme
6 December 2022 Results of the HKICPA's Best Corporate Governance and ESG Awards 2022
25 November 2022
Exchange publishes findings of its latest review of issuers’ ESG disclosures
23 November 2022
What did COP27 accomplish and what actions can we expect as a result?
14 November 2022
COP27 news from week 1 and other top climate change stories
8 November 2022
ISSB at COP27: ISSB makes key announcements towards the implementation of climate-related disclosure standards in 2023
 1 November 2022 ISSB confirms requirement to use climate-related scenario analysis
31 October 2022
Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme begins accepting eligible programme applications
28 October 2022
HKEX launches Core Climate, Hong Kong’s international carbon marketplace, supporting global transition to Net Zero
24 October 2022 ISSB reviews feedback on proposed standards
21 October 2022

Ethics considerations in sustainability reporting

12 October 2022 Cross-Agency Steering Group launches Sustainable Finance Internship Initiative to support capacity building
6 October 2022
Integrity Council’s public consultation on Core Carbon Principles demonstrates clear commitment to high integrity across all stakeholder groups
28 September 2022
The SBTi launches the world’s first standard method to cover land-related emissions and removals
26 September 2022
HKMA announces implementation details of Pilot Scheme on Training Subsidy for Fintech Practitioners
6 September 2022 Enrolments for ESG courses surge in Hong Kong amid exponential demand for staff with requisite skills




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

2023 issue

 January Greenwash prevention – Why it matters and how to address it
  • Grace Hui, Convenor of the Institute’s Greenwash Prevention Working Group, moderates an e-Seminar covering corporate greenwashing and what can be done to combat it

Board oversight of sustainability and ESG

  • Laura Leka, Principal at the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) thought leadership team, on how boards today are effectively discharging their responsibility for sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) oversight

Is embracing sustainability and green finance an option or prerequisite for CPAs?

  • Experts chime in on the latest developments in business and accounting

2022 issue


A guide to navigating the evolving climate landscape for CFOs

  • Ricky Cheng FCPA, Director, Head of Risk Advisory, BDO, and member of the Institute’s Sustainability Committee, on how chief financial officers should take the lead in helping organizations transition to a low-carbon business model

Cultivating harmony

  • Ricky Chu, Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission on fighting for equality in the city

The centrality of ethics to sustainability

  • Ken Siong CPA, Programme and Senior Director, International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, on the essential role ethics and independence play in the reporting and assurance of sustainability

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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January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
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July 2022
June 2022
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 April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022





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.