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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. Please click here for ISSB-related information.


Date Title
13 March 2024 ISSB update March 2024
21 February 2024 ISSB update February 2024
25 January 2024
Joint IASB–ISSB update January 2024
18 January 2024
Hong Kong Green Week – Finance Stream
8 January 2024 Cross-Agency Steering Group announces key initiatives to support Hong Kong in capitalising sustainable finance opportunities
3 January 2024 Six predictions for ESG in 2024: The year ESG emerged from fad to essential business
21 December 2023
IFRS December 2023 monthly news summary
13-14 December 2023
ISSB update December 2023
1 December 2023 IFRS Knowledge hub
November 2023
Green finance – Global trend in investment
28 November 2023 Making COP 28 count
15-16 November 2023 ISSB update November 2023
14 November 2023
IFAC releases sustainability checklist for small businesses
10 November 2023 ISSB update in Global Preparers Forum (GPF) November meeting 2023
5 November 2023
Exchange publishes corporate governance and ESG (climate disclosures) guidance 
3 November 2023 Update on consultation on enhancement of climate disclosures under ESG framework
24-25 October 2023
ISSB update October 2023
16 October 2023
12 October 2023 October 2023 Sustainability Consultative Committee agenda and meeting paper now available





Professional standards, technical publications and reference materials relevant to sustainability reporting, assurance and ethics can be found on this webpage






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

2024 issues


ISSB standards: How SMEs can get ready for the upcoming requirements

  • Key considerations for smaller enterprises amid the growing number of companies gearing up for the International Sustainability Standards Board requirements 

2023 issues


Becoming better: Navigating Hong Kong’s B Corp movement

  • Becoming a B Corporation, or B Corp, is a time-consuming and transformative journey for businesses, enabling them to have a positive impact on communities, and the planet. Jemelyn Yadao explores Hong Kong’s growing B Corp movement, and talks to Hong Kong B Corps about the process and how the certification can be good for business

Transitioning Hong Kong into an ESG and green finance hub

  • The archived webinar of the Institute’s 50th anniversary flagship event CPA Congress, which featured a panel discussion on Hong Kong’s role in ESG and green finance, is now available for subscription for a limited time

Facilitating sustainable development and net zero transitions

  • Nancy Tse, Deputy Chair of IFAC’s Professional Accountants in Business Advisory Group and member of the Institute, on the profession’s role in enabling capital markets and societies to deliver sustainability goals

ISSB exposure drafts and Link Asset Management Limited: case study for streamlining ESG KPIs

  • Calvin Lee Kwan, Director of Sustainability and Risk Governance at Link Asset Management Limited, shares the entity’s experience in adopting proposed standards under the ISSB’s exposure drafts
Q1 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


Other articles and reports

Date Title
January 2024
November 2023
October 2023
 August - September 2023





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 and ESG Awards 2023 – 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.