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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
3 May 2022

New Proposals for European Sustainability Reporting Standards

27 April 2022
ISSB establishes working group to enhance compatibility between global baseline and jurisdictional initiatives
23 April 2022 Boao Forum focuses on green growth
7 April 2022 Journey to Sustainability: The ASEAN Taxonomy
4 April 2022
IPCC Working Group III report: “Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change” released
1 April 2022 HKICPA invites comments on the International Sustainability Standards Board’s Exposure Drafts
29 March 2022 ISSB to publish exposure drafts on climate and general sustainability-related financial disclosures
24 March 2022 HKEX Signs MOU with CEEX to Explore Greater Bay Area, International Carbon Opportunities
24 March 2022
IFRS Foundation and GRI to align capital market and multi-stakeholder standards to create an interconnected approach for sustainability disclosures
21 March 2022
SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance and Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors
14 March 2022

IOSCO’s 2022 Sustainable Finance work plan strengthens the organization’s commitment to increasing transparency and mitigating greenwashing

3 March 2022
Global accounting bodies urge profession-wide commitment to reverse nature loss
2 March 2022
ESG investing: Asian listed firms have a lot of catching up to do in climate impact disclosures, survey shows



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


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

Date Title
May 2022
 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. 


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.