Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in China

A series of global crises such as COVID-19, climate change, and biodiversity loss have exposed the fragility of the global economic system and highlighted stark social inequalities that exist both between and within countries. In response, governments and societies have increased their regulations and expectations surrounding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices in the business, in order to accelerate the shift from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution. This transformation underscores the interdependence between sustainability, ESG risk management, and long-term value creation for companies.

This course is designed to prepare the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the rapidly evolving ESG landscape in China. The aim is to effectively assess and manage ESG risks and opportunities while taking into account the needs of all stakeholders and society at large. While ESG originated in Western corporate practice, it is rapidly taking root in countries like China. The course, therefore, has a unique focus on the nascent development of ESG in China, with lectures highlighting uptake and trends within the country, and both oral presentations and written assessment papers of group projects required to focus on China-originated companies.

Case-based teaching is at the core of the course, with a focus on experiential learning. All teaching cases will center on ESG practices in greater China, with each student expected to spend around 3 hours preparing for each of the seven cases taught in the course.

Course Date & Time

Nov 2, 16, 30 & Dec 14; Alternative Saturdays, 0930-1300 & 1430-1800 (HKT)