WWF-Hong Kong’s collaboration with the business sector to reduce single-use plastics, including plastic tableware and plastic packaging, was emphasised in a panel discussion at WWF’s Corporate Sustainability Summit on Friday 30 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 150 representatives from companies and corporations pledged to continue embracing sustainability in their business practices, including CO2 emission reductions. Companies that participated in WWF-Hong Kong’s LCMP (Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme)and LOOP (Low-carbon Office Operation Programme) avoided over 171,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the past year against a business-as-usual scenario. It would take over 7,400,000 trees one year to absorb that amount of carbon.
“Corporate partnerships play a vital role in our work to influence the course of sustainability and conservation in Hong Kong and across the region,” said Peter Cornthwaite, CEO of WWF-Hong Kong. He thanked the attending companies for their support to raise awareness of key environmental issues and mobilize consumer action through various events, communications and campaigns. “Our partnerships with the business sector aim to change behaviour and drive consumer results that would not be possible otherwise, delivering direct conservation impact on key issues, in priority places, and in support of endangered species like the tiger and Chinese white dolphin.”
Dr Patrick Yeung, Manager, Oceans Conservation, WWF-Hong Kong, noted it is essential to forge collaborative partnerships to implement sustainability as a core value of business planning, product development, company policy and operational practices to address issues such as single-use plastics. “To truly grapple with plastic pollution, all relevant stakeholders must first take action to change from single-use to reusable lifestyles and stop the flow of plastic waste into ecosystems. WWF supports a holistic, systems-based approach that engages with stakeholders along the entire value chain, beginning with manufacturing, through use and consumption, to disposal and waste management.”
WWF-Hong Kong will continue to work together with the business sector to the reduce the most pressing threats to Hong Kong’s biodiversity, and together find solutions to conservation challenges such as the protection of our oceans, issues of marine litter, over-fishing and climate change.