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B Leaders Course - Business as a Force for Good

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Asia-pacific first-ever B Leaders Course

【 Education for Good / B Corp Consulting Group (BCCG) / B Lab UK jointly present 】

B Leaders Course is an executive training programme to empower business leaders who want to use business as a force for good.

Through a combination of keynote speakers presentations, academic readings, workshops, and social programs, the B Leaders course provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and learning.

Global Thought Leaders:

Mr Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (Nesta), UK (A independent charity that works to increase the innovation capacity of the UK government)

Prof. Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson, Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University, US (Top 1 percent of universities in the World)

Mr Xu Yong-guang, Chairman, Narada Foundation, China (Social Innovation Pinoeer and thought leader)

Mr Michael Norton OBE , Co-founder, UnLtd, UK, and professor in social innovation in a
number of universities in China and South Africa.

Ms María Emilia, Co-founder, Sistema B, Latin America (B Lab of Latin America)

Ms Alicia Darvall, Executive Director of Global Partners, B Lab

Mr Glenn Keys, Co-founder and Co-Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical, Australia (An Australian-owned, multi award-winning, global provider of guaranteed and innovative healthcare solutions B Corp)

Mr Kim Jeong-tae, CEO and President, Merry Year Social Company, South Korea (Leading social innovation consultancy & impact investor)

Ms Min Ko, Partner and International Affairs Director, First Respond, China ( First B Corp and pioneering social innovation in China )

Mr Zang Feng, Principal ang Co-Founding Partner, People’s Architecture Office, China ( The 5th B Corp in China)

Mr Kyle Westaway, Author of Profit & Purpose, Managing Partner at Westaway (An innovative Brooklyn law firm that counsels social entrepreneurs)

Local Business Leaders:

Dr. KK Tse, Founder of 2 B Corps in Hong Kong, Education for Good & Dialogue in the Dark

Mr Stephen Ng Tin-hoi Chairman, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; Managing Director of the publicly listed The Wharf (Holdings) Limited

Mr Alan Cheung, Managing Director, Grandion Industrial Limited, Chairman, Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Ms Natalie CHAN, Consultant, Business for Social Good, Our Hong Kong Foundation; ‎Director & Principal Sustainability Consultant, PIE Strategy Limited

Ms Jennifer LIU, Chairman and Founder, HABITU & The Coffee Academics

Mr Bosco LAW, Deputy Chairman and CEO, LAWSGROUP

Ms Anne CHEN, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Elite Thai Boxing and Fitness

Mr Ryan YEUNG, Co-Founder, Happy Retired

Mr Stephen WONG, Adjunct Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Social Enterprise Summit Program at a glance:

1. Background

As a global effort to rethink the nature of business enterprise and to redefine business success, the B Corp movement has swept across the business world, showcasing businesses that have transformed themselves as a force for good.

A critical mass of B Corps is emerging. There are now over 2,200 certified B Corps from over 50 countries and 150 industries.

One of the major challenges in broadening and deepening the movement is the scarcity of outspoken advocates who are knowledgeable about nature and promise of B Corps and possess the qualities to act as evangelists for the movement. This course has been designed to address this gap.

The design of this course is inspired by a course with the same title offered by B Lab UK ( ) but we have expanded it to leverage the presence of a number of B Corps experts and CEOs who will be addressing the Social Enterprise Summit in November 6-8, 2017 in Hong Kong. We have invited the Course Leader of the UK course, Ms Georgie Morris, to come to Hong Kong to co-facilitate this course.

2. Course Objectives

● To enable the participants to have a deep appreciation of the WHAT, WHY and HOW of being a B Corp
● To enhance the confidence of the participants to act as spokespersons for the B Corp movement
● To build a community of B Corp advocates who could serve a variety of roles to deepen the B Corp movement, such as educators, advisors, promoters, consultants, or B Corp founders

3. Target Participants (local and overseas)

Those who enroll in this course are likely to have the following characteristics:

● Eager to know more about the global movement of business as a force for good
● Want to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the nature, trends and challenges of the B Corp movement, globally as well as locally
● Are keen to prepare themselves to act as advocates for the movement, inspiring and supporting more companies to become B Corps
● Want to join a community of like-minded persons who are committed to leveraging business to create a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable world

Special arrangement to accommodate local (Hong Kong) participants and participants from outside Hong Kong:

As the course will leverage the presence of the B Corps-related overseas speakers at the Social Enterprise Summit to be held on November 7-8, 2017, we will have two groups of participants, Groups A and B.

Group A are those participants who reside in Hong Kong and for whom some of the workshops will be held over a few weeks prior to the Summit.

Group B are those who are from overseas and for whom all workshops will be held immediately before and after the Summit during the week commencing November 6. They will be able to complete the entire Course within four full days November 6-9.

4. Course Format

This course is self-motivated and self-directed. As the participants are all seasoned businesspersons or professionals, we are just creating a number of learning opportunities for them to learn and interact with each other.

The acid test of the course’s effectiveness will be judged by the performance of the participants at the Graduation Workshop when each participant is required to do a 10-minute presentation on what they have learnt.

The learning opportunities include, but are not limited, to the following:

Part A Guided reading and video watching

Five pieces of reading and five short videos on B Corps will be provided to the participants for study at their leisure. Total time required to go through all the reading and videos: 2 to 3 hours. A 10-question quiz will be administered to provide feedback to the participants’ understanding of the subject.

Part B Pre-Summit Intensive workshops

Three half-day workshops will be conducted prior to the Social Enterprise Summit to be held in early November 2017.

During the workshops, the participants will exchange ideas on the global significance, anticipated impact and major challenges of the B Corp movement.

The workshops will also include a hands-on project in which each participant will apply the B Impact Assessment on at least one local company that they have knowledge of.

Part C Social Enterprise Summit B Corp Track

At the Social Enterprise Summit in early November this year, ten overseas experts and B Corp founders/CEOs have been invited to come to Hong Kong to share their experience. It is a unique and rare opportunity to come into personal contact with so many advocates and practitioners in this field.

Participants are required to take part in all the sessions of the B Corp Track at the Summit, including the Opening and Concluding sessions during which there will be B Corp experts delivering Keynote speeches.

Participants will be provided in advance information about the speakers and are urged to study the background of the latter so that they could have a better appreciation of their sharing at the Summit.

D. Post-Summit workshops

There will be two half-day workshops after the Summit.

Consolidation Workshop
Participants will be facilitated to consolidate what they have learnt from the Course and to identify specific challenges that they might have as advocates of the B Corp movement. At the end of the Workshop, each participant will have developed a Personal Development Plan to guide their future learning and actions.

Graduation Workshop
Each participant will have to give a 10-minute presentation on the topic of Why Your Company Should Consider Becoming a B Corp . This will be a simulation exercise to prepare the participants to do similar presentations to business audiences.

5. Course Dates and Times

3 half-day Workshops before the Summit:

Group A

Workshop I - 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Workshop II - 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Workshop III - 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Group B

Workshop I - 9am to 12noon, Monday, November 6, 2017
Workshop II - 2pm to 5pm, Monday, November 6, 2017
Workshop III - 9am to 12noon, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dinner to Remember – all participants are invited to take part in the Summit Dinner in the evening of Monday, November 6, 2017

Social Enterprise Summit –

2pm to 6pm, Tuesday, November 7, 2017
9am to 6pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Both Groups A and B participants are to take part in the B Corp Track of the Summit, including the Opening and Closing Sessions during which over ten overseas speakers will share their experience on B Corps.

Group B

Consolidation Workshop – 9am to 12noon, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Graduation Workshop – 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017

Group A

Consolidation Workshop – 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, November 16, 2017
Graduation Workshop – 2pm to 5pm, Thursday, November 23, 2017

6. Course Facilitators

Dr. K K Tse will be the Lead Facilitator.

Ms Georgie Morris , Course Leader, B Leaders Course, B Lab UK
Mr Michael Norton OBE , Co-founder, UnLtd, UK, and professor in social innovation in a
number of universities in China and South Africa.

7. Language Medium

English for readings and some of the presentations; Chinese will be used for small group discussions where the participants speak Chinese. Participants could use either English or Chinese in their Graduation Presentations.

8. Course Fee

Original fee: $15,000

Discounted fee (Sponsorship by Education for Good Foundation): HK$2,000 -- inclusive of admission to the 2-day Social Enterprise Summit (November 7-8) and A Dinner to Remember on Monday evening, November 6, 2017.

EARLY BIRD discount:

HK$1,200 for those who register before September 1, 2017

HK$1,500 for those who register before October 1, 2017

9. Course Venue

Apart from the Summit proceedings which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong, all other sessions will be held at Dream Impact, 4/F, 760 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

10. Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon satisfactory performance of the Graduation presentation.

11. Beyond Graduation

Graduates of the course will be invited to join a regional group of B Leaders to enable them to interact with, and support, each other in their role as a B Corp advocate. They might also be invited to share their experience at future B Leaders Courses and conferences. Graduates from Hong Kong will also have the opportunity to take part in the activities of the B Corp Consulting Group.

12. Enquiries and enrollment

Please contact Mr. Luke Tam

The Organizers

Education for Good CIC Ltd. is the first certified B Corp in Hong Kong. It is a pioneer in social entrepreneurship education and has been active in promoting B Corps in Hong Kong.

BCCG is an informal group of entrepreneurs and professionals developing expertise and resources to provide training and consultancy support to aspiring B Corps.

B Lab UK is a UK registered non-profit organization that exists to promote and coordinate the B Corp certification in the UK. The team also support UK certified B Corps to join and contribute to this global movement,
linking the UK community with B Corps around the world to use the power of business to address social and environmental problems.

The Supporting Organizations

Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum’s mission is to “Create and sustain a civic movement of social entrepreneurship”. It is working with B Lab Global to plan for the setting up of B Lab HK.

Social Enterprise Summit is Hong Kong’s annual flagship event which brings together leading experts in the field across the globe to showcase and discuss breakthrough achievements in social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

The Summit is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Leping Foundation and Narada Foundation are two major foundations in mainland China actively building the B Corp movement there. They had joint hands with Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum and Education for Good in organizing a Cross-Strait B Corp Forum in 2016.

In June, 2017, they sponsored the publication of the Chinese translation of Ryan Honeyman's The B Corp Handbook – How to Use Business as a Force for Good .






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