Powering Sustainable Opportunities: Expectations for the Supply Chain

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Ucommune Sheung Wan

181 Queen's Road Central


Hong Kong , HKI

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Evening gathering to share knowledge and gain practical information from leading professionals driving sustainability awareness and change.

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Powering Sustainable Opportunities: Expectations for the Supply Chain is Part two of the series hosted and organized by Bakbamboo in conjunction with Ucommune.

The main purpose of this series is to create a knowledge sharing platform and to gain practical “hands-on” information from leading business professionals within the industry.

Bakbamboo's panel discussion in late 2019 covered a general overview of how industries are incorporating sustainable goals within their businesses in Hong Kong/Macau and within the APAC region. Our Nov 2020 event will go a step further and look at how businesses implement sustainable goals into their supply chain as a reflection of the company's core values.

To this end, members of the panel - coming from various industries - will explore the different aspects of sustainability that can be incorporated in the businesses supply chains such as:

  • environmental protection
  • social impact
  • circularity

They will explain how they built their supply chain around them and how it helps their company achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Areas of the discussion will aim to bring light on what are the key obstacles that corporations are currently facing whilst also sharing experiences that demonstrate key successes.

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Keynote Speaker:

Robert Gibson

Adjunct Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability - HKUST

Robert Gibson is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Environment and Sustainability at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Fellow of Civic Exchange, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of CPA's Sustainability Committee.

He focuses on mechanisms for making capitalism more sustainable and facilitating action by business to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

We are very glad to have him as a keynote speaker for our event, where he will highlight the carbon impact of international supply chains.

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Featured Speakers:

Brenda Haitema

Head of Asia Operations & Sales - Thread International

Brenda leads Asia Operations & Sales at First Mile. The fast-growing company creates fair wage opportunities in poor communities to turn discarded plastic into high quality fabric. This is sold to major clothing brands, creating value for the communities, the environment, brand partners and the company itself. Integrating community development into her professional life has been a core value throughout her career.

She dovetailed her knowledge of recycling plastic into recycling paper and worked for a year building Who Gives A Crap's supply chain - a company that sells toilet paper made from non virgin trees and donates 50% of their profits to building sanitation systems around the world.

Prior to taking her current role in 2016, she spent four years at VF, most recently as Senior Material Manager of its $1 billion+ footwear division comprising Vans, Timberland, North Face and Reef.

Brenda previously worked in the automotive sector at Guildford Performance Textiles. She earned her BS in Polymer and Color Chemistry at NC State after being awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Centennial Scholarship.

Born in Tabasco, Mexico, and raised in the United States after her family relocated, she has lived in Beijing, Dominican Republic and Hong Kong. She speaks native Spanish and English, and basic Mandarin.

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Caroline Briggert

Head of Social and Environmental Sustainability - Hop Lun

Caroline Briggert heads up social and environmental sustainability at Hop Lun, a leading lingerie and swimwear manufacturing group.

Caroline previously worked as Director Citizenship, Policy and Engagement at Mattel, one of the world’s largest toy companies. Before that, she lead the stakeholder engagement work at DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of drones, where she developed partnerships with UN agencies and other international organizations to solve various humanitarian and environmental challenges using drones.

Before moving to HK, Caroline worked as a public affairs and strategic communications consultant in Brussels where she focused primarily on topics related to resource efficiency and technology for good. Caroline holds a MSc in Business from Stockholm School of Economics.

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Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President, Knowledge and Applications - Fung Academy, Fung Group

Pamela leads the directs the Fung Academy’s research & development activities and applications which inform the Group’s strategic response to key disruptions in its business operating environment, including technological change, the rise of sustainability, trade/geopolitical uncertainty and the changing nature of consumption.  

Prior to her current role, she ran the Academy’s programs that support sustainable, competitive advantage in the supply chains of Fung Group companies, including the use of mobile and IOT technologies, as well as direct supplier training.  Until 2019, she served as the Fung Group Director of Sustainability and was instrumental in growing sustainability beyond compliance and into a competitive advantage for the Group. She was named one of 10 leaders on the Eco-business Sustainability A-List at the end of 2019.  She continues to teach sustainability as an Honorary Visiting Lecturer in the MBA program of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.   

She was formerly based in Shenzhen as a Director in the Global Finance Center of TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, and prior to that, in Geneva as the World Economic Forum’s Associate Director for Greater China, where she built the Forum’s key relations with the Chinese government and businesses.

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Alexander Mastrovito

Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions Asia & Oceania - Scania

Alexander Mastrovito is Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions at the Volkswagen Group commercial vehicle brand Scania in Asia-Pacific & Hong Kong. He was the project leader for Scania’s deployment of autonomous trucks in Singapore and the architect of Scania’s Hong Kong Fleet Management Centre. Alexander works with driving the shift to a sustainable transport system by paving the way for Zero-Emissions, eco-efficiency solutions and smart, connected vehicle technology.

Alexander is also an Associate Researcher on Sustainable Transport at the Hong Kong think tank Civic Exchange, Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee, Sustainable Living Environment Advisory Group Steering Member at the Business Environment Council, and Vice Chair of the European Chamber of Commerce’s Environment & Energy Business Council.

Prior to joining Scania in Hong Kong 6 years ago he was based in Beijing and has now spent 13 years in the Greater China region working mostly in the automotive industry.

He has a master’s degree in Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden and postgraduate studies in sustainability at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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About the Co-hosts:

Our business is consultancy, sustainability services and supplier of customised, eco-friendly, sustainable alternative products at a wholesale level to hotels, resorts, aviation and beyond. Products are carefully selected based on their environmental impact, with the ultimate goal to assist in the reduction of single-use plastics and management of waste control in these industries in Hong Kong and globally.

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Ucommune is a network of collaborative co-working spaces. Currently present in 44 cities around the world, it had become a platform that supports the pursuit of a higher quality of life and a higher quality of business.

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