The topic of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) should be no stranger to the students of tertiary educational institutions as it has gained much traction worldwide. To further cultivate their understanding towards ESG and its applications, “Link Together Initiatives” under Link has been sponsoring the Jane Goodall Institute Hong Kong since last year. Recently, they have organised the first cohort of the “ESG Leadership Training Programme”, which included 12 hours of ESG leadership workshop for over 30 local students of tertiary educational institutions to understand more about ESG concepts, such as climate change and its risks and the circular economy business model. On 7 and 8 January, an ESGATHON (ESG Hackathon) case competition was held: the participants went on a field trip at a Link mall and with the knowledge they have gained in the workshops, they created their own ESG solutions. In the end, a group of two students from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) stood out among the 10 groups and was crowned the champion along with a $12,000 scholarship.
On the first day, sustainability managers from Link and other organisations introduced to students the applications, challenges and limitations of sustainable development. For the field trip, participants visited Lok Fu Place where the staff of Link explained to them the sustainable measures adopted in Lok Fu Place, such as the outdoor urban farm, solar panels that generate renewable energy and the styrofoam recycling scheme. Students were curious and discussed after the field trip in preparation for the case competition on next day.
As the highlight of the programme, the final case competition took the stage with four judges and all the students, who were divided into 10 teams. They introduced their ESG cases and most of them targeted the tenants of Link, while others were for Link. The solutions covered different aspects, from food waste management, recycling disposable tableware, reducing water usage and making community artwork with waste, etc. In the end, the sustainable smart city proposal created by two HKU students, Joe and Katie, has stood out from other teams and took the champion.
The winning duo are both HKU students: Joe is a year three Electrical and Electronic Engineering major and Katie a sophomore studying Business Administration. Their solution aims to combine all intelligent technologies into the management system of malls and display the findings on an app. Examples include detecting the traffic in different spots and adjusting the temperature accordingly, thereby reducing emissions and saving energy; another function is to install sensors in major areas of the malls to count the number of customers in restaurants, which will then be displayed on the app for other customers’ convenience. In addition, their solution also includes producing unmanned robots to lead the way for the elderly.
Joe said: “Hong Kong is developing into a smart city and the Smart Mobility technology is something to look forward to, so I try to apply concepts of IoT and renewable energy that I have learnt at university to this competition.” On the other hand, Katie saw the importance of integrating ESG with business strategy and she benefited a lot from ESG concepts and cases from the workshops.
Before studying at HKU, Joe was an electrical engineering student at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education. Teamed up with three students, Joe joined the “Innovation Award and Seed Fund 2021/22” and won the Gold Award with the project “The Game Changer — High Gain MPPT Converter”. The team received a sum of seed funding, and decided to establish a startup company in mid-July 2022 to develop solar vehicle for green transportation, all for a sustainable and carbon zero city.
For this “ESG Leadership Training Programme”, the most outstanding student in the winning team will be offered internships at Link and other environmental organisations for six weeks starting from mid-July. For all the participants, they will be invited to the “ESG CONNECTION Summit” to learn more from the practitioners in the industry; they will also undertake a 5-hour community internship and help organise an “ESG Community Experience Day” to educate the public on the topic.
Receive updates in Messenger
Receive updates in Messenger
This Statement is made by Link Asset Management Limited ("Link Asset Management") as manager of Link REIT and Link Properties Limited (collectively "Link", “we”, "our" or "us"), in accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) of the Laws of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ('the PDPO'). This Statement intends to notify you why your personal data is collected, how it will be used, to whom the personal data will be transferred and to whom data access requests are to be addressed.
We hold four broad categories of personal data, namely customers' and tenants' personal data, business associates' personal data, employment-related personal data, website and social media users' personal data.
From time to time, we may collect your personal data to provide our services to you and in an effort to improve your customer experience. You are not obliged to provide your personal data to us but if you do not, we may not be able to provide you with some of the information, materials, services and/or products of Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited.
Provision of personal data (i.e. email address or similar personal data) to us is obligatory should you subscribe to “Channel 823” or any contents thereto.
If you are under the age of 18, you must ask your parent or guardian before providing any personal data to us.
The personal data you registered for subscribing to "Channel 823" (whether through our websites or through social media platforms) will be used for:
We would like to use your email address or social media messengers for sending you "Channel 823" information or part thereof from time to time by way of direct marketing.
If you object to our use of your personal data for the relevant purposes as listed above, you can, at any time without charge, inform us via the “unsubscribe” function available in the emails or social media messengers of “Channel 823” updates or send an email to email@example.com.
Personal data held by us will be kept confidential, but we may disclose/transfer such data to the following parties (whether within or outside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) for the purposes set out in this Statement:
We strive at all times to ensure that your personal data will be protected against unauthorized or accidental access, processing, erasure or other use. We have implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial measures to safeguard and secure your personal data.
Your personal data will be kept in the office of Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited or by the service providers engaged by Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited and is accessible only to our authorized employees and service providers.
We will keep your personal data for a reasonable time to fulfill the purpose for which the data was collected or comply with the relevant rules, regulations and laws of Hong Kong. Personal data which is no longer required will be destroyed.
Under the PDPO. any individual has the right to request access to and correction of his or her personal data held by us. In accordance with the terms of the PDPO, Link Asset Management or Link Properties Limited has the right to charge a reasonable fee for the processing of request.
If you wish to access or correct your personal data in relations to "Channel 823" subscription held by us, please send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the below terms if you provide your personal data for the use of our services in Mainland China.
Cross-border data transfer
Since "Channel 823" is published by Link Asset Management in Hong Kong, transfer of your personal data to Hong Kong is necessary for us to send you "Channel 823" information or part thereof. During such cross-border data transfer and storage, we are committed to protecting the security of your personal data. If you object to our cross-border transfer of your personal data, we may not be able to provide you with the services for the relevant purposes listed above.
Other than the rights to request access and correction, in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, you will also have the rights to copy, supplement and deletion of your personal data held by us.
To Change the scope of consent
We respect your right to know and right of decision on the processing of your personal data. You can change the scope of your consent to our processing of your personal data at any time, however this might affect your use of our services. If you wish to access, copy, correct, supplement or delete your personal data in relations to "Channel 823" subscription held by us or to change the scope of your consent, please send your request to: email@example.com.
In case of discrepancies between the English and Chinese versions of this Statement, the English version shall apply and prevail.