Hong Kong to Become a “Social Business City”?


Alfred Poon


AVPN attended the Social Enterprise Summit in Hong Kong, which consisted of month-long activities on social innovation and entrepreneurship leading up to the main symposium from 29th November to 2nd December 2012. The summit was opened by the HKSAR Chief Secretary, demonstrating the city’s commitment to develop itself into a “Social Business City”. This term was espoused by keynote speaker, Saskia Bruysten of Yunus Social Business.

Another positive indicator towards the above goal was the overwhelming attendance at the event and the level of partnerships that it garnered. More than 1,500 people were engaged over the entire period, many coming from around the region, including mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and other Asian countries. Guests witnessed successful examples of local social enterprises, which covered a variety of causes and implementations.

With the coming together of the social, corporate and government sectors, organisers hope that collaboration via such platforms will provide effective and alternative means of solving some of society’s problems. However, the hope of Hong Kong becoming the champion of social businesses is still balanced by many obstacles in this Asian city where commercial profits still reign supreme. Changing the mindsets of people will continue to be one of the most important tasks going forward.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Alfred Poon


Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications

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