AVPN August Webinar: Sustainable Finance Initiative and Robeco’s Active Ownership


As inequality increases across the world and crisis after crisis envelops the financial sector, the financial system reveals a systemic market failure, which prevents the needs of the social economy to be served holistically. Nonetheless, this is not irreparable. Ultimately, the financial system is only a tool, and it is up to us to harness it to serve as an engine in the global economy’s transitions toward sustainable development. As an international financial center, Hong Kong needs to be a part of this transition and is uniquely positioned to lead.

In this webinar, we heard from Sustainable Finance Initiative (SFi), a project led by AVPN member RS Group.

Leonie Kelly and Tze-Wei Ng from SFi:

  • Discussed why sustainable finance is relevant to investors and the dimensions of sustainable finance;
  • Shared insights from their latest market research “Mapping Sustainable Finance in Hong Kong” – the first of its kind to review the state of play of sustainable finance in Hong Kong.

Peter van der Werf and Ronnie Lim from Robeco‘s Active Ownership:

  • Shared about ESG integration in Global Fundamental Equities, Credits and Quant Funds;
  • Explored how Active Ownership adds value to investments.


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

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