“Hong Kong Exchange launches new e-training, guidelines for ESG reporting” –The Asset ESG Forum – March 9, 2020

On March 9, 2020 The Asset reported that the “Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), has launched its updated environmental, social and governance (ESG) e-training programme and published its new guidelines on ESG reporting to help issuers better navigate the evolving standards on ESG reporting.

‘As ESG considerations increasingly move into the mainstream, HKEX, as the market regulator, is committed to ensuring that HKEX’s ESG framework and guidance are up to date with investor and stakeholder expectations,’ says Bonnie Chan, HKEX’s head of listing.

To facilitate issuers’ understanding of the new ESG requirements to the listing rules and the ESG reporting guide, the exchange has launched an e-training course, “New ESG Requirements”,  which will take about 60 minutes to complete and covers the following topics: ESG requirements, board governance, reporting principles and boundary, setting targets, climate change, and social key performance indicators (KPIs).

The exchange has also updated its “How to prepare an ESG report” and related appendices to reflect the new requirements, including adding a new appendix with specific guidance on the calculation of social KPIs.”

You may read the article on The Asset ESG Forum internet site.