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Environmental protection

We seek to take environmental issues into account when carrying out our day-to-day operations. We embrace the four Rs—Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle.

Our workplace

While our operations do not have a direct and obvious impact on the environment, we have launched a number of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and raise awareness of environmental protection among staff and stakeholders.

In keeping with our internal protocol, A Guide to Working “Green” at the SFC, we have implemented in-house policies to minimise waste and to promote an environmentally-friendly culture: 

  • Waste management: from separating waste before disposal to reducing usage
  • Conservation: from adjusting indoor lighting after office hours with auto timers to using energy-saving devices
  • Office supplies: where practical, purchasing environmentally-friendly office supplies
  • Suppliers: requesting that major suppliers advise us on their environmental policies. We give preference to vendors who are environmentally conscious in their business processes and activities.

Our community

Besides being environmentally conscious in our daily operations, we also raise staff's awareness of responsible, green living and promote civic-mindedness among employees. For instance, we:

  • proactively engage in the community's environmental causes;
  • partner with external experts and like-minded organisations; and
  • incorporate a green element into our community services.

Our marketplace

We introduced a number of initiatives at the market level to raise the industry’s operational efficiency and minimise its resource consumption, including:

  • a common one-stop online portal, WINGS (Web-based INteGrated Service), for the industry to make submissions, including licensing applications and notifications, to us electronically;
  • replacing paper submissions of financial returns with an electronic financial return system; and
  • ceasing the issuance of printed licences to licensed individuals.

In line with global market and regulatory developments in sustainable finance, we have devised a strategy to help develop Hong Kong as a leading green finance centre and connect green finance flows between the Mainland and the rest of the world.

Last update: 22 Jan 2020

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