(Fully booked) BDO ESG Forum Part 1: Navigating along the science-based transition pathway

Date: 23 February 2023
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
25th Floor, Wing On Centre
111 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong  
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  • Summary

According to the Emissions Gap Report published in November 2022 by the United Nations Environment Programme, current national policies will see global warming reach 2.8°C by the end of the century. To meet the Paris targets, emissions in 2030 would have to be reduced by 30-45% below the levels projected under current policies. This presents a compelling scope for business action to align to governmental commitments on global climate mandates and allow for systematic integration into mainstream sustainable development.

With the latest Global Risk Report 2023 issued by the World Economic Forum in January 2023, while in the short-term (two years from now), two out of the top five risks are relating to climate change namely ranked second – Natural disaster and extreme weather events and ranked fourth – Failure to mitigate climate change; in the long-term (over a period of 10 years), four out of the top five risks are relating to climate change including ranked first – Failure to mitigate climate change and second – Failure of climate change adaption. 

There is no time to waste. Organisations need to take urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their operations, including phase out fossil fuel consumption, phase down the use of coal, reduce methane emissions and align targets with the 1.5°C. Such a mandate unlocks significant opportunities for businesses to build resilience, innovate and secure future profitability.

BDO is organising a hybrid forum to give you the background about setting science-based target and the consideration for transition to low carbon pathway.

Our sharing will be divided into two parts. In this ESG Forum Part 1, we will be covering the followings:

  • Setting science-based target for financial institutions
  • Climate resilience and low carbon strategy
  • ESG reporting trend and assurance

The second part of the hybrid forum will be held later. Please stay tuned!


Forum rundown

14:00 - 15:00   Setting science-based target for financial institutions
  Ling Zhu, Country Lead of Capital Markets, CDP China
15:00 - 16:00 Climate resilience and low carbon strategy
  Dipankar Ghosh, Partner and Leader of Sustainability & ESG, BDO in India
16:00 - 17:00 ESG reporting performance and assurance 
  Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong



RICKY CHENG, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

Ricky specialises in assisting clients in managing their internal audit function and meeting corporate governance requirements in both China and Hong Kong.

Ricky has 20 years of risk and assurance experience. He worked for large international accounting firms and had commercial internal audit experience. His expertise covers various services such as Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, risk management assessment, compliance assistance, corporate governance compliance review, internal audit assistance, business process review, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) readiness and reporting support services review, stored value facilities (SVF) licence independent assessment review, etc. 

The portfolio of clients managed by Ricky comes from various industries including transportation, property development and construction, gaming and entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, gold and minerals mining, fast moving consumer goods, retailing and department chain stores, financial institutions such as brokerage houses and derivative products companies. 

Ricky is a frequent event speaker of related topics for professional body organisations and training for listed and non-listed companies. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and Certified Internal Auditor.

DIPANKAR GHOSH, Partner and Leader of Sustainability & ESG, BDO in India

Dipankar has more than 30 years of experience in leading solutions and teams around the subject matter of sustainability and human development, climate change, ESG, resource efficiency, sustainable technology, renewable energy and climate financing.

He has worked with clients across geographies including corporates, governments, multilateral & bilateral agencies as well as not-for-profits and has experience across sectors including Metallurgy & Mining, Power & Utility, Oil & Gas, Chemicals & Fertilisers, Cement, Pulp & Paper, Manufacturing, Agro-processing, Automotive, Real Estate, Health Care, Telecommunication, Transportation, Construction, Biofuel.

Prior to joining BDO in India Dipankar was associated with an engineering consultancy, he subsequently led the sustainability practice at a large professional services firm in India and later MENA and an entrepreneurial venture in creating a sustainable development advisory firm.

He is a respectable thought leader on the subject and often speaks at conferences and works with industry associations for policy advocacy.

LING ZHU, Country Lead of Capital Markets, CDP China

Ling Zhu is the County Lead of Capital Markets in CDP, covering markets of Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland of China. Before joining CDP, Ling was the Head of Banking and Capital Markets in the Department for International Trade in the British Embassy Beijing. Before that, Ling worked in China Development Bank. Ling studied low carbon economy in Fudan University, where he contributed to several researches in climate transition and sustainable finance such as Shanghai Low Carbon Economy Development Route 2050.


Further information
This event will incorporate slides which you can view on a PC and audio broadcast technology which requires only the speakers in your device. Therefore, on the day, please ensure the audio volume of your device is turned up. You are recommended to log in the webinar (which will be provided by email after your successful registration) a few minutes before the webinar starts to make sure you have no problem with the connection. 


Details are as follows:

Date : Thursday, 23 February 2023
Time : 14:00 - 17:00
Venue : Hybrid (Online via Zoom / In-person at BDO office)
    25th Floor, Wing On Centre, 111 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong    
    (Sheung Wan Wing On Department Store’s building)
Language : English
Fee : Free of charge
CPD Units* : 3 hours (*The recognition of CPD hours by your professional organisations is subject to their CPD policies.)
Remarks : 1. For any enquiries, please contact contact Ida Cheung at +852 2218 3714 or [email protected]
    2. Login information will be sent to you by email after successful registration.
    3. BDO reserves the final right of acceptance of registration.