Updated: Feb 11
In honor of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations (UN), Social Impact Investment and Procurement Foundation, in collaboration with the S.T.A.R.S. Foundation and JCI Ocean, held the "Sustainability Impact Corporate Award for UNSDGs 2021" (SICA) awarding ceremony on 21st August, 2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre.
SICA is a community development project which aims to promote sustainability impact by recognizing the significant contribution made by corporations for their sustainability impact to local and global societies. The Award includes Excellence and Performance awards, revolving around the assessment of Environmental, Social and Governance criteria of corporations using and referring to the UN standards of the 17 SDGs and the SDG Impact Standards newly initiated by the United Nations Development Program. Aiming to encourage synchronization of community-led sustainable development strategies with other countries in achieving the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
The prizing ceremony was overall successful. Judging panel includes 22 noble prestigious expertise from Hong Kong, Mainland China, United States, Europe and South Africa. Prestigious Guests including Dr. Roy Luo, Former Director of United Nations Office for Project Services-China, Mr, Roy Lo, Managing Partner of Shinewing CPA and Mr. Matthew Friedman, founder and CEO of The Mekong Club, were invited to deliver a speech advocating the UNSDGs.
There were around a hundred attendees joined the awarding ceremony physically and over 200,000 audiences participated in the live event to recognise the effort of corporations in achieving sustainability in business operations.
Among the 81 awardees, there were 1 Fortune 500 corporation -- Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), 9 listed co and 10 overseas operations originated from the United States, Japan, Canada and Africa. 8 companies were awarded with the “Sustainability Impact Corporate Award | Excellence for SDGs” while 13 participants were merited with the “Sustainability Impact Corporate Award | Performance for SDGs”.
In light of the public and educational influence of SICA, Youth Ambassadors from the “International Exchange Conference of Long March 2021” launched by JCI Ocean were also appointed to spread the rationale of the 17 UNSDGs. The commencement of the “SDGs Petition For Public” was announced with the aim to connect individuals and corporations regarding sustainability impact. In order to urge national governments and global corporations to implement UNSDGs in actions to define the societies and nature for our coming generations, no one should be left behind.