The second CSO Forum and Sustainability Excellence Awards was launched today, kicking off the second year of the awards program. The CSO Forum, themed “Bolster confidence toward sustainability”, will continue to serve as a platform for exchanging experience among the government, regulators, professional organizations, academic institutions and leading companies to explore a high-quality development path that is innovation-driven, green and sustainable for Chinese companies.
Jack Chan, EY China Chairman and Greater China Regional Managing Partner, says: “As an active advocate and practitioner of sustainable development, the EY organization has been promoting its ‘decarbonization’ process and sharing best practices in green and low-carbon transformation while gathering wisdom through various lenses, avenues and means to explore new paths, models and experience for Chinese enterprises in their journey of green transition. China is at a critical period of green transformation. As such, EY teams are committed to building the sustainability brand image of the CSO Forum and Sustainability Excellence Awards, bringing a wealth of ESG experience and research knowledge, and leading more enterprises to step up efforts in promoting the comprehensive green transition of economic and social development. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the EY Greater China region. The 55th anniversary celebration is about embracing our heritage, reflecting on where this fruitful journey began, and shaping the future by inspiring even greater ingenuity in Greater China. EY teams look forward to promoting broader collaboration to drive innovation and amplify ‘green’ power. With this in mind, we will work with communities to bolster confidence in sustainable development to meet future challenges and build a sustainable future together.”
This year, based on the country’s goal of high-quality development, the CSO Forum and Sustainability Excellence Awards, with the theme of “Bolster confidence toward sustainability”, will identify best practices in sustainable development in a wide range of fields such as green development, rural revitalization, scientific innovation and industrial leadership, and recognize outstanding listed companies in implementing key national development strategies, promoting regional coordination, stabilizing economic growth and fulfilling social responsibility. Based on the latest global sustainability evaluation system and ESG standards, the independent judging panel selects winners in each category – excellent companies/institutions, excellent individuals and best practices/cases – in a fair, transparent and impartial manner, taking into consideration the commercial, social and technological impact brought by the nominees.
Michael Bi, EY Greater China Markets Managing Partner, says: “Through broader dialogues among communities, EY teams strive to work with more listed companies on their journey toward green development, creating long-term value and leading high-quality development. This year, we hold the forum with the theme of ‘Bolster confidence toward sustainability’, with a view to bolstering the confidence of Chinese companies in exploring a high-quality development path that is innovation-driven, green and sustainable. Confidence breeds strength. We believe that the CSO Forum and Sustainability Excellence Awards can strengthen cooperation with different industries and bolster their confidence in advancing sustainable development. Together, we create long-term value for the country and society, in a bid to build a sustainable and better working world.”
As an active advocate and practitioner of green transition and sustainable development, EY teams have always been helping clients gain insights on environmental policies, technology development and market trends, and enrich their practical experience and research results to build a better working world and a sustainable future.
With reference to the judging criteria, an independent panel of recognized judges – comprising local experts, scholars, entrepreneurs and institutional investors – selects the award recipients of Sustainability Excellence Awards based on the application materials and due diligence reports. The judging process is carried out in a fair, open and impartial manner.