From Compliance to Growth: Strategic Sustainability in China and the West

  • Location: London/Zoom

About this event

Organizers: CKGSB, Asia House
Date: May 29, 2024
Time: 09:00 – 10:00am UK Time/ 16:00 – 17:00pm Beijing Time
Format: Online / In-person
Location: Zoom / Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, UK
Language: English

Governments worldwide are committing to net zero targets and decarbonisation efforts, though these vary widely between China and Europe. With investors increasingly recognising the financial risks linked to climate change, businesses are further compelled to embed climate considerations into their core values and decision-making processes. This reflects an evolving landscape where sustainability and social responsibility are becoming critical components of the global business model.

Taking place at Asia House in London, this hybrid conference aims to spotlight how businesses can strategically integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to drive growth and innovation, while considering the nuances of ESG practices in China and the West. This conference will explore recent developments in the ESG landscapes of China and Europe, convening industry leaders to provide valuable insights on navigating ESG regulatory changes across varied global markets, achieving sustainable growth, and tackling climate challenges.

The conference will also highlight an ESG Assessment Map by Professor Zhu Rui, Director of the Social Innovation and Business for Good Center at CKGSB. Professor Zhu will also shed light on her experience mentoring 2,800 executives and business professionals between 2022-2023 to integrate ESG into the core of their businesses and to identify sustainable growth opportunities in China.

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09:00 – 09:05 | Opening Remarks

  • • Welcome by Charlie Humphreys, Director of Corporate Affairs, Asia House
  • • Opening and Introduction by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House

09:05 – 09:15 | Keynote Speech

  • • YANG Aimin, General Manager, China Construction Bank London Branch

09:15 - 09:30 | Presentation and ESG Map Launch

  • • ZHU Rui, Professor of Marketing, Director of ESG and Social Innovation Center and Member of the Board of Supervisors of the Cheung Kong Education Development Foundation, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

09:30 – 10:00 | Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • • Zhu Rui, Professor of Marketing, Director of ESG and Social Innovation Center and Member of the Board of Supervisors of the Cheung Kong Education Development Foundation, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
  • • Mallika Ishwaran, Chief Economist at Shell
  • • Jane Goodland, Group Head of Sustainability at LSEG
  • • Sherry Madera, Chief Executive Officer at CDP


Moderated by:

  • • Charlie Humphreys, Director of Corporate Affairs, Asia House


Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint

Chairman at Asia House

Stephen Green is the former Group Chairman of HSBC, and served as UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment from 2011 to 2013. Lord Green was appointed Executive Director of HSBC in 1998, and held several senior positions within the organisation, including Group Chief Executive and Group Chairman. Stephen regularly speaks at our events around the world and has written on Asian affairs and global trade for a variety of publications. He brings a wealth of knowledge on trade policy and global economic issues to Asia House.

YANG Aimin

General Manager, China Construction Bank London Branch

Aimin Yang is the General Manager of China Construction Bank Corporation London Branch (CCBLB), a position he has held since July 2018. Before this role, Mr Yang he served as the General Manager of the International Business Department at China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB) in Beijing. From 2009 and 2011, Mr Yang was the General Manager of the Financial Markets Department at CCB. Between 2006 and 2009, Mr Yang was the first appointed as the Deputy General Manager of Risk Management Department, and later he headed the Market Risk Management Department. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Deputy General Manager of Financial Markets Department in CCB’s Hong Kong Branch, where he was responsible for CCB’s foreign currency denominated portfolio investment business. Earlier in his career, Mr Yang was the Representative at CCB London Representative Office from 1991 to 1994. Mr Yang holds a master degree from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a bachelor degree from Shanghai Fudan University.


Professor of Marketing, Director of ESG and Social Innovation Center and Member of the Board of Supervisors of the Cheung Kong Education Development Foundation, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)

PhD, University of Minnesota

Rui (Juliet) Zhu is Professor of Marketing, Director of the ESG and Social Innovation Center and Member of the Board of Supervisors of the Cheung Kong Education Development Foundation at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Prior to joining CKGSB, Juliet was associate professor of marketing, and Canada Research Chair in consumer behavior at the University of British Columbia (BC, Canada) and assistant professor of marketing at Rice University (USA). She received her Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Minnesota in 2003.

Prof. Zhu’s research interests center on behavioral science, social innovation, and brand management. Her research has been published in top journals, such as Science, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of Marketing Research. She currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Marketing. She has published two books, “Enterprises of the Future: A Three-step Approach for Sustainable Business” in 2020, and “Logic of Decision: Behavioral Psychology in Everyday Life” in 2022.

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Jane Goodland

Group Head of Sustainability at LSEG

As Group Head of Sustainability for LSEG, Jane spearheads work to integrate sustainability into the Group’s entire full value chain encompassing operations, market engagement and product and solutions alignment. Prior to joining LSEG, Jane has worked in sustainable finance for 25+ years, within asset management (Janus Henderson, HSBC), investment consulting (Willis Towers Watson) and wealth management (Old Mutual Wealth, Quilter). Jane was named in the Fifty Most Influential in Sustainable Finance in 2023.

Mallika Ishwaran

Chief Economist at Shell

Mallika is Shell’s Chief Economist. She advises on macroeconomic issues, economic trends, and related policy matters to shape Shell’s long-term scenario outlooks. She leads strategic engagements on energy transitions with national and city governments across the world, notably a multi-year collaboration with the Chinese government. Prior to joining Shell, she was Deputy Director at DEFRA and has held senior positions across the UK government, including at the Cabinet Office as Head of Policy Analysis for the 2009 G20 London Summit.

Sherry Madera

Chief Executive Officer at CDP

As CEO of CDP, a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions, Sherry manages an international team spread across Europe, Asia and the Americas.  Prior to joining CDP, Sherry was Founder and Chair of the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA), a global organisation focused on supporting data requirements in sustainable finance. Previously, Sherry held senior global roles in Mastercard and LSEG, and was the City of London’s Economic Ambassador to Asia.

Charlie Humphreys

Director of Corporate Affairs at Asia House

Charlie leads Asia House’s corporate and government relations, as well as the business and policy programme. He has led discussions at Asia House public policy events with leading business figures, government ministers from Asia and the west, and experts on Asia. He helped establish Asia House’s Advisory business, advising multinational corporations, governments and other institutions. With an academic background in political economy, before joining Asia House, Charlie worked in finance‚ managing portfolios for investors from Asia and Europe. He also spent a number of years in China where he worked on capacity building projects with the government.

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