14 Dec 2017
Everbright International Receives the Sustainability Excellence Award at Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards 201714 December 2017, Hong Kong - China Everbright International Limited ("Everbright International" or the "Group") (HKSE: 00257) is pleased to announce that the Group was granted the Sustainability Excellence Award at the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards 2017. It showcases the authoritative recognition that Everbright International has once again received for its efforts and achievements in corporate governance, business ethics and sustainable development.
The judging panel of the awards considers that Everbright International operates a sophisticated environmental management system that oversees its entire operation across business units, focusing on monitoring and minimising any negative environmental impact. An effective stakeholder programme is implemented to understand external concerns and the results are mapped to the Group's business and development strategies. The judges were particularly impressed by Everbright International's commitment to R&D and aspiration for international impact. The "Everbright Technology Hub" was set up in Nanjing to develop its own proprietary equipment and technology that would become domestic as well as international standards.
Mr. Wang Tianyi, General Manager of Everbright International, said at the award ceremony, "Everbright International firmly believes that the success of an enterprise depends on a strict, systematic corporate governance system. We have been committed to improving our corporate rules and regulations, and strengthening internal control and risk management, to continuously enhance our corporate governance and sustainable development capabilities. Meanwhile, we have continued to adhere to our core value that 'An Enterprise is not only the Creator of Wealth, but also the Safeguard of Environmental and Social Responsibility'. Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. Accordingly, we will take actions to promote the concurrent improvement of social, environmental and economic benefits, to nurture green development, and to make an ongoing contribution towards environmental protection and sustainable development in China, Asia and even the world."
While fostering sustainable development of its business, Everbright International has always proactively acted on its corporate social responsibility, including strengthening environmental protection awareness, supporting charity initiatives, paying attention to staff development and benefits, and enhancing good interactions with stakeholders, among other initiatives. In the past year, the Group won multiple awards for sustainable development and social responsibility from home and abroad, including the Silver Class distinction in RobecoSAM's 2017 Sustainability Yearbook, as well as the inclusion as constituent stocks in several key indexes, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index.
The Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Awards, inaugurated in 2007, are conferred annually by the Chamber of Hong Kong Listed Companies and the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy at Hong Kong Baptist University, and are designed to encourage improvement in the corporate governance of listed companies in Hong Kong. The awards provide recognition and prestige for listed companies that are strongly committed to shareholder rights, compliance, integrity, fairness, responsibility, accountability, transparency, board independence and leadership, and corporate social responsibility. As one of the main categories of the awards, the Sustainability Excellence Awards recognises companies that have achieved excellence in the performance and achievements of sustainability endeavours.