22 Mar 2012

Lunch meeting: Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia. Speaker: Rebecca Mikula-Wright

President Martin cannot attend the meeting; Hon. Sec. Michael was the Acting President today.

The speaker today was Ms. Ms. Rebecca Mikula-Wright, who spoke on “Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia”.  Rebecca comes from a banking background in London, and then returned to Australia to work with JPMorgan Chase covering various trading products. In parallel to her banking career, she was heavily involved in a number of NGO organizations in London and Sydney, and was the National Awareness and Volunteer Coordinator for the Australian Orangutan project for 5 years. From Sydney she moved to Prague, Czech Republic for 3 years where she was a senior credit analyst with Exxon Mobil and began her MBA from Sheffield Hallam University (Prague). Then onto HK to work for Nomura as Regional Business Manager for Equity Research where she initiated the establishment of the Environment Committee as part of their CSR initiatives and launch of the internal CSR Environment program.

Rebecca came to introduce her organisation, Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) to us, ASrIA is a not for profit, membership association dedicated to promoting corporate responsibility and sustainable investment practice in the Asia Pacific region. ASrIA’s members include investment institutions managing over US$4 trillion in assets; however, membership is open to any organisation, which has an interest in sustainable investment.

ASrIA’s goal is to build market capacity for SRI. They provide insightful, up to date and accessible information on the development of SRI in Asia and globally. They have also become the platform for different sectors within the community to exchange information and perspectives on SRI, and to take practice forward.

They have taken a leadership role in promoting sustainable investment in Asia since our founding in 2001. They have run conferences, seminars and workshops, and published wide-ranging research on SRI issues and created a very wide network of organizations and individuals interested in the broad range of policy issues and investment strategies, which are essential to the implementation of SRI in Asia.

Rtn Chris collected HK$260 for raffle and fines.  Rtn John got the raffle prize as a book “Bangkok”.