CFA Institute helps drive Hong Kong’s inexperienced hub standing

As local weather change warnings develop louder and the world continues its warming trajectory, the necessity for consciousness in Asia Pacific (Apac) concerning the challenges and alternatives to fulfill net-zero targets is changing into extra pressing. Because the market grapples with advanced topics similar to transition Finance, there are a number of organisations serving to lead this cost by providing sensible assist to professionals eager to be taught extra.   

On a current go to to Asia, Paul Moody, managing director, international partnerships & consumer options, CFA Institute, informed FinanceAsia: “Hong Kong is main the best way in sustainability. IT has a dedication to upskilling and expertise, and Hong Kong is a inexperienced Finance hub, similar to inexperienced bonds – the place there may be big demand, for a gateway into [mainland] China. So capital is all the time coming out and in. Inexperienced Finance and Technology is a rising phenomenon and one thing that I’m very constructive about.”

For instance, in February 2024, Hong Kong’s authorities efficiently issued an oversubscribed HK$6 billion ($767 million) digital inexperienced bond providing. 

Citing a sensible measure for the Particular Administration Area (SAR) to enhance its carbon footprint: “In Hong Kong, there’s a big alternative for buildings to be higher designed to be extra vitality environment friendly.”


One of many methods Hong Kong’s companies are enhancing is thru their employees collaborating in programs run by the CFA Institute. 

London-based Moody (pictured) mentioned: “For the Certificates in ESG Investing, out of about 40,000, some 17,000 of our registrants are primarily based in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Financial Authority (HKMA) can reimburse every participant not less than 80% of the price of every course by means of the Pilot Inexperienced and Sustainable Finance Capability Constructing Assist Scheme. IT is round a 100-hour course, and other people are inclined to share IT on their LinkedIn.”

Talking from CFA Institute’s Hong Kong workplace in Central, he mentioned there’s a potential throughout the area: “There’s a big alternative for us so as to add worth – particularly, in a market similar to China. Hong Kong is the highest market globally and in Apac for registrations, accounting for one out of each three candidates globally. 5 Apac markets ranked within the prime 10 globally, together with Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India and Taiwan.”

Encouragingly, these taking the programs will not be simply in Finance. Moody mentioned that for CFA’s ESG-related certificates, round 20% of members come from Finance, and the largest sector was from companies similar to inexperienced industries, the general public sector, consultancy, analysis and provide chain.

He mentioned: “We’re getting a broad vary of candidates. Anyone can take our programs, and a few firms reimburse their employees.”

The CFA Institute has made one other current transfer within the inexperienced house with the launch of its Local weather Danger, Valuation, and Investing Certificates, which launched during the last six months and can be concentrating on Finance and different professionals. There may be additionally an emphasis on constructing a group.   

Moody defined: “This can have a look at the chance in a inventory or bond. Business practitioners will are available in and take a bunch of individuals on this journey. IT is a like a pyramid with environmental, social and governance (ESG), local weather after which the following one might be biodiversity. We additionally wish to create a group the place individuals can share concepts and thought management and can assist careers.”

Mewnwhile the physique’s flagship enterprise CFA Program takes three years and those that move (many individuals fail) typically mark this on their enterprise playing cards. 

COP launch

Moody attended his first United Nations Local weather Change Convention (COP) final 12 months in Dubai at COP28, the biggest local weather change convention on the planet.

Reflecting on the occasion, Moody mentioned: “The dedication to trebling renewable vitality was encouraging. When you get essential mass IT turns into an financial resolution.”

“There have been an enormous variety of conversations round carbon markets – though not an enormous sum of money going into IT. The nearer you get to net-zero, the more durable IT is to do IT, so you’ll need higher Technology. We additionally mentioned blended Finance – on a capital / macro foundation — there may be urge for food however a niche in funding,” he continued.

There was rising criticism of COP, for instance having its personal massive carbon footprint with members flying in from all around the world, and for permitting fossil gas exporting nations an excessive amount of affect over draft texts. This 12 months COP29 will happen in Baku, Azerbaijan in November.  

Nonetheless, Moody defended the convention. He mentioned: “You might argue COP has grown too massive, however IT is significantly better to have IT than to not have IT.”

COP additionally gave the chance for the Capability-building Alliance of Sustainable Funding (CASI) to launch — making a discussion board to assist asset managers share data round finest practices, for instance round inexperienced taxonomies. Dr Ma Jun, president of the Institute of Finance and Sustainability (IFS), helped launch CASI and along with the CFA Institute, IT already has Commonplace Chartered Financial institution and HSBC as founding members. Altogether there are 42 members, together with the Hong Kong Green Finance Affiliation (HKGFA). 

Moody shared a number of the group’s ambitions: “We’re planning 4 annual bodily occasions, together with in Brazil and Hong Kong, and likewise a web-based part. Particularly, CASI desires to assist firms and international locations throughout Africa, Latin America and fewer developed Asian economies.”

The CFA Institute, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has roughly 550 staff internationally and round 200,000 charterholders.

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