2017 Sustainability Report

Community involvement

When our communities thrive so do we

We believe that, when the communities in which we operate prosper, so do our businesses. We support the communities in which we operate directly through the community programmes of our businesses and through the Swire Group Charitable Trust (the Trust). In 2017, the Trust donated HK$59.5 million to over 40 charities, supporting projects to help disadvantaged children, promote diversity and inclusion, encourage creative learning opportunities, and support marine life and biodiversity. In total, we spent HK$100.9 million on community activities in 2017.

Recognition

In 2017, Swire Pacific was awarded the 15+ Caring Company Award by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for good corporate citizenship. Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Swire Properties and Swire Coca-Cola were also recognised.

The Swire Group Charitable Trust

The Trust was established in 1983. Its principal focus is on education, the environment, arts and culture, and those facing extreme hardship. The Trust receives all its income from companies in the Swire group and provides funds for charitable purposes to non-profit organisations, mainly in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It is overseen by a Philanthropy Council, which is chaired by a Divisional Managing Director.

The following grants were made or renewed during 2017:

Arts and culture

Project name

Arts and artistic talent among persons with disabilities

Promote the arts and artistic talent among persons with disabilities to foster social integration

Organisation

Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADA)

Total grant amount

$1,500,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$1,500,000

Project name

General Funding

Expand musical appreciation in Hong Kong and elsewhere

Organisation

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd (Grant 4)

Total grant amount

$42,205,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$3,515,200

Project name

General Funding

Inspire and expand musical appreciation in Hong Kong

Organisation

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd (Grant 5)

Total grant amount

$46,377,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$10,968,000

Project name

Education Programme

Cover transport costs for disadvantaged schools so that their pupils can participate in the education programme of Hong Kong Maritime Museum Ltd

Organisation

Hong Kong Maritime Museum Ltd

Total grant amount

$1,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$28,000

Project name

Spark! Arts Programme for Children in Small Group Homes

Provide free, high-quality visual and performing arts activities for children

Organisation

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

Total grant amount

$2,306,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

Project name

Drum Fun

Provide free Chinese drum classes to primary school students in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Organisation

Music Children Foundation Ltd

Total grant amount

$809,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$209,000

Project name

Arts Access Fund

Increase access to arts and culture in Hong Kong for disadvantaged persons.

Organisation

Various NGOs

Total grant amount

$1,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

* 2017 active projects, but with last payment made in previous years
† figures focus on major grants and exclude non-recurring donations

Education

Project name

World Voice II

Provide to primary school teachers singing techniques intended to give a creative and inclusive learning environment for children

Organisation

British Council

Total grant amount

$1,850,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$664,000

Project name

Brain Box

Strengthen learning capacity of children with early stage developmental delays and enhance parental support

Organisation

Changing Young Lives Foundation

Total grant amount

$3,680,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$850,000

Project name

Support Unit for Special Education Needs at the Centre for Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education

Set up a special educational needs (SEN) service unit to provide clinical support to SEN students and their families, and to train student teachers

Organisation

The Education University of Hong Kong

Total grant amount

$10,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$3,000,000

Project name

Life Education Activity Programme

Prevent substance abuse by providing health-based education programmes for children

Organisation

Life Activity Education Programme

Total grant amount

$6,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$6,000,000

Project name

Village Model in Rural China

Support early childhood development of left-behind children in rural areas of Mainland China

Organisation

Half the Sky Foundation (Asia) Ltd

Total grant amount

$4,590,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$2,000,000

Project name

Seeds in Education Fund

Foster diverse views, approaches and solutions in education by supporting small-scale education initiatives

Organisation

Various NGOs

Total grant amount

$15,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$3,900,000

Project name

Taikoo Primary School

Strengthen the school's English and Mandarin language teaching

Organisation

Taikoo Primary School

Total grant amount

$2,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$1,589,068.29

Project name

Swire Professorship in Aerospace Engineering

Develop a degree in aerospace engineering in Hong Kong

Organisation

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Total grant amount

$10,000,000*

Grant disbursed in 2017

* 2017 active projects, but with last payment made in previous years
† figures focus on major grants and exclude non-recurring donations

Environment

Project name

The Ocean Asia Project II

Advance sustainable fisheries practices in Hong Kong, by fostering a sustainable seafood market in Hong Kong

Organisation

The ADM Capital Foundation Ltd

Total grant amount

$2,860,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$1,430,000

Project name

HK Reef Fish

Establish baseline data relating to Hong Kong reef fish through underwater surveys

Organisation

Bloom Association Hong Kong Ltd

Total grant amount

$2,700,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$662,750

Project name

Waterbird Census and Wetland Conservation in China

Enable conservation groups to conserve intertidal wetlands in Mainland China through research and education

Organisation

The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society

Total grant amount

$2,159,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$684,850

Project name

SWIMS Expansion

Expand and upgrade facilities

Organisation

The University of Hong Kong

Total grant amount

$30,000,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$15,000,000

Project name

Juvenile Horseshoe Crab Rearing Programme

Raise awareness of and encourage participation in biodiversity and habitat conservation

Organisation

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong

Total grant amount

$1,572,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$500,000

Project name

Sea For Future

Safeguard Hong Kong’s marine life and restore fisheries through increased marine protection

Organisation

World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong

Total grant amount

$7,850,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

$2,615,400

Project name

Ocean Asia Project

Build public knowledge of and demand for sustainable seafood

Organisation

The ADM Capital Foundation Ltd

Total grant amount

$1,114,000

Grant disbursed in 2017

Project name

Dongshan Marine Station

Establish a marine research station at Xiamen University

Organisation

Xiamen University

Total grant amount

$7,000,000*

Grant disbursed in 2017

Project name

N/A

Support the Global Ocean Commission's examination of key threats, challenges, and changes to the ocean

Organisation

Pew Charitable Trusts (Global Ocean Commission)

Total grant amount

$3,000,000*

Grant disbursed in 2017

* 2017 active projects, but with last payment made in previous years
† figures focus on major grants and exclude non-recurring donations

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Photo credit: Kelvin Yuen

Case study

The Trust – Sea for Future

Hong Kong’s marine life is very diverse. Due to poor management, overfishing and pollution, this biodiversity is in severe decline. Only 3% of Hong Kong’s marine waters are protected. The Sea for Future project aims to raise this to 10%, in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Seven sites of high conservation value have been identified. If they become marine protected areas, the 10% target would be met. Support has been sought from NGOs, village heads, district councillors and fishermen. There is an education programme for schools about Hong Kong’s marine biodiversity and the importance of marine conservation and marine protected areas.

Developing thriving communities

At Swire Pacific we understand the importance to our businesses of the economic, social and environmental health of the communities in which we operate. As well as funding the Trust, our businesses have their own community programmes.

Swire Properties’ Community Ambassador programme enables employees to contribute their time and skills to social and environmental causes. Employees nominate beneficiary organisations to be supported. Swire Properties offers an additional day of leave for every 10 hours of time contributed (up to two days per year). In 2017, the programme supported 74 activities. Over 6,700 hours of time were contributed.

Case study

Swire Properties – Cleaning up mudflats

In September 2017, Swire Properties Community Ambassadors and the Ocean Park Foundation cleaned up mudflats at Shui Hau Wan on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The mudflats are providing an important habitat for many marine species, including the horseshoe crab. Debris and rubbish was collected and removed.

Swire Beverages supports projects dealing with water stewardship and environmental protection, active living, youth development, the empowerment of women and emergency relief. In 2017, Swire Beverages donated HK$3.89 million to 54 charity events. 4,300 employees were involved.

Case study

Swire Beverages – Women Empowerment 5by20

Releasing the potential of women is essential to sustainable development. Women contribute significantly to The Coca-Cola system. The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative aims to improve the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs in the supply chain by 2020.

Swire Beverages provides entrepreneurial skills and professional training. 13 bottling plants in Mainland China have provided 443 education programmes and development opportunities for 150,000 women in the supply chain.

Swire Pacific Offshore supports local communities in countries where it has a major presence, focusing on education, health, youth, the environment and biodiversity.

Photo courtesy of ASSMDA

Case study

Swire Pacific Offshore – Livelihood project in Iloilo

In November 2017, SPO undertook a livelihood project in Iloilo, a province in central Philippines. The project imparted practical skills and techniques to seafarers and their families to enable them to improve their earning capacity.

Participants (more than 30 in all) were taught how to make car cleaning materials, how to create handicrafts and how to make buns and smoked fish.

More information on the community work of our operating companies can be found in their annual sustainability reports here.