Sustainable Solutions Through Education and Technology

Sustainable Solutions Through Education and Technology

The School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School) and The Institute of Sustainability and Technology (IST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster the partnership on ESG initiatives through education and technology. Embracing the mission to empower sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing environment and social challenges, both entities are keen to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and drive innovation towards a net-zero future.

With the presence of the Guest of Honour – Mr. CHAN Kwok-ki, Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR and Professor Nancy IP, President of HKUST, Ms. Poman LO, Founder & Faculty Advisor of IST, Adjunct Professor of Department of Management at HKUST and Professor TAM Kar Yan, Dean of HKUST Business School, signed the MoU to affirm the strategic partnership. Industry leaders and business elites representing over 100 organizations joined to show their overwhelming support and commitment to sustainability.

Mr. Chan Kwok-ki, Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR said, "Hong Kong, as an international financial centre connecting global capital with opportunities, has a unique role to play in addressing the world's most pressing environment and social challenges brought about by climate change. Making an all-out effort including the issuance of green bonds, implementation of the Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme and nurturing of talent, and leveraging its close partnership with relevant stakeholders, the HKSAR Government will steadfastly develop Hong Kong into a green and sustainable hub in the region."

Ms. Poman Lo, Founder & Faculty Advisor of IST, Adjunct Professor of Department of Management at HKUST said, "To nurture the next generation of ESG talent, we are honoured to partner with HKUST in co-creating a series of globally recognized executive training programs to inspire purpose-driven business management. While striving for net zero by 2050, Hong Kong is uniquely positioned to maximize synergies with GBA cities to play a strategic gateway role as a regional green finance hub for sustainable investments and cross-border carbon trading. Through deployment of catalytic capital, we can fuel innovation and empower triple returns via a thriving ecosystem for decarbonization technologies to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. By leveraging on innovative technology, education initiatives and strategic collaboration, we can win the race to net zero and build a brighter, greener future for us all and generations to come."

Professor Nancy Ip, President of HKUST said, "HKUST and IST share the same vision of guiding our city towards a net-zero, sustainable future through education and technology. Through our core missions in research, teaching, and innovation, we are grooming the next generation into responsible professionals and leaders, and contributing to solving pressing environmental and social issues. I am confident that by leveraging the strengths of both organizations, this partnership between HKUST and IST will become a key platform for bringing real and meaningful impacts on the sustainability front."

Professor Tam Kar Yan, Dean of HKUST Business School, said, "We are pleased to enter this partnership with IST to support Hong Kong's brown-to-green transition through talent development and technology deployment. Marking a key event under this partnership, the ESG Forum familiarized participants with key aspects of ESG management through expert insights covering strategy, risks, benchmarking and future trends. We look forward to pursuing with IST a broad range of sustainability-related opportunities in training, research and development, and community engagement."

At the ceremony, Mr. Arthur YUEN, Deputy Chief Executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Ms. Glenda SO, Co-Head of Markets, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, Mr. Robert H. McCOOEY, Jr., Vice Chairman of Nasdaq, Dr. MA Jun, Chairman of Green Finance Committee and China Society for Finance and Banking, Co-Chairman of G20 Sustainable Finance Study Group, Prof. Christine LOH, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment at HKUST, delivered speeches on the importance of ESG in influencing different aspects of our society and potential impact to the world.

An ESG Forum was held after the MoU signing ceremony. Various renowned academics and industry veterans participated in the forum, exchanged their views and shared insights on ESG and sustainability.

The Institute of Sustainability and Technology (IST), a non-profit organization sponsored by the Century City Group, is established with a mission to empower transformational solutions to tackle the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges via innovative technology, education initiatives and strategic collaboration. To nurture the next generation of ESG talent, IST is partnering with HKUST Business School to co-create a series of globally recognized training programs for business executives. Catering to the diverse context of Asian markets, IST seeks to establish robust impact measurement and management methodology as well as ESG ratings and benchmark standards for different sectors across Asia Pacific. To promote thought leadership and best practices, IST sponsors interdisciplinary research studies to provide compelling data to advance the agenda for sustainable development.

Remarkable Policies by Google

Remarkable Policies by Google

Since its inception, Google has been known for its innovative and forward-thinking approach to business. This extends to its human resource policies, which are designed to attract and retain the best talent. Google has a reputation for being a great place to work, and its staffing policies are a big part of that. The company offers a competitive salary and benefits package and a number of perks that make it an attractive employer. Google is also committed to diversity and inclusion, and its policies reflect that. The company offers several programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Google's commercial success is primarily due to its unique business model; the model combines the power of search with the effectiveness of advertising. This has allowed Google to become a dominant player in the online search market. No wonder it's the largest provider of online advertising. In addition to its market dominance, Google has been successful due to its focus on innovation. The company has constantly pushed the envelope regarding what is possible with search and advertising. In turn, this allows the company to stay ahead.

Further, Google's runaway success owes to its ability to monetize the primary user base in various ways. Aside from traditional advertising, Google generates revenue through its Android platform, as well as multiple products and services. These factors give Google the status of one of the most successful companies in the world. Google has a strong focus on attracting and retaining the best talent; it offers a range of perks and benefits to employees that are designed to promote a healthy work-life balance. Since Google is committed to diversity, it gives initiatives to support employees from all backgrounds. Thus, Google's human resource policies are tailored to create a positive and productive work environment that supports the company's business goals.

Interestingly, since its founding, Google has been employee-focused. The company's policies ensure the employees feel respected and valued. Additionally, Google provides opportunities for professional development and growth so that employees can continuously improve their skills and knowledge. The company offers a challenging and stimulating work environment. Google has a "no jerks" policy, which means that any employee who displays rude, abusive, or otherwise unacceptable behaviour will be asked to leave. This policy helps to create a positive and productive workplace.

Undoubtedly, Google is a pioneer in creating a work environment that is conducive to creativity and productivity. Notable Google's HR policies include flexible work hours, unlimited vacation days, and free food and snacks. Such policies have been instrumental in attracting and retaining top talent. As noted, Google is known for its unswerving commitment to employee development and training.

Yes, Google is an excellent place to work; with perks like free food and on-site childcare, what else would you ask for? The impact effectively reflects in the employee retention rate. The company offers other initiatives to achieve this. Their policy seeks to create a challenging and rewarding workplace for employees. Google offers generous stock options and bonuses. Another big benefit of working for Google is the company's culture. Google has a relaxed and fun atmosphere; working at Google gives you access to some of the best technology in the world.

There are other benefits as well- Google is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work, with great pay and career prospects. As noted, Google is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology; employees have the opportunity to work with the latest tools and technologies. Yes, Google ranks high for its fun and relaxed culture; undoubtedly, this is another sign of an excellent professional environment. Ultimately, Google's excellent managers are the key to the company's success.

The managers are able to motivate and inspire their teams to achieve great things. They have a strong focus on developing their employees and helping them reach their full potential. This is evident in the high levels of engagement and satisfaction that employees report. Google's excellent managers are the backbone of the company's success. They motivate and inspire their teams to achieve extraordinary results.

Google's managers are effective communicators and provide clear direction and feedback. They strongly focus on employee development, ensuring their teams constantly grow and learn. Google's managers are some of the best in the business. They are highly effective at leading and motivating their teams and looking for ways to improve their performance. Google's managers are supportive and available to answer questions or concerns that the employees may have. This excellent management acumen is responsible for Google's soaring professional rating.

As you can clearly read in the article, we're trying to steer clear of more negative current debates around privacy and anti-competitive behavior which we may comment on in the future but for now we aim to keep overall news positive and inspiring.

Mondelez International Appoints President for Southeast Asia Business

Mondelez International Appoints President for Southeast Asia Business

Mondelēz International, the maker of iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Oreo, Ritz and Toblerone today announced the appointment of Hemant Rupani as President for its Southeast Asia (SEA) Business Unit. Previously the Managing Director of Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam, Hemant replaces Glenn Caton who has moved to another position in the company's global operations.

In his new role, Hemant will be responsible for the SEA cluster of markets including the Exports business in the broader Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, leading growth and end-to-end business.

Speaking about his appointment, Hemant said, "The SEA business has been on an accelerated growth path driven by increasing consumption, digital penetration, talented population, and cultural diversity in the region.

"We have built a reign as category leaders across segments with our portfolio of iconic global brands and local jewels. Combining our solid team, local-first strategy, and robust investments, we are in a strong position to lead the future of snacking and drive sustainable growth forward."

Mondelēz International commands a long-standing heritage in SEA. The region also houses ten manufacturing facilities and two technical centres that support its world-class supply chain capabilities and product innovation.

Early this year, Mondelēz International invested US$23 million to expand its OREO production line in Cikarang, Indonesia, which also uses the latest technologies in reducing energy, water and carbon emissions. The company has also integrated solar panel rooftops on two of its manufacturing plants in Malaysia, including the Cadbury chocolate production factory which has a 48-year-old heritage locally.

Hemant's appointment comes at a critical time as Southeast Asian consumers are rapidly evolving amidst the economic recovery. He added, "Over the years, we have learned to adapt in making the business more agile, resilient, and competitive. Digitalization will play an increasing role to help us speed up innovation, strengthen proximity to consumers, and spearhead progress towards creating snacks the right way for both people and the planet to love."

Hemant is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience working in India, US and Vietnam covering various industries including food and beverage (F&B), telecommunications, and consulting. Throughout his career journey, Hemant has enabled multiple business turnarounds, driven operational excellence, and built high-impact teams. Prior to joining Mondelēz International in 2016, he worked with several leading organisations including PepsiCo, Vodafone, Britannia, and Infosys Technologies.

Mondelēz International (SEA) is part of the Mondelēz International group of companies which empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world, with a strong presence in Southeast Asia. With 2021 net revenues of approximately USD29 billion, Mondelēz International is a member of the Standard and Poor's 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Mondelēz International is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Cadbury Zip chocolate wafer, Cadbury 5 Star chocolate, Toblerone chocolate, OREO cookies, Chipsmore cookies, Jacob's biscuits, Tiger biscuits, Philadelphia cheese, Kraft-Dairylea cheese, Chachos chips, Chipster chips, Twisties snacks and many more. We have been part of SEA for more than 70 years, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Our 7,000+ colleagues work across our ten manufacturing locations, two research and development technical centers and our sales and marketing network to create products that people can truly love and feel good about. From wholesome treats to indulgent bites, consumers can enjoy the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way.

RockFlow Making Options Trading Simpler

RockFlow Making Options Trading Simpler

Recently, RockFlow, the one-stop investment platform for Gen-Z, has launched its latest innovative stock options product - Baby Bull & Baby Bear. The product signifies the fact that RockFlow has once again lowered the investment threshold, one solid step toward providing reliable and fun investment services for the new generation of investors.

Dissatisfying with the arms race on "zero commissions" among brokers, RockFlow wishes to keep innovating on the product side and this time, RockFlow's "BabyBull & Baby Bear" has made options trading simpler.

RockFlow was founded in July 2021, and headquartered in Singapore, it is a Financial Service Provider registered in New Zealand. At the end of 2021, RockFlow announced its 10 million Angel Round fundraising led by BlueRun Ventures and some other private equity firms. In actual practice, the cross-industry background of its team and the ability to innovate with AI technology have let RockFlow not just satisfied with innovation in trading, but also with investment products, allowing financial derivatives that are used to belong to institutions and high-net-worth clients can be accessible to retail investors.

Stock options are the highest earning product in the earning reports of Robinhood in the last two years. In emerging markets such as the SEA region and Middle East region, a new generation of tech-savvy investors have just kindled towards stock and options trading, but the traditional user interface of options trading platforms is complex and cumbersome, adding unnecessary difficulties for users to trade options. Furthermore, the average retail investor does not have the specialized trading knowledge to best implement their investment ideas with options.

"Baby Bull & Baby Bear" is created to solve these pain points. It combines options and options strategies together and eliminates learning and decision-making costs with product packaging based on users' investment needs and scenarios. To pick the option products that fit the criteria, investors only need to make a simple judgment on price movement and time expectation.

Apart from that, RockFlow has also launched "RockFlow Selected". This is what RockFlow's investment research team has filtered out for users from various complex financial indicators ( including the targeted option's profit points, leverage, and expiration date and also the indicators such as trading volume, open interest, Delta, Gamma, IV, and other financial indicators), to help select the best Baby Bull & Baby Bear that are in accord with theoretical economic indicators and practical trading experience, and to help retail investors to simplify the analyzing process.

In comparison to other brokers, RockFlow has a stronger investment research ability. The investment research and financial mathematics team have rich experience in the financial market. They select products with risk-defined and infinite returns to investors through professional options strategies and investment research, saving the hassle of analyzing and filtering processes in complex derivatives.

Therefore, it does not only stop at making trading more straightforward but also aims to help investors to enhance the productivity and quality of trading.

From "buy Tesla with $1" to "baby bull & baby bear", and from stock trading to Robo-advisory to asset management, RockFlow wishes to leverage the abilities of its team's financial mathematics innovation and investment research to provide investors with simpler financial products.