We want to express our gratitude to NowTV for giving the Friends of the Earth (HK) the chance to talk about our efforts in promoting ESG in Hong Kong, introduce ESG Analyst Certificate and also career development in ESG.

During the interview, Ms. Serena Mak, the Board Member and Honorary Secretary of FoE(HK), emphasized the importance of professional qualifications in ESG and introduced the Certified ESG Analyst programme (CESGA) offered by The European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS). With the growing focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues in the business sector, the demand for professional ESG analysts has significantly increased. In nowadays business, corporate ESG integration and sustainable practices becomes more critical into daily operations. 

Hong Kong has a unique opportunity to establish itself as a leading hub for green and sustainable finance in the Asia-Pacific region, given the rising global demand for ESG analysts. ESG efforts involve collaboration, cross-functional communication, and integration across various departments within an organization. FoE (HK) introduced CESGA to Hong Kong to encourage more individuals to enter the ESG industry and equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills.

CESGA is a globally and widely recognized professional designation that sets the gold standard for enhancing skills in ESG investing and sustainable finance. The programme is highly credible and competitive. To keep up with the maturing ESG market, EFFAS regularly reviews and updates the CESGA course content to reflect the latest developments and regulatory trends.

CESGA (Programme Identification Code: GTP-260223) is also one of the Eligible Programmes under the Pilot Green and Sustainable Finance Capacity Building Support Scheme (https://greentalent.org.hk/). Upon completion of Eligible Programmes, applicants can apply for a subsidy of up to 80% of the fees (full-time students are eligible for up to 100% subsidy, capped at $10,000).

Registration is now open for the June and September 2024 CESGA Examinations. For more details, visit: https://bit.ly/3vU6MNb.

Furthermore, to support young talent interested in pursuing a career in the ESG field, FoE (HK) and The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited are proud to present the CESGA Scholarship Programme 24/25. This scholarship aims to encourage students and fresh graduates to engage in sustainable finance and ESG principles. Awardees will receive a generous $10,000 grant to cover their CESGA course and examination fees for the December 2024 or March 2025 intake.

For more information about the CESGA Scholarship Programme 24/25, visit: https://bit.ly/3BcOrLP.

Remember, embracing ESG principles is crucial for a sustainable future. Join us in making a positive impact by becoming a certified ESG analyst with CESGA!

For the full interview on the Now TV, please visit: https://bit.ly/3xweTn5