Panel 1 - Why Good Governance lies at the heart of Sustainable Sport 

Good governance is essential for all organizations, especially in today‘s world of increasingly complex laws and regulations and increasing expectations from stakeholders. Sports organizations are no exception, as evidenced by the number of high-profile sports governance crises in recent years. An effective governance framework is essential for mitigating risk and needs to address not only financial sustainability but also sustainability from a social and environmental perspective, taking into account the needs of staff, players, business partners,customers, and the broader community in which the sports organization operates. 

Panel 2 - Building Inclusive Societies through Sports 

Sport provides a powerful social sustainability platform that promotes inclusivity, community engagement, personal development, education, fitness and health, and social cohesion. This panel will explore the crucial role that sport can and does play in developing positive social values and trust-based philanthropy that impacts the lives of individuals and society as a whole.   

Panel 3: The Green Game: Sports' Impact on the Environment 

In the era of climate change and sustainability, sport too is expected to contribute, like other sectors. Sporting organisations and activities are expected to measure their environmental footprints, disclose verifiable data in a transparent manner, and commit to improvements with specific targets, timelines, and plans. Pressure to act will come from the local authorities, international sport bodies, sponsors, and communities. Cooperation across stakeholder groups include raising awareness through athlete advocacy, fan engagement, and sustainability campaigns, as well as through promoting good practices and setting examples through leadership. 

Panel 4: Innovations in Sustainable Sports Events 

Join our panel of experts as they explore the key factors behind organizing sustainable sports events, including renowned events like the Commonwealth Games and the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The discussion will highlight the crucial roles of government and event organizers in driving sustainability. Looking ahead, we will focus on the upcoming Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong, set to launch in late 2024. Our panel will provide insights into the sustainable practices and infrastructure considerations during the construction phase, and how this landmark facility could play a significant role in leading event sustainability in the future. 

They will also unveil strategies that can be implemented in Hong Kong, taking sustainability to new heights. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation that shapes the future of sustainable sports events in Hong Kong and beyond!   

Value of Sport Lunch

One of the highlight events leading up to the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is the "Value of Sport Lunch," hosted since 2013 in partnership with the New Zealand Consulate and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Each year, around 100 invited guests attend a panel discussion with world-famous athletes, discussing how sport has the power to positively change the world.  

The attendees of the 2023 Lunch included the Chairman of World Rugby, C-suite representatives from HSBC, Cathay, Richemont, AXA, AIG, BUPA, Ageas, Jardines, Sino, Swire, AS Watson, and Tencent, as well as philanthropic foundations such as Kadoorie, Wofoo, and HK Jockey Club. Guest athletes have included Olympic legends Sir Chris Hoy, Li Xiaopeng, Daley Thompson, Michael Johnson, Malina Ngai, and Sir Steve Redgrave.