How did your eco-journey begin?
My grandfather, Ng Teng Fong, and father, Robert Ng, instilled the core values of moral discipline and corporate social responsibility into our company. I took their lessons to heart. Our commitment to community spirit and sustainability guides us and remains at the heart of what we do today.
What are some of Sino Group’s key green projects?
We spend most of our time indoors and this has a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. At Sino, we incorporate wellness and sustainability principles into the design, construction and management of the group to create sustainable environments. One example is 133 Portofino, Sino’s residential development in Sai Kung, which has been awarded the Well Core v2 pre-certification [a rating system that evaluates a building’s impact on human health], becoming the first Hong Kong residential project to be accredited.
Our Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel is also the first hotel in Hong Kong or mainland China to attain this pre-certification. The Grand Central in Kwun Tong was designed with sustainability in mind. The project has a green ratio of 30 per cent and landscaped area spanning over 94,000 sq ft. Ecology was considered too, and it is home to more than 120 plant species, which attract birds and butterflies, supporting biodiversity. Another highlight was the Kwun Tong Town Centre project, which saw the relocation of a 300-tonne Chinese banyan tree in 2011. The project team made the best effort to preserve this iconic natural feature, which involved installing a temporary railing system on the road to move and replant the tree 73 metres away.
When did you turn your attention to sustainability and why?
I established a sustainability committee in 2010. While sustainability was not quite a buzzword yet, the commitment of the team was strong. We have grown awareness around sustainability and wellness in the market. The issues we face are real and have a far-reaching impact on our future generations, and it will take collective effort if we want to repair Earth. When the sustainability committee reached the ten-year mark in 2020, it was restructured and rebranded as the Environment, Social and Governance Steering Committee, which provided a more systematic approach to our sustainability efforts. In the same year, we announced our Sustainability Vision 2030, which encompasses sustainability KPIs across the group’s operations, charting the course towards 2030 and beyond