organized by The Association of International Accountants (AIA) – Hong Kong Branch
Maryellen WATThe AIA Case Analysis Competition was a challenging but fruitful 2-month journey and one of the best memories of my university life. The competition provided a precious opportunity to apply what we have learned over the past years from the EVMT program. I believe that our multi-angle thinking, deep understanding about sustainability and GRI reporting, as well as our determination and hard effort drove our success.
It was a pleasure representing HKUST for this case analysis competition and I am grateful for the opportunity and support given me by my school and division. I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to Prof. Robert Gibson, who is deeply experienced and knowledgeable about business sustainability, for all the advice that he had given me.
Apart from what I have personally gained from this competition, I also find it meaningful that more and more companies value sustainability, and I appreciate that AIA (Association of International Accountants) has taken the lead to encourage sustainable development. Last but not least, biggest thanks to Wendy, my wonderful team mate, for all her support and effort!
Wendy CHENGIt has been an honor for me and my teammate Maryellen to be nominated by HKUST and EVMT to participate in this competition. We were given a case of a Hong Kong-based construction company with a Guangzhou office, and provided part of the company’s CSR report and presentation according to GRI-G4 standards. At first, we felt quite lost because we were not given a lot of data, and we had to conduct extensive research on the construction industry in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Due to word and page limitations, we had to convey our ideas in a concise but comprehensible manner using graphs, tables and infographics, without compromising our messages. At the same time, we were able to apply what we have learned from the EVMT classes, in particular the ESG Management and Reporting class, in areas such as stakeholders engagement, materiality matrix, risk management and GRI reporting quality principles. In fact, one of the competition judges said during the prize presentation ceremony that our report was the best among all the teams from HK, Macau, and Mainland China, because he could see how much time and effort we had put into researching data and presenting it in a manner in accordance with GRI-G4 standards and principles. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. Robert Gibson for his teaching, and my teammate, Maryellen, for her hard work throughout the competition!
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