On 12 November 2015, FTA and Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) – an organisation assisting Hong Kong business sectors - jointly held a seminar in China under the title ‘Cleaner Production in Sustainable Supply Chains’ to share the importance of environmental performance and for the introduction of a Cleaner Production Partnership Programme. Set up in 2008 by the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong SAR (EPD) with the Economic and Information Commission of Guangdong Province to encourage and facilitate Hong Kong-owned factories in Guangdong and Hong Kong, it aims to adopt cleaner production (CP) technologies and practices. The programme is implemented by HKPC.
Attending the workshop were more than 30 business representatives including FTA members, producers and other stakeholders. Joyce Chau, FTA Representative China, provided an overview of European market environmental requirements and took BEPI as an example of how to facilitate supply chain partners to reinforce their environmental performance. FTA also invited Ms. Selina Yu from Novi Footwear, an FTA member, to share her valuable experience and company policy in monitoring producers’ environmental risks. Three HKPC consultants also presented the latest cleaner production technologies and Cleaner Production Partnership Programme funding scheme to the attendees.
In addition to these sessions, FTA conducted a brief onsite survey to capture attendees’ general awareness about the importance of environmental performance in water and chemicals use in the business. Their top environmental areas are wastewater effluent, pollution prevention and chemical, emissions to air and waste management.