July 5th -6th, 2016, Mr. Zhou Peng, the Senior Director of Operations of the Badi Foundation’s Beijing Representative Office, attended the 2016 Cross Straits, Hong Kong and Macau Philanthropy Symposium held at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)
organized by HKU’s Social Science Department. The Symposium was organized by China Charity Alliance, Macau Foundation and HKU Social Science Department.
In total, 300 people, comprised of distinguished scholars, representatives of established charities and CEOs of enterprises that shoulder social responsibility from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, attended the symposium. Themes of the event included “Relationship of Chinese Philanthropy and the Strategy for Global Sustainable Development Goals” “Inheritance of Chinese Culture and Innovation of Conservation” “Leadership and Governance of Family Philanthropy” “Disaster Management from Cross Straits” etc. Ms. Elsie Leung, the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2005, attended the event and delivered a speech. She acknowledged and encouraged frequent communications between Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau about charity work. “Paying back to the society through charity is an essential good deed in Chinese culture.” She said.
Dr. Cecilia Chan, director of the HKU-HKJC ExCEL3 Project, mentioned that social impacts have been given increasing attention in the global philanthropy discourse. How to evaluate the outcomes of charities thus became one of the core issues for foundations, enterprises, NGOs and academia. In this context, this symposium offered an excellent platform for people from the field to share knowledge and experiences, in order to advance philanthropic goals together.