Celebrating World Environment Day 2022 at KPMG China


6 June 2022, Hong Kong – KPMG China collaborated with Shenzhen Mangrove Wetlands Conservation Foundation (MCF) and WWF-Hong Kong on a joint environmental initiative to clean up the mangrove wetlands in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) which marks World Environment Day 2022. This event also forms part of KPMG’s commitments in its own ESG practice related to advancing biodiversity.

Nearly 90 people participated in the joint volunteering effort in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong concurrently to raise awareness and contribute to the development of a greener GBA. While participants in Guangzhou and Shenzhen worked alongside MCF to remove invasive plant species and pick up trash in the mangroves in Guangzhou Wanzuitou Wetland and Shenzhen Futian Mangrove Ecological Park, the Hong Kong team spent time doing the same with WWF-Hong Kong at Mai Po Nature Reserve. 

During the event, a live streaming session connected the volunteers in the three locations to share their volunteering experience with each other and with those who could not attend the event to raise more awareness for wetland conservation and ecosystem restoration. 

Wilson Pang

Wilson Pang, Advisory senior partner for the Southern region at KPMG China and KPMG Foundation board member, joined the event and shared the progress KPMG China has made to build a more sustainable future. Wilson said,

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I’m very proud of the work KPMG China does to help restore nature and biodiversity as part of our commitment to fighting against climate change and promoting a greener GBA. Our collaboration with MCF to protect and restore the wetland ecosystem in Shenzhen and the wider GBA exemplifies that. We also believe that as a socially responsible corporate, we have a greater responsibility to lead by example and leverage all our resources, especially engaging our people in making a positive impact on protecting our only earth.

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In April 2022, KPMG China published our second environmental, social and governance (ESG) report, namely KPMG: Our Impact Plan | China FY2021. The report showcases our collective ESG commitments and the progress we have made across four key pillars: Planet, People, Prosperity, and Governance. ‘Planet’, which incorporates a focus on decarbonisation and nature projects, among others, has long been an area of focus for KPMG China.

Tracy Yang

Tracy Yang, Head of Our Impact Plan, Head of Corporate Affairs and Senior Partner, Eastern and Western Region of KPMG China, said,

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Biodiversity loss, extreme weather and climate action failure are some of the most severe risks for the next decade. To different extents, every organisation has an impact and dependency on nature and biodiversity. As a corporate citizen, it is our responsibility to understand how our business operations affect the natural environment. Over the years, KPMG China has put a lot of effort into addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity in collaboration with different non-profit organisations through nature conservation projects. By doing so, we aim to make a positive impact on our planet and better support our country’s goals on decarbonisation and nature conservation.

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The theme for World Environment Day 2022 is ‘Only One Earth’, calling on countries to improve their policies and decisions, and for organisations to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle so that we can live in harmony with nature. 

Throughout the years, KPMG China has worked with different non-profit organisations on nature conservation projects focused on fresh water, wetlands, and ocean ecosystems. In July 2020, KPMG China launched a two-year initiative with MCF in Shenzhen Bay to monitor and restore the ecosystem, improve the existing habitat for wetland species, and promote environmental awareness to our colleagues and the public. In 2021, we further strengthened our collaborative partnership with WWF by supporting a pilot programme on ocean conservation, which is the first ocean bankable nature solution (BNS) in the WWF global network. This programme focuses on reducing further negative impacts on marine ecosystems caused by destructive fishing and aims to foster sustainable practices and consumption behaviours in the GBA.

In the future, KPMG China will continue to fulfil its commitments under the ‘Planet’ pillar, strive to support KPMG’s global climate goals, reduce its carbon footprint and address other environmental issues. We only have one earth, together we can protect it.



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