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Agenda and Minutes -
The 3 Meeting 12/13

Date: 2013/6/20
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 1410 of HKCSS


1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on Feb 28, 2013

2. Discussion:
i. Preparation of sector’s view on the recommendations of Sub-committee on Charity of the Law Reform Committee
ii. Public Engagement of the Family Wellness Agenda – proposal to collaborate with Family Council in Family Summit 2014 and celebration of 20th anniversary of IYF

3. Business Update:
i. Caring Company Scheme
ii. WiseGiving
iii. Corporate Communication

4. Any other business

5. Date of next meeting


Present : Mr. Tsang Wing Keung, Johnny (Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service) - Chairperson
Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre)
Mr. Chan Wing Cheung (Caritas Hong Kong)
Mr. Leung Wai Shing, Bevis (Urban Group)
Ms. Ng Ka Man, Carmen (HK Alzheimer's Disease Association)
Mr. Ralph Szeto (CMRS Digital Solutions Limited)

Apologies : Mr. Chan Kin Hung, Charles (HK Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council)
Mr. Cheung Tat Cheong (St. James' Settlement) 
Mr. Andy Ho
Mr. Peter Lam
Ms. Mary Law (IBM China/Hong Kong Limited)
Ms. Zoe Lee (CLP Holdings Limited)
Mr. Lo Wing Ching, Wesley (Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service)
Mr. Mok Hon Fai, James (The HK Federation of Youth Groups)
Ms. Yeung Yee Ching, Noel (Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service)
Dr. Alice Yuk Tak Fun (YMCA of Hong Kong)

In attendance: Mr. Cliff Choi (Business Director, PEP, HKCSS)
Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving, HKCSS) - Recorder
Ms. Wendy Luk (Senior Manager, Caring Company Scheme, HKCSS)
Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations, HKCSS)

1. Minutes of Last Meeting

The minutes of the last meeting held on February 28, 2013 were adopted.

2. Business Update

i. Caring Company Scheme

Wendy Luk reported the launch of two new awards to promote inclusion in the 2013/14 Caring Company Scheme, namely the “Outstanding Award for Social Inclusion” and the “List of Barrier-free Companies / Organizations”. To raise public awareness in a more high profile manner, Caring Company Scheme collaborates with CSR Times to issue a quarterly magazine that features CSR case studies, SME guide and explores social issues. The magazines are inserted as a free publication alongside with Hong Kong Economic Times, circulation size at ~100,000 per issue. This is to replace the “CSR Pulse” magazines which printing volume was at 55,000 per issue only.

Ii. WiseGiving

Members noted Christine Kwan's report on the 2012/13 WiseGiving grants statistics and donors' giving trends. Suggested WiseGiving to collect structured feedback from clients for the purpose of service enhancement.

Iii. Corporate Communications

Members noted Eddie Tsang's report on the Council's new communication strategy. Members also cautioned that the Council has to comply with IT & privacy ordinance, such as when seeding in Facebook, and must quote the source of information. 

3. Discussion

3.1 Preparation of sector's view on the recommendations of the Charities Sub-committee of the Law Reform Commission

Cliff Choi briefed members on the summary of recommendations. Members agreed that the Council should take a clear and firm position to support Charity Law, that NGOs are being accountable for their finances, good governance and monitoring should be in force by an independent authority. 

3.2 Public Engagement of the Family Wellness Agenda – proposal to collaborate with Family Council in Family Summit 2014 and celebration of 20th anniversary of IYF

Members noted Cliff Choi's report on the collaboration with the Family Council and their invitation to link up their “Family-friendly Employer Award” with the Caring Company Scheme. Members cautioned that the Council might be seen as promoting controversial measures like minimum working hours or minimum wages, better to consider collaboration based on specific issues that are of common concern to the Council.

4. Any Other Business

There being no other business, members scheduled the next meeting on September 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 pm.