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Agenda and Minutes -
The 5 Meeting 13/14

Date: September 16, 2014 (Tue)
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Location: Room 1410 of HKCSS


1. Endorsement of the minutes of the last meeting held on June 9, 2014. 

2. Discussion:

2.1 Support district-based initiatives & build NGO capacity through the Community Partnership Programme

2.2 社會實況報導計劃 

3. Business Update:

3.1 Caring Company Scheme

3.2 Sustainability Development Hub

3.3 WiseGiving

3.4 Corporate Communications 

4. Any other business 

5. Date of next meeting



Present  :

Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre) – Chairperson

Mr. Mok Hon Fai, James (The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups)

Mr. Cheung Tat Cheong (St. James’ Settlement)

Mrs. Helina Yuk (Hong Kong S.K.H. Lady MacLehose Centre)

Ms. Yip Yun Wan, Amarantha (Hong Kong Family Welfare Society)

Ms. Ting Suk Yee, Regina (HK Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council)

Ms. Hung Ho Lin, Linda (The Salvation Army)

Ms. Catherine Sing (Power Assets Holdings)

Mr. Chan Wing Cheung, Nicky (Caritas - Hong Kong)

Mr. Andy Ho (Public adminstration and PR expert)

Ms. Sheila Tang (NWS Holdings)


Apologies :

Ms. Cindy Cheung (John Swire & Sons)

Ms. Vivian Fung

Mr. Peter Lam (Public adminstration and PR expert)  

Mr. Lo Wing Ching, Wesley (Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service)


In attendance:

Mr. Cliff Choi (Business Director, PEP, HKCSS)

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)

Ms. Wendy Luk (Senior Manager, Caring Company Scheme)

Ms. Sandy Wong (Officer, Corporate Communications) – Recorder





  1. 1.      Minutes of Last Meeting


The minutes of the last meeting held on June 9, 2014 was adopted.




  1. 2.      Discussion


2.1    HKCSS support on HSBC Partnership programme


  •   HSBC invited HKCSS to execute its Community Partnership Programme and District Community   Programme. Anticipated that a total of HKD18-22 million would be granted to the partnership programme to support district-based initiatives & build NGO capacity. With the help of HKCSS, HSBC would like to engage more community partners as well as making a better synergy in 18 districts.
  • Members supported the initiative to be held by HKCSS and improvements of the partnership programme should be made, i.e. longer term programmes carried out in several phases is preferred, and duration of application could be shortened.  
  • It is suggested to set a board main theme, e.g. community empowerment and more specific sub themes, so as to incubate programmes with more diversity and cater different needs for 18 districts.
  • Internship programme will be considered. By engaging associate degree students studying social science and public administration, the programme would provide them with related working experience regarding their field. Some members reminded that stronger coaching and mentoring for the students would be needed. It is also mentioned that HSBC colleagues could be the ambassadors and volunteer for the projects in different districts.




    2.2 Investigative Reporting Scheme on Social Issues


  • Ms Leila Chan Hiu Lui (陳曉蕾), an independent journalist is now writing a new book related to Elderly Service and livelihood, HKCSS has helped by providing related research information and recommend resource persons to her. Since she had great influence in traditional media and social media platforms, HKCSS is now considering to launch a project/fund to facilitate this kind of investigative reporting on social issues.




  • With this collaboration, HKCSS could facilitate the reporting of social welfare issues and extend our exposure. Professional journalists would be commissioned for around $100,000 for a year to write a book by a funder, hoping to make raise more discussion for certain issues in civil society, and to build a landscape of individual reporting.




  • Members concerned that the role of HKCSS and who should be the leader of the topics to write. Some members concern it’s hard to find independent journalists like Leila who is interested in writing the social issues that we would like to advocate, and there are few journalists in HK capable for this task and with the same impact. Besides, $100,000 a year for the project would not be enough for the publishing cost. It is suggested that HKCSS could invite some targeted experienced journalists instead of opening up to public for application if such funding is set up.




  1. 3.      Business Update
     Caring Company Scheme


  • The Caring Company & Caring Organisation Nomination 2014/15 has been commenced. At the moment, more than 2,000 application forms are submitted. (deadline on 6 Jan 2015)
  • Special awards included the Outstanding Award for Social Inclusion, Outstanding Partnership Project Award and List of Barrier-free Companies and Organisations were on this year. For the list of Barrier-free Companies and Organisations, the assessment would apply to individual branch or outlet, which reflects how the barrier-free practices benefit customers or stakeholders with special needs. 
  • Ms. Wendy Luk proposed the change of format of the annual recognition event from a 1500 people ceremony to a luncheon of more enclosed style, in order to engage more senior management executives to the event. The format of the Partnership Expo would remain unchanged.
  • Some members agreed to the direction of engaging more senior executives with some change on the event format but reminded the team about balancing the cost required, other events to take care of the mass audience who would join the ceremony if it was remained status quo.  




3.2  Sustainability Development Hub


  • A new business unit, Sustainability Development Hub has been set up to develop further the business sector on widening the perspectives of participation in Sustainability Development   . Simon Lee on board as Sustainability Manager.




3.3  WiseGiving


  • 2nd Round of “Future Stars Upward Mobility Scholarship”(明日之星), a programme to foster the social mobility of youth is going to launch in the last quarter of 2014.   




3.4  Corporate Communications


  • Current Issues, including Universal Pensions, Constitutional Reform, Occupy Central are of most concerned.
  • HKCSS Channel: 15 episodes were produced since Jun, 2014, which included 2 series on family (post family summit) & housing.
  • Scenario(社情)Issue 44 was published through Sing Tao in Aug, 2014 featuring Dyslexia and related education and service needs, readership was expanded through Sky Post & Bus Channels. The next issue will be out in mid-Nov with focus of Pension system.
  • Column article: 7 articles were published on MingPao, Singtao Daily, China Daily (HK Edition), SCMP and Harbour Times. A weekly online column on AM730 was established for CE since Jul, 2014.