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Agenda and Minutes -
The 3 Meeting 14/15

Date: Apr 20, 2015 (Mon)
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Room 1410, 14/F., DWSS Bldg.




1. Members’ feedback on the Caring Company Partnership Day

2. Drawing cross sectoral efforts to support Youth Employment and proposed programme: “Cross Sectoral Forum on Journey from School to Work”  (paper to be followed)

3. Proposed programme: “HKCSS Convention 2016” (paper to be followed)


Progress Report


4. Caring Company

5. WiseGiving

6. Corporate Communication

7. Any other business

8. Date of next meeting


Present  :      

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

Ms. Chan Kit Ling (Christian Family Service Centre)

Mr. Chan Wing Kin (The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong)

Ms. Cheung Wing Suet, Wendy (St. James' Settlement)

Mr. Shum Wai Chuen (S.K.H. Holy Carpenter Church Community Centre)

Ms. Sheila Tang (General Manager - Corporate Communication, NWS Holdings Limited)

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

Ms. Wong May Kwan, May (Hans Andersen Club)

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


Apologies :     

Ms. Cindy Cheung (Senior Manager - John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.)

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

Mr. Peter Lam (Individual)

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

Ms. Catherine Sing (Senior Manager - Corporate & Community Affairs, Power Assets Holdings Ltd.)


In attendance:

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

Ms. Christine Kwan (Senior Manager, WiseGiving)

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

Mr. Eddie Tsang (Senior Manager, Corporate Communciations)

Mr. Edwin Lee (Philanthropy Advisor, WiseGiving) - Recorder



1.          Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the last meeting held on February 9, 2015 were adopted.



2.          Members’ Feedback on the Caring Company Partnership Day

  • Members were very positive about the number and quality of NGO booths.  It was clear, from the attractiveness of the booths and the number of people manning each one, that NGOs had dedicated much effort on the booths to promote their services.  In particular, Members noted that many of the booths were run by small NGOs.  Management also reported that participants praised the quality of the booths in their feedback.
  • Members generally found the smaller venue for the luncheon more conducive to networking.  It was suggested that the NGO representatives could be better prepared to receive guests, especially companies, in the future.  More information on the guest list could be distributed to NGO representatives in advance if time is allowed.
  • Members noted that there are only two large awards that are increasingly difficult to get.  Yet, there are companies who have given much long-term support that are also worthy of recognition.  Management will further consider other ways to recognize these companies for their commitment and contributions.
  • It was suggested that the Partnership Day could be made more open to the public, e.g. by reaching out to chambers of commerce, industry associations, and university students majoring in business.



3.          Drawing Cross Sectoral Efforts to support Youth Employment and Proposed Programme: “Cross Sectoral Forum on Journey from School to Work”

  • Mr Simon Lee, Head of Sustainable Business HK joined the meeting at this point to share on the initiative. He presented the preliminary rundown for the MTR-HKCSS Youth Forum: Journey from School to Work, which has been tentatively scheduled for the third week of September.
  • Members remarked that it was quite an ambitious schedule.  As such, separating the programme into two half-days might allow each topic to be explored in more depth.
  • Members also concerned about the date of programme which would be around the period of the anniversary of the Umbrella Movement.
  • Members opined that, in line with the mission of the HKCSS, the conference could focus on youth from grassroots or underprivileged background.
  • Members suggested engaging the Education Bureau in the Forum.  Members also suggested that if Jamie Oliver agrees to speak, he would be encouraged to talk about his own development.  In particular, Members hoped the Forum would explore how to develop drive and motivation in youths.


4.          Proposed Programme: “HKCSS Convention 2016”

  • Management noted that the Council is planning to organize a conference in 2016 in anticipation of the Council’s 70th Anniversary in 2017.  Similar conferences had been held in the past.
  • Members noted that the Chief Executive election would also be held in 2017.  Thus, it might be helpful to advance the Council’s priorities by advocating them to candidates taking part in the election.  To do so, it would be important for the discussion to take place at a higher level.
  • The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong is also planning a similar conference for its 80th anniversary.  The framework the Association is using to plan its conference is to start with an academic (perhaps a foreign speaker) and then narrow down to discussions on more concrete initiatives.
  • Management encouraged Members to provide continued input.


5.          Business Update

5.1 Caring Company Scheme

  • The 2015/16 nomination form has been published.
  • A series of briefings will be held between May and August, including some that are specifically for NGOs.

5.2 WiseGiving

  • 18 young social workers joined the study tour in Seoul sponsored by Li Ka Shing Foundation. They will have a publication to share their experience and learning from the study tour.
  • 1400 applicants from more than 400 schools applied for the 2nd COP Upward Mobility Scholarship.
  • A number of microfilms about family life had been produced for two different projects.  The films are of professional quality and of duration no longer than 5 minutes.  In particular, three of these films will be premiered on June 1, 2015 at IFC.  Film directors and other movie industry professionals will be invited to encourage them to more broadly broadcast the films.
  • Members suggested procuring the copyright of the films and broadcasting them on public transportation and other channels.  Also to explore using the films as tools for family life education programmes.

5.3 Corporate Communications

  • Ten websites and three mobile applications had received Gold or Silver awards in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme 2015.  It was noted, however, that the requirements are increasingly stringent.
  • A launch ceremony will be held on April 21, 2015 for the Impact Incubator, as the Council was chosen as one of four intermediaries for the S.I.E. Fund.  More than 70 projects would be funded, with amounts ranging from $10,000 to $1 million.
  • With funding from Home Affairs Bureau, a hotline will be launched to help social entrepreneurs launch their initiatives.



6.          Date of next meeting

The next meeting has been scheduled for June 29, 2015 at 4pm.




There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:00pm.