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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 2015-16

Date: July 11 2016 (Mon)
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Location: Room 203, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building,


1. Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting held on Apr 20, 2016 (Appendix 1)

2. Discussion

2.1      Evaluation of the HKCSS Convention and Partnership Expo 2016, and planning for HKCSS Convention 2017

2.2      Progress of projects aligning the HKCSS 70 anniversary theme on innovation and aged friendly society

2.3      Business plan of the Caring Company Scheme 2016/17 (Appendix 2)

2.4      Promotion of EAP amongst SMEs

3. Progress Report

3.1       Caring Company

3.2     WiseGiving

3.3    Corporate Communication

4. Any other business

5. Date of next meeting


Present  :    Ms. Amarantha Yip Yun Wan (Chairperson) - Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Chau Shuk King, Kitty (Christian Family Service Centre)

Mr. Wong Stephen (Caritas - Hong Kong)

Ms. Tam Chi Wah, Angelique (The Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers)

Ms. Chan Ka Po, Judy (The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd.)

Mr. Szeto Kwong Chiu, Ralph (CMRS Digital Solutions Ltd.)


Apologies :            Ms. Yuen Kwai Fong, Daisy (MTR Corporation Ltd.)

Mr. Orr Ka Yeung, Kevin (Winner Medical (Hong Kong) Ltd.)


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)

Mr. Keevin Poon (Programme Manager, Caring Company Scheme) Recorder


1.          Endorsement of minutes of the last meeting

  • The minutes of the last meeting held on April 20, 2016 were adopted.


2.          Discussion


2.1      Evaluation of the HKCSS Convention and Partnership Expo 2016, and planning for HKCSS Convention 2017

  • Over 300 participants joined the Caring Company Scheme Award Presentation Ceremony 2015/16, and over 3400 participants joined the Caring Company Expo, including business sectors(60%), social service sectors(30%), and Government and Others(10%).
  • Over 1200 participants joined the HKCSS Convention, including business sector (30%), social service sector (60%), Government and Others(10%).
  • Some concurrent sessions/ forums of the HKCSS convention, e.g. HKCSS Institute Forum, WiseGiving Forum, CEO Forum, Social innovation and entrepreneurship were particularly well received by participants.
  • Members agreed that the 70th anniversary HKCSS Convention and the Caring Company Partnership Expo 2017 cum 15th anniversary of the Caring Company Scheme could be held separately, considering the focus of the events would be different.
  • Suggestions from committee on The HKCSS convention 2017
    • The convention could be held on late 2017 or early 2018
    • HKCEC is the top priority choice of venue for the convention, if it’s not available; we could explore other venues, e.g. Universities, Arena at AsiaWorld-Exdpo, HKPC
    • We could invite the newly appointed Chief Executive of the HKSAR to be officiating guest of the convention
    • Innovation, Age-friendly, Cross-sectoral collaboration could be the main theme of the convention
  • Suggestions from committee on The Caring Company Partnership Expo 2017 and Award Presentation Ceremony
    • Due to limited options provided by HKCEC, members agreed on the option of considering separate venue and date of the partnership expo and ceremony, if required.  
    • Engagement with other professional sectors apart from corporations
    • To consider the element of innovations


2.2      Progress of projects aligning the HKCSS 70th anniversary theme on innovation and aged friendly society

  • Cliff reported that there were 2 different projects which supported by family foundation and private donor in promoting the theme on aged friendly society.
  • Programme for developing manpower for the elder care industry:
    • In view of the manpower shortage in the elderly healthcare industry, HKCSS will initiate a programme to encourage the participation of the youth in elder healthcare by providing financial support and creating mutual support networks.
    • Youth people under age 25 who are front-line workers in elderly residential homes, as personal care workers or health workers, are eligible to receive incentive money upon their completion of every 3 months of service.  The maximum for each young worker is around HK36,000 over 3 years.  Social activities will also be organized to engage them in personal development and for mutual support.
    • Expect to benefit 800-1000 young front-line workers under the programme.
    • Members concerned that under age 25 would be too narrow, and suggested to extend the age range to 40.
    • To avoid creating an unfair salary range between the existing staffs and the young staffs, it was suggested that the incentive money not to serve as a salary allowance.
    • It was observed that the youth not only looking for financial incentive, but also job satisfaction, career and promotion prospects. Members suggested that we have to find a way to build up a positive image of this industry, to attract more youth to devote in elder care industry.
  • Active ageing programme in volunteering:
    • It was observed that there were a lot of well-educated young-old and older people in Hong Kong. They are eager to contribute their time and knowledge to the community through volunteering.
    • HKCSS is initiating a programme to support elderly in implementing volunteer services by providing financial allowance (HK$20K).
    • Members concerned the nature of volunteer services, and reminded that HKCSS should establish a mechanism to avoid politicization of the volunteer services.
    • Members also suggested that the volunteer teams have to collaborate with NGOs, and to submit the application through NGO partners. The volunteer teams are responsible for the organization and implementation of the volunteer services, and all administrative work, including budget plan, insurance plan, etc.


2.3      Business plan of the Caring Company Scheme 2016/17

  • Wendy highlighted the proposed business plan of the Caring Company Scheme 2016/17.
  • Members observed that the increasing of the business’ expectation on CSR in recent years. The Scheme should upkeep the position of playing a leading role in advocating social agenda and related CSR/Sustainability aspects.


2.4      Promotion of EAP amongst SMEs

  • In view of limited resources for SMEs to support their employees, HKCSS will initiate a pilot project on Employment Assistance Programme(EAP). Group purchase from a certain number of SMEs would be adopted and a fixed price package would be offered by one NGO service provider. The package would cover core EAP services such as counseling (face to face and hotline service), employee wellness programs and training, etc.
  • A lunching event would be held between Sep to Oct to kick-start the EAP program.


3.          Progress Report


3.1      Caring Company

  • The early-bird deadline of the caring company nomination 2016/17 would be Sep 23, 2016, and the final deadline is Jan 6, 2017
  • A series of information and sharing sessions would be held between July and Aug


3.2      WiseGiving

  • The Commission on Poverty confirmed to continue support the Upward Mobility Scholarship of “Future Stars” in 2017.
  • The ‘Lunch Club’ programme had been held successfully, it provides lunch boxes to the working class, in Wan Chai, Tsuen Wan, and Mongkok from Monday to Friday. The French Chamber plans to launch one more point at Kwun Tong in Aug.


3.3      Corporate Communications

  •  Proactively responded to the social issues including the 2 upcoming elections, and the case on some labour unions request NGO to disclose their staff salary ranges.
  • Preparing the historical materials for the 70th anniversary of Council
  • Collaboration between Viutv and HKCSS will be further explored


4.          Date of next meeting

There are no other businesses, members scheduled the next meeting on Oct 17, 2016 at 4pm. (Post-meeting note: next meeting date to be changed to Oct 24, 2016)