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Financial Seminar on the Role of State-Owned Enterprises in Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues

6 June 2017 (Tuesday)
Outline: This seminar is of specific value if you are interested in ESG issues:
  • State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been criticized for poor governance and questionable efficiency. In a recent paper titled “Leviathan Inc. and Corporate Environmental Engagement,” Dr. Pedro Matos from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and his colleagues from the University of Hong Kong and Singapore Management University, respectively, conducted an international study of the impact of state ownership on a firm’s engagement in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
  • There has been significant debate on the effects of ESG issues on shareholder value. In this paper, it was found that SOEs are, in fact, more engaged in environmental issues and, more importantly, this engagement does not come at the expense of shareholder value. Furthermore, SOEs are also more engaged in social issues, but they do not reveal better corporate governance performance.
Organizers:      Hong Kong Investor Relations Association (HKIRA)
Financial Services Development Council (FSDC)
CFA Institute
The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts (HKSFA)
ACCA Hong Kong
Date: 6 June 2017 (Tuesday)
6:00 – 6:30 pmRegistration & Reception
6:30 – 7:45 pmSeminar and Q&A
7:45 pmEnd of Seminar
Venue: 2/F Lecture Theatre,
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Campus,
66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (map)
Speaker: Dr. Pedro Matos, Associate Professor of Finance at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Language: English
Fee: Free Admission
Accreditation: 1 CPD hour (for HKIRA members only)



  • Online registration only.
  • Certificate of attendance is available for HKIRA members only (for corporate membership, only its registered nominees are eligible).