Criteria

The Hong Kong Reporting Awards are committed to following the guiding principles which include Integrity, Objectivity, Impartiality, Transparency

An independent panel of judges with distinguished backgrounds will assess the entries to decide the winners. The judging panel is completely independent of the organisers to maintain the highest possible neutrality and objectivity. All submissions will be evaluated by the panel of judges following rigorous criteria.

Core criteria

Criteria Description
Strategy
  • ESG strategy
  • ESG/Sustainability incorporated into the business strategy
  • Governance
  • ESG governance structure
  • Leadership commitment on sustainability
  • Materiality
  • Material topics clearly define
  • Processes of assessment reported
  • Focused reporting on the material aspects
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Relevant stakeholder groups defined and means of engagement
  • Outcome of engagement and responses to key expectation of stakeholders
  • Content
  • Completeness, balance and coherence of narrative content
  • Examples of measures, practices, initiatives and results achieve
  • Data integrity and quality
  • Level and quality of data disclosure
  • Go beyond the required disclosure level
  • Assurance
  • Performance targeting
  • Specific and quantified and target
  • Demonstrating progress in achieving them
  • Communication
  • Concise, easy to understand, message clearly articulated
  • Appropriate use of graphs, charts and infographics to assist the reading experienc
  • Innovative approach in presentation
  • Transparency
  • Reporting on both "good news" and "bad news"
  • Transparent, honest account on the organization's ESG performance including risks, shortcomings and non-compliance
  • Plans and solutions towards improvement
  • Specific Criteria

    Criteria Description
    Environmental
  • Complete assessment on environmental/climate risks
  • Comprehensive disclosure and mitigation initiatives of environmental impact
  • Strategies, measurable targets and report on progress
  • Considering environmental impact on all aspects of operation and stakeholders
  • Facilitating change within the organization and externally
  • Innovative Front-runner Demonstrating innovation and pioneer initiatives in sustainability reporting, including but not limited to:
  • Demonstrate efforts on aligning with SDGs
  • Adopt Integrated Reporting (IR) model
  • Display efforts and results on transforming the organization's value chain
  • Engaging in social investment