We are pleased to announce that Hang Lung Properties and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (“LVMH”) completed an innovative and ambitious Real Estate and Climate Forum (“The Forum”) on November 24 and 25, including about 200 participants from both Groups and their partners. The Forum took place one month after the signing of a first-of-its-kind sustainability partnership agreement by the two Groups. Under the agreement, Hang Lung and LVMH are committed to achieving progress in sustainability together to the end of 2025.|
The Forum, adopting a hybrid approach and spanning Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and other cities, included co-branding and shared decisions at every step, and brought together 96 changemakers from the real estate and retail sectors to collaborate on climate and sustainability solutions. The changemakers, representing a diverse mix of profiles, seniority levels and forms of expertise, together accessed a customized website where they contributed and discussed ideas in 12 sustainability topics ranging from energy efficiency to learning and development to social impact.
Hang Lung and LVMH together designed a highly calibrated process to shift mindsets, engender productive discussions, and inculcate a sense of shared ownership among the changemakers. The process included:
- A personal invitation from the sustainability departments of each organization;
- Provision of new learning materials in the 12 topic areas;
- The requirement to complete a quiz to set a common baseline for discussions;
- Asking each changemaker to submit three ideas;
- Ranking one another’s ideas anonymously;
- Convening in groups of eight for facilitated discussion of selected ideas; and
- Sharing of key discoveries back to the wider community as the basis for action.
By design, the methodology involved a collective intelligence approach in which all participants’ ideas were taken into account regardless of their role and status in their organizations. The above steps enabled the changemakers to consider all concepts on their merits, resulting in more than 200 ideas generated altogether. These ideas were further sorted and evaluated against three predefined categories of solutions: for impact in the next year, for collaboration among stakeholders, and out-of-the-box innovations. Exploring ideas through these categories helped elevate their quality and salience. This wealth of inputs will form the basis for a Common Charter to be announced by the two Groups in the first quarter of 2023.