An Invaluable Life Mentor
When asked about the thing he is most proud of from his journey at Hang Lung, “Being able to work with an outstanding management team and to establish the Hang Lung As One Volunteer Team across Hong Kong and 11 properties in nine Mainland cities is the achievement I am most proud of,” said CF. He is also grateful to have worked with our Chair, Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, whom he views as his life mentor. “Ronnie is a person with vision and wisdom, who is also well-connected, meticulous and unpretentious. The experience I gained during our business trips overseas has indeed widened my horizons.” Inspired by Ronnie’s donations to academic institutions via a family foundation and his practice of naming relevant projects in honor of his parents, CF, who is also well-known for his filial piety, returned to his alma mater – Heep Woh College – on his birthday in 2014. There, he named an auditorium as well as a literature and history study center after his parents, who were present during the naming ceremony.
A Pioneer in Integrating Sustainable Community Investments with Corporate Strategies – Caring for Society even Outside the Workplace
In the early 90s, during a time when the idea of sustainable community investment (also known as SCI, or more broadly, corporate social responsibility “CSR”) was just starting to take shape among companies in Hong Kong, CF had already implemented a SCI culture in Cathay Pacific, the company where he worked at the time. The “Change for Good” inflight fundraising program – a cooperation project between the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF and Cathay Pacific – was expanded to cover all of the airline’s global destinations. Why did he have the foresight to integrate SCI into corporate strategies? “I have always believed that in addition to bringing value to shareholders, companies should also benefit to society, and the best method of doing this is by utilizing the company’s operations and employee expertise to make a contribution,” said CF.
Besides contributing to society in his work, CF also participates in volunteer activities with his wife during his spare time. He serves as a mentor for a number of secondary school and university students from Sham Shui Po District, and has been subsidizing the studies of students from poor rural regions in mainland China via the China Care Fund since 2009. To-date, he has supported more than 60 students, many of whom have already completed their university studies.