Oxfam Hong Kong actively advocates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the international and local arena, campaigns against climate change and the poverty it brings, and calls for transparency and accountability on the part of business and government. It is only right that we apply the same high standards to our own organisation. For social and environmental responsibility, Oxfam Hong Kong is a signatory to various local, regional and international charters, standards and codes.
Reducing our Carbon Footprint
We take responsibility for and will work to effectively manage our environmental and community impact. In 2008, we began auditing our carbon footprint annually and have set targets for reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Our aim is to bring down GHG emissions by 33 per cent by 2011/12, from our 2008 figures of 872 metric tons, chiefly by reducing air travel and electricity consumption. To minimise travel, Oxfam Hong Kong is increasing our use of video and telephone conferencing as well as web communications.
We also adhere to good practice in our operating and purchasing decisions. We implement ethical screening on our potential corporate donors. In our Hong Kong headquarters, we choose energy-efficient appliances, we buy Fair Trade coffee and tea for our staff members, and as much as possible, we use soy ink and recycled, non-bleached paper for our printed materials.
Oxfam Hong Kong recruits, employs, promotes, transfers and develops its staff members regardless of gender, marital status, family status, sexuality, ethnicity or disability. In our Hong Kong headquarters, facilities are accessible for people with disabilities, and other systems are in place that support equal opportunity. To institutionalise our belief in equity and diversity, we have established policies related to gender, diversity and sexual harassment. We also have a union for our staff members.
Codes / Standards:
- Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards
- The International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) Accountability Charter
- Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response