ISCN 2015 Dialogue 3: Corporate-University Engagement, Samuel Kwong
Swire Sustainable Development
Properties Aviation Beverages Marine Services
Swire Pacific Limited
John Swire & Sons Limited
Swire Group Structure
WHAT does it mean to Swire?
HOW is it being implemented across the business?
WHY is it important to Swire?
WHY – WHAT - HOW
Sustainable development is synonymous with the underlying philosophy that has driven Swire
throughout the last 200 years – it is part of who we are and how we operate. We pride ourselves
on being forward looking, original, with a commitment to operational excellence. Sustainable
development is an opportunity for:
INNOVATION, GROWTH & EFFICIENCY
Sustainable development is the integration of considerations into all dimensions of business and
management practices in order to create long term value.
ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL
We manage SD under five pillars:
ENVIRONMENT; HEALTH & SAFETY; COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENT; STAFF; WORKING WITH OTHERS
‘… if the environmentally
“clean” way of doing
something is more expensive…,
we should always, regardless
of mandatory legislation, have
a close look at the overall
feasibility of adopting such a
practice, both from the point
of view of general public good
and enlightened self interest’
‘As the Group journeys towards its third century,
however, new challenges will inevitably arise: alongside
an abiding focus on nurturing their own staff, on
practical innovation and of course on commercial
viability, our existing businesses must adapt to a world
in which, quite rightly, everything that they do will be
judged by its impact upon the environment and the
community. Such an atmosphere will lead to change.
Beyond such change, however, we are also committed
to invest in new industries which are themselves
part of the coming environmental revolution —
indeed, we have already taken our first few steps along
Barnaby Swire, 2015
It’s part of who we are, and how we operate.
Swire's motto is "Esse Quam Videri" meaning "To be, rather than to seem to