What a day, and it’s only Thursday!
Kevin, Tracey and I started early as we had lots of visitors arriving in Discovery Bay today. First was an advance party from Sinopec who Kevin led to Cheung Sha Lan beach. They were followed after by Tracey with Sinopec’s Chairman Fu Chengyu, who had flown down from Beijing to meet us and follow up with his team on the ground here for a progress report and to see what else could be done. Then I arrived with another team….literally!
Kitchee SC, one of Hong Kong’s premier football teams called and said that they wanted to do their training session on the beach…..cleaning it. The team have just returned from training in Spain ready to start the HK season next week, so Ken Ng the teams manager thought the guys could help us out, and they certainly did.
While Kitchee SC were working hard at one end of the beach we had a great talk with Chairman Fu at the other end. He thanked us for all we’ve done so far and told us how impressed he was with the incredible show of support from the people of Hong Kong to help fix the problem as fast as possible. We discussed what’s next, and he re-iterated the long term commitment Sinopec will be making, to help with our future plans for the environment. The nicest thing of all was that I could tell he genuinely meant every word. With people like Chairman Fu and his team, I have seen a glimmer of hope for the future and our environment.
Sinopec have taken their CSR promise and commitment to the max. They have shown that they are leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility, and the myth that the west has of irresponsible corporates in China couldn’t be further from the truth. Many of the leading western corporations should take a leaf out of Sinopec’s book.