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IDC Forecasts the Private LTE/5G Infrastructure Market to Reach $5.7 Billion in 2024 as Demand from Mission-Critical Organizations Drives Early Investment

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A new report from International Data Corporation (IDC) presents IDC’s inaugural forecast for the worldwide Private LTE/5G infrastructure market for the period 2020“2024.

Private LTE/5G infrastructure is any 3GPP-based LTE and/or 5G network deployed for a specific enterprise/industrial customer that provides dedicated access. It includes networks that may utilize dedicated (licensed, unlicensed, or shared) spectrum, dedicated infrastructure, and private devices embedded with unique SIM identifiers. Private LTE/5G infrastructure carries traffic native to a specific organization, with no shared resources in use by any third-party entities.

Worldwide revenue attributable to the sales of private LTE/5G infrastructure will grow from $945 million in 2019 to an estimated $5.7 billion in 2024 with a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.4%. This includes aggregated spending on RAN, core, and transport infrastructure.

“Private LTE infrastructure is already used by select verticals worldwide to solve mission-critical networking challenges. However, the barrier to consumption has remained high, limiting adoption to organizations possessing in-house competency and access to dedicated spectrum,” said Patrick Filkins, senior research analyst, IoT and Mobile Network Infrastructure. “With more spectrum being made available for enterprise uses, coinciding with the arrival of commercial 5G, interest has grown toward using private LTE/5G solutions as a basis for connectivity across a multitude of mission-critical, industrial and traditional enterprise organizations.”

Many organizations are deploying private LTE today, and a select few are beginning to deploy private 5G in limited instances. While many of these verticals overlap in both use case and network needs, the market opportunity can be categorized in three segments:

  • Mission-critical: Verticals that require “always on” connectivity addressable through redundancy and dedicated resource, as well as the clear need or desire for mobile site connectivity. Loss of connectivity would likely result in significant negative business or operational outcomes.
  • Industrial: Verticals whose primary focus is process and industrial automation for Industry 4.0. It also generally involves providing high-capacity and ultra-reliable low-latency communication (5G URLLC) either with time-sensitive networking (TSN), or as an alternative.
  • Traditional enterprise or “Business-Critical”: These are verticals that require deterministic wireless networking beyond traditional Wi-Fi, but where redundancy and automation needs are lower. These include “business critical” applications, where loss of connectivity could result in loss of revenue.

The IDC report, Worldwide Private LTE/5G Infrastructure Forecast (IDC #US47085720), presents IDC’s inaugural forecast for the private LTE/5G infrastructure market. Revenue is forecast for RAN, core, and transport as well as spending by region. The report also provides a market overview, including drivers and challenges for technology suppliers, comms service providers, and cloud providers.

A companion document, IDC PlanScape: Implementing a Private LTE or 5G Network (IDC #US46554920), provides a high-level overview of how organizations are approaching private LTE/5G and the opportunities for technology and service providers, systems integrators, and VARs.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading tech media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the IDC Blog for industry news and insights: http://bit.ly/IDCBlog_Subscribe.

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Abundant Wealth Management Is Now A Retirement Income Store®

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Sound Income Strategies, LLC, a full-service Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm dedicated to helping clients meet their long-term financial objectives, is proud to announce that Abundant Wealth Management in Dallas, Texas, is now officially A Retirement Income Store.

The Retirement Income Store®, powered by Sound Income Strategies, is a virtual store where individuals can find financial advisors, known as Income Specialists, who specialize in helping clients reduce their exposure to stock market risk so they can use their savings to generate reliable income for retirement.

Although Abundant Wealth Management (AWM) works with a wide range of clients, it specializes in helping those who are nearing retirement, or are already retired. Services provided include financial planning, investment management, asset preservation, and healthcare planning including Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplements.

Since its inception, AWM has been on a mission to help protect their clients' assets from risk and uncertainty. Unlike other firms that might focus on more aggressive, stock market-based financial strategies, AWM specializes in taking a more sensible approach to planning and saving for retirement—an approach focused on generating steady income in the form of interest and dividend payments that their clients can count on well into retirement.

Founder Eric Lardner says: “Managing your money wisely means being knowledgeable about your options. That's why we place a heavy emphasis on financial education. It's this focus on education, along with our more conservative approach to financial planning, that has led Abundant Wealth Management to join the national network of like-minded financial advisors nationwide who believe there's a better way for Americans to plan and save for retirement—Investing for Income.”

About Sound Income Strategies: Sound Income Strategies (SIS) is an RIA firm with more than $1 billion in assets under management. Specializing in the active management of individual, income-generating securities, the firm focuses on maximizing the value of their clients' portfolios and building retirement plans that deliver consistent income, growth potential, and – most importantly – defense against damaging losses. As a Registered Investment Advisory firm, SIS diligently honors their fiduciary responsibility, as spelled out in the US Investment Advisors Act of 1940, to always act and serve in the best interest of their clients.

About the Retirement Income Store—Launched in January of 2019, The Retirement Income Store is a subsidiary of Sound Income Strategies. The Retirement Income Store is comprised of a national network of Income Specialists who actively manage their clients' portfolios with the goal of maximizing income first and opportunities for growth second.

About Abundant Wealth Management: Abundant Wealth Management, located in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Eric M. Lardner. Mr. Lardner has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and specializes in providing retirement planning services designed to educate clients about the best options available to help them meet their long-term financial objectives. Dedicated to the core principles of trust and integrity, AWM always places the needs and interests of their clients first and foremost.

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Investment Advisory Services offered through Sound Income Strategies, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Abundant Wealth Management and Sound Income Strategies, LLC are not associated entities. Abundant Wealth Management is a franchise of The Retirement Income Store, LLC. The Retirement Income Store, LLC and Sound Income Strategies, LLC are associated entities.

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Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. Announces Investigation of CATM, FFG, HLIX, MDCA, RP, SMTX, and TCP

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NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

Cardtronics PLC (NASDAQ: CATM)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of CATM for $35.00 per share.

If you are a CATM investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:FFG)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the proposed sale of FFG to Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company for $56.00 per share in cash.

If you are a FFG investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

Helix Technologies, Inc. (OTC:HLIX)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the merger of HLIX and Medical Outcomes Research Analytics, LLC. Under the merger, HLIX shareholders will receive 0.05 shares of a newly formed company, Forian Inc., for each share of HLIX common stock.

If you are a investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: MDCA)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the merger of MDCA with Stagwell Media LP. Stagwell and its affiliates are expected to hold approximately 79% of the common equity of the combined company after closing.

If you are a MDCA investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

RealPage, Inc. (Nasdaq: RP)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of RP to Thoma Bravo for $88.75 per share.

If you are a RP investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

SMTC Corporation (NASDAQ: SMTX)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of SMTX to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital for $6.044 per share in cash.

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TC PipeLines, LP (NYSE: TCP)

Lifshitz Law Firm, P.C. announces investigation into possible breach of fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of TCP to TRP for 0.70 TRP common shares per unit.

If you are a investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516)493-9780 or e-mail at [email protected].

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BDO Survey: Fourth-year ESG reporting performance survey shows the evolvement in overall ESG involvement of majority listed companies but which remain inadequate to meet the requirements of the Revised Guide

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Listed companies should increase their awareness and take significant steps to enhance their ESG reporting framework to meet the new disclosure requirements and achieve long-term sustainability

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 12 January 2021 – During the fourth year of environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting survey, improvements have emerged in ESG disclosure in some areas and these are reflected in the fact that the boards of listed companies are increasingly aware of the importance of ESG management. However, the survey results are still far from satisfactory in terms of compliance and quality. In particular, the results of certain areas, such as ESG risk management and materiality assessment, are reduced. In this survey, 7 key findings and 12 recommendations are made which can serve as reference for listed companies to intensify efforts in ESG reporting and practices, as well as achieve long-term sustainability. 

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(From Left to Right) Mr. Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory of BDO, Mr. Clement Chan, Managing Director of Assurance of BDO and Mr. Johnson Kong, Managing Director of Non Assurance of BDO today announced the Fourth-year survey results of “The ESG Reporting Performance of Hong Kong Listed Companies”

Nowadays, ESG continue to gain traction in corporate reporting regimes and in the financial institutions sector from the standpoints of long-term sustainability and responsible investment. Users and investors are demanding an increasingly high quality of ESG information disclosures from listed companies so as to facilitate decisions on investment, interests and values alignment, business partnerships, and joint efforts to overcome global challenges. In particular, with the continuing adverse effects of COVID-19 and the revised HKEx ESG Reporting Guide (“the Revised Guide”) which came into effect on 1 July 2020, priorities have changed and reinforced public commitment to ESG. The ESG reporting regime has been evolving in fulfilling users’ increasing expectations and it is more important to improve ESG disclosure and become aware of the importance of ESG management, which will enable listed companies to prepare better to address ESG issues and risks and meet the disclosure requirements of the Revised Guide. As the world’s fifth largest accountancy network, BDO has always spared no efforts to conduct comprehensive ESG studies to provide useful findings for use by listed companies.

This year, BDO’s Survey entitled “The ESG Reporting Performance of Hong Kong Listed Companies (the Survey) randomly sampled 400 of the most-recent ESG reports published by both Main Board and GEM-listed companies on or before 31 July 2020. Most of the surveyed companies come from the Consumer Discretionary sector (20%), followed by Industrials (17%), Financials (15%), Properties and Construction (11%), Materials (8%), Information Technology (8%), Consumer Staples (5%), Healthcare (5%), Energy (4%), Utilities (3%), Telecommunications (2%), Conglomerates (1%) and Others (1%).

Of the 400 companies surveyed:

  • 60% were small size, 23% were medium size and large companies comprised 17%
  • The boards of listed companies were increasingly aware of the importance of ESG management, with 54% (2019: 34%) of the surveyed companies disclosing information about the board’s oversight over ESG issues and 74% of the Board’s review of companies’ ESG performance against ESG goals and targets

Below is a summary of the key findings of the 2020 Survey compared to the 2019 Survey results:

Survey Area

Key Data Points

2019 Survey

2020 Survey

Increase / Decrease / Maintained

ESG governance

Top level commitment and management

34%

54%

Increase

ESG Committee or personnel

24%

32%

Increase

ESG risk management

28%

26%

Decrease

ESG strategy

36%

48%

Increase

Stakeholder engagement

72%

76%

Increase

Materiality assessment

66%

60%

Decrease

Report assurance by independent third party

3%

5%

Increase

Goals on ESG management

15%

13%

Decrease

Staff career development programme

61%

60%

Maintained

Occupational health and safety training

69%

64%

Decrease

Customer support and services

67%

63%

Decrease

Whistle-blowing system

67%

65%

Decrease

Independent committee on anti-corruption management

23%

16%

Decrease

Adoption of reporting standards/guidelines other than HKEx ESG Reporting Guide

9%

10%

Maintained

Anti-corruption training

37%

17%

Decrease

Table 1: Summary of Key Findings of the Survey on “The Performance of ESG Reporting of Hong Kong Listed Companies 2020”


Boards are increasingly involved in ESG governance

The Survey results showed that 54% (2019: 34%) of the companies disclosed information about the board’s oversight of ESG issues. At the same time, among all the surveyed companies, the boards had gained momentum in disclosing their involvement in monitoring ESG performance and ESG risk management approaches in their preparations to meet the mandatory disclosure requirements of the Revised Guide. Meanwhile, the Survey also found that boards of large companies (76%) tended to put the most effort into overseeing ESG issues. On the disclosure of other ESG governance information in ESG reports, the Survey showed that there was slight improvement in the allocation of dedicated resources to manage ESG issues and formulate ESG strategy, such as disclosing a vision, ESG framework and ESG policy.

Reporting quality does not allow for meaningful comparisons

The Survey found that the information disclosed according to the four reporting principles of the Revised Guide, namely materiality, quantitative, balance and consistency, was inadequate. On disclosure on the quantitative, only 48% of surveyed companies disclosed standards, methodologies, assumptions, calculation tools used, and conversion factors used for reporting data on emissions or energy consumption. Less than 29% of the companies cited any changes made to the calculation methods or key performance indicators (KPIs) that they had used or any other factors that may affect the comparison of information in the report. Furthermore, only 64% of the companies disclosed their reporting boundaries in the report. Among companies that disclosed their reporting boundaries, only 30% explained the method that they used to determine them.

 

Quality of materiality assessment disclosure is reduced

The Survey results showed that 60% (2019: 66%) of the companies disclosed that they had conducted a materiality assessment, while the rest or the remaining 40% did not provide any information about materiality in their ESG reports. Of the 40%, small listed companies were the most likely not to have mentioned a materiality assessment. Among companies that conducted a materiality assessment, disclosed information was often inadequate. Only just over 50% of those companies provided comprehensive descriptions on how the ESG issues had been prioritised and they presented the results through visual aids, such as a materiality map. It is observed that when companies do not disclose adequate information about their materiality assessments, investors may find it difficult to ascertain whether the data being reported are relevant to their investment decisions.

Disclosure of issues related to climate change is limited

Climate change is a new addition to the Revised Guide. Listed companies are now required to disclose their policies on identifying and mitigating any significant climate-related issues that have impacted, or may impact, and the action taken to manage them. The Survey showed that only 12% of companies cited issues related to climate change. Among these companies, it is noted that over half (54%) disclosed the climate-related risks and opportunities that applied to them; and most (83%) reported on measures that they had adopted to mitigate their climate-related risks. The Survey also found that larger companies were more likely to consider climate risks and ways to mitigate them. Among companies that reported on climate change, only 15% referred to The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) when disclosing information related to climate change. Most of these were large listed companies from the healthcare, financial and telecommunications industries.

Target-setting for environment KPIs is limited

Only 15% of companies set targets for environmental KPIs, and these targets were mainly set by large listed companies. Among these companies, the most common targets set for environmental KPIs were to reduce waste, energy consumption and greenhouse gases (GHGs). The companies adopted a variety of approaches to setting the targets for their environmental KPIs while the most common ones were to align KPI targets either with the company’s visions and goals (33%) or with national or regional laws and regulations (40%).


Recognition of UN SDGs on climate action is stronger

According to the survey results, there is a growing trend of listed companies recognising the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This year, more of the listed companies (2020: 8% vs 2019: 6%) identified SDGs that were relevant to their business operations and strategic goals.


Independent assurance on ESG reporting remains steady

The Revised Guide recommends that listed companies may seek independent assurance on their ESG reports. However, the Survey pointed out that independent assurance was obtained for only 5% of the ESG reports published by the companies. There were no significant changes in these results when compared with the results in the previous two years. Among the companies that sought independent assurance for their ESG reports, 56% obtained assurance for the whole report.

BDO recommendations:

Integrate ESG into the enterprise risk-management framework

In the context of risk management, ESG risks should not be dealt with separately but must be integrated into a company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) framework by referring to widely recognised best practice. The ERM framework should include robust mechanisms to identify and assess the impact of ESG risks that may influence the company’s strategy and objectives. At the same time, by considering the challenges and response, the company may identify new opportunities from predicted trends.

Build capacity on climate change

Given that climate change may affect a company through physical and transition risks, companies may need to understand the implications of these risks on financial performance. Climate change is associated with specialist knowledge and complex technical terms. Therefore, the company’s board or management may need to rely on the insights, knowledge or external expertise of sustainability professionals in order to assess the impact of climate risks during the process of identifying, assessing, prioritising and mitigating climate risks and other issues. Companies may set up a dedicated committee or working group to steer climate-change management. A climate change committee aims to secure board-level oversight of strategic climate-related risk and opportunity management. A climate change working group can build the company’s capability relating to climate risk and accelerate the integration of climate considerations into the ERM framework.

Enhance reporting quality

To increase the reliability and accuracy of the content, any changes should be explicitly explained in the ESG report. In addition to the Revised Guide, companies may refer to the Global Reporting Initiative standards for the relevant reporting principles to enhance the quality of their reporting. It is also important for companies to have a consistent and well-defined approach to considering the scope and including appropriate material operations or entities in the ESG report. Companies with a more complex structure may apply their own judgment criteria to define the reporting boundaries.

Consider industry factors

Disclosing factors that are related to a particular industry could show investors that these industry-specific ESG concerns have been adequately considered and addressed by the company. Listed companies may refer to some global reporting frameworks such as Global Reporting Initiative Standards (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Standards (SASB). These frameworks provide industry-specific guidelines on reporting a full range of economic and ESG impacts of operation within a particular industry.

Linking stakeholder engagement feedback with materiality assessment

It is recommended that companies’ response should be disclosed alongside stakeholder engagement results so readers may know whether the concerns raised by stakeholders are material to the company and whether strategies or measures have been formulated to address them.

Elaborate the impact of climate change on the business model

Companies are recommended to provide specific details on how climate change may affect various business model components from a strategic point of view, in order to enhance their development of a governance structure to manage climate change risks and to make changes to their business model as well as their strategic goals and objectives with a view to achieve long-term sustainability.

Specify the nature of climate risks that may impact the business

Listed companies should disclose, for example, the kinds of extreme climate events that would be highly likely to impact the business and what critical business processes or assets would be affected by these events. Listed companies should also disclose whether stakeholders that they rely heavily on, such as customers or suppliers, would also be affected by certain climate risks.

Alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement

While the presence of environmental targets enables companies to gauge their environmental performance and reduce their impact on operations at an expected level, companies are recommended to align their strategic goals with the goals of the Paris Agreement so they can achieve net-zero carbon emission. Companies may refer to some international methodologies when setting targets for their environmental KPIs such as Science Based Targets.

Enhancing the quality of environmental impact disclosure

To give investors a comprehensive overview of the company’s environmental footprint, companies should disclose more background information about the environmental KPIs in their ESG report and how KPIs are related to their business operations. Companies may consider disclosing information, such as the sources of each environmental KPI, environmental policies and a roadmap to reduce the impact and long-term and short-term reduction initiatives and action plans to achieve the targets.

Expanding disclosure to include Scope 3 emissions

The Revised Guide requires listed companies to disclose direct and energy-indirect GHGs, for the purpose of transparency and completeness in presenting the carbon footprint for investors’ understanding. It is recommended that listed companies may also consider disclosing Scope 3 emissions. There are up to 15 types of Scope 3 emissions listed in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Listed companies may disclose information about the types of emissions that are relevant to their individual situation.

Integrating UN SDGs to create more positive outcomes

There is a view that companies may benefit from integrating UN SDGs into their business strategy and operations. Thus, when undertaking SDG reporting, companies may consider strategies such as identifying and understanding the impact of all the SDGs and targets on the business portfolio, aligning SDGs with the strategic targets that may have a critical impact on business operations and may require significant changes to be made and prioritising the SDGs and targets.

Ensuring Report Credibility by External Assurance

To ensure the credibility and transparency of disclosed ESG data, listed companies should start by obtaining independent assurance on certain key ESG information, such as their environmental or social KPIs, instead of the content of the whole ESG report. Companies may choose to have the whole ESG report assured when comfortable and accumulating adequate experience in ESG reporting.

Clement Chan, Managing Director of Assurance of BDO, said, “An ESG report is a useful tool to communicate to its stakeholders on organisation’s ESG performance and progress in addressing operating challenges including climate change. Also, since the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to economies and financial systems, we believe that green finance is the key to rebuild the economy on a more equitable foundation as recovery is urgently needed. In this report, we see that companies have made noticeable improvements in involving ESG strategy. But still, our Survey has found that there were limited information disclosed to the public which discourage investors and users with concerns of late over companies’ sustainability development. Listed companies should now intensify efforts to enhance the disclosure of ESG information to meet stakeholders’ information and investment needs, as well as to meet the requirements of the Revised Guide by HKEx.”

Johnson Kong, Managing Director of Non Assurance of BDO, remarked, “There is no doubt that green finance is getting more prominent amid the increasing awareness in the investment community, and ESG are rising on the rise across the world, especially in the healthcare and information technology realms since the outbreak of Covid-19. Thus, the transparency and accuracy of ESG report are increasingly important to Investors and capital markets institutions while they factor ESG performance into investment decisions as they often consider ESG-related information to determine whether a company is adequately managing risks, not only to derive reputational benefits. However, our Survey has showed that only a limited number of companies has reported climate-related issues with restricted information disclosed. For effective management of ESG issues, we are eager to see a higher engagement from companies on ESG reporting by elaborating the topics on the business model”.

Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory of BDO, said, “We are pleased to see that there was improvement in ESG reporting for most listed companies. However, the results are still not satisfactory. Since the HKEx launched the Revised Guide and effect on 1 July 2020, listed companies are required to meet higher standards of ESG reporting to fulfil the integrated ESG component. Users of ESG reports are focusing on relevant and material ESG issues affecting the business operations of an organisation. They would also like to see the board of an organisation play a vital role in driving its ESG strategy and in ensuring the integration of ESG issues into the enterprise risk management framework, as well as the functions across an organisation. We hope our suggestions can provide more specific guidelines and directions for companies to improve their ESG reporting, with the ultimate aim to boost their investment value and inspire investor confidence”.

About BDO

BDO’s global organisation extends across 167 countries and territories, with more than 91,000 professionals working out of over 1,600 offices — and they’re towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service. BDO was established in Hong Kong in 1981 and is committed to facilitating the growth of businesses by advising the people behind them. BDO in Hong Kong provides an extensive range of professional services including assurance services, business services and outsourcing, risk advisory services, specialist advisory services and tax services. For more details, visit www.bdo.com.hk.

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