There are a number of socially responsible activities in Hong Kong that allow MICE groups to leave the daily grind of the corporate world behind and give something back to the local community as a team.
Here are some hands-on CSR activities that will encourage team-building, promote environmental awareness, and offer delegates up-close and personal experiences with the local communities of Hong Kong.
Planting for future generations: Ngong Ping 360’s three-hour tree planting program on Lantau Island offers corporate groups the opportunity to test their green thumbs by planting new seedlings at a county park. Another program involves maintaining Lantau’s mangrove areas along coastal stretches, at a local fishing community or at remote villages.
Time to Grow organic farms: Time to Grow is a green enterprise dedicated to improving access to safe, healthy and delicious food grown in the heart of Hong Kong. MICE delegates can learn how to convert unused city spaces into a functioning urban farm that not only promotes healthy eating but also a sustainable environment.
Hong Kong Wetland Park conservation: The 61-hectare Hong Kong Wetland Park showcases Hong Kong’s diverse wetland ecosystem and the conservation efforts in place to preserve them. As a socially responsible initiative, the park offers the Outdoor Wetland Conservation Workshop free of charge to MICE groups. As a corporate social responsibility initiative, the park offers the Outdoor Wetland Conservation Workshop to MICE groups. The workshop aims to encourage groups to take part in outdoor wetland conservation services. Guided by the park’s staff and experienced volunteer workforce, the three-hour workshop includes weeding, fertilising, clearing invasive exotic plants, tree planting and tree tending. Each workshop caters for a maximum of 50 attendees.
Tai O: This is a fishing village on the western side of Lantau Island known for its striking stilt houses. These homes or pang uks are a unique part of village life, along with making shrimp paste and salted egg, and catching and preparing fish. This is the place where corporate groups can learn about the rural lifestyle that was once the mainstay of the city’s industry. The village’s Shaolin Wushu Culture Centre offers a variety of martial arts courses that can be used in team-building exercises, while the Tai O Cultural and Ecological Integrated Resource Centre of the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association directs a range of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, often with a cultural preservation theme.
This article is sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board.