HSH Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Janice Lao Wins WEF Award for “Women of the Decade”

Hong Kong, 8 March 2018


 The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is delighted to congratulate Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Janice Lao on winning a “Women of the Decade” Award celebrating her achievements and contribution to Sustainability and Corporate Leadership. The Award was presented by the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in The Hague, Netherlands, on 8 March 2018.


“We are delighted to announce that our colleague Janice Lao has been selected as a deserving recipient of the WEF Women of the Decade for her sustainability work,” said HSH Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Clement Kwok. “At HSH, we strive to have a positive social, economic and environmental benefit on the local communities and the wider societies in which we operate, and Janice leads this effort across our group. This award is a testament to her passion, hard work and dedication to global sustainability issues which we, as a responsible business, need to understand and address.”


“It is an honour to receive this award. I am very humbled to be selected and grateful for the support of my colleagues over the years, with whom I would like to share this recognition. Sustainability and corporate responsibility is always a team effort and I am hopeful that we can continue raising awareness of important sustainability topics, particularly in the area of Sustainable Luxury,” said Ms Lao.


Ms. Janice Lao holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Change and Management from St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.  Prior to joining HSH in 2016, she worked in The Philippines and the USA before coming to Hong Kong in 2005 to work with Environmental Resources Management.  In 2007, Janice relocated to London to work with Carbon Capital Markets, before returning to Hong Kong in 2008 to take up the position of Environmental Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways.  Janice was given a part-time secondment from 2010 to 2014 as Group Sustainable Business Manager with John Swire and Sons (HK) and she held that role concurrently with her Cathay Pacific responsibilities.  In 2014, Janice joined MTR Corporation as Senior Manager – Sustainability before moving to HSH in 2016.


Editors Notes 

The Women Economic Forum – held in The Hague, Netherlands, from 8th – 9th March, 2018, is a two day event on the theme “Women Empowering Agriculture, Circular Economy, Sustainability & Cyber Security”. Celebrating International Women’s day, it will bring together pioneers and practitioners in circular economy, agriculture, sustainable development, public policy, smart cities, conscious enterprises, data and tech, cybersecurity, and all aspects of our engagement and empowerment. It is expected to attract over 200+ inspiring women from 30+ countries.



About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of transport, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Yangon and The Peninsula Istanbul. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.