Health and Sustainability: Reinforcing Public and Private Engagement Through Tertiary Institutions

Artie W. Ng, Ben Y.F. Fong, Tiffany C.H. Leung

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Increasing efforts are observed among the regulators to encourage corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability reporting among the listed profit-making enterprises as a means of balancing act for the society. However, such enthusiasm has been linked largely for the interests of the financial stakeholders, namely the investors, stockholders and financiers in general for the relationship to corporate performance and risk management. From a social scientist’s point of view, such a focus is considered rather myopic in light of the social and environmental implications. In particular, the ultimate concerns in association with human health have been largely ignored. Through literature review, a conceptual framework to link health and sustainability as accountable by both public and private sectors is proposed. Exploring the case of Hong Kong as an international city and financial centre, we argue that there could have been an even stronger dynamic process for promoting health and sustainability as currently practiced. We adopt a social scientist approach and argue that accountability, if serving the public interests, should be extended to the underlying social and health costs associated with environmental un-sustainability. Tertiary institutions, namely universities could take up a strategic, moderating role as an independent hub to integrate efforts of the government, the business sector and the communities at large to enable a dynamic process for health, sustainability and quality of life through recurring programmes of learning, teaching and research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381


  • ESG reporting
  • Health
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development


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