Group Head of Sustainability

Date:  16-Jun-2022
Job Req ID:  2185
Company:  John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


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John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


A highly-diversified and global corporation, the Swire Group’s businesses encompass property, aviation, beverages and food chain, as well as marine and trading & industrial activities. Its core businesses are mainly focused in Asia, with its key operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. Within Asia, Swire's activities come under the Group's publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited, which is the largest shareholder in two Hong Kong listed companies: Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific Airways.


John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited is the holding company of the publicly-listed conglomerate, Swire Pacific Ltd.  Our Sustainable Development Office invites applications for the following position:



Group Head of Sustainability


Sustainable development is a strategic imperative for our business. The group’s Sustainable Development Office (SDO) led by the Group Head of Sustainability, advises senior management of key developments and emerging risks related to sustainable development (SD), and is responsible for setting environmental policies and targets, monitoring the implementation of our group strategy, SwireTHRIVE, and our ESG policies, and for communication on ESG matters. 

For more information about SwireTHRIVE and our approach to sustainable development, please read our SD Report 2021: Sustainable Development Report – 2021 (




•    Leads the design, execution and performance monitoring of global corporate strategy for sustainability for the Swire Group
•    Act as lead change agent to drive improved sustainability performance and best practices, with a view to embed sustainability into overall business strategy for Swire
•    Oversee operating companies’ compliance and support, data management, design of action plans, management of key projects and activities
•    Formulate, advise on, and manage relevant group level policies on all sustainability matters related to material environmental issues (CO2, water, waste, biodiversity, materials etc.)
•    Lead responsibility for the production of annual Swire Pacific SD report, key sustainability indices, production of Board reports, and investor engagement with ESG analysts and Funds
•    Responsible for the promotion, uptake, and successful execution of internal SD Funds 
•    Provide high level advice and counsel to senior management on key sustainability issues
•    Lead internal and external communications to promote sustainability across the group
•    Head up the Sustainable Development Office, and manage departmental budget to ensure sustainability is driven appropriately and results attained



•    Bachelor's degree preferably in life sciences, social sciences, environmental management, or related discipline
•    15 - 20 years of experience in a corporate or commercial sustainability leadership role. Experience of sectors within which Swire operates is highly desirable
•    Proven record in risk management set against wider societal and environment problems, with first-hand experience of practical solutions 
•    Sound knowledge of current and future policies, trends, technology and information impacting sectors which Swire operates
•    Strong interpersonal and networking skills, and be comfortable in influencing and engaging with all levels of the business
•    Good command of both written and spoken English. Proficiency in spoken Cantonese and/or Putonghua is desirable



At Swire, we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our people regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship, family status, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious or political beliefs. We believe in creating an environment where people feel comfortable at work and are able to realise their full potential.

We offer a competitive package to the right candidate. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in this position, you can send your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’. We will contact all shortlisted candidates.

The Swire group is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be used exclusively for selection purposes and handled confidentially by authorised personnel only. Your application may also be considered for other suitable positions within the Swire group (please indicate clearly on your application if you would not like to be considered for other positions within the group.) Following the data privacy ordinance, all unsuccessful applications will be destroyed after an appropriate time.