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Hongkong Land’s WOMEN in CENTRAL initiative promotes gender diversity and inclusion

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Hongkong Land, a prominent property investment and development group, has launched its WOMEN in CENTRAL initiative, dedicated to fostering gender diversity and inclusion within its Central Portfolio in Hong Kong. With a focus on uniting professionals around gender equality in the workplace and leadership roles, the initiative has already seen significant success, drawing participation from over 700 professionals across 400 office and retail tenants.

Ms. Yolice Wu, Executive Director of Hongkong Land, emphasized the company’s commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and gender diversity. “I am thrilled to officially announce the WOMEN in CENTRAL initiative soon after International Women’s Day. As Central’s largest commercial landlord, we are uniquely positioned to remove the figurative walls that separate our over 400 tenants across our 12 office buildings in the heart of Central and to lead our community in driving diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and in society,” she stated.

Through strong collaboration with its tenant community, WOMEN in CENTRAL has organized eight events in its first year, covering a range of topics including parenting challenges, wellness in the corporate world, and gender diversity in the legal profession. These events, developed in partnership with leading firms such as KPMG, Mayer Brown, and White & Case, have provided a platform for professionals of all levels and genders to come together, share insights, and build connections.

Mayer Brown, one of the initiative’s partners, highlighted the importance of platforms like WOMEN in CENTRAL in addressing gender diversity challenges. “With more than 75 law firms residing in Hongkong Land’s offices in Central, we recognise that WOMEN in CENTRAL is a tremendous platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding gender diversity in the legal profession and explore ways to nurture the next generation of women leaders. We look forward to deepening our collaboration with WOMEN in CENTRAL as it expands its engagement efforts this year and beyond,” said Mr. Hong Tran, Partner at Mayer Brown.

Looking ahead, WOMEN in CENTRAL aims to expand its engagement efforts and increase the frequency of events. The initiative will partner with Deacons to host seminars and explore topics such as achieving diversity in the boardroom.

In addition to its community initiatives, Hongkong Land has set key goals for inclusion, equity, and diversity (IE&D) as part of its Sustainability Framework 2030. These goals include achieving gender balance in management positions, increasing women board representation, and achieving gender pay parity. While progress is underway, the company acknowledges there is still work to be done.

The achievements of WOMEN in CENTRAL have been recognized by The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, naming Hongkong Land as a finalist for the Women of Influence Awards in the category of “Best Company Championing Women.”

With initiatives like WOMEN in CENTRAL, Hongkong Land continues to demonstrate its commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace, driving positive change within its organization and the broader community.

For more information about Hongkong Land and its initiatives, visit www.hongkongland.com.

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