To promote the collaborative effort between shopping malls and shops on green shopping environments and measures, the Hong Kong Green Shop Alliance Award (HKGSA Award), the-first-of-its-kind Award in town, was established in 2019 to recognise the environmental achievements of shopping malls and shops. Through the sharing of various environmental cases, participants are able to exchange ideas and develop the best practices for the industries.
Since early 2020, the retail industry has been facing tremendous challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic may be far from over, global leaders and scholars are calling for Green Recovery. In the context of retail industry, while Green Recovery promotes economic growth and creates job opportunities, it also demonstrates mall and shop operators’ capability in preventing and managing pandemics, thus fostering the health and wellbeing of the occupants as well as the sustainable development of the shopping environments. The Government of the HKSAR is also promoting green recovery with the objectives to stimulate the economy, improve the environment and help Hong Kong move towards the goal of achieving carbon neutrality before 2050.
Hence, in its 2nd edition, the HKGSA Award 2021 has put Green Recovery as the Special Citation to recognise practitioners’ effort and achievements to restore business operation while maintaining sustainable shopping environments and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the stakeholders. It is hoped that through the HKGSA Award, we can endeavour to extend participants’ far-sighted green ideas to the entire retail industry.