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About Global ESG Monitor (GEM) Report

The First  Global ESG Rating on Transparency in HK
The inaugural report of The Global ESG Monitor (GEM) for Hong Kong which exclusively assesses the ESG transparency of major HSI Blue Chip constituents.

The Global ESG Monitor is a research project dedicated to investigating transparency in non-financial reporting, which combines auditable quantifiable and qualitative information that relates to a clearly defined period of time. It measures transparency using the GEM Assay™ , a research tool developed specifically for this purpose and adapted year after year in response to evolving conditions and developments. The operationalization of transparency underlying the GEM Assay™ is based on the relevant guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), ISO Standard 26000 and Accountability and Transparency, 2010a.

The GEM currently scores and ranks 263 companies based on the quality of their separate or integrated non-financial reporting.

The criteria for measuring transparency falls under six interdependent dimensions:

  • Balance

  • Comparability

  • Accuracy

  • Timeliness

  • Reliability

  • Comprehensiveness 

Why GEM ?

  • GEM could be a great solution for some small-cap companies struggling to meet the minimum reporting standards, shedding light on what’s missing in their reporting and bridging the information gap on the required ESG reporting disclosures, thus elevating their general ESG credentials.

  • The metrics for the GEM Assay™  indicate sustainability issues. It is also the best tool for assessing ESG transparency of companies, seeking out opportunities and emerging trends in the market; building trust, and supporting partnerships between the private, public, and civic sectors.

3:00 P.M.-3:03 P.M. (DRAFT ONLY)

  • A brief introduction to the GEM session

  • Introduce Michael and Ariane and what they are going to present.


3:03 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

Presenter: Michael Diegelmann, cometis

  • What is GEM?

  • Why GEM is a significant report for big-cap companies?

  • What are the differences between GEM and other ratings, such as MSCI

  • Share key findings and a summary from the GEM Report 2022


3:15 P.M. – 3:25 P.M.

Presenter: Ariane Hofstetter, KOHORTEN

The way of developing the GEM Report (Based on the PPT).


3:25 P.M.-3:26 P.M.

Introduce Mark and the topic of the panel discussion


3:26 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.

Starting Pannal Discussion

Attendee: Mark Paterson, Currie + Michael Diegelmann + Ariane Hofstetter

Topics for discussion:

  1. Why did GEM focus on big-cap, like these 72 HSI blue chips in Hong Kong

  2. Identified companies of those 72 HSI blue chips to address the success and the problems of the top 10 and last 10 of I-NFR and S-NFR of the GEM report.

  3. How will GEM affect sustainable development?

  4. Case study: Does any corporate’s ESG rating in the GEM report has been improved over the past three years? Which sections stand out the most?