HKBU Honorary Degree recipient Mr David Mong discusses corporate social responsibility and market culture
24 Oct 2016
The University will confer honorary doctoral degrees on four distinguished persons at its 57th Commencement in November and is organising a series of activities to enable the public to gain from the wisdom and insights of the honorary doctorate recipients. Mr David Mong, who will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa, shared today (24 October) on the topic of “Corporate Social Responsibility and Market Culture”.
In his opening remarks, Professor Roland Chin, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, praised Mr David Mong for his concern about the needs of the education sector, his business innovations and broad knowledge. He said Mr Mong possesses all three DNAs of HKBU, namely “caring”, “creativity” and “global vision”, and with these three attributes, Mr Mong has set a very good role model for students at HKBU.
At the sharing, Mr David Mong said he owes his business success to timing and favourable geographical and social conditions. He said that he had faced many difficulties, but was fortunate to have met many good business partners. Mr Mong added that through testing the market repeatedly, he was able to successfully introduce into Hong Kong a range of household electrical appliances by international brands which could cater for the different needs of local families.
In addition, Mr Mong also explained the significant role occupational safety and corporate social responsibility play in the development of his company. He said companies need to strike a balance – while making a profit, it should also pay close attention to the needs of their staff as well as ensure quality, safety and environmental sustainability. A company should also uphold their corporate civility and social responsibility so as to work towards the principle “gain from the community, contribute to the community”.
Mr David Mong is the Chairman and Group CEO of Shun Hing Group. He completed an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California, USA. He worked at Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Limited in Japan from 1985 to 1989, where he gained knowledge on the innovative technology, manufacturing process and management system employed by Japanese manufacturers, and also a thorough appreciation for Japanese cultural etiquette.
Mr Mong devotes himself wholeheartedly to community service. He chairs the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund which has supported numerous projects in education, medical services, sports, community services, cultural events and arts in Hong Kong and around the world. Volunteer service is a required dimension of work life in Shun Hing Company, and Mr Mong leads by being a fine example of it.
Mr Mong is a longstanding supporter of HKBU. He served as a member of the University Council, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors and the Entrepreneur Committee of the HKBU Foundation.