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Chp 138, Smart Cool – Forty years champion for the environment

“Smart Cool”

One of the hallmarks of the Hong Kong business executive is the ability to don the full jacket and tie in the steamiest summer heat. However, a survey conducted by CA in June 2006 found that more than 80% of the respondents thought Hong Kong should imitate Japan and other East Asia countries to discard the jacket and tie at work; nearly 70% agreed that clothing with sleeves and collars should be considered appropriate at work and for formal meetings. The survey also found that after nearly a year of promotion by the Government of an air-conditioning temperature of 25.5oC, 51.5% of the respondents had such a policy in their workplace, but only 31.2% had put that policy into practice.

On 30 June CA announced a “Smart Cool Dress Down 夏日輕裝 Campaign” asking companies to adopt a “light dress code” for summer. CA also made a public call on the Chief Executive and the government minister to set an example to adopt the Smart Cool dress code, especially on 7 July, the “Small Heat” in the Chinese calendar. The” campaign generated community-wide discussion and on 7 July, CA stepped up the pressure with another public statement making the same call and lamenting at the total silence from the government.

It turned out that there was a reason for the government’s non-response. Three days later, on 10 July the Chief Executive announced in the Legislative Council Questions and Answers Session that the Administration would encourage civil servants to dress casual in summer. That would enable the 25.5oC air-conditioning temperature to be realistically enforced. True to his words, the Chief Executive began to abandon his bow tie during summer. Later, on 25 July, he launched the “Action Blue Sky” adding other energy conservation initiatives.

CA was glad that its advice had been heeded although it was never acknowledged by the government.

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August 28, 2015 - Posted by | Dr WK Chan book

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