Hong Kong subway group MTR appoints Olivia Wong as sustainability manager

Wong calls time on a 30-year career with Swire Group to join the transport operator, which is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Olivia Wong, MTR
Olivia Wong has joined MTR after spending her entire career with Swire Group companies. Image: LinkedIn

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, Hong Kong’s public transport operator and property developer, has appointed Olivia Wong as general manager of environmental and social sustainability.

Wong joins MTR after a 30-year career spent with Swire Group, latterly as John Swire & Sons’ group head of diversity and inclusion.

She starts in her new role on 1 June.

MTR announced earlier this year that it was setting science-based emissions reduction targets for 2030, with the ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

The organisation’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy also includes goals to generate 1 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy by 2023, and for all new development projects to be certified by BEAM, Hong Kong’s green building certification scheme.

The company’s social goals include ensuring that a quarter of its board directors are women by 2025, and that all its new stations are accessible for all passengers.

MTR’s sustainability function sits in its legal and governance department, so Wong will report to legal and governance director Gill Meller.

She comes on board after a 30-year career with Swire Group. Wong started out with Cathay Pacific Airways, where she worked in personnel management, marketing, and as a country head for Singapore, Germany and Eastern Europe.

She has also worked for John Swire & Sons in leadership development and Swire Properties as human resources director.

Wong is Hong Kong chair of Habitat for Humanity International, a housing non-profit. She is also a 

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