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Hong Kong’s First-ever Virtual Harbour Marathon

Hong Kong’s First-ever Virtual Harbour Marathon

“BOC Life Hong Kong Harbour Marathon 2022” to Raise Funds for the Underprivileged and Sports Development for the Youth BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited (‘BOC Life’) announced its partnership with Social Ventures Hong Kong (‘SVhk’) to launch “BOC Life Hong Kong Harbour Marathon 2022” (the ‘virtual run’) - the first-ever virtual harbour marathon in Hong Kong with charitable causes. With the theme of “Run to Explore”, the virtual run aims to connect local communities by promoting the importance of physical and mental health as well as sustainable development of the society. This meaningful event will allow runners to enjoy the beautiful landscape of Hong Kong while raising funds to support the underprivileged and youth development programmes. A kickoff ceremony cum CEO Run was held at the HarbourChill in Wanchai today (19 November) to unveil the charity marathon. Mr. Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Life, together with Mr. Francis Ngai, Founder and CEO of SVhk, Dr. Andes Leung, Co-Founder and CEO of RunOurCity, and Mr. Vincent Ng, Chairman of Harbourfront Commission, officially started the virtual run. A number of cross-sector executive runners were invited to join the CEO Run to symoblise the start of this month-long charity event. Mr. Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Life, said, “BOC Life is committed to driving corporate philanthropic initiatives, subsidising education and development programmes for young people. By title sponsoring this exclusive virtual charity marathon, we hope to promote the importance of uplifting physical and mental well-being through sports, while creating shared value by cross-sector collaboration. The marathon also helps build a healthy, harmonious and inclusive society, and raises funds to support young people’s sports and development programmes.” Mr. Francis Ngai, Founder of SVhk, said, “SVhk has worked with organisaitons across sectors to bring hope and positive energy to Hong Kong since our establishment. Working with BOC Life and RunOurCity on the BOC Life Hong Kong Harbour Marathon 2022, we hope to encourage the public to explore the hidden gems and neighbourhood delights along our Victoria Harbour through running. By connecting people and places we aspire to bridge new perspectives and create a more diverse and energetic city.” All funds raised from the virtual run will be donated to the non-profit making organisation RunOurCity Foundation to support sports development programmes for the youth, with an aim to nurture teenagers’ physical and mental development through cultivating sportsmanship. The virtual run is fully supported by the Harbourfront Commission. Mr. Vincent Ng, Chairman of Harbourfront Commission, said, “Harbourfront Commission is committed to providing opportunities for public enjoyment of our harbour, through running and other leisure and fun-filled activities. The BOC Life Hong Kong Harbour Marathon 2022 is an excellent opportunity for the public to rediscover Victoria Harbour and reimagine harbourfront as a part of our lives.” The “BOC Life Hong Kong Harbour Marathon 2022” will last for a month, from 19 November 2022 to 18 December 2022. It designs the first round-harbour running routes in Hong Kong under the theme of “Run to Explore”. Six recommended routes total the equivalent of a full-marathon (approximately 42 km): the Kowloon section runs from West Kowloon to Lei Yu Mun while the Hong Kong Island section runs from Aldrich Bay to Belcher Bay. Runners may complete the route at their own pace in multiple attempts or in one-go. The recommended routes were put together to explore different communities along the harbour, including different neighbourhoods with distinctive community stores, in turn promoting local tourism in addition to fundraising. For enrolment and more details of the virtual run, please visit  www.harbourmarathon.hk.

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BOC Life Rogaine Charity Race 2022

BOC Life Rogaine Charity Race 2022

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BOC Life and St. James’ Settlement Take STEAM Education to New Heights

BOC Life and St. James’ Settlement Take STEAM Education to New Heights

‘New Generation Financial and Technology Designers’ Programme Combines Technology & Creativity to Nurture Students’ Skills in ESG and Innovation   BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited (‘BOC Life’) partnered with St. James’ Settlement to take Hong Kong’s STEAM education to new heights with the ‘New Generation Financial and Technology Designers’ Programme (the ‘Programme’) combining technology and creativity. The Programme not only marks a new milestone for the ‘Grant-in-aid Brightens Children’s Lives Service’, but also meets the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education needs of local students. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) elements are also added to the Programme to help students develop environmentally friendly habits and the spirit to serve, and apply the STEAM knowledge to become ESG-centric innovators.   Themed around STEAM, the Programme tailor-designed a diversity of coding courses integrating technology application, social values and environmental awareness to realise students’ creative potential. The kick off ceremony for the Programme of the 2022-2023 academic year was held today (20 October), unveiling this semester’s courses.   Mr Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Life, said at the ceremony, “BOC Life is committed to promoting sustainability, whilst integrating ESG into its strategy and operation. Fostering the educational development of our next generation is not only a highlight of our CSR initiatives, but also a key to sustainable development of our society. We are pleased to see that the Programme serves multiple purposes, from teaching students coding technologies, deepening their understanding of ESG, to discovering the students’ creative talent through their shrewd application of STEAM knowledge.”   Ms Josephine Lee, Chief Executive Officer of St. James’ Settlement, expressed, “Applying technology into daily lives and practising green living are the current trends. Having gained knowledge in the fields of technology, environmental protection and financial management from a young age, students will enjoy a solid foundation for future studies. I thank BOC Life and ‘Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged’ for their generous support again, providing primary school students enrolled on the ‘Grant-in-aid Brightens Children’s Lives Service’ with a creative and meaningful programme.”   The Programme offers two courses respectively for junior and senior primary students, with each course consisting of 16 workshops, a STEAM exploration, competitions and a graduation ceremony, totalling around 24 hours. Through a series of activities, the Programme wishes to stimulate students’ interest in STEAM and ESG. Students will be exposed to different coding skills and make their own robots using different recyclable materials collected in their daily lives. Primary two and three students will be enrolled on coding and environmentally friendly robotic workshops where they will acquire understanding of environmental protection, waste recycling and reuse, as well as learn to treasure resources. Primary four to six students will partake in AI and wealth management coding workshops, which include elements of social care on top of coding skills, enabling them to understand the needs of the underprivileged and the disadvantaged – as well as coming up with innovative mobile applications rich in personal characteristics.   First launched in 2021, the Programme benefitted 162 school kids of five primary schools from underprivileged families. As the Programme rolls out for another year, an addition of 160 school kids of six primary schools from underprivileged families will take part.   Yuen Kei-hon, who was primary six student of TWGHs Hok Shan School last year, participated in the inaugural year of the Programme. He shared, “I noticed that when the fifth wave of the epidemic broke out, people had to queue up to buy rapid antigen test kits or different medicines to combat the pandemic, while some people who are physically challenged were unable to go out to do so. I therefore would like to leverage the convenience brought by technology to help the physically-challenged or elderly to be able to buy the necessary anti-epidemic items while staying at home.”   During the opening ceremony at David Li Kwok Po Community Hall, St. James' Church, Wan Chai, some school kids who were enrolled in the first year of the Programme joined as ‘peers’, sharing their unforgettable experience and feelings with guests. The guests also took part in the specially designed booth activities with school kids, including ball-pushing robot car and goods-sharing platform app, making the occasion brim with amusement.

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BOCHK and BOC Life launch Hong Kong's first green insurance plan certified by an independent third party

BOCHK and BOC Life launch Hong Kong's first green insurance plan certified by an independent third party

Up to 3%1 annualised guaranteed rate of return at policy maturity for USD policy Bank of China (Hong Kong) (“BOCHK”) and BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited (“BOC Life”) announced the launch of BOC Life iGreen Savings Insurance Plan (“the Plan”)  Hong Kong’s first-ever green insurance plan certified by an independent third-party professional institution. With an annualised guaranteed rate of return up to 3% at policy maturity for USD policy (3-year plan)1, BOCHK is the sole agent offering the Plan. Customers can apply for the Plan through BOCHK mobile banking starting today. The one-off premium payment is as low as RMB3,000 or USD375. The Plan, as part of a green insurance series, has been accredited by Ernst & Young in accordance with “BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited Green Insurance Framework” (“the Framework”), which contains clear disclosures of green investment strategies of the series. While the premiums collected will be invested in various ESG investment projects, proactive investment strategies such as positive screening will be adopted to identify suitable ESG investment opportunities such as sustainable development funds. In addition, over half of the premiums will be invested in green bonds or other sustainability series bonds and green financial instruments that meet the requirements of “Green Bond Principles” promulgated by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). Arnold Chow, Deputy General Manager, Personal Digital Banking Product Department of BOCHK, said, “BOCHK is delighted to be the sole agent offering ‘BOC Life iGreen Savings Insurance Plan’. The Plan is the first ESG insurance plan offered by the Bank as well as Hong Kong’s first green insurance plan certified by an independent professional institution. Global climate change has led to increased customer demand for green investments in recent years. This green insurance plan not only provides life protection and additional accidental death benefits for customers and their loved ones, but also contributes to environmental protection and sustainable development. To save paper, the Plan will be available for enrolment via BOCHK’s mobile banking only, representing a step forward in our transition to low-carbon operations. We will continue to enrich green financial products and services to co-create a sustainable future with our customers.” Wilson Tang, Chief Executive of BOC Life, said, “BOC Life integrates ESG elements into our corporate strategies and operations, dedicated to creating multi values and triple wins for business, environment and the community at large. ESG investing has become the new trend and focus for the future. To facilitate the introduction of the Plan, we have formulated the ‘BOC Group Life Assurance Company Limited Green Insurance Framework’ based on the ‘Principles for Sustainable Insurance’ from the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative. The Plan which is designed based on the Framework and has been certified by Ernst & Young, will help customers realise their savings goals while better understand about its green investment strategies and ESG elements.” “BOC Life iGreen Savings Insurance Plan” is available for enrolment starting today (with quotas in a limited period) with an annualised guaranteed rate of return at policy maturity up to 3%1 for USD policy. The Plan combines a savings element with life protection and additional accidental death benefit. From now till 31 October 2022, successful applicants are eligible to receive a free gift of soil-free organic garden kit2. Remarks: 1. The projected annualised guaranteed rate of return upon policy maturity takes into account the application of premium discount. The relevant figures are rounded up to the nearest whole number. 2. Subject to terms & conditions. 3. This press release is distributed in Hong Kong only. It shall not be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer or recommendation to purchase or sale or provision of any products of BOC Life outside Hong Kong.

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