Ex-staff Perspective On 10 Years Of CWR: Mark Harper
By Mark Harper 26 October, 2021
On the 10th year anniversary, former project manager Harper reflects on his time with us & how it shaped his career
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CWR: Tell us about your time at CWR …
When did you join?
Mark Harper(MH): I joined in 2013.
Why did you join?
MH: In a previous role I had been seconded to Hong Kong and during that time I fell in love with the city.
CWR role gave me opportunity to be involved in … groundbreaking thought leadership work
The CWR role gave me an opportunity to come back to Hong Kong, to build a life and career here. It also gave me the opportunity to be involved in what I felt was groundbreaking thought leadership work on a major emerging issue.
How long did you spend at CWR?
MH: I was there for around 12 months.
What did you do?
MH: We were a small team of three back then, so we all had to be involved in everything from management of the CWR website, writing for and helping to prepare the monthly newsletter, and working on some of the research projects – such as a water risk assessment for a major hotel chain.
CWR: Looking back to your time there, what do you consider as your biggest achievement? Part of the job included public speaking, any memorable firsts? Were you nervous, any tips?
The project I most enjoyed was the water risk assessment for a major HK hotel chain
MH: The project I most enjoyed was the water risk assessment for a major Hong Kong hotel chain, it was this project that further sparked my interest in ESG and corporate sustainability and reaffirmed my views on where I wanted to take my career.
CWR: Is your current work related to water? If so, how? If not, do you still keep tabs on water challenges?
MH: My current role is partially related to water in that I work on the development and implementation of the Swire Group sustainability strategy SwireTHRIVE.
But my primary foci are climate change and climate risk as well as waste management with a strong focus on plastics. I definitely keep tabs on what is happening in the water space, and the CWR newsletter is integral to that.
CWR: Has CWR changed your career aspirations?
MH: No, I had always wanted to work in sustainability.
CWR gave me focus on exactly what I wanted to do: in-house corporate sustainability
In fact, I had worked in sustainability for around 10 years before I joined CWR. What CWR did was give me focus on exactly what I wanted to do in sustainability – which was to take an in-house corporate sustainability position.
CWR: Three words/bullets on what makes CWR unique …
- Specific focus
- Tailored communication using decision-useful language that businesses can understand
CWR: Any advice to those who want to join work in the water/climate space?
MH: Do your research, figure out what exactly you want to do, and what your skill sets are best suited to. Then persevere until you get the ideal role.
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