Hanwha Life serves the community
The company encourages its employees to participate in its matching grant program, in which the company donates the same amount of money the employees gather for neighbors in need. From September 2004 to December 2013, the total amount of the fund added up to 9.74 billion won ($9.49 million).
The company is also aware that money is not the only solution to help communities. That is why its 25,000 employees volunteer in person at least 20 hours a year. The new recruits to Hanwha Life are provided with examples of social contribution projects to get them inspired to become passionate volunteers. The employees can help their neighbors through many programs provided by the company. About 150 teams across the country visit nearby care homes, nursing homes and orphanages at least once a month.
Last March, the company established a new volunteer group called “MOM’s care.” The new group consists of only female employees. A female employee who has been working for an orphanage suggested the idea that female employees become mothers for the children at Haesimwon, an orphanage in Huam-dong, central Seoul. Every month, more than 80 temporary moms nurture the children with loving care and work on interesting activities with them, such as origami and clay craft.
Hanwha encourages not only the employees but also the youth of the nation to contribute to a merrier society. In 2006, the company founded Happy Friends Youth Volunteers with World Vision. Groups of 10 middle school or high school students form a unit and conduct various activities for their communities, including an antismoking campaign, a clean Internet use campaign and visiting various care homes in their neighborhood. A total of 3,000 students participated as youth volunteers.
Each year, Hanwha selects the most valuable volunteer group to give them the opportunity to serve the people abroad. So far, the winners have gone to Kenya, El Salvador and India to help the needy and exchange cultures with the youth of the country.
“The moment you become part of the Hanwha Life family, you become a member of our volunteer groups,” said a company official. “We keep track of volunteer work to reward the most devoted volunteer on our foundation day ceremony.”
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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