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SK Group continues to focus on social value


SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won makes a speech at the CEO meeting held in Jeju on Friday. [SK GROUP]

SK Group is reevaluating its business models in a bid to ensure that all of its affiliates create social value along with economic value.

SK Chairman Chey Tae-won and the heads of all SK affiliates discussed ways to renew their business models so that doing business leads to increasing benefits for the public as well as SK shareholders and employees during a three-day meeting on Jeju Island that ended Friday.

“Creating social value is a way to earn strong trust from our customers and society,” Chey said. “By social value, I mean increasing the benefits of all stakeholders in our business including our customers, shareholders and employees.”

Chey then ordered the chief executives to think over whether there was any part of their business that they are tricked into believing is sustainable.

“Rethinking business models that you believe are sustainable is the beginning of a deep change that we are trying to accomplish,” the chairman added.

SK has been making small steps into realizing Chey’s vision from earlier this year. The group’s oil refining arm SK Energy opened up the idle space at its gas stations so a logistics start-up can move in and use the space as storage.

However, many other SK affiliates still need to come up with ideas to create social value.

To renew business models, the CEOs agreed that sharing data and resources between SK affiliates is crucial. The heads also said that all members of SK should be a part of the movement for the vision to materialize.

The chief executives first decided to improve human resources management policies and the research and development system. Details of the discussion weren’t revealed, but Chey ordered the chief executives to rethink the work environment for employees and to bolster R&D capabilities.

As SK has businesses in a range of industries, the group is also thinking about business convergence among affiliates.

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