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Porsche Korea and Authorized Dealer Partners Donate Additional 140 Million KRW to the Families in Need
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) and the four authorized dealer partners Stuttgart Sports Cars Ltd., Autostadt Ltd., Deutsch Auto Co Ltd. and Yongsan Sports Automobile Ltd. (YSAL) announced a 140 million KRW donation to ChildFund Korea, as a measure to support economically burdened children and families who are suffering from the impact of COVID-19. Following last year’s donation with authorized dealer partners, Porsche Korea additionally arranged the ‘Dream Safe Fund’ that provides help for low-income families who are experiencing difficulties from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19. A total of 140 million KRW donation, generated through a one-on-one matching grant by Porsche and its dealer partners, will be provided to 142 low-income families for three months. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, “Following last year, Porsche Korea and our authorized dealer partners arranged the ‘Do Dream Safe Fund’ once again wishing that the community members will not lose hope despite the difficulties due to the prolonged COVID-19.” He added, “In the future, Porsche Korea will continue to carry out authentic CSR campaigns that can immediately help community members in need.” Meanwhile, Porsche is expanding the scope of its social contribution activities by donating 200 million KRW to the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program, in which Porsche support the continuous creative activities of performing art organizations and artists in partnership with Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC). This year, Porsche Korea has been donating a total of 370 million KRW to the families in need as well as the culture and arts community.
Porsche Korea - SFAC, Field of the 'Porsche Do Dream' Social Contribution Campaign Expanded to Culture and Art
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on the 15th that it signed a CSR partnership agreement with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (Kim Jong-Hwi, CEO of SFAC) under the Seoul Metropolitan Government, for its social contribution campaign 'Porsche Do Dream' and donated a total of 500 million KRW. Through this agreement, Porsche Korea plans to expand the scope of support of its ‘Porsche Do Dream’ campaign, which marks its fifth year this year, to the culture and arts community, and continue its support to help create a sustainable environment for culture and art. The public-private partnership (PPP) social contribution campaign between Porsche Korea and the SFAC will launch ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’, a program that supports the performing arts, whose situation deteriorated significantly due to the necessary social distancing regulations. Following this program, Porsche Korea and the SFAC plan to sequentially introduce an art project in which artists collaborate with 'Ttareungi', the environmentally friendly public bicycle rental in Seoul. The ceremony, held at the Samil-ro Changgo Theatre in Jung-gu, Seoul, was attended by the CEO of Porsche Korea, Holger Gerrmann and the CEO of SFAC, Kim Jong-Hwi, to commemorate the launch of the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program, which is planned to start in March. CEO of Porsche Korea, Holger Gerrmann stated, "With the increasing number of community members who suffer from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19, we sincerely hope that this support for the culture and art will be of some help,” and added, “Artists are one of the main cornerstones of the society, keeping the social fabric alive, creating dreams, and encouraging creativity. Especially in times of social distancing, we need to make sure these pillars remain, and we hope that this contribution will help to keep their dreams alive.” Porsche Korea will donate 200 million KRW to the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program. The ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ is the first case ever that diversifies the resources of the culture and arts ecosystem through a public-private partnership, in addition to the efforts of the existing budget support measures of the government and the Seoul metropolitan government. The donation will be used to support the continuous creative activities of performing arts organizations and artists, who were directly affected by COVID-19. It will support performances that are conducted in compliance with the social distancing guidelines and will select the performance candidates through public contest screening. Through this, about 500 artists are expected to receive support. In the second half of the year, new forms of public artworks will be introduced through the collaboration of artists and Seoul Bike ‘Ttareungi’ for people to experience artworks in their daily life’s beyond the currently restricted access of exhibition spaces for public art. The ‘Porsche Do Dream’ Campaign, which reflects the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues, also symbolizes that Porsche Korea, which is receiving abundant interest and love from the Korean market, is adding to the notion of the Korean translation 'knocking on the door' by getting closer to the Korean society with an authentic CSR campaign. Since 2017, Porsche Korea has contributed a total of 1.649 billion KRW of donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign, and this year, the company plans to introduce a wider range of social contribution activities, reaching from culture and art, education and sports to the environment.
Porsche Korea Announces Increased Social Contribution Campaign Performance in 2020
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced that it has expanded the target beneficiary and range of its social contribution activities to support the sustainable de-velopment of the Korean society throughout 2020. Marking its fourth year, Porsche Korea's social contribution campaign 'Do Dream' is achieving meaningful progress in promoting children’s welfare and implementing social welfare by main-taining and expanding existing programs, as well as actively developing new programs to meet various situations facing the Korean society. “‘Porsche Dream Playground’, that builds indoor gymnasiums at elementary schools with Por-sche’s brand identity ‘dream’ as the concept, and ‘Porsche Dream Up’, which provides scholar-ships to children talented in arts or sports, became the brand’s representative programs for fu-ture generations,” said Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea. “In particular, I am very delighted to newly introduce the ‘Porsche Dream Circle’ that installs solar panels and creates forest envi-ronments this year, showing how modern technology and sustainability can go hand in hand.” Porsche Korea has built a total of six indoor playgrounds over the past four years, in one regular and five special needs schools. This year, Porsche Korea has expanded support for special needs schools that require specialized space for students with a disability through additional comple-tions of playgrounds at Holt Special School, a school for children with intellectual disabilities, and at Saesol School, a school for children with developmental disabilities. In addition, opportunities were provided for the next-generation leaders in sports and art, such as in violin, clarinet, fencing, and judo, to continue their dreams without abandoning them for eco-nomic reasons. The program came to fruition with acceptance at the Prodigy Academy, awards from national Concours, and election of preliminary members of national junior teams. This year, the 'Porsche Dream Circle,' a new project that provides a learning space for students in a natural environment, and informs them of the importance of carbon neutrality and the virtuous cycle of resources, was introduced to Pangyo Elementary School, Eunjin Elementary School, and Jamhyun Elementary School. Through planting forest space with various trees plus solar tree panels, the smart forest system was applied for the first time in Korea, enabling automatic irrigation and management by measur-ing tree conditions such as forest temperature and humidity, as well as charging of electric devic-es with solar energy obtained from the solar tree. In addition, the company arranged an emergency funding of a total of 200 million KRW through a one-on-one matching grant with its four authorized dealer partners, as a means of infection pre-vention and life support for underprivileged children and low-income families who are experienc-ing difficulties from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19. "As we have received abundant love from the Korean customers this year, we feel more social responsibility toward the Korean society." said Holger Gerrmann. "We will continue to look into the difficulties faced by the Korean society, provide support and investment in overcoming them, and fulfil our social responsibilities and roles to co-prosper with the Korean society." Meanwhile, ‘Porsche Korea’s Do Dream,’ which reflects the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues, also symbolizes that Porsche Korea, which is receiving abundant interest and love from the Korean market, is adding to the notion of the Korean translation 'knocking on the door' by getting closer to the Korean society with an authentic CSR campaign. Since 2017, Por-sche Korea has contributed a total of 1.149 billion KRW of donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign. In 2019, Porsche Korea received the 'Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor Commendation' for the first time among imported car companies in Korea in recognition of leading the promotion of Korean children’s welfare and contributing to continuous and sincere CSR activities for the cul-tivation of future leaders.
LIQUI MOLY donates goods worth several million euro
LIQUI MOLY’s donation campaign with free products for rescue services, fire brigades and all helpers at the front line was a complete success. Since its launch in April, the interest has been huge. Eight months and significantly more than 20,000 packages later, the million euro budget has been used up. “The rush and the gratitude were overwhelming,” smiles Managing Director Ernst Prost. The donation campaign started at the beginning of April with a volume of one million euro. The goal: To support first responders around the world in the fight against the coronavirus. With the products supplied free of charge, LIQUI MOLY wanted to relieve the financial burden on fire brigades, hospitals, rescue services, “meals on wheels”, food banks, mobile care services as well as first-aid organizations and many other non-profit associations, so that they could procure other necessary equipment. Not only disinfectants and face masks are important during this time. “We have provided what we do best: oils, additives and other car care products,” says LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost. After all, the operational reliability of the emergency vehicles is a high priority. “Rescue services and fire brigades can’t even get to the emergency site without motor oil. That is why our products, however much they work in secret, are important for the functioning of our healthcare system,” the Managing Director emphasizes. Fire brigades, rescue services and aid organizations from around the world expressed interest. So much so that the donation campaign did not remain limited to Germany. The company set up a similar program for the international market. “Our product donations were as popular as pasta and toilet paper in stores at the beginning of the pandemic,” jokes Ernst Prost. In total, almost 15,000 inquiries were received at the company headquarters in Ulm, resulting in more than 13,000 orders and over 22,000 packages. The initial amount was not sufficient for this, which is why the aid program was increased twice to a total of five million euro in Germany alone. This amount was also used up to the last cent and even significantly exceeded. In the end, the sum was an incredible 5.6 million euro. Not included: the costs for picking, shipping and free delivery worldwide. “Of course, we took care of these costs. And donation receipts were not an issue for us,” says the LIQUI MOLY Managing Director. The aim was not to reduce the company’s tax burden through the special expenses. Taking on social responsibility was paramount. “Many people work hard every day to prevent the corona crisis from spreading. For these frontline helpers, our donation is a genuine relief,” says Ernst Prost. The financial situation of all rescue forces and organizations is strained and every expenditure that does not have to be made is a huge help for the women and men in the service of society. The corona crisis also showed which services and products are indispensable and how many things are connected without it being noticed right away. “Our products are system-relevant,” as LIQUI MOLY’s Managing Director emphasizes. In this crisis, all kinds of assistance are needed. LIQUI MOLY asked itself what it could do for the well-being of society. “This was the basis for this great campaign,” concludes Ernst Prost.
Convoy of Hope Distributes 100 Million Meals During Pandemic
Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 100 million meals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Skyrocketing past their original goal of 10 million meals, the organization’s fleet of tractor-trailers has been crisscrossing the United States since March, delivering emergency supplies and food, with no plans of slowing down any time soon. “Distributing 100 Million meals was made possible by dedicated churches, generous corporations, selfless individuals, and more,” said Hal Donaldson, President, Convoy of Hope. “A few months ago, we began with a goal to distribute 10 million meals to families hit hard by the pandemic. But the response from our partners was remarkable. It quickly became a united act of compassion, and we were reminded once again that we can do more together than we can alone.” According to Donaldson, the generosity of corporations, churches and individuals has enabled many families to receive much-needed assistance. “Convoy of Hope and our partners know we can't stop now; 100 million meals aren’t enough. The need is great, and we're committed to doing all we can for as long as we can." Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.
Porsche Korea Delivers “Porsche Dream Playground” Official Plaque to Saesol School
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on July 22 that it has successfully delivered the official plaque to celebrate the opening of the Porsche Dream Playground at Saesol School in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province. The ceremony was attended by only a handful of representatives from Porsche Korea, Saesol School, and ChildFund Korea, to take precaution against COVID-19. Already anticipating its 6th opening, the ‘Porsche Dream Playground’ is one of the projects for Porsche Korea's CSR campaign ‘Porsche Do Dream’ that supports building indoor gyms for chil-dren who do not have adequate space to play after-school, so that they can express their crea-tivity and experience their senses in a playful environment. With the addition of Saesol School, Porsche Korea has built a total of six indoor playgrounds since the inception of the program in 2017, in one regular and five special needs schools. This year, Porsche Korea has been expanding support for special needs schools that require specialized space for students with a disability, and the Saesol School dream playground will be the second of its kind following the completion of Holt Special School this past May. The Saesol Porsche Dream Playground, with a total floor area of 72.8㎡(around 22 pyong), allows students to partake in safe physical activities through the remodeled floors and walls, and provides educational equipment and playground rides for the convenience of students with developmental disabilities. In particular, the Dream Playground at Saesol School goes beyond a simple play area as it was designed in conjunction with two existing sensory integration zones that help students develop their senses. It will provide specially designed instruments for sensory development that is dif-ficult for children with developmental disabilities to naturally acquire in their daily lives, and through this, it will support the harmonious development of senses such as language, cognition, and learning skills during play. Saesol School, home to 197 students, is a publicly operated special needs school for children with developmental disabilities. The school offers phased education from kindergarten to ele-mentary, middle, and high schools. Under the vision of “Joyful School Life and Active Social Par-ticipation,” the school teaches its students to be competent and independent. Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea stated, “ The Porsche Do Dream campaign was launched to support the dreams of children and teenagers, and with the addition of the 6th Por-sche Dream Playground, we are delighted to see the campaign is achieving meaningful pro-gress," and added, "Porsche Korea will continue to fulfil our social responsibility and hope to help to create a world where anyone can follow their dream.”
Following emergency pandemic response, the Tomorrow Rising fund by the Schneider Electric Foundation focuses support on recovery and resiliency
Two months after launching the Tomorrow Rising fund to support Covid-19 emergency relief in April 2020, Schneider Electric’s Foundation moves forward to support recovery and resiliency through education and training programs. The Tomorrow Rising Fund was launched to support emergency and longer-term reconstruction related to Covid-19 in all the countries where Schneider Electric operates. The Schneider Electric Foundation appealed to its leaders and employees to get involved and all their donations have been matched by the Group. Other external stakeholders and partners have also contributed. Response, Recovery and Resilience as key priorities The Fund underlines Schneider Electric’s sustainability commitments by upholding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight poverty, and promote good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth and quality education. The Tomorrow Rising Fund focuses on three priorities: 1. Response: crisis support for the immediate needs of low-income people in difficulty living close to Schneider Electric sites; 2. Recovery: funding of education and vocational skills projects to rebuild pandemic-impacted communities, as part of the Group’s commitment to train 1 million disadvantaged people by 2025; 3. Resilience: connecting Schneider Electric employees and charitable partners through its ambitious global VolunteerIn program. Since the launch, the fundraising campaign has mobilized employees, customers and partners across more than 60 countries by supporting 65 projects which benefit +800,000 people. “We’re experiencing unprecedented challenging times, affecting billions of people and many of the world’s disadvantaged young people and teenagers will be more likely to drop out of school due to today’s economic crisis,” explains Gilles Vermot Desroches, Schneider Electric’s Foundation General Delegate and Sustainable Development, Senior Vice-President. “Beyond our initial response, the Tomorrow Rising fund will now provide training and skills to help communities dealing with the consequences of the pandemic.” Local responses to a global crisis In Lebanon, Tomorrow Rising and Beit El Baraka provided emergency food relief and donations to maintain technical training during the pandemic with the Graines d’Espérance program and Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement. In Mexico, through collaboration with United Way (Fondo Unido Mexico), the fund supports local communities and hospitals with food, hygiene products and protective equipment. In South Africa, the Embark Foundation distributed food to children and the elderly to ensure they received a decent meal even under lockdown. In Spain, Fundación Ayuda en Acción works to alleviate child poverty and the fund helped +2,000 families with food and IT supplies for remote learning during strict lockdown. In the USA, Schneider Electric and its employees have gifted over $230,000 to support our partners Feeding America, Direct Relief and the American Red Cross. These donations will contribute to providing over 880,000 meals, keeping 13,000 frontline healthcare workers safe and getting two blood mobiles on the roads to collect life-saving blood for those who need it. In Vietnam, Tomorrow Rising is supporting Energies Sans Frontières to provide electrical training and tools for low-income young people to qualify as electricians and earn a steady income. The importance of educational programs to promote equal opportunities From now on, all Tomorrow Rising funds raised will benefit international energy training projects to develop vocational skills which empower local communities. Since 2019, the Foundation has been supporting educational programs so young people can improve energy access in developing economies. To promote equal opportunities for professional development and social mobility, the Schneider Electric Foundation has built long-standing relationships with locally-run NGOs and training organizations which help young men and women gain experience and qualifications to enter the workforce. To date, Schneider Electric’s employees have clocked up 2,100 hours of voluntary service, sharing their technical expertise and other useful skills in 80 online training sessions to help communities across Brazil, France, Poland, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia and Kazakhstan. The Tomorrow Rising fundraising and social media campaign will continue to showcase the educational work of Schneider Electric Foundation delegates and their local partners. As well as celebrating World Skills Day on July 15 and International Youth Day on August 12, regular live events on the projects and people benefitting from the fund will be shared via Facebook and Twitter.
Porsche Korea Completes the 'Porsche Dream Playground' at Holt Special School
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on the 28th of May, that a new Porsche Dream Playground has been completed at Holt Special School in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. The prescheduled completion ceremony was cancelled to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19. ‘Porsche Dream Playground’ is one of the projects for Porsche Korea's CSR campaign ‘Porsche Do Dream’, and is a program that supports building indoor gyms for children who do not have adequate space to play after-school, so that they can express their creativity through play. With the completion of this 'Porsche Dream Playground', Porsche Korea has built a total of five indoor gyms since its first launch in 2017 in one regular and four special schools. In particular, it has been expanding support for special schools that require specialized space for students with disabilities. Another Dream Playground at Saesol School will be completed in the second half of the year. The fifth 'Porsche Dream Playground’, with a total floor area of 113 m², allows students to partake in safe physical activities through the remodeled floors and walls, and provides educational equipment and playground rides for the convenience of students with mobility disabilities. Holt Special School, with a total of 182 students, is a special education institution for children with disabilities under the social welfare corporation, ‘Holt Children's Services (HCS)’. The school offers a variety of specialized education courses, including the Korean Traditional Music Club, Orchestra, and Sports Club, under the goal of 'Holt DREAM’ to help students find and reach their dreams. Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann stated, "This contribution is not a one off as Porsche Korea will continue its efforts to contribute more to the Korean society in various areas such as education, culture and environment in line with the core brand value, sustainability.” Porsche Korea launched ‘Porsche Do Dream’ in 2017 and has continuously carried out social contribution activities that correspond to the brand’s philosophy. Porsche Korea has continuously expanded its budget and contributed a total of 1.149 billion KRW, which includes two indoor gymnasiums as well as 200 million KRW for 10 selected children in various fields of art, music, and physical education in 2017, 300 million KRW for 2018 business maintenance and expansion, and 649 million KRW for the new social contribution program in 2019.
Porsche Korea and Authorized Dealer Partners Donate 200 Million KRW to the Underprivileged
Porsche Korea and the four authorized dealer partners Stuttgart Sports Cars Ltd. (SSCL), Autostadt Ltd., Deutsch Auto Co Ltd. and Yongsan Sports Automobile Ltd. (YSAL) announced a 200 million KRW donation to ChildFund Korea, as a measure to help overcome the national crisis caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This emergency funding was arranged through a one-on-one matching grant by Porsche and its authorized dealer partners, as a means of infection prevention and life support for underprivileged children and low-income families who are experiencing difficulties from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19. The donation will be spent on ‘Porsche Do Dream Safe Kits’ and on a ‘Porsche Do Dream Safe Fund’. A total of 1,135 children of low-income families coming from community centers, local child welfare centers, single-parent families, and grandparent-raised families will be given safety kits consisting of groceries for basic living and hygiene products, such as hand sanitizers and masks. In addition, a fund will provide a total of 90 million KRW in the form of 300,000 KRW each month for three months, to 100 economically burdened families suffering from social isolation. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann, stated, “For our dealer partners and us, it is close to our hearts to part take in this meaningful donation to support underprivileged children and low-income families who are in urgent need during these difficult times,” and added, “with continuous and sincere social responsibility activities, Porsche Korea promises to continue its role as a socially responsible company by actively participating in efforts to co-prosper with the Korean society.” Meanwhile, Porsche Korea launched ‘Porsche Do Dream’ in 2017 and has continuously carried out social contribution activities that correspond to the brand’s philosophy. Porsche Korea continued to expanded its budget and contributed a total of 1.149 billion KRW, which includes two indoor gymnasiums as well as 200 million KRW for 10 selected children in various fields of art, music, and physical education in 2017, 300 million KRW in 2018 for business maintenance and expansion, and 649 million KRW for the new social contribution program in 2019. In addition, starting this year, Porsche Korea will newly introduce the ‘Porsche Dream Circle’ campaign by installing solar panels and creating forest environments, and will continue to expand new CSR programs interlinked with the sustainability values.
"2020 Zebra Campaign", Pfizer Korea Joins in Supporting Patients With Rare Diseases
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Korea Ltd. (Pfizer Korea, CEO Dongwook Oh) will launch "Rare Disease 7000-Zebra Campaign" to raise awareness of rare diseases and support patients' overcoming diseases to mark Rare Disease Day, on February 29. The "Rare Diseases 7000-Zebra Campaign" is a social contribution program that has been conducted since 2017 by the Pfizer Rare Diseases Division to support patients suffering from more than 7,000 rare diseases worldwide. In particular, since this year's Rare Disease Day is a unique day that comes every four years, to carry out more meaningful activities for patients with rare diseases, various organizations participate in the project of supporting transportation expenses to reduce the financial burden on patients. The ceremony for the launch of the Zebra Campaign was held. (Photo by Pfizer Korea) With Korean Organization for Rare Diseases (KORD), Korean Association of Medical Social Workers (KAMSW), and Community Chest of Korea, Pfizer Korea held a ceremony to announce the full-fledged start of the project of supporting transportation expenses for patients with rare diseases, which is a part of the Zebra campaign, on Feburuary 20 at the KORD Angelspoon Shelter in Seodaemun-gu. Through this project, Pfizer Korea will plan and operate the entire campaign, make donations necessary for campaigns and transportation expenses, donate to Community Chest of Korea. The project will be carried out through KAMSW. KAMSW will be in charge of the overall operation of the program, including recruiting and selecting beneficiaries. In particular, KORD will actively promote the campaign by advertising the campaign both internally and externally so that patients with rare diseases who really need help can participate in the program of supporting transportation expenses. Meanwhile, Pfizer Korea's Zebra Campaign, which has been in place since 2017, began with the idea that "when you hear the hoof, you should always think about the possibility that the sound may be a zebra instead of a horse." This year's Zebra Campaign will start with the transportation expenses support program for patients, and plan to collaborate with various organizations to raise awareness about rare diseases and to hold various public events to help patients.
Porsche Korea Receives Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor Commendation
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) received a ‘Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor Commendation for Charity Sponsor and Benefactor 2019’ for the first time among imported car companies in Korea in recognition of the contribution of the “Porsche Do Dream” CSR campaign. With this award, Porsche Korea was recognized for leading the promotion of Korean children’s welfare and implementation of social welfare and its contribution to continuous and sincere CSR activities for the cultivation of future leaders. Porsche Korea signed an MOU for the “Porsche Do Dream” campaign, which has the brand identity “dream” as a concept, with the social welfare foundation ChildFund Korea in 2017 and has made efforts to provide substantial help to beneficiaries encompassing vulnerable members of society and become a reliable partner by giving back to the Korean society and taking social responsibility. With the “Porsche Dream Playground” program that guarantees children’s right to play, Porsche Korea is supporting the establishment of gymnasiums in four general schools and special schools to create a space where students can run around as much as they like and show their creativity. Also, with “Porsche Dream Up,” which supports the dreams of talented children in various areas such as art, music and physical education, Porsche Korea fosters next-generation leaders in sports and art such as violin, cello, and weightlifting. The program came to fruition with the selection of preliminary members of national teams, overseas full scholarships, and students entering vocational high schools. Furthermore, Porsche Korea has initiated various activities to support children’s ‘dreams’ such as “Porsche Dream Movie Night in Seoul,” screening movies together with culturally alienated children in September. “We are glad that the sincerity of CSR activities that correspond to the core values of Porsche Korea - education, environment, and culture - was recognized,” Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea said. “We will keep making efforts to become a reliable partner by having a deep interest in Korea’s social issues and fulfilling social responsibilities and roles.” Meanwhile, Porsche Korea will newly introduce the “Dream Circle” campaign to in-stall solar panels and create a forest environment in schools in 2020 and keep expanding CSR activities interlinked with the sustainability values that the brand seeks such as carbon neutrality and a virtuous cycle of resources.
Global Peace Foundation(GPF) is Selected as Special Consultative Status at UN-ECOSOC
On June 6th, Global Peace Foundation(Chairman Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon, GPF) is selected as a Special Consultative Status at the Coordination and Management Meeting of UN-ECOSOC. GPF was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA and is active in 23 countries worldwide. GPF focuses on building the paradigm of realizing the world peace based on the universal principles and values of mankind that established the vision of 'One Family under God' and the foundation of religion and culture. As major activities, in 2009, GPF formed Mindanao Peace Initiative (MINPI) in order to solve the problem of Mindanao, a Filipino religious dispute area. In Kenya, Africa, it contributed to resolving the conflict among tribes through youth personality and practical education. GPF awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the UN for this achievement. In Nigeria, which is divided into Islam and Protestantism, the 'One Family under God' campaign is being promoted at the national level as part of the resolution of religious disputes of Boko Haram. In 2018, together with the Ugandan government, GPF promoted leadership building based on moral principled values for the everlasting development of the East African Economic Community. In 2013, GPF created the "Latin America Presidential Mission Initiative," in which 21 former Latin American presidents are participating, to promote the establishment of a platform for the self-reflection of populism and the development of balanced Latin America that block the development of Latin American country. In Malaysia, GPF continued to promote exchanges among leaders from Korea and Malaysia about "Unity in Diversity" and awarded national medals from the office of the prime minister of Malaysia. In Korea, GPF presents "Korean Dream" as a vision of a unified Korea, conducts historical and cultural tour education for Koreans and defectors, and contributes "realizing a unified new country that contributes to the world peace" activities such as One K Global Campaign with about 950 civil society organizations. GPF, which was selected as a Special Consultative Status at UN-ECOSOC, also has been working as a UN DPI cooperative NGO since 2016.
Austria’s First Transparent Donation System Token4Hope Launches Viable Application
Token4Hope, the first completely transparent donation system running on blockchain technology, has successfully launched its functional application for the Austrian humanitarian organization, Wiener Hilfswerk. The platform aims to alleviate the trust issues pertaining to social impact funds and empower charities with transparency through DECENT's DCore blockchain. The project has already been fully implemented in two social markets and one second-hand shop operated by Wiener Hilfswerk. The Token4Hope project launched as an implementation of the Humanity Token initiative back in November 2018 as a collaboration between HumanVenture, Collective Energy and DECENT. The initial aim was to provide simple, intuitive and transparent access to basic social needs for economically disadvantaged individuals in Austria. Token4Hope is a blockchain-powered application for charitable disbursements which enables charities to fundraise and turn the collected funds into tokens, designated as “T4H”. The tokens can be redeemed at participating stores by indigent family members or other individuals who can then purchase groceries and services. Since its inception in November, Token4Hope has collected more than 10,000 EUR in donations. A basic demo of the Token4Hope application was showcased last year in December at a customer event and has been praised by the media for its charitable idea, originality, and innovative technical aspect. Since its initial launch earlier in February, the application is already up and running in Hilfswerk-operated stores in Vienna. The initial donations were evenly distributed among roughly 50 households participating in the project and disbursed as T4H tokens redeemable for goods in Hilfswerk-operated stores. A transparent list of T4H transactions processed on DCore blockchain. According to DECENT’s executives, the project has received only positive feedback from the charity and users, as well as, the stores involved. The stores, in particular, took a liking to the application for its intuitive user interface and seamless transactions. These are secured by DECENT’s proprietary blockchain platform, DCore, which makes all transactions completely transparent and visible to anyone through DECENT’s blockchain explorer. “I am ecstatic that DCore is now able to provide a solution for those who are in need,” says Matej Michalko, CEO and Founder of DECENT. "The great thing is that the end users do not need to know anything about blockchain whatsoever, as it is running smoothly in the background to power the system. In the long run, this endeavor is sure to leave a massive footprint not only in Austria but also across the globe.” Token4Hope has recently been honored with one of the most prestigious IT awards in Austria, the eAward 2019 for “Social Responsibility”. The jury praised the idea and technology behind it, stating (translated): “Seeing a growing technology like blockchain positively impact and propel such a noble goal is nothing short of significant. If blockchain manages to reliably secure invariable transparency for all donations, this will have an absolutely positive impact on how the public perceives charities and blockchain in the future.” The Humanity Token initiative plans to further present Token4Hope to a broader audience in Austria at a launch event on March 28, 2019. The project has already received numerous offers from leading charity organizations from other German-speaking countries in the region.
Nexon Social Contribution Vision Announcement Press Conference
On February 27, 2018, Nexon held a press conference to announce its social contribution vision at its Pangyo building in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do. The conference was prepared to introduce Nexon's vision of establishing the Nexon Foundation for social contribution activities and what kind of new social contribution activities will be carried out. The officials including Jung-heon Lee, CEO of Nexon Korea, and Jung-wook Kim, chief director of Nexon Foundation, attended the event. Jung-heon Lee said, “Nexon has been growing with a lot of love from users and has been carrying out a variety of social contribution activities in return for the gratitude. In the future, we will set up a foundation for social contribution business and present our vision for social contribution. I would like a lot of attention.” ▲ Nexon’s press conference on announcing social contribution vision was held. According to the announcement, Nexon Foundation, which includes major companies that compose Nexon Company such as NXC and Nexon Korea, was approved by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in January to establish a nonprofit foundation. Nexon Foundation's slogan is 'From a C‧H‧I‧L‧D (Creativity, Health, IT, Learning, Dream)’, which has a meaning of helping children and youths from various regions, both domestic and foreign, have brighter dreams. Under this vision, Nexon Foundation will identify and promote a variety of new projects targeting children and youths. The first new social contribution project of Nexon Foundation is ‘establishment of the 2nd children’s rehabilitation hospital'. Currently, there are only four hospitals providing professional rehabilitation services while about 300,000 children and youths under 19 in Korea need rehabilitation. In particular, the number of integrated children’s rehabilitation hospitals that support long-term self-support for disabled children is absolutely insufficient. Therefore, Nexon Foundation plans to build the 2nd children’s rehabilitation hospital outside Seoul to improve the situation and actively respond to the lack of domestic children's rehabilitation demand, and will start construction work as early as this year. Also, after the establishment, it will continue to donate the operation fund to help the children who need rehabilitation treatment to stably provide high-quality medical services. Moreover, Nexon Foundation promotes global social contribution projects centering on brick donations. Since last year, Nexon Company has donated bricks to provide creative play culture to children in under-developed countries such as Myanmar, Nepal, and Cambodia. In order to develop more professional global social contribution activities based on a brick, the foundation 'Soho Impact' was also established. Soho Impact will cooperate with Nexon Foundation in the future to develop various activities such as brick donations and brick-based educational program supports for both domestic and foreign children. ▲ The slogan of Nexon Foundation was announced as 'from a C‧H‧I‧L‧D'. Besides, Nexon Foundation will strengthen the existing social contribution projects that Nexon Company has been promoting. First, it will consistently expand domestic and foreign ‘Nexon Small Bookstore’. Also, it will expand the scale of Nexon Youth Programming Challenge (NYPC) and strengthen the mentoring programs for participants to develop as a leading coding platform for youths. Jung-wook Kim, Chief Director of Nexon Foundation said, “We will continue to operate Nexon Foundation meaningfully based on our accumulated experience through developing various social contribution projects. We will actively promote social contribution projects that promote the health and creativity of children and youths, and strengthen social responsibilities and communications.”
National AIDS Memorial Receives $100,000 Grant from Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial to announce a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial's volunteer workday program in 2018. The Quest Diagnostics grant, one of the largest received by the National AIDS Memorial, will support the memorial's Community Volunteer Workday program in 2018, help fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements. The grant will also help underwrite the National AIDS Memorial World AIDS Day commemoration events on November 30 and December 1. Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays at the National Aids Memorial, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours. Nearly 30 years ago, an original Quest Diagnostics company was the first to develop a test that identified the presence of HIV. As of 2014, an estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and less than half have ever been tested for the HIV virus. As a leading provider of diagnostics information services, Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to advancing disease management for the HIV community and raising the standards of care in HIV diagnostics and beyond. Whether a patient is dealing with HIV or another condition, Quest Diagnostics helps collaborate and provide accurate information so patients can make the best decisions for their health and well-being.
E. & J. Gallo Winery Contributes $100,000 To American Red Cross For Hurricane Irma Relief Effort
E. & J. Gallo Winery announced that it has donated an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid with relief efforts and assist communities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma. Last month, the company donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist the relief efforts in Texas related to Hurricane Harvey. "On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma has resulted in an unprecedented demand on the American Red Cross for assistance. On behalf of our employees and their families, as well as our distributor partners, we are making this new contribution to help Floridians affected by this storm to begin to recover as soon as possible," said Joseph E. Gallo, Chief Executive Officer and President of E. & J. Gallo Winery. "Our hearts go out to the millions of people who have suffered tremendous losses." In addition, E. & J. Gallo Winery announced it will also match personal donations dollar for dollar made by its employees through the company's Employee Match Program. The donation will assist the American Red Cross with providing shelter, food and immediate disaster relief and recovery support.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels Presents Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital With Hyundai Impact Award
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® will present Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital of Hollywood, FL with a $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award. The facility, part of the Memorial Healthcare System, is one of 25 recipients of this year's award, which is given to pediatric oncology departments at select children's hospitals nationwide. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital will use the funds to support the work of the Love Jen Fund, which helps families cope with the financial and emotional stresses of pediatric cancer. The $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Thursday, July 27, at 10:00 a.m. In 2017, Hope On Wheels will award $15 million toward pediatric cancer research and programs. This brings the organization's donation total to $130 million since Hyundai joined fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. With this latest grant, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has received more than $755,000 from Hope On Wheels. The $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 a.m. During the event at the Conine Clubhouse, South Florida children battling cancer will participate in the program's signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they'll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams. Doctors and researchers that receive a grant from Hope On Wheels are named Hyundai Scholars and are presented with a special lab coat. This year, Hope On Wheels will further recognize its Hyundai Scholars for their incredible efforts on behalf of children battling cancer through a campaign called "Superheroes Wear Lab Coats." The video series will showcase their lifesaving work.