Having inherited the spirit of the establishment of a state on the basis of industries stated by the founder and late Chairman Cho Hong-je, Hyosung carried out a variety of activities in celebration of the Remembrance Month to honor the people who devoted their bodies and souls to the country. The company offered a donation to the Army Headquarters of Chungnam Gyeryongdae for the “Home for Patriots” project to fix the homes of the Korean War veterans. It has also formed a partnership with the Seoul National Cemetery and Daejeon National Cemetery and has carried out cleanup activities around the graves and offered flowers. In memory of the Korean War in June, 43 executives in the management level visited the Seoul National Cemetery to clean up the graves and paid respects to the Hyeonchungtap Memorial Tower. In addition, Hyosung employees are meeting regularly to visit the graves and carry out volunteer activities.
Hyosung is sponsoring the Onnuri Sarang Chamber Orchestra for mecenat and corporate sharing. The Onnuri Sarang Chamber Orchestra is made up of over 80 children and teenagers with developmental and intellectual disabilities, who rehearse and perform under the guidance of professional musicians that are volunteering as teachers. Hyosung has donated 100 million KRW for this year alone so that the members can purchase instruments, organize recitals and music camps, and study with scholarships. The Onnuri Sarang Chamber Orchestra recently had the special experience of being taught by world-renowned musicians and performing with them by participating in a performance program with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble sponsored by Hyosung.
This year is the 4th anniversary of the Smile Expedition’s free medical services in Vietnam, which first began in 2011. The Smile Expedition provided dental, pediatric and surgery services for over 1,700 residents in Dong Nai Province where the Vietnam Division is located, and visited elementary schools to offer basic medical checkups and teach the students how to brush their teeth. Education on childbirth was also provided for pregnant women. Furthermore, the Smile Expedition received great attention internally and externally for inviting Dinh Minh Tam, a young Vietnamese man who cannot stretch his arm due to an aftereffect of an accident, to receive surgery.
Hyosung hosted a ‘Good Market with Some Sevit’ at Some Chavit, Island 2, in celebration of the full opening of Some Sevit. 14 social enterprises including the 1st Goodwill Store Hyosung and ‘Happiness Dudrimi’, a subsidiary-type standard workplace of Hyosung ITX, participated in the market. They sold fashion crafts, household items and native herbs, creating a sensation of sharing. The market gave the opportunity for visitors to purchase inexpensive and high-quality products and for social enterprises to publicize good products to the citizens.
The 1st Hyosung Goodwill Store, a social enterprise established by Hyosung, celebrated the first anniversary in October. Its sales exceeded 2 million KRW in a year, selling approximately 55,000 pieces of goods and surpassing 18,000 cumulative purchasing customers. Goodwill Store Hyosung is a social enterprise that provides jobs for the underprivileged such as people with disabilities by selling the donations of Hyosung employees. Donations and consistent attention of the employees are necessary for the 1st Goodwill Store Hyosung to sustain its growth.
Hyosung signed an agreement in June with the Eden Social Welfare Foundation, a social enterprise to create jobs for people with severe disabilities, to sponsor the ComBridge project. The ComBridge project is made to receive donations of computers that are to be disposed or sold, and providing jobs for the severely disabled by hiring them to work on disassembling and organizing the computers. Hyosung was the first company in Korea to sponsor this project, serving two ends of protecting the nature by collecting recyclable resources and creating jobs for the disabled.
The Hyosung Sharing Volunteer Corps Assigned Volunteer Team, which was first founded in May 2013, is still actively engaged in a variety of activities even after a year and a half. There have already been twenty team-based activities. The Team is creating good memories with children and teenagers with disabilities, and is expected to continue to share with others in the front line of Hyosung’s social contribution activities next year as well.