All employees of SK E&C are paired with 650 children/adolescents from low-income families in Guro, Dongjak, Seongdong, Seongbuk and Jung-gu to continuously provide economic and moral support. In addition to monthly economic aid, employees meet with their counterparts regularly and visit their homes to provide vitally needed home improvements. They also help their counterparts develop their natural talents to grow into good citizens and even provide medical expense support in case of an emergency.
Improving the housing of low-income groups
In April 2006, the C/S HQ of the Construction & Housing Business Division of SK E&C held a “Charity Event for Child Heads of Households,” and has since been engaged in home improvement activities targeting low-income families, including beneficiaries of the monthly Hope Maker program. Each of the four Customer Centers (Seoul, Metropolitan, Central and Yeongnam Customer Center) is providing this service on an ongoing basis. Every month each Customer Center selects target families after consulting with local community welfare centers, then members visit their houses to improve them by papering walls, laying new linoleum, tiling walls or taking care of whatever needs immediate improvement. And to help them with their livelihood, members also provide other helpful items, such as bags of rice and gift certificates from local stores. Also, in 2014, another project named "Green N Hope Maker" was started with the purpose of treating and preventing environmental diseases, such as atopy in children from low-income families, together with NGOs and the Atopy Center (Seoul Samsung Hospital). By December of 2015, the Customer Center members had renovated a total of 400 houses, for which they received several appreciation plaques, such as a commendation from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Volunteer activities of employees
Since 2004, the SK E&C Volunteer Corps has regularly visited community welfare organizations and engaged in cleaning activities. In 2015, the Corps recorded 20 volunteer hours per member. On holidays, the members try to participate in practical activities, such as holiday food sharing, kimchi sharing, coal briquette delivery, etc.
Support of purchasing organic agricultural products
SK E&C is involved in revitalization of local economies and rural areas, for nature, health, and the next generation. Since 2005, the company has promoted purchase support of organic agricultural products and urban-rural exchange programs to create a healthy ecological community.
Happiness-sharing charity race
The SK E&C Marathon Club holds a “happiness-sharing charity race” twice a year. The amount that employees donate is matched by the company and the money is delivered to the underprivileged at the end of the year. So far the fund has been used to help children from low-income families, pay for school uniforms, support expenses for emergency surgeries, and buy winter clothing for disabled children.
Happy Green School
Since 2009, the Happy Green School program has sent employees of SK E&C to local schools as one-day environmental teachers. The employees provide environmental education. For its excellence in teaching children and adolescents the value of the environment and the necessity of conservation, the program was certified as an environmental education program by the Ministry of Environment.
Sharing happiness with families
The SK E&C Volunteer Corps invites the families of employees who are too busy to spend much time together to do volunteer work together at least four times a year. Since 2007, they have held the “Let’s Care for the Seoul Forest Event” every year at Seoul Forest. Employees and their families plant seedlings and seasonal flowers, and receive education about the ecology of Seoul Forest. Also, they support gardening services for welfare institutions with poor conditions and engage in upcycling activities and donation activities.
One Mountain, One River, One Road Movement
Employees at different sites of the company across the nation are working diligently to protect the natural beauty surrounding them. They consult with local governments to select a mountain, river, and road near their site to maintain regularly by planting trees and building bird cages, etc. Also, the employees working in the head office engage in cleaning activities, such as picking up garbage around tourist attractions and cleaning up rivers and streams.
Contribution to a Safer Community
SK E&C engages in traffic safety activities in elementary schools near construction sites to keep children safe when going to school and to prevent traffic accidents. Also, the company supports maintenance and repair of facilities, including playgrounds, to prevent accidents involving children.
Effort to recover from natural disasters
In the case of a natural disaster, SK E&C will donate company construction assets that can be used for recovery efforts as well as allow employees to volunteer their time for volunteer services. In September 2007, SK E&C sent heavy construction equipment like dump trucks and excavators to Jeju Island, which was designated as a special disaster area due to Typhoon “Nari.” They worked hard to collect debris from flooded houses and dispose of it in an orderly manner. In 2006, they donated 200 boxes of relief supplies to the flood victims of Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do, and used heavy equipment to help them quickly recover from the disaster. Also, the company participates in the manufacture of emergency kits every year for continuous support.
Social Contribution activities overseas
Expanding its business territory to various places around the world, SK E&C engages in various global social contribution activities in the countries in which it does business. To promote mutual understanding between SK E&C and the Arab countries in which it is actively doing business, and to publicize Korean culture, the company donated books on Korean culture translated into Arabic. The company donated a “smart class” to an elementary school in Ahmadi located in the south of Kuwait by deploying IT devices and Internet service. In July 2010, we repaired the facilities of the Jaime Hurtado González Elementary School in Esmeraldas, where SK E&C is reconstructing their oil refinery, and provided IT devices such as computers. Medical volunteer activities also took place, such as treatment for low-income residents and provision of medications. In September 2011, we held the “SK Cup High School Soccer Championship” jointly with the Athletic Association of Esmeraldas, and provided soccer equipment and repaired the main stadium as part of our “sports social contribution.” Also, the company continuously supports scholarships and provision of education devices for the schools and local community near construction sites in India, Vietnam, Laos, etc.
Hope Comment Campaign
SK E&C Hope Comment Campaign matches 1,000 KRW to each employee comment to support the healthy growth of poor children overseas. The fund was used for surgeries for burns, removal of tumors on the tongue, and other emergency surgeries in developing countries. The company also constructed a soup kitchen in Madagascar, Africa to provide a balanced diet to the people there. Also, the company supported the construction of a water tank in an elementary school in Tanzania to prevent epidemic diseases and provide clean water.
SK E&C has supported various other activities, including contributions to disaster relief funds and emergency supplies for earthquakes and floods, and participated in the Yasuni National Park protection project. Also, as part of global social contribution activities, the company conducts annual events for foreign workers in Korea. In April 2007, we held the “Thai workers cultural experience event” for Thai workers at the sites of SK E&C. Thai workers and employees of SK E&C participated in a traditional cultural experience class for foreigners at the Namsan Hanok Village in Seoul, and had a chance to experience traditional Korean culture. We also support the Songkran Festival of Thailand every year so that not only the workers at the sites of SK E&C, but also Thai workers in Korea can enjoy the unique Thai holiday that features seemingly incessant water battles. Other activities include International Day for happier workers and Korean language courses to help foreign employees settle in Korea and adapt to Korean culture more easily.