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At SONGWON, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our business. CSR underpins our strategy and helps us to manage our impact on society, and it contributes towards a more sustainable way of doing business.
SONGWON awarded GOLD level recognition for CSR by EcoVadis
For the 2nd consecutive year, EcoVadis awarded SONGWON gold recognition level for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). An independent rating agency specializing in sustainable development and performance monitoring, EcoVadis is highly regarded around the world. Their detailed rating methodology is built on international CSR standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000.
This year, EcoVadis placed SONGWON among the top 5% of all businesses assessed. Receiving this recognition for our commitment to CSR, highlights to the industry that SONGWON is a top performing supplier, with regards to Environment, Labor Practices, Fair Business Practices, and Responsible and Sustainable Procurement.
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What does CSR mean?
CSR means including economic, social and ecological considerations in the core activity areas of our company. It ensures that we consciously consider the direct and indirect impacts of our operations on all SONGWON’s stakeholders including our customers, suppliers, workforce and the local community. And it leads us to adopt ethical and socially-responsible management approaches to complement environmental considerations.
Our Social Culture
We continually work to improve our performance and the consistent quality of our products, as well as how we do business, how we treat our people, the communities we serve and the environment around us.
Beyond this, we have always believed that it is our duty to take an active interest in the community and the environment that our company is part of. This commitment is rooted in SONGWON’s culture and has been a common theme throughout our history. In short, we firmly believe that performance and responsibility should go hand in hand.
We have a responsibility
Although health is a human right, some 400 million people around the world have no access to healthcare. For this reason, we support healthcare and human service efforts that enable people to lead better, healthier lives. SONGWON financially supported Cambodian medical missions in Siem Reap, the capital city of the Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. The Cambodian medical missions enable medical professionals from Korea and other countries to go to Siem Reap and provide basic medical treatment and carry out necessary surgery free-of-charge to people in need there.
SONGWON also contributed to the Dr. Jang Gi-ryeo Surgery Mission which took place at the Hebron Medical Center in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Our sponsorship supports medical experts from other countries, who are specialized in cancer treatment, to carry out cancer-related operations on local people who would otherwise not have had the possibility of receiving treatment at all.
SONGWON also supports a Dr. Jang Gi-ryeo memorial initiative of the Korean Blue Cross Medical Cooperative called “Healing Shoes” which helps children in need in Laos and Cambodia.
SONGWON also donated to the Red Tie Challenge campaign. Initiated in the U.S. in 2016 by the National Hemophilia Foundation, the campaign aims to raise awareness and advance the fight against inheritable bleeding disorders. To make people more aware of them, campaigners wear a red tie during the month of March, which has been selected as the Bleeding Disorder Month. Cleanliness is an essential element to remaining healthy and this year SONGWON supported a South Korean health and welfare initiative called "Cleaning Hands”. The program provides students with valuable information on the importance of keeping hands as clean as possible.
We also supported the Blue Cross Youth Corps program which educates medical healthcare students in South Korea on how to handle various types of medicine but also on ways to discard medicine waste properly to prevent polluting and damaging the environment.
Our commitment to helping humanity has always been reflected in our core values at SONGWON and those of our employees. In 2017, we supported charitable efforts in Pakistan initiated by one of our Songwon Polysys Additive employees. One project is called "Street to School-STS|(Sponsorship Program)". Songwon Polysys Additives LLC partnered with the Open for Everyone (O4E) Welfare organization to provide an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Methodology learning skills program for kindergarten children. The program is free for all the children from a local community in Pakistan where there are no established schools in their area.
Another project involves supplying water to a local community in Karachi, Pakistan. With no access to clean water, the community has suffered from related disease and poor health conditions. SONGWON’s donation is being used to support the installation of a pump and the creation of a well which will enable the community to access the fresh water supply available some 61 meters underground. Approximately 400 people will benefit daily.