As a responsible corporate citizen, SOCAM’s investment in the community takes into account specific societal needs; ways in which we can focus the areas and nature of our contributions. These contributions encompass corporate cash donations and the simple gift of time and concern for others in the long tradition of the Shui On ‘We Care’ spirit.
The Group encourages staff to engage in volunteer services. Shui On Seagull Club, our employee-run community service unit set up in 1982 and registered with the HKSAR Government, plays an active role in promoting voluntary social services among staff.
The Club works hand-in-hand with charity organisations in both Hong Kong and Mainland China to ensure donations of time and money make a direct positive impact on the lives of the most deserving. Throughout, the Seagull Club receives welcome corporate support. The Company promotes outreach activities during the working week under SOCAM’s Community Service Leave Policy.
We invest time and resources in the younger generation, in order to promote learning and self-confidence for the betterment of an individual’s values and opportunities and for the benefit of the wider community in the years ahead. Continuity in involvement is critical particularly in areas where we support mentoring programmes for the young and providing opportunities for joining exchange opportunities to broaden their horizons.
Caring for the Elderly and Low Income Families
Caring for the elderly is a growing concern in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. SOCAM partners with charitable organisations to build outreach relationships for our older citizens, particularly those living alone.
Our volunteers devote their time to making regular home visits, and help organise outings for the elderly to foster a sense of community. We also help support lower-income families and the disabled as we participate in outings and events.
In the Chinese Mainland, SOCAM personnel reach out to the elderly through home visits and the provision of daily necessities. In the aftermath of the Lushan earthquake in Sichuan in April 2013, volunteers from our Chengdu and Chongqing offices raised funds and visited affected areas in a team effort to help schools return to normal daily lessons and provide learning materials. We assisted children from AIDS impacted families, in sponsoring educational opportunities and university students’ summer camps and help reduce their feeling of isolation from wider society.