ABB staff lend helping hand to senior citizens

Sustainably honor CSR commitment and support vulnerable groups

Xiamen, June 13, 2011 –During Dragon Boat Festival this June, volunteers from local facilities of ABB, the Top 500 Companies, visited the Xiamen Mingzhu Beadhouse, presenting the senior residents with traditional Chinese rice dumplings and seasonal greetings.

Zheng Shiwen, head of Sustainability Affairs, ABB China, said, “Caring disadvantaged groups like senior citizens is an important part of ABB’s corporate social responsibility program. Both ABB executives and staff actively support this effort. Over the years, ABB staff have frequently visited nursing homes in Shanghai and Xiamen, bringing love to the residents. In addition, financial support from ABB and the donations from volunteers have helped these organizations to improve their facilities and living environment.”

The Xiamen Mingzhu Beadhouse CSR program started in 2010. ABB volunteers from 7 local companies visit the residents on weekends and holidays, bringing gifts, staging shows, and chatting. ABB staff have enthusiastically participated in the CSR program, with over 100 volunteers enlisted for the first visit.

ABB’s CSR effort is warmly received by the elderly residents and has gained recognition from the house operator. Xu Xiaoyang, head of Xiamen Mingzhu Beadhouse, said, “Despite the remote location and accessibility problems, ABB volunteers have showed great enthusiasm. The volunteers are great communicators and listeners for our residents, bringing them much enjoyment. On behalf of all the staff and residents, I’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to ABB.”

ABB has long showed its sustainable support of disadvantageous groups such as the residents of nursing homes. In 2007, ABB launched the “Care for the senior citizens, care for our future” program in Shanghai. ABB donated more than RMB 1 million for the first 3-year-phase from 2007 to 2009 to retrofit facilities at 16 non-profit nursing homes in Shanghai, benefiting over 1,700 residents. In addition, ABB employees in Shanghai have regularly visited the homes on weekends and holidays. So far, about 250 ABB local staff have contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours. In 2010, ABB and Shanghai Charity Foundation extended the program for another three years, and ABB donated another RMB 1 million.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 16,300 employees, 31 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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