Accumulated donation to students amounts to 10 million yuan
ABB China employees donate 730 thousand yuan for Ya’An earthquake relief
Beijing, May 23, 2013 – At the annual “ABB Automation World” held in Beijing, ABB announced a donation of 1 million yuan to the ABB-New Great Wall Fund for university students, which represents the 9th consecutive year for ABB to finance underprivileged university students to complete their studies. At the same time, a donation of 730 thousand yuan from ABB employees was delivered to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) for earthquake relief in Ya’an.
Since 2005, when the ABB-New Great Wall Fund was co-launched by ABB and CFPA, ABB has continuously funded underprivileged colleague students in the fields of power and automation via the Fund to ensure their education. To date, ABB has made a cumulative donation of more than 10 million to support 3,800 underprivileged university students and 840 technical school students from 45 universities to finish their studies.
Yu Han, head of Sustainability, ABB China, said, “Adhering to our ‘In China, for China’ strategy, ABB has actively upheld its social responsibilities and devoted itself to domestic charities. University students will be an important force to promote the nation’s future development. ABB has attached great importance to the cultivation of young talent and will continue to focus on domestic education.”
ABB has launched and participated in many charity programs in China. In addition to education, ABB has also been involved in environmental protection and caring for vulnerable groups of people, sparing no effort to play a positive role in society.
Environmental protection is a key area that ABB places great importance on. In order to reduce the negative impact of desertification and ensure a stable power supply to the capital, ABB China and Ordos Electric Power Bureau, a subsidiary of Inner Mongolia Electric Power Group, began Phase I of a 3-year anti-desertification program in 2007. Based on the initial success, in 2011, the 2 parties committed to phase II of the anti-desertification program. So far, 3,345 mu of desert have been reforested.
In 2007, ABB joined the Shanghai Charity Foundation to launch the “Care for senior citizens, care for our future” program in Shanghai. ABB has helped renovate the facilities of local non-profit nursing homes and improved the lives of senior citizens with its continued donations. So far, 31 non-nursing homes and over 2,500 senior citizens have benefited from this CSR program. Moreover, under the guidance of ABB, company volunteers pay regular visits to the nursing homes and entertain the residents.
ABB has always actively participated in domestic disaster relief and provided support for victims of natural disasters to rebuild their homes. As soon as the earthquake hit Ya’an in April this year, ABB announced a donation of RMB 2 million and launched an online channel for nearly 20,000 ABB employees from 36 local companies in China to voluntarily participate in the Love Package Activity under CFPA, donating to students from the quake-hit area. Today at Automation World, ABB delivered the donation of RMB 730 thousand from ABB employees to CFPA.
ABB (www.abb.com) 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 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.
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