ABB volunteers advocate safe use of electricity in the community and schools

  • Can you recognize and understand the safety messages on electricity signs?
  • How can we teach children to avoid electric shock and other accidents?
  • Do you want to know energy saving tips for everyday appliances?

  • 240ABB's Electrical Safety Seminar Goes to School
    Beijing, December 5, 2013 -- Volunteers and employees from ABB, the leading power and automation technology group went around communities and primary schools in Beijing and Xiamen to promote the safe use of electricity. The public service activities helped citizens troubleshoot security risks and shared knowledge about energy-saving techniques, raising awareness about how to safely and efficiently use electricity every single day.

    December 5 is “International Volunteer Day”, a day when volunteers around the globe carry out various acts of charity or public service to meet the needs of local communities. The group of volunteers organized by ABB employees visited the Fenghua Aixin Hope School in Beijing’s Haidian district to explain basic knowledge about electricity, precautions to take at home, and how to save electricity in our daily lives.

    240ABB Volunteers Check for Electrical Hazards around the Community
    As a global leader in power and automation, ABB has long encouraged employees to help the community by leveraging their own technical expertise, like power distribution to resident and commercial buildings. By now, a total of 411 ABB volunteers have visited 170 homes and nine schools, carried out 15 home safety checks and lessons on electricity, and distributed 685 electrical safety manuals to help raise public awareness of electrical safety.

    Han Yu, Head of Sustainability Affairs, ABB North Asia and China, said: "ABB has always attached great importance to safe and sustainable development. Organizing these kinds of volunteer activities and encouraging participation in various charity organizations has become a core part of how ABB practices being a good corporate citizen. Adhering to our 'in China, for China' development strategy, ABB will continue organizing a variety of volunteer activities to make even greater contributions to society."

    In addition to safety seminars on electricity, ABB is also active in many other volunteer activities—from planting trees to assistant teaching; from relief efforts to environmental action.

    240ABB volunteers clean up garbage at scenic areas
    In Xiamen, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanchang, and Xi'an, ABB volunteers donate resources and time to both the old and the young at 10 local elderly homes and 5 orphanages, sharing their love and dedication. Every spring, ABB organizes employees in Beijing to add new greenery to the capital with their own hands by participating in a voluntary tree planting activity, as the suburbs of Beijing have been strained by deforestation in the surrounding area. In other scenic areas, such as Beijing’s Xiangshan, Xiamen’s Gulangyu, and Chongqing’s Jiandao Mountain Forest Park, ABB organizes volunteers every year to clean up garbage and restore the natural, scenic beauty of the area.

    ABB’s active engagement of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been widely recognized by both the media and the public. Earlier this year, Machinery & Electronics Business selected ABB as the "2012 China Equipment Manufacturing Industry Model Performer in CSR". In the 4th annual CSR meeting held by Southern Weekend, ABB was awarded the title of "Outstanding Enterprise in China Corporate Social Responsibility". At the 2013 Annual Meeting of Green Companies in China, ABB was named third among foreign enterprises in the "2013 China Green Top 100".

    ABB (http://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 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with nearly 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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