From a special class for the visually impaired to teach how to use a smartphone to papering the walls for low-income households, some 35 employees of Samsung affiliates who shared their talents with people in need received the annual Samsung Corporate Social Responsibility award on Thursday.
Recipients of 2016 Samsung CSR award pose for photo at a ceremony held at Samsung Electronics headquarters in Seocho, Seoul, Thursday. (Samsung Group)
The Samsung CSR Award was established in 1995 to honor the group’s employees and its partner organizations for contributing to community development and promoting sharing culture.
The award is given for the best volunteer teams, best volunteers, best CSR program and best CSR partners. Prize money as well as points in their personal evaluation records are given to winners, the company said.
The best volunteer team awards went to Smart Angel Team from Samsung Electronics and a group of Samsung C&T workers.
The Smart Angel Team was founded in 2014 to teach the disabled how to use smartphones. The team traveled around local community centers for the disabled each week to offer better usage of smartphones to people unable to see. They also checked on problems the disabled faced in using the devices and reflected on solutions.
Samsung C&T workers also received an award for building 50 houses at a village near its project site outside Mumbai, India.
The best volunteer award went to Lee Myung-jin, a manager at Samsung Card who participated in a mentoring program for college students seeking careers. Kim Kyung-tae, a senior manager at Samsung SDI, was also awarded for fixing broken home appliances at local welfare centers since 2008. Kim Sang-hyun of Samsung Heavy Industries, who has been a member of a team helping paper the walls of low-income households since 2009, also received an award.
By Cho Chung-un (firstname.lastname@example.org)