Food for the Hungry’s head of social contribution partnership Kim Tae-il (far left) and Posco’s head of raw materials business Shin Soo-cheol (far right) pose with Vale officials via virtual meeting on Wednesday. Posco
Posco said Wednesday that it has teamed up with Brazil’s largest raw material supplier, Vale, to donate $100,000 to Korea Food for the Hungry International, an international relief program, as part of their humanitarian efforts jointly pledged last year.
The two firms have maintained close ties for more than 40 years, with Vale supplying key materials like iron ore to Posco, the steel giant, for decades.
In May last year, they signed a memorandum to create a new matching fund as part of Posco’s global initiative called GEM or Go the Extra Mile. They agreed to donate $50,000 each to support young students from low-income households in South Korea and Brazil.
After a group of Brazilian students was offered support with their tuition fees last year, this year, some 30 Korean middle- and high-school students are expected to receive financial aid and career mentorship through the program.
“It is very meaningful that mining and steel-making industries, as well as an NGO, have teamed up with the same goal; helping young students to achieve their dreams,” said Posco’s head of raw materials business Shin Soo-cheol.
Posco’s GEM fund started in 2019 to achieve socially responsible management in partnership with its key suppliers around the world. So far, a total of 10 suppliers have joined the program, with their accumulative contributions worth a combined $2 million.
By Kim Da-sol (firstname.lastname@example.org