In the “Charter of Social Contribution” established in 2005, LG Electronics declared, "LG Electronics operates its corporate citizenship programs by forming partnerships between labor and management, executives and employees, customers and local community citizens, and related NPO/NGOs." In order to remain true to this pledge, we make social contribution efforts such as donations and volunteer work in local communities where we conduct business, both in Korea and overseas. Based on the operation principles of the LG Social Contribution Policy introduced in 2012, LG Electronics strives to create a corporate culture that promotes employees’ voluntary participation and introduced a program that offer paid leave for volunteer work in March 2013.
Volunteer Day & Blood Donation Campaign (Global)
LG Electronics operates diverse social contribution programs to provide our employees with more opportunities to participate in volunteer activities. In celebration of World Environment Day (June 5), we organize the “Global Volunteer Day” event every year at our business sites across the world as part of the LGE Labor Union’s URS (Union Social Responsibility) initiatives. In 2013, global LGE employees from all of our business sites in Korea and 40 overseas subsidiaries (including India, Vietnam, Ukraine, and Mexico) organized events in line with this year’s theme “Reducing Food Waste,” such as composting food waste, tree planting, and engaging in campaigns for reducing food waste. In addition, LG Electronics has been organizing an annual “Global Blood Donation Campaign.”
In 2013, 1,540 employees from 12 business sites in Korea and 12 overseas subsidiaries participated and donated blood.
Union Social Responsibility (GLOBAL)
In order to build up on our labor-management relations that create differentiated value and present a new direction for the labor union of a global corporation, the LGE Labor Union declared Union Social Responsibility (USR) in January 2010 as a pledge for social responsibility and customer respect. Since the USR declaration, the LGE Labor Union has been continuously carrying out social contribution initiatives that demonstrate shared commitment of labor and management towards corporate social responsibility.
Life’s Good Volunteers (KOREA)
Since 2005, volunteer activities by LGE Employees expanded to talent donation with the 2010 launching of the “Life’s Good Volunteers.” A total of 80 volunteer groups selected from 11 business sites in Korea utilize their special talents, interests, and expertise in a variety of volunteer works that bring them closer to local communities, including photo shoots for elderly citizens and mural paintings for community beautification. As of December 2013, more than 1,489 employees participated in the program.
Workday Volunteer Program (Korea)
As part of our efforts to promote employee volunteering, we introduced the “Workday Volunteer Program” in 2013. Under the program, employees can take up to 8 hours of paid leave to volunteer on weekdays every year by signing up on the scheduling system. In 2013, a total of 773 employees took advantage of the program and volunteered a total of 4,208 hours.
Life’s Good Day (Korea)
On the second Friday of every even month, LG Electronics operates Life’s Good Day at company cafeterias across Korean business sites. On the event day, company cafeterias offer a reduced price menu, and the employees who choose that menu pay the original price and donate the difference. The fund raised through Life’s Good Day events is directed to helping children from underprivileged backgrounds and supporting free lunch programs. Launched in 2011, the Life’s Good Day program will be expanded to new business sites (Incheon Campus and Gangnam R&D Center) in 2014.
Salary Rounding Fund & Executive Fund (Korea)
LG Electronics makes diverse efforts to create a corporate culture and environment that encourages employees to make donations in their everyday lives. One of these programs is the Salary Rounding Fund, which is raised by voluntary participation of more than 96% of LGE Korea employees who donate less than KRW 1,000 from their monthly salaries.
In 2013, the fund was directed to emergency disaster relief efforts for the victims of a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines. Launched in 2004, the Executive Contribution Fund is another employee donation program operated with the participation of about 80% of LGE Korea executives.
In May 2013, executives representing diverse organizations established a steering committee to discuss the longer-term direction for the fund. Based on the discussion, the committee decided to support the IVI’s cholera vaccine development and the health awareness campaign in Myanmar. The committee also decided to direct part of the fund to supporting employee family members suffering from intractable diseases.