In further steps to return some of the tremendous support we received from our customers and the community, we encourage our staff to engage in community service through the Hang Lung As One volunteer team.
As of 2015, the Company has set up a total of 10 volunteer teams involving over 1,500 staff volunteers from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi, Tianjin, Dalian and Kunming. In 2015, with the collective efforts and dedication of these staff volunteers, over 14,000 service hours have been contributed to the communities in which we operate, with all volunteering activities dedicated to three major areas: youth development, elderly service, and environmental protection.
In 2015, over 100 volunteer activities have been carried out in Hong Kong and mainland China, representing a 20% increase compared to 2014.
Besides the volunteer teams, we are also dedicated to assisting people in need through our support to social enterprises. Since June 2011, we have hired Hong Chi Association for its letter shop services for our publication Connections. Hong Chi Association is a non-profit-making organization providing special education services and work training for those with intellectual disabilities.