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FPT’s non-stop journey to step up CSR practices

By Van Ly

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Established 30 years ago, FPT Group, with its huge strength, has always pursued its mission of doing good for society, seeing social corporate responsibility (CSR) as a lodestar of its operation. Maintaining a focus on the real needs of the community, the tech giant has stepped up social activities during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as in the new normal.

Building bridges, schools to keep hope

In late March, FPT Corporation, the Hope Foundation operated by FPT and Can Tho City authorities inaugurated four Hope bridges in Trung An and Trung Thanh communes in Co Do District in this Mekong Delta city to replace makeshift bridges and wooden ones with an effort to ensure the safety of residents.

The inauguration marked the completion of 200 Hope bridges targeted by the Hope Foundation in 2018 to benefit the Mekong Delta region. These bridges, which cost a total of over VND93 billion, help enhance connectivity, facilitate residents’ and students’ movement, make life easier for goods transport and create a new face for the countryside in the region.

Among the 200 bridges built in the region by the Hope Foundation, Can Tho City has 100 bridges, with 33 of them constructed in Co Do District alone.

Besides, on March 27, the Can Tho Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Hope School signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the “Going to the Hope School with you” program. The school, named by FPT, is aimed at nurturing and training children who lost their parents to Covid.

Through the meaningful program, a link between families of students and the Hope School is formed, giving a big chance for disadvantaged students to attend school.

The Hope School located in Danang City is set to welcome 300 students orphaned by Covid in the first academic year, and will receive a total of 1,000 students as planned. The first students were admitted to the school in February.

In addition to being financed by the Hope Foundation, the Hope School has received multiple donations and contributions from other units, firms and organizations so far. For example, Thien Long Group will be giving 5,000 gift sets of learning tools worth VND400,000 each to students at the Hope School during the 2021-2025 period. Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Vietjet will offer free transport services to students so that they can go back to their homes at least two times a year.

Rice bags are loaded on a truck for support to the poor in HCMC during the pandemic

Quick and active support during pandemic

As a CSR-minded group, FPT has ceaselessly and tiredly implemented a host of community activities during the Covid pandemic to leave no one behind.

In late August last year, when the fourth coronavirus wave reached a peak in the southern region, FPT equipped five Covid field hospitals in Can Tho City with amenities to serve 2,300 beds.

Technology and medical equipment, including online meeting devices, Internet broadband, Wifi access points, computers, printers and surveillance cameras, provided by FPT helped monitor the health of Covid patients and made it easier for doctors to hold online meetings and discussions on Covid treatment.

The same donation was also made to a series of Covid field hospitals in HCMC and Danang City during the fourth wave of the pandemic.

At FPT, kindness is placed on the top, especially during the hardship like the Covid pandemic. In August, 2021, the group and the Hope Foundation donated 8,190 rice bags weighing over 160 tons to needy households in HCMC, with each of them receiving 20 kilograms of rice.

“Fighting Covid is the responsibility of all people, from fronliners to residents. As such, FPT desired to share the difficulties facing the country and join the combat by providing timely and practical help for the community to beat the pandemic together,” says a representative of FPT.

Apart from requisitioning the dormitory of the FPT University to operate as a quarantine facility, FPT teamed up with the Information Technology Department under the Ministry of Health last year to launch a website providing knowledge and information about Covid, using the Chatbot and artificial intelligence systems to maintain its operation around the clock.

In 2020, FPT contributed VND20 billion worth of medical equipment to the nation’s coronavirus hotspots.

Furthermore, the group’s community spirit was reflected through its contribution to the national Covid vaccine fund. In response to the call from the Government, the Hope Foundation donated VND250 million to the fund to help the country gain quick access to vaccine supplies and achieve a high vaccination rate.

In mid-2021, the foundation presented two automated DNA/RNA extraction machines worth VND735 million to the Thu Duc City Hospital to increase the hospital’s Covid-19 testing capacity.

Its kindness also reached out to the northern province of Bac Giang. When the province became the nation’s biggest coronavirus hotbed, the FPT-backed foundation donated 2,000 sets of protective gear and countless necessities to the province’s two field hospitals.

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