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Integrating CSR into every development plan

By Van Ly

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Taking the philosophy of “developing business in association with social responsibility” as its strategy, T&T Group, during its establishment and development journey, has paid much attention to communities across the country by funding localities’ social welfare programs.

Building homes, roads for mountainous residents

On March 18, subsidiaries of T&T Group and the family of entrepreneur Do Quang Hien, chairman of the group, donated VND20 billion to the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien to rebuild makeshift houses of poor households in the province.

Dien Bien is a border province with tough mountainous terrain and harsh climate, which have heavily affected the livelihood of local residents. Moreover, Dien Bien has the highest number of poor households in the country, at over 57,200.

In remote areas in Dien Bien, makeshift homes and classrooms are seen everywhere. Locals have to struggle with the severe weather and poverty.

Dien Bien Chairman Le Thanh Do said the donation by T&T Group, Saigon – Hanoi Commercial Joint Stock Bank (SHB) and other subsidiaries was a motivation for the province to conduct further social welfare programs.

Earlier, on January 12, representatives of T&T Group visited and handed over funds to build two houses of gratitude to two poor families contributing to the country’s revolution in Nam Van Commune, Nam Dinh City, Nam Dinh Province.

T&T Group had also presented 1,000 houses of gratitude worth some VND60 billion to the poor and those contributing to the country’s revolution in Ha Giang Province.

In Lao Cai Province’s Sapa, 117 roads connecting villages and 984 hamlet roads have yet to be concreted, so the demand for building materials, including cement, is high. In order to join hands with the local authorities to improve the living conditions of residents, especially poor households and ethnic minority people, in Sapa Town, on October 10 last year, the group donated 2,000 tons of cement valued at over VND3 billion to Sapa. The cement will be allocated to 10 communes and wards in the province to upgrade roads and houses.

Speaking at a ceremony to receive the cement, Sapa Chairman Vuong Trinh Quoc said the cement would help local residents have better homes and travel easier, and contribute to the town’s environmental protection.

Giving gifts to poor children, building schools

To spread humane values and the “mutual love, mutual affection” spirit, T&T Group on January 13 presented 80 gift sets to disadvantaged children in Tay Ho District, Hanoi City.

According to the firm, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the society. It has disrupted many production and business activities and made many workers become jobless, so many children could not enjoy the lunar New Year, or Tet holiday.

With an aim to help poor and underprivileged children in Hanoi have a warm Tet holiday, T&T Group handed over VND500 million to the fund for Hanoi children. Each child was offered a gift set worth VND1 million both in cash and in kind.

A T&T Group representative said children were vulnerable during the pandemic. The care and sharing of the community will help them stabilize their lives and become good citizens in the future. Through the program, T&T Group expected small gifts would bring great spiritual values to children. The group also called on other enterprises to carry out more meaningful activities to jointly contribute to the betterment of the community.

The Covid-19 pandemic also impeded many students from going to school. To facilitate the online learning of students, T&T Group donated VND2 billion to Binh Thuan Province through the “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” program.

To help poor but excellent students realize their dreams, the group in October 2021 donated VND3.5 billion to Ha Tinh Province’s fund to support poor students achieving high scores in the national high school graduation exam.

The donation by T&T Group was used to help 34 underprivileged students achieving high distinction of at least 27 marks in the national high school graduation exam pay their tuition fees at their universities. Each student was offered VND2-2.5 million. In addition, 50 students with 25 marks and over received VND1 million each.

Over the past few years, T&T Group has accompanied the education and training sector by making a donation to help students in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province buy books and notebooks after floods; and contributing to the study encouragement fund of My Khanh Commune, Long Xuyen District, An Giang Province.

The group also spent VND23 billion funding the building of the Tan Loi Secondary School in Ho Thi Ky Commune, Thoi Binh District, Ca Mau Province. In January last year, the school was inaugurated after a year of construction to enroll more than 800 students.

In August last year, T&T Group also started work on the Son Tien Primary School project with a total investment of VND14 billion in the commune of the same name of Ha Tinh Province’s Huong Son District.

Contributing to anti-pandemic fight

T&T Group is one of the private firms which have contributed generously to the fight against the pandemic nationwide. Over the past two years, T&T Group, SHB and companies related to entrepreneur Do Quang Hien have contributed over VND1.5 trillion to tackle the pandemic.

In specifics, they donated VND135 billion to the national anti-Covid fund, VND30 billion to the Hanoi anti-Covid fund, as well as thousands of rapid Covid test kits and medical equipment and supplies to localities and frontline hospitals nationwide.

It also negotiated and signed contracts with its partners to import the largest possible volume of Covid vaccines to Vietnam at the earliest, and received test kit and vaccine production technologies.

Besides supporting the fight against the pandemic, T&T Group has paid much attention to the poor, who are vulnerable to the pandemic. In August 2021, the group presented 100,000 gift sets worth VND30 billion to the disadvantaged in HCMC.

In 2020, through the “Believe in Vietnam” (Vung tin Viet Nam) program held by T&T Group, over VND20 billion was given to tens of thousands of poor households in 28 cities and provinces nationwide, helping them stabilize their lives after the pandemic.

According to T&T Group, the contributions of itself, other enterprises and residents nationwide would help ease the burden on the State budget, and support the Government, the Ministry of Health and localities to successfully bring the pandemic under control and stabilize residents’ lives.

The Covid-19 pandemic will be still mentioned as one of the most enormous challenges in history. However, it is also an opportunity for enterprises to give back to the community.

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