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VNPT and its ceaseless CSR journey

By Van Ly

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Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) is among State-owned enterprises with ceaseless corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities over the past many years. Many CSR programs have been conducted by the group lately to benefit society, be it sports, healthcare or education.

Supporting sports activities

Last Monday, May 23, VNPT held a ceremony to congratulate and give a donation to the U23 men’s football team and the Vietnamese women’s national football team for their championships at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). The group presented VND2 billion, which was contributed by its executives and employees, to the two teams.

To Dung Thai, chairman of VNPT’s member council, said the 31st SEA Games was a large and meaningful cultural and sporting event in Vietnam and the region. On behalf of VNPT, he thanked all Vietnamese athletes, including players of the two football teams, for bringing about a touch of pride for the country.

“VNPT expects to see greater achievements of athletes in the coming time and the group will continue accompanying the country’s sports so that the sector will grow further,” Thai said.

Earlier, to support the 31st SEA Games hosted in Hanoi and 11 adjacent provinces, VNPT on April 22 signed an agreement with the organizer of the event to become the diamond sponsor of the event.

Thai said at the signing ceremony that as a large group, VNPT was aware of its responsibility towards large events in the country. Within its capability, VNPT committed to providing the most advanced technological solutions to make the event a success.

Under the agreement, VNPT sponsored the Internet transmission lines and monitoring solutions at press centers for the tournament as well as at information technology, card and eSport centers and 37 stadiums in 12 localities. VNPT also promoted the 31st SEA Games to local residents via SMS messages.

Making life easier for students

Late last year, VNPT presented tablets within the framework of the “Mobile connectivity and computers for children” program to underprivileged students in Dong Nai and Long An provinces.

In the program launched by the prime minister, VNPT pledged to provide 37,000 tablets to help students of poor and near-poor households to learn online, ensuring that no student is left behind. In this first batch of tablet donation, the group handed over nearly 5,700 tablets to students in Dong Nai and nearly 2,700 tablets to those in Long An on November 10 and 11, 2021, respectively.

The fund for the 37,000 tablets was contributed by 37,000 executives and employees of the group. According to VNPT, this is its traditional culture which helps spread the “mutual love, mutual affection” spirit. Following the donations in Dong Nai and Long An, the remaining tablets have been presented to students in 36 other cities and provinces nationwide.

In addition, VinaPhone, the mobile carrier under VNPT, offered 4G SIM cards with three months of free access for poor and near-poor students nationwide.

According to VNPT, the group is aware of the difficulties facing students in remote areas, even those in urban areas, in online learning due to the shortage of equipment and Internet transmission lines. Therefore, as soon as the prime minister launched the “Wave coverage and computers for children” program, VinaPhone and VNPT as a whole were determined to make contributions to such a meaningful and humane program.

In September last year, VinaPhone Nghe An donated 1,500 4G SIM cards worth some VND900 million to disadvantaged students in the province. In Hanoi, 10,000 4G SIM cards valued at VND3.5 billion were also handed over to the municipal Department of Education and Training to help students in need.

Accompanying anti-Covid fight

During the Covid-19 pandemic, VNPT has enthusiastically got involved in multiple programs to lend a helping hand to the authorities and residents of many localities in the fight against the historic pandemic.

The group donated VND50 billion to a program launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications. The program offered over 500,000 pandemic-hit residents in HCMC with necessities.

To ensure connectivity with frontline workers, VNPT in HCMC provided 6,000 nCOVI SIM cards at no charge to Covid-19 treatment hospitals in Cu Chi and Can Gio districts and Thu Duc City. Furthermore, high-speed Internet transmission lines were installed at Trung Vuong Hospital and field hospitals Nos. 2 and 9.

Moreover, VNPT provided important telecom services to 32 hospitals, medical centers and the headquarters of the governments of districts and wards to ensure smooth contact and medical checkup and treatment.

To help patients in HCMC and other localities who could not reach hospitals during the social distancing period, VNPT in HCMC equipped Cho Ray Hospital with 30 hotlines, enabling 30 doctors at 30 departments of the hospital to promptly provide healthcare consultancy to patients at no charge. The service helped put patients’ mind at ease and promptly detect abnormal signals of their diseases.

Besides activities in HCMC, VNPT supported residents and the authorities in many other localities nationwide in the fight against the pandemic.

VNPT was a generous contributor to the community during the pandemic with nearly VND500 billion, both in cash and in kind, last year.

In specifics, the group donated VND400 billion to the national Covid-19 vaccine fund to administer Covid vaccines to local residents at no charge and help the country quickly achieve herd immunity.

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