SHANGHAI, China — Giving back to the local community should never just be a corporate responsibility. At Ford Motor China, individual employees are also playing a big part. In addition to ongoing programs organised by Ford like the Global Week of Caring, Ford employees in China are going further to return to the local community through organising voluntary school visits at weekends.
Most of the schools they visited are local primary schools located on the outskirts of Shanghai, where a majority of students are from migrant families that have less access to modern education resources.
During the first trip on April 8th, seven Ford employees visited Da Bieshan primary school and donated books. More than 15 students from the school in Shanghai's Pudong district took part in a special extra-curriculum class. Unlike ordinary school classes focused on book knowledge, the class given by Ford centred on encouraging them to explore the world and think of simple ways to better protect the planet.
Sylvia Yang, on behalf of Ford China communications, shared with the students Ford's efforts to go green and the stories of CEGC award winners. Students were particularly impressed by the deed of Li Li, a young man who established a wildlife protection group using funds raised through selling his paintings.
We start with having a presentation regarding how to better protect the environment but this is just one of the topics we have in mind. In the future, we will pay regular visits to these schools. We hope that these activities can provide students from Shanghai's migrant families more opportunities to learn things that can not be taught in class. It is like we open more windows for them," said Floria Wu, financial analyst from MS&S Finance team of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.
Ford volunteers pose with students by the school playground.
Students share their thoughts on environment protection.