PPG sets up Social Responsibility Research Fund at Tsinghua University
Fund offers support to social responsibility research projects
BEIJING, May 8, 2013 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has donated RMB 900,000 to the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University to help set up a Social Responsibility Research Fund through the Tsinghua University Education Foundation (TUEF). The fund will fully support in-depth research into the social responsibilities of corporations, governments, nongovernmental organizations and citizens, and it will help with reports, activities and media communications regarding social responsibility.
The ceremony of donation at the Ming Zhai of Tsinghua University: from left, Liu Chuanlun, deputy director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University; Coco Lee, PPG office manager, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific; Yang Shu, chief reporter, International Business Daily, published by China Ministry of Commerce; Li Qiang, sociologist, dean of the School of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University and director of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University; Hunter Lee, PPG director, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific; Cathy Yan, PPG general manager, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific; George Zhao, PPG sales supervisor, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific; You Ruishan, deputy director, resource development department, Tsinghua University Education Foundation; and Zhao Hang, PPG executive, government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific
A ceremony at the Ming Zhai of Tsinghua University on April 26 included: Professor Li Qiang, sociologist, dean of the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua University and director of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University; Cathy Yan, PPG general manager for government affairs and business development, Asia Pacific; You Ruishan, deputy director, resource development department, TUEF; and Liu Chuanlun, deputy director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center of Tsinghua University.
“Tsinghua University offers a first-class faculty and excellent research facilities, in addition to the Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Development Research Center,” Yan said. “The study and practice of social responsibility is very relevant to PPG’s core value of ‘recognizing the needs and concerns of society.’ We believe the fund will help create a social responsibility evaluation system that addresses China’s requirements and promotes the concept of social responsibility to the general public. In addition, it will benefit the academic research of Tsinghua University.”
PPG has been actively involved with social and charitable programs in China and across the Asia Pacific region. This work has covered aid for education, disaster rescue and environmental protection efforts as well as making donations to disabled children, the elderly and the infirm. In 2009, PPG helped construct 50 “PPG Care Libraries” in earthquake-stricken Zitong County, Sichuan province, donating more than 170,000 books as well as all interior coatings. For the last four years, PPG has donated clothing and supplies to children in Yushu, and PPG’s China scholarship program honoring high-achieving university students has entered its tenth year. The company also held an “Eco classroom” open day at its Tianjin coatings plant to promote environmental awareness.
In December 2012, PPG was named one of the top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) companies in China, and was selected from over 3,000 nominations to win the CSR Award Special Prize for the third consecutive year, recognizing PPG for its exemplary social responsibility practices. Cathy Yan also gained recognition for her leadership of PPG’s corporate social responsibility endeavors in China, taking last year’s Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility for an Individual.
About Tsinghua University and Tsinghua University Education Foundation
Located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious universities in China and is recognized as an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research. Established in 1911 as “Tsinghua Xuetang,” the university has developed at a breathtaking pace and has become a comprehensive, research-oriented institution.
Tsinghua University Education Foundation (TUEF) is a national non-public foundation established with the approval of the Ministry of Civil Affairs. It was the first university education foundation to be set up after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with the purpose of promoting the development of the university’s educational cause, improving educational quality, and drawing support from domestic and foreign organizations as well as individuals. In March 2008, TUEF was rated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs as an “AAAA Social Organization” – the highest certification for non-public foundations granted by the country – and it can accept donations from corporations, social organizations and individuals both in China and abroad.
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