Henderson Land is a dedicated corporate citizen with a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). We consider and act on the social, economic and environmental impacts of our business and contribute to community causes through education and community work, arts and culture, sustainability and environmental education, and mega events. We have received numerous awards and accreditations recognizing our efforts in areas such as community service and the promotion of sustainability.
The Group extends full support to the Government’s “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign. Below are some of the key projects:
Future Stars Programme, Home Market, Blessing Farm, Le French May Arts Festival 2014, MaD 2014 and Summerbridge Hong Kong.
In addition to our company-sponsored initiatives, many of our staff devote considerable personal time to their roles with a diverse range of charitable organizations and public bodies.
Our active support of arts and cultural activities in the community includes backing diverse artistic forms that give people from all walks of life access to unusual and inspiring experiences.
As a leading property developer, we are committed to sustainability and to making the world a better place to live in. We always look for ways to work together with our stakeholders to promote environmental education.
As one of Hong Kong's leading businesses, we are strongly committed to supporting mass events that bring enjoyment to the public and showcase the city's prosperity and vibrancy to the world.
The Group committed to supporting two major projects, the Upward Mobility Booster Project and the Upward Mobility Scholarship, under the Commission on Poverty’s Future Stars Programme, which aims at helping young participants to set clearer goals for the future and assisting them to move up the social ladder. The Group pledged a HK$3 million sponsorship over 3 years commencing 2014 for the Upward Mobility Booster Project, as well as offering career orientation and workplace induction for less privileged young people. Another HK$3 million sponsorship over 3 years was dedicated to the Upward Mobility Scholarship for less fortunate students who have shown progress in academic performance. It is estimated that approximately 600 students will benefit from this scholarship.
Launched by the Group’s Vice Chairman Mr Lee Ka Kit in 2012, and supported by Henderson Warmth Foundation as the founding sponsor, Home Market is a pioneering poverty relief project that comprises a chain of not-for-profit convenience stores selling food and daily necessities at bargain prices to underprivileged people. The operational costs are fully subsidised by Lee Shau Kee Foundation. Four Home Market stores were opened in Tin Shui Wai, Sham Shui Po, Shau Kei Wan and Choi Hung Estate, serving some 80,000 members. As part of its commitment to supporting the “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign, more stores are planned to open in districts in close proximity to the grass-roots and needy.
The Group committed to a 3-year sponsorship for an organic farm to operate as social enterprise in Fanling, starting from 2014. With a total area of more than 180,000 sq. ft., the farm offers meaningful engagements for students and retired individuals, who will be recruited as volunteers. It will also provide part of its crops each year for the Group to give away or sell at low price to low-income households in Hong Kong.
In 2013, the Group sponsored Le French May again as Grand Mécène (Patron) and worked closely with the organiser to initiate a series of community outreach programs, student schemes, workshops and masterclasses, benefiting some 3,000 participants and gave away over 2,800 free tickets. In addition to giving free tickets to underprivileged students, the Group’s Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team also invited members and families from Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims to enjoy a percussion show and a pre-event party. Echoing the “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign, the Group has committed to be the Grand Mécène (Patron) of Le French May 2014 again, and will collaborate with the organiser to strengthen the community outreach programs. In addition to giving away free tickets, it is expected that some 5,000 underprivileged people will be benefited from the program.
As part of its commitment to the “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign, the Group increased its annual sponsorship for MaD in 2014, allowing 200 financially disadvantaged individuals to participate in the MaD Forum to gain inspiration from famous changemakers from around the world, as well as enabling 20 students from low-income families to join the MaD Trip. Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, MaD provides a platform for young people to turn ideas into actions, helping them to widen their horizons.
Since 2006, the Group has sponsored Summerbridge Hong Kong, which aims to strengthen the English and leadership skills of financially disadvantaged young people and has served over 2,200 young people to-date. As part of its commitment to the “Bless Hong Kong” Campaign, Henderson Land pledged to increase annual sponsorship to HK$2 million for Summerbridge Hong Kong for a consecutive of 3 years commencing 2014. This should benefit about 900 participants and 360 student teachers.
Following the tragic earthquake in China's Sichuan Province in 2008, Mr Lee Ka Kit, Henderson Land's Vice Chairman, personally departed for Chengdu to expedite reconstruction work. In his role as founder of the Peter KK Lee Care for Life Foundation, he also organised a group of psychiatrists and psychiatric experts to offer counseling services to the victims, and provide training to local quake relief teams.
On May 14, 2008, Mr. Lee Ka Shing, Vice Chairman of Henderson Land, representing Henderson Land and The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, presented a cheque for HK$10 million to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong to support relief works in Sichuan.
Over one million farmers and ten thousand village doctors in mainland China have received training thanks to the Warmth Project, which is a personal initiative of Henderson Land Chairman, Dr Lee Shau Kee, a devoted philanthropist. The Lee Shau Kee Foundation donated RMB330 million to the project in late 2005, with additional support coming from Henderson Land and Towngas staff volunteers. In 2009, the Foundation donated a further RMB74 million to Guangxi and Ningxia Provinces. RMB60 million of the donation was used to train 100,000 farmers in Guangxi and Ningxia, with RMB14 million being used to build 6,000 water wells for families suffering from the drought in Ningxia.
The Group partnered with The Sun Charitable Fund to launch the “Book With Love” Programme 2011, which provided support to outstanding students from low-income families by giving them full sets of new textbooks for the new school year. The programme received an overwhelming response with over 3,000 applications from various schools across the city. After a selection process, 250 outstanding students were shortlisted for the prize. Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, Mr. Lee Ka Shing, Henderson Land’s Vice Chairman, encouraged the students to strive for excellence and contribute positively to the society in the future.
The Group's support of interesting community arts and cultural activities include its sponsorship of a travelling exhibition from France's Musée du Louvre. The 'Sculptures in Movement – Asia Tour' 2009/2010 exhibition comprised eighteen replica sculptures from the Louvre's 'Touching Exhibition', which was originally conceived as a way to introduce art to the visually impaired. The works on show comprised copies of some of the Louvre's most famous pieces including the 'Venus de Milo', the 'Borghese Gladiator' and 'The Rebel Slave'. To conclude the Asia Tour, the exhibition has travelled to Hong Kong in December 2010 and is now open to public at the Hong Kong Museum of Art until 20th February 2011.
The Asia Tour started off in Taipei and Kaohsiung in early 2009 and travelled to Beijing, Fuzhou and Wuhan in 2010. From June to September 2010, the exhibition took place at the Group's prestigious new landmark development in Beijing, the World Financial Centre (wfc), to coincide with celebrations for the building‘s grand opening. The exhibition proved to be extremely popular among both the visually impaired and the 'seeing' public.
For more details of the Touching Art exhibition in Hong Kong, please visit http://hk.art.museum
Henderson Land was a Founding Partner of China Now, the UK's largest ever festival of Chinese culture. For the six months leading up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, over 1,200 events were held across the UK to showcase the very best aspects of modern Chinese society and culture including art, design, cuisine, science, business and technology, education and sports.
In 2006, Henderson Land became a main sponsor of The Hong Kong International Film Festival, one of Asia's most reputable film festivals and one of Hong Kong's largest and most visible arts events.
In our endeavours to bring enrichment to people's lives, we support a diverse range of community arts and cultural events, such as the unique Hong Kong concerts in 2006 given by the Vienna Philharmonic, considered one of the finest orchestras in the world.
Our ongoing sponsorship of the Green Power Hike, organised by Green Power, serves to promote environmental protection and raises awareness of the responsibility of every member of society to be an environment steward.
Henderson Land staff are actively involved in tree planting and woodland conservation activities at a dedicated site in the New Territories entrusted to us by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department as part of its Corporate Afforestation Scheme.
Sponsored by the World Wide Fund For Nature, Earth Hour 2015 saw cities across the world turn off lights for one hour thereby sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on climate change. Henderson Land actively supported the initiative at its properties.
We enthusiastically supported Friends of the Earth's 2009 Power Smart Campaign, which encouraged members of the public to conserve energy in their daily lives, so as to address local air pollution and global climate change issues.
Henderson Land was a passionate supporter of the government's efforts to promote Hong Kong as an Olympic co-host city. As Property Developer Supporter of the 2008 Beijing Equestrian Events we provided monetary backing and initiated a range of promotional activities to promote the Olympic spirit.
In 2005, the Henderson Land Group pledged a donation of HK$100 million to support the construction of the National Aquatic Centre “Water Cube”, the only Olympic venue to be funded by donations from compatriots. This beautiful Olympic venue, which took four years to construct, has become a new landmark in Beijing.
Henderson Land is a Diamond Partner in the 2009 East Asian Games. We have provided HK$5 million in financial sponsorship to support this large-scale international sports event, bringing enjoyment to the public.
Our mega celebration events bring enjoyment to the public and showcase Hong Kong's position as Asia's World City. Previous events have included the first territory-wide New Year's Eve countdown event featuring spectacular pyrotechnic displays on Hong Kong's tallest building – Two ifc – the city's iconic landmark that was developed by Henderson Land.