As a responsible corporate citizen, Henderson Land strives to ensure our commercial objectives align with the long-term prosperity and well-being of Hong Kong. The Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Policy serves as our mandate for positively contributing to Hong Kong’s social, economic and environmental development, and endorses our support of meaningful community-oriented activities in partnership with our key stakeholders. We continuously devise new initiatives that build further momentum and deliver sustained positive change in the community. The “Henderson Warmth Foundation” is our charitable fund which serves as a platform for the Group, its subsidiaries and associates to support deserving causes with the aim of relieving poverty and suffering in Hong Kong and mainland China. To-date, the Foundation has sponsored and subsidized over 500 charitable and community projects, benefitting many people from all backgrounds.
Dr The Honourable Lee Shau Kee, the Group’s Chairman, is a well-respected philanthropist. Through the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, Dr Lee has made generous contributions totalling billions of Hong Kong dollars to numerous education and community projects in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas, bringing remarkable and immeasurable benefits to society. To address the imminent accommodation needs of the Hong Kong population, he has personally pioneered a series of land donations, including one for the development of Hong Kong’s largest residential care homes for the elderly and another for a youth hostel. To learn more about Dr Lee’s philanthropic initiatives, please refer to his official website: http://www.leeshaukee.com.hk/.
Henderson Land continues to forge close partnerships with our employees, community bodies, society, and government to address the needs of the community. We have supported a number of community programmes for many years. Our involvement has targeted issues such as poverty relief, environmental education, youth development as well as promoting arts and culture, and supporting social enterprise. Collectively, these initiatives are delivering sustained positive change in the community and fostering a sustainable world for generations to come.
Commission on Poverty “Future Stars” Programme
“Future Stars” represents one of Henderson Land’s long-term partnership initiatives where we work closely with NGOs to create sustainable value in the local community. The programme was launched by the Commission on Poverty in 2014 to help underprivileged youth increase their chances of achieving upward social mobility. The Group had supported the programme through financial contributions and by providing diverse job placement opportunities and company visits for the young participants. “Upward Mobility Booster” has provided workplace skills training and internship opportunities that have benefitted over 670 participants in three years. As part of the programme, the Group has also provided an “Upward Mobility Scholarship” to over 530 underprivileged students who have shown progress in academic performance and personal development. The aim has been to motivate students and help them further their studies.
Within six years since its establishment, Home Market has developed into a chain of ten not-for-profit convenience stores that provide food and daily necessities at substantially discounted prices to over 160,000 members, who are all disadvantaged or underprivileged. The initiative was launched by the Group’s Vice Chairman, Dr Lee Ka Kit in 2012 with support from Henderson Warmth Foundation Limited as its founding sponsor. Since 2013, its operational costs have been fully subsidised by Lee Shau Kee Foundation Limited. Home Market, a pioneering poverty relief initiative, is an example of the holistic and sustainable approach the Group applies to community investment. As well as providing financial support during its launch year, we have also taken an active ongoing operational and functional role, garnering support from various resources to provide meaningful assistance aimed at poverty alleviation.
To support sustainable farming in Hong Kong, the Group is collaborating with Blessing Farm, a social enterprise. A parcel of land in Fanling, the New Territories has been provided for use as an organic farm, with rent fully subsidised. Launched in 2014, the scheme will run through to 2018 for a five–year term. Blessing Farm regularly donates crops to Home Market, a not-for-profitconvenience chain store which sells goods at a subsidised price to the underprivileged. As of July 2017, over 6,600 kg of organic farm-produced vegetables have been donated to the underprivileged, nourishing more than 12,000 people.
Warmth Giving Project
Henderson Warmth Foundation has organised its annual Warmth Giving Project since 2011, inviting the elderly to spring lunch and providing winter sustenance packages to celebrate Chinese New Year. In 2017, the Group invited those recipients who our volunteers have visited regularly to attend the spring lunch and extended warm regards to them. Henderson Club volunteers who knitted scarves for the elderly also participated in this meaningful activity with their family and friends, further promoting the culture of volunteering to the community.
Hong Kong Community Network - Kwai Tsing Ethnic Minority Programme
To offer effective support to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong and foster a caring and equal society, the Group has been sponsoring Hong Kong Community Network’s Kwai Tsing Ethnic Minority Programme since 2014. The programme delivers diverse services to ethnic minorities and low-income groups in Kwai Tsing District, promoting education and employment to the underprivileged and assisting them to integrate into the community. The programme has assisted 40,000 beneficiaries in its first three years.
Green Power Hike
The annual Green Power Hike is one of the largest fundraising charity walks in Hong Kong. The Group has been the Title Sponsor since 2006 and has formed staff teams to participate in the Hike every year to show support to Green Power’s ongoing educational undertakings.
The Green Earth Plantation Enrichment Project
To enhance the ecological value and biodiversity of existing plantations, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) launched the “Plantation Enrichment Project” in 2009, with major measures including thinning of aging exotic tree species and planting of native tree seedlings. In 2017, the Group sponsored “The Green Earth” to launch a five year Plantation Enrichment Project and initiated the first corporate tree planting activity, in which our staff and Henderson Club members joined hands to plant hopes for a greener future.
Friends of the Earth (HK) Tree Planting Challenge
Friends of the Earth (HK) organises an annual Tree Planting Challenge, promoting the message of “Save Trees, Conserve Nature”. The Group has been sponsoring this large-scale planting campaign since 2012 and has cumulatively planted over 20,000 tree seedlings. In 2017, the Group again became the Main Sponsor of the Challenge, in an effort to enhance the ecological value and biodiversity of the plantations in country parks, as well as promoting sustainability.
Friends of the Earth (HK) Power Smart
The Group has sponsored the Friends of the Earth (HK) Power Smart energy conservation contest for eight consecutive years, taking the initiative to promote energy saving in domestic households and commercial buildings, and lower our own carbon footprint. The competition has cumulatively saved more than 270 million kWh of electricity in Hong Kong in ten years, equivalent to reducing 190,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong (“WWF – Hong Kong”) Earth Hour
An annual event organized by WWF – Hong Kong, Earth Hour sees 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 has been sponsoring and participating in the campaign since 2009 and actively supports the initiative at our properties.
World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong (“WWF – Hong Kong”) Walk for Nature @ Mai Po
The Group has been sponsoring Walk for Nature since 2010, allowing WWF – Hong Kong to continue driving ahead with Hong Kong’s conservation and education work. The Group has also reached out to low-income households to join the Walk with our volunteer team to appreciate our natural environment at the birdwatchers’ paradise in Mai Po.
Summerbridge Hong Kong
Summerbridge Hong Kong is a non-profit, tuition-free summer and after-school enrichment programme which aims to strengthen the personal development and English skills of financially disadvantaged young students, as well as improving their academic outlook. The Group has been an active donor to the scheme since 2006, supporting cumulatively about 2,700 students and about 1,100 student teachers. The Group’s Corporate Volunteer Team has also assisted by participating in the fundraising walkathon for the programme.
Le French May
Le French May is one of the largest cultural events in Asia, presenting more than 120 programmes every May and June and hosting over 1 million visitors each year. The Group has been sponsoring the festival since 2008, enriching the lives of millions in Hong Kong and Macau.
Central & Western District Council Fall/Winter Sheung Wan Promenade
The Fall/Winter Sheung Wan Promenade is the annual event of Central and Western District, which hosts performances and themed carnivals promoting local handicrafts. The Group has been a patron of the event since 2007, which has cumulatively attracted about 690,000 spectators in ten years.
Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team
“Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team” was established by the Group in 2012 and chaired by our Vice Chairman, Mr Lee Ka Shing. The Group’s volunteer team enthusiastically participates in and supports various meaningful community initiatives, helping the underprivileged as well as promoting arts and culture and environmental education, thereby driving positive change in society.
Consisting of some 200 existing members, “Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team” implements some 20 initiatives each year, and actively promotes a culture of volunteering among our employees, their families and friends, and Henderson Club members. Since its inception, the team has contributed over 26,000 volunteer hours, benefitting over 7,000 needy people and has received “Gold Award for Volunteer Service” from the Volunteer Movement programme of the Social Welfare Department in consecutive years.
Soup Delivery and Elderly Visit Programme
“Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team” and “H.K.S.K.H. Western District Elderly Community Centre” co-organise a series of elderly home visits. Volunteers visit the elderly and deliver soup to them on a regular basis.
“Knit for the Needy” Programme
Since 2013, “Henderson Warmth Volunteer Team” has organised “Knit for the Needy” every year and invited the Group’s employees, their families and friends, and “Henderson Club” members to provide hand-knitted scarves and blessings to the elderly during winter.
Donation to support the construction of the National Aquatic Centre “Water Cube” in 2005
In 2005, Henderson Land 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.
Warmth Project Lee Shau Kee Foundation Million Farmers & Ten Thousand Village Doctors Training Program since 2006
In 2006, the Group’s Chairman, Dr Lee Shau Kee, initiated the “The Warmth Project”, a nationwide charity program in mainland China with the aim to provide vocational training and employment matching to rural farmers. The project was designed with a lever principle, that is “with one member working, the whole family will be better off”. Dr Lee has cumulatively donated more than RMB430 million to carry out the program. As a result, over 1.23 million rural workers have been successfully trained with an employment rate of 93%. Furthermore, 11,000 village doctors have been trained and 1,000 health clinics have been constructed to provide timely and accessible healthcare treatment for farmers. Staff from both Henderson Land and Towngas have been volunteers supporting the program.
2008 Beijing Equestrian Events
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, the Group provided monetary backing and initiated a range of promotional activities to promote the Olympic spirit.
Support to Sichuan Earthquake Reconstruction Works 2008
Following the tragic earthquake in China's Sichuan Province in 2008, Dr Lee Shau Kee, Chairman of the Group, generously donated HK$100 million for disaster relief. In addition, Dr Lee’s family and members of the Group together donated HK$20 million, adding to a total donation of HK$120 million. HK$80 million of Dr Lee’s donation was used for rebuilding the medical complex of the People’s Hospital of Guangyuan City, which was badly damaged during the quake. The reconstruction work was completed in 2013 and the building was named the “Lee Shau Kee Outpatient Building”.
2009 East Asian Games
Henderson Land was a Diamond Partner in the 2009 East Asian Games. We provided HK$5 million in financial sponsorship to support this large-scale international sports event, bringing enjoyment to the public.
“Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement” 2009
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.
New Year's Eve Countdown 2011
Henderson Land’s 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 featuring spectacular pyrotechnic displays on Hong Kong's tallest building – Two ifc – the city's iconic landmark that was developed by the Group.
“Symphony of Nature” Art Exhibition 2014
The Group held an art exhibition at ifc mall for the theme “Symphony of Nature.” The free exhibition showcased a series of 11 art pieces from the Double Cove contemporary art collection created by international and local artists. The exhibition attracted more than 15,000 viewers.
“Book With Love” Project 2011-2015
The Group partnered with The Sun Charitable Fund in the “Book With Love” Project for five consecutive years. The project provided full sets of new textbooks to outstanding students from financially disadvantaged families, cumulatively benefitting over 1,500 students from low-income families.
In 2015, the Group’s Volunteer Team collected over 700 used books, new school bags and stationery from the Group’s employees, and donated these to underprivileged students at the event.