FENC has maintained a good relationship with neighboring communities at its business locations, actively engaging community organizations and providing resources, such as offering venues for community assembly or fire drill. In addition, we take advantage of our strength, raising public awareness on environmental protection and recycling. In 2018, the volunteered hours among the volunteers at all business sites amounted to 5,626 hours.
The type of social engagement in which each business unit takes part is quite diverse. They encompass community and campus cleanup, donation of money, goods and resources, assistance to the disadvantaged, volunteer services, beach cleaning and environmental education. Key events held in 2018 include the following：
Resource Cycle Education Promotion Program
FENC participated in the “Resource Cycle Education Promotion Program”, organized by the Environmental Protection Department, New Taipei City. On February 3, 2018, our employees served as counselor and played a game, named “The Digital World of Plastics” with nearly 30 junior high and elementary students in order to raise their environmental awareness. Through the interactions and hands-on experience with the plastics, the students came to understand the materials used in plastic products and their recycling codes as well as know more about recycling and resource classification.
To test what they learned through the game, a quiz contest was organized, providing FENC’s products as gifts. These products were made from recycled materials, such as clothes made of ecofriendly yarn extracted from ocean plastic waste as well as socks, pens and storage boxes made of recycled PET bottles. During the program, our employees introduced the applications of recycled polyester to promote resource cycle education.
Donating 3rd Generation Display for Environmental Education at Egret Academy of Beitou Refuse Incineration Plant
In April 2015, FENC collaborated with Beitou Refuse Incineration Plant and founded Egret Academy. At that time, FENC donated the first generation display for environmental education. In the following month, the incineration plant was certified as Environmental Education Facility. In April 2016, the Company worked with Beitou Refuse Incineration Plant again and created the 2nd generation educational display based on user experience and feedback from visitors. The display incorporates videos to make the presentation more memorable for the visitors.
The Company started to develop 3rd generation educational display for the incinerator plant in 2018, adding shoes made with yarns spun from recycled ocean waste and storage box made with recycled PET. Visitors will gain insight into the various applications of recycled PET bottles. This also serves as an interactive platform. Through question and answer, visitors also get to know the recycling symbols, percentage of PET bottles recycled in Taiwan, and GHG reduction achieved through recycled PET bottles.
Egret Academy has received visitors worldwide since operation started in 2015, including the general public and students of all age groups in Taiwan, as well as international visitors from Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries. In 2018, the facility greeted 643 guests. We will continue to work with Egret Academy, reviewing visitors’ feedbacks and suggestions to make future improvements.
Care for the Young, the Old and the Disadvantaged with Donation and Love
In 2016, FEAZ built the Senior Activity Center with Suzhou Wuzhong District Social Welfare Institute. They also formed a team of volunteers, who prepared hearty meals and performances to comfort the seniors. The volunteers also prepared the New Year feasts on the eve of Chinese New Year in 2017 and 2018, sending love and warmth to seniors who were living alone.
In March 2018, FEAZ initiated a drive for used clothing and invited employees to donate clothes for kids aged 4 to 12. The clothes were shipped to areas in poverty through Yijiayi Charity Center in Suzhou. By paying it forward, used clothing have become meaningful. Through these charity events, FEAZ finds ways to provide care for the young, the old, and the disadvantaged, hoping to generate more positive energy in the society.
Infusing a Stream of Hope with Water Purification Tower
FENC expanded its production into Vietnam in 2007. Since then, the Company has been working on social engagement, community cleanup and assistance for the disadvantaged in the local areas. In 2016, Vietnam experienced the most serious drought in the decade. Over 600,000 people were without water. To respond to United Nations’ SDG6 – Ensure access to water and sanitation for all, FEAV collaborates with its customer, Columbia, and the NGO, Planet Water Foundation. Together, we installed the water purification tower for the local community.
This project was initiated on May 21st, 2018, and the water purification tower is to be located at Trịnh Hoài Đức Elementary School in the nearby Bình Phước Province. The elementary school is approximately 45 kilometers from the factory. The 300 teachers and students were using untreated groundwater in the past. Once the water purification tower is installed, it provides enough potable water and water for personal hygiene for 1,000 people each day.
The water purification tower was completed on October 25th, 2018. When clean water started running from the water tower, it immediately put a big smile on the face of the children present that day. All the hardship that they had endured transformed to joy. On the same day, a water safety course was conducted to teach children the proper ways to use water for drinking and personal hygiene in order to avoid virus infection. Educating young children about water safety may effectively prevent diseases. We also donated stationery to kids to help them advance their academic performance.
The completion of the water purification tower marks not the end of the project, but a new beginning. We will continue to care for the needs of this elementary school and provide assistance whenever needed. We will also monitor and inspect the water tower to ensure water quality. This project received a lot of attention from local government officials and press, and was very well received.
Protecting Earth and Ocean with Beach Cleaning
In 2018, FENC held three beach cleaning events to protect marine habitat. Beach cleaning is a way to cut down ocean waste. It also helps program may teach the young generation the importance of protecting the earth. We participants experience firsthand the severity of threats faced by marine habitat. This also arranged fun games during beach cleaning to help the public understand the proper ways to recycle and to protect the environment, which resonate with the environmental concept behind beach cleaning.
||Number of Participating
Employees and Their Family
||Approximately 300 kg
||Beach along Green Tunnel
Xinfeng Township, Hsinchu County
||Regular Waste 1,077 kg
Recyclable Waste 162 kg
Wanli District, New Taipei City
||Regular Waste 620 kg
Recyclable Waste 280 kg
|Caota Sand Dunes
Guanyin District, Taoyuan City
During the 3 beach cleaning events, we collected 2.5 metric tons of waste. We also re-manufactured the PET bottles collected on June 9th into 3,000 pairs of socks, giving new purpose to the ocean waste.
Marking the 10-year Anniversary of FENC Classic Marathon
FENC began hosting marathons in Hsinchu since 2009, and 2018 marks the 10th anniversary. Over the decade, the scale of the event keeps growing. The number of participating athletes went from 516 during the first year to 6,518 for the 10th marathon, which grew 11 times. The number of participating volunteers also grew from 196 to 822, a four-fold increase. To pay back to the society, the Company collaborated with charitable organizations such as Eden Social Welfare Foundation, Taiwan Fund for Children and Families as well as Huashan Social Welfare Foundation and invited the athletes to donate and participate in the charity events. In addition, the routes are different each year, giving runners the opportunity to take in a different side of Hsinchu and its scenic beauty.
The FENC Classic Marathon was voted the 3rd best road running event in Taiwan by the website, Running Biji, an online platform, which indicates that the planning and coordinating behind this event have been widely acknowledged by the runners. In 2016, we conducted an analysis on social return on investment (SROI) to understand the impact of the race on the society. After monetizing the costs and social benefits, the results show that each NT$1 in cost may generate NT$8.19 in social benefits. The total benefits of this event comes to NT$131 million, which include health, social connection, sense of achievement from participating and finishing the race as well as social cohesion. When planning for the 2017 and 2018 races, the result of the SROI was also taken into account.
The 10th FENC Classic Marathon started at 6:00am on November 3rd, 2018 with 6,518 runners. We invited them to donate their NT$100 deposit for the chip to Huashan Social Welfare Foundation, which will go toward caring for the disadvantaged senior citizens. The 2018 donation was NT$196,800. The gift for runners during that year is sports jersey made with recycled PET bottles from the ocean. The jersey is layered with UV protected thermal fiber and PFC-free water repellent thread, an additional effort to protect the environment!
►Participants and Volunteers at Each Marathon
⇒FENC Annual Function and the 10th FENC Classic Marathon (Chinese) FENC / Fu-Zhen Fan