Hana Bank donated 2,703 personal computers and cash in a ceremony held at its head office in Mukyo-dong, downtown Seoul, on March 12 to the Korea Labor Welfare Center led by Chairman Hwang Won-rae, the bank said recently.
The computers were mostly used desktop and notebook computers valued at 102 million won. The bank collected 1,000 used hand phones from its employees and customers and sold the rare minerals extracted from the hand phones and also donated matching funds for the labor welfare center, the bank said.
The welfare center will repair the computers they got from Hana Bank and give some of them to welfare facilities in Korea and others to welfare facilities abroad including Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as countries in Asia so that economically underprivileged people can use them.
President Kim Jong-jun said at the ceremony that the work to take apart computers was like killing three birds with one stone as it cleaned the environment, provided an opportunity to share together, and created jobs. “We will continue to take on the work steadily to solve various societal problems that we have in Korea such as poverty, isolation and unemployment,” he said.
Since 2005, Hana Bank has been sending computers the bank has collected that are reusable to welfare facilities, old people’s homes, multicultural facilities, and other social welfare centers in Korea and welfare facilities abroad such as in East Timor and Indonesia and in other underdeveloped Asian countries.
Since launching Hana Bank in 1991, the Hana Financial Group has made a splash in the Korean financial community by rapidly growing as a major financial group and has since secured a basic foundation to build an excellent integrated global financial network by taking over Korea Exchange Bank.
“We want to achieve our target of being ranked among the top 50 financial groups in the world by 2015 with all of our 23,000 officers and staff doing their best as a single family to move toward that goal,” said Chairman Kim Jung-tae.
As soon as Chairman Kim took over the helm of the financial group on March 26, 2012, he began touring the spots where things happen in the financial industry to listen to what customers had to say in such cities as Busan, Gwangju, and Daejeon and to thank them by holding events in those strategically important cities.
A notable event was a spring concert held at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul last April featuring the Seoul Municipal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Chung Myung-hun, where some 2,200 customers were invited to enjoy both the music and the balmy spring weather.
The group also hosted a concert in Daegu last May for invited customers, followed by a Hana Financial Group Reception in Manila during the Annual Conference of the Asia Development Bank attended by many of Asia’s financial leaders. The group boasted of its acquisition of Korea Exchange Bank with an extensive global network to strengthen the group’s global operations as it strides toward its goal to rank among the world’s top 50 global financial groups.
Chairman Kim has been very high on the globalization of the group’s operations, as he is engrossed in the creation of synergy through tailor-made strategies with KEB, particularly taking advantage of KEB’s financial network, the subject of serious discussion in the group.
The group’s strategy is focused on the expansion of its operations in the emerging markets, the rebuilding of its operations in North America, and the construction of its Asian financial belt. The group also plans to localize Hana Bank’s operations in China and Indonesia through the wholly-owned local subsidiaries in those countries to win the trust of local customers in order to expand their market shares there.