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Kibera project wins global recognition

04 December 2013, 15:39

Nairobi - LG Electronics has received global recognition for a school it is running in Kibera.

The Hope School Centre project is one of two schemes in the continent that have won the electronics giant the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) Award by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Local Network.

LG stated it had won the accolade at the just-ended 2013 Global Compact Value Awards Ceremony.

Launched in 2000 and led by UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, the UNGC is an initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies with a particular focus on promoting corporate ethics and environmental sustainability at a global level.

Global Compact Value Awards are bestowed biannually by the Local Network to companies that conduct superior CSR activities in each of six major areas: human rights, environment, labor, anti-corruption, community involvement and development and the UN’s core agenda of MDGs.

The LG Hope School opened its door to students in August. The school was established in cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Kenya for the area’s children who lacked adequate studying facilities. The LG Hope School is capable of accommodating 480 students in a nine classroom building equipped with a modern restroom, computer room and kitchen.

Since 2009, LG has helped to support 29 schools with school meals, new playgrounds, restrooms and other educational facilities that improve the learning environment.

LG runs similar projects in Ethiopia.

“LG Electronics is fully committed to the objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, to reduce the proportion of the world population living below the poverty line by half,” stated Choong-hak Lee, Senior Vice President and head of LG’s Business Support Office, responsible for corporate social responsibility.

– CAJ News

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