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