Hong Kong— For the fifth year in a row, Manulife (International) Limited has been awarded the Caring Company title by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), in recognition of the Company’s ongoing commitment to sponsoring and taking part in charitable activities in the local community.
The Honourable Henry Tang, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated the recognition ceremony held on February 8, 2007. Manulife was presented the “Caring Company” title and the right to continue using the logo.
“We are delighted to be recognised again by the HKCSS. Winning the Caring Company title for five consecutive years is an honour for us,” said Helena Lee, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications, Manulife (International) Limited. “The recognition is a true reflection of Manulife’s commitment to helping those in need in the community. By volunteering for various social and charitable works, our staff and insurance advisors show not only their team spirit, but that they really live up to the Company’s P.R.I.D.E. principles, which also advocate active corporate citizenship.”
Manulife’s volunteers also took part in the Joint Volunteer Choir Performance with other volunteers from different corporations and organisations in Hong Kong. The Choir delivered a series of inspirational songs to match the theme “Hong Kong Social Development in 60 years” during the recognition ceremony.
The HKCSS launched the “Caring Company” scheme in 2002 with the mission to cultivate corporate citizenship for a caring community and promote strategic partnerships between the business and the social service sectors.
Private companies may use the “Caring Company” logo to recognise their good corporate citizenship. Winning companies are required to satisfy at least two of the following criteria: supporting employee volunteering, being family-friendly, willing to employ vulnerable groups, partnering with the social service sector, sharing business expertise with social service organisations, and giving to the community.
Manulife has a long history of volunteer efforts in Hong Kong and has formed strategic partnerships with various charities and not-for-profit organisations to allow corporations to give to the less privileged in the community. Each year, the Company plays an active role in supporting the “Walk for Millions” organised by the Community Chest of Hong Kong to help raise funds for local youth and elderly development. Manulife has been supporting this major fundraising event for more than 15 years.
Manulife renewed its sponsorship to the Chinese University of Hong Kong last year to support its Cancer Patient Counselling Service at the Prince of Wales Hospital. A HK$720,000 sponsorship is to be disbursed to the Centre over two years, from 2006 to 2008, to cover the cost of providing clinical psychological services to enhance patients’ ability to cope with cancer, its diagnosis, and treatment.
The Company also demonstrated its commitment to helping local youths in need by establishing the Manulife Centre for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (MCCSLD) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1999. The key mandate of the MCCSLD is to assist children with specific learning difficulties, as well as their parents and teachers, by supporting the program in its identification of children needing assistance and in helping them develop to their full potential.
Manulife’s other corporate-citizenship initiatives include supporting Hong Kong Red Cross’ annual Corporate Blood Donation Program, participating in the Green Power Hike to support environmental projects, and sponsoring and taking part in the annual “Stride for a Cure” charity walk to raise funds for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.
About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies. Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$381 billion (approximately HK$2,659.8 billion) as at September 30, 2006.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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For more information please contact:
Helena Lee / Jeanie Ho
Manulife (International) Limited
Tel: (852) 2202 1050 / 2510 3191
Fax: (852) 2234 6875