Community's Contribution

Over the past 21 years, SSI has contributed over VND 124 billion to community activities. Following “the spirit of solidarity", SSI has been endeavoring

Community's Contribution

Over the past 21 years, SSI has contributed over VND 124 billion to community activities. Following “the spirit of solidarity", SSI has been endeavoring to initiate and sponsor charitable projects that practically and sustainably benefit the development of provinces and localities in Vietnam, and joining forces with the country in challenging situations. During the period 2006 – 2021, over 40% of the budget was allocated for education development through building schools, supporting students who lived in poverty, giving away scholarships and bicycles, etc. Plus, SSI has taken the lead in aiding the people’s business and production with cattle or positioning devices for fishermen.

                    

Notably, in 2021, Vietnam had to face the fierce fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The complicated pandemic resulted in continuous social distancing in multiple provinces, unemployment, closure of businesses, stalled business activities, while the health care system with inherent limitations was overloaded. In the face of such difficulties, SSI had to employ disease control measures while maintaining business activities. Besides stabilizing operations, the entire SSI team were resolved to accompany the authorities and back our countrymen. Nearly 80% of the budget for community activities was devoted to the pandemic prevention and control, which partially reduced the loss, relieved the pain of the people and bolstered their determination to overcome the pandemic.

Budget allocation for community activities of SSI in 2021

Covid-19 prevention and control: 79%

Investments in education: 6%

Social welfare: 15%

Joining hands with Vietnam to control Covid-19 pandemic

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic at the end of 2019, the Company has promptly joined forces with the whole country to support the pandemic prevention. With the timely direction from the leadership along with the strong determination to fight against the pandemic of each staff member, many donation programs were implemented. Tens of billions of VND in various forms ranging from cash, food to essential medical supplies have been swiftly delivered to the places in need, supporting the right people at the right time. SSI has also sponsored 15 front-line hospitals, Departments of Health and Medical Centers such as Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital, Thong Nhat Hospital, Viet Duc University Hospital, Duc Giang General Hospital, Long An Department of Health, etc. in pandemic control.

Backing up the front line

2021 was a year of an extremely complicated pandemic with a surging number of cases. Facing such an urgent situation, SSI promptly developed a plan to support the front line in the fight against the pandemic. Right after the third outbreak in the North, including some areas in Hanoi and especially in Bac Ninh province with a large number of people in quarantine and limited testing equipment, SSI sponsored thousands of test kits for Bac Ninh Department of Health and cash for the Covid-19 Prevention Fund of four hospitals that encountered the most difficulties, namely National Cancer Hospital, Da Nang Lung Hospital, National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, and Bach Mai Hospital.

The fourth Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam also followed the general trend when the later it got, the more severe it became, the longer it took to control, and the faster the number of infections in the community increased. The country had thousands of new infections and hundreds of serious cases every day. The pressure was on the health system in the southern provinces. A series of hospitals were overloaded with a lack of human and material resources. Being informed of the pressures faced by the health system when the number of Covid-19 cases reached its peak since the end of June 2021, SSI continued to increase cash donations as well as procurement of essential medical equipment for front-line hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City and Long An Province - the places with the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in Vietnam.

In Ho Chi Minh city, the pandemic hotspot, SSI donated two real-time RT-PCR machines, 3,000 SARS-CoV-2 Invitro diagnostic test kits and ECMO machines for Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital. The company also promptly donated essential medical equipment, including three high-function ventilators, to Thong Nhat Hospital - the frontline hospital in the treatment of Covid patients. In addition, in Long An province, SSI promptly donated thousands of SARS-CoV-2 antigen test trays to Chau Thanh District Health Center; handed over thousands of N95 9105 masks to Long An Department of Health for the doctors and nurses in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, etc.

Secured “home front”

In addition to the generous support for the health sector, SSI deeply engaged in social well-being activities as well as other measures to support the people suffering from Covid-19 such as food aid, charity kitchen, etc. Over 180 tons of rice were promptly donated to disadvantaged residents, hospitals, cities, provinces, charitable organizations offering meals to the doctors at the front line.

In HCMC, since the Government’s Directive 16, SSI has donated VND 2 billion to Vinh Nghiem Pagoda for food and meals for more than 9,000 front-line health professionals.

In Hanoi, since the very beginning of social distancing under Directive 17 of the City People’s Committee, SSI employees have jointly supported 10 tons of rice for the “Loving Kitchen” to make more than 1,000 meals for the health professionals; donated 4.7 tons of rice for 470 patients at Ha Noi Nephrology Hospital; and another 10 tons of rice for people in hardship in Ha Noi, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho and Son La.

The evolution of the pandemic put more and more people in difficulties. Khanh Hoa province was also a pandemic hotspot evidenced by 5,500 cases positive to Covid-19 within only one month. Khanh Hoa had to establish a Covid-19 Relief Center to receive aiding resources and promptly distribute them to localities, isolation and lockdown areas in the province. In that context, SSI donated 100 tons of rice (worth VND 1.8 billion) to the provincial Covid-19 Relief Center. In addition, the Company also contributed VND 1 billion in cash to the Relief Fund of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee for Khanh Hoa Province to prevent and control the pandemic. Through the authorities, SSI's support gifts were timely transferred to disadvantaged households, partly supporting people to go through the crisis.

In 2021, to take the social responsibilities for the common development goals, the Company has continuously supported and accompanied the whole country with a wide range of practical actions to the right people, at the right places and at the right time. These efforts have alleviated difficulties and pressures caused by the pandemic and set up the new normal status.

Investments in education

This is SSI’s top priority in its Activity for Community principle. SSI believes that cultivating learning is the best step for Vietnam to take to generate strong human capital of next generations for the future of the country.

Therefore, investment in education development has been carried out by SSI through diverse and effective activities.

School building projects

Since 2007, SSI has built 10 schools in the Northern and North Central regions to assist with the development education therein. The school are all located in key areas to which students can have better access to schooling facilities.

On a yearly basis, SSI visits the schools and provides timely funds for expansion so that continued schooling can be provided for the country’s future generations.

As for Bac Ha Ethnic Minority Boarding Secondary and High School, after coming into operation in 2010, the number of students has risen up and remained at a stable level, driving the development of education for the province, especially for ethnic minority students whose learning facilities are more limited than those in other areas.

Talent development and acquisition

SSI adopts the view that social development must always be associated with educational development, and a growing economy must put education first.

In the past years, SSI has worked with NDH Scholarship Foundation to award scholarships to poor students with high academic results to foster and incubate these talents and give them opportunities to attend schools. In the past 4 years, SSI has sponsored VND 1.3 billion for the students of 6 large universities in Hanoi so that those students would be stress-free to continue their studies and contribute their knowledge to the social development, moreover, they would do the same for other disadvantaged students in the future to spread kindness among future generations.

With the guiding principle of putting priority on succeeding generations of the country especially young employees who were professionally trained at domestic and foreign educational institutions, SSI allocated a budget to sponsor competitions for universities students and also facilitated universities in Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Ho Chi Minh City to apply iWin, a virtual trading application designed to mimic the transactions of underlying securities and derivatives, into finance and securities courses.  The company actively worked with the Fund for Vietnamese Young Talents to help young talents participate in the cause of building and defending the country, to discover, encourage and support gifted youngsters, who faced difficult circumstances, in particular, to mobilize human resources in many fields.

Besides, SSI has been accompanying the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the U.S. for many years to support, provide career counseling and join hands in bold business ideas of students with potential to be applied in practice. SSI is an annual sponsor of the VietChallenge Contest to support its mission of nurturing and developing disruptive and highly competitive startups, contributing to addressing the challenges of Vietnam and the global economy. From 2015 to 2021, SSI accompanied the “American Arms” Program - Annual Conference of the Association of Vietnamese Students and Professionals in the U.S. In addition to the funding of community engagement exchanges and activities, SSI also sent its senior managers to panel discussions on career orientation in order to equip the youngsters with the right perception of career choices.

Those activities not only indicate SSI’s responsibility to uplift young enterprises, but also a direct response to the call of the Government to make Vietnam a start-up nation. Taking steady steps, the company would continue providing support and developing investment plans, and building a startup ecosystem in Vietnam.

Education support for disadvantaged areas

SSI has given special attention to educational development activities in disadvantaged areas. In particular, for schools in the mountainous areas in the North of Vietnam where people lived in unfavorable geographical locations and harsh weather, SSI adopted practical solutions to help the students and teachers there overcome difficulties in academic activities and social life by giving warm clothes, blankets, food for the students and teachers of Semi-Boarding High School in Duong Huu Commune, Son Dong District, Bac Giang Province; sponsoring money to build a canteen for Gia Phu 5 Semi-Boarding Primary School in Nam Tra Hamlet, Gia Phu Commune, Bao Thang District, Lao Cai Province.

Prevention and recovery of natural disasters

Vietnam has complex and diverse terrain features running from North to South, from East to West, stretching along the continental shelf of the East Sea, so it is prone to natural disasters. Activities to prevent and address consequences of natural disasters are always priorities of the Party and Government in the development process of the country.

Understanding the importance of natural disaster prevention, SSI always takes the lead in the provision of funding to natural disaster prevention activities in many provinces across the country. A prominent project initiated by SSI is the Support program for safe housing to prevent natural disasters and equipment financing for the Office of the Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue in 9 Central Coast provinces.

SSI-funded programs are practical support to these provinces, promptly supporting local people and government to mitigate impacts of natural disasters.

These achievements have promoted the National Target Programs on New Rural Development and Sustainable Poverty Reduction.

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