Undertaking Good Corporate Citizenship
Being an integral part of the community, we strongly believe in creating shared values for the society to address its needs and challenges. Apart from Project WeCan, Wharf also takes an active role to support many other members in the community. We pay special attention to the vulnerable groups and foster the involvement of company volunteers. Through donations, venue sponsorship, logistics support and staff volunteerism, we have supported numerous programmes in the areas of youth development, art and culture, environmental protection and social inclusion.
During the first quarter of 2020, the Group has injected a sum of RMB10 million into “Wharf Emergency Relief Fund” ("WERF")and donated to Red Cross Society of China Hubei Branch to show our support for the medical heroes in mainland China in view of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). With concerted efforts from all concerned, the Group hopes that we will ride out of the storm soon and people get to know more about Wuhan as a historical city.
The Group companies have initiated a number of other initiatives. Most notably, Marco Polo Hotels Hong Kong under Wharf Hotels has mobilised 300 staff from 16 departments to research, test and handmade reusable masks for internal use and for charity. Project WeCan and partners also donated sanitary items including surgical masks, hand sanitisers, toilet seat cleaner and hand wipes to 76 WeCan schools which lack supplies as they prepare for school resumption.
In the second quarter of 2020, the Group has an additional injection of HK$10 million to WERF of which HK$5 million was allocated to the Community Chest’s Anti-NCP Rainbow Fund to support Hong Kong’s grass-root families who are suffering from financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and HK$1 million donated to Aaron Kwok Love and Concern International Charity Fund.
Among others, Wharf has supported Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation since 2011, to help rural village development in Mainland China through financial donations and voluntary assistance. The project brings together volunteers from universities around the world for a good cause. With Wharf’s support, more than 100 Project WeCan students have participated in building footbridges and other facilities in remote villages in mainland China with Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas universities students over the past few years. Click HERE for a Project WeCan student's sharing who participated this meaningful initiative.
Wharf joined the annual fundraising event "Hike for Hospice" of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care to support the holistic and individualised palliative care for patients with life-limiting illness. Meanwhile, the Group provides an opportunity for the employees to build team spirit through the hike competition.
Promoting Art and Culture
Wharf strives to raise people's living quality through promoting art and culture. In addition to sparing ample space to feature art pieces from around the globe, world class art exhibitions and culture events are held regularly at our landmark properties.
At Chongqing IFS, a new art piece “LOVE.FOUND.” created by Italian artist and architect Simone Carena, jointly with Chinese artist Yihong Hsu, was unveiled to the public in August 2018. The art piece is now situated at the northeast outdoor piazza of Chongqing IFS
Changsha IFS, with its opening in May 2018, introduced KAWS' first permanent bronze piece, SEEING/WATCHING, in its sculpture garden located on the 7/F of the mall. The eight-metre-tall art piece will soon make Changsha IFS become the popular art landmark.
The Light Rose Garden's World Tour in China debuted at Chengdu IFS in summer 2016. This massive public art exhibition is made up of 25,000 LED white roses and two unique pink roses, which transformed the Sculpture Garden of Chengdu IFS into a brilliant sea of shining flowers.
The World's debut of the 180-metre-long Sonic Runway was staged along Hongxing Road in Chengdu IFS in the second quarter of 2017.
Shanghai Wheelock Square has joined hands with Spanish artist Eva Armisén to host her exhibition title "One Stitch for Each Wish", aiming to bring inspirations to articulate unexpected beauties of life and seeking the dreams in the third quarter of 2016.