We aspire to be a corporation which is both financially successful and socially responsible. We seek constantly to integrate our business activities with contribution to the society.
Health and Wellness
In the past year, we continued to show our commitment to health and wellness by introducing and promoting low-sugar and nutritious products. In Hong Kong, for instance, SAN SUI Low-Sugar Black Soya Milk, made of organic black soya beans, was launched.
We also introduced a range of products in various markets aiming at children’s healthy growth. These include VITA High-Calcium Whole Milk in Hong Kong, which is enriched with Vitamin D to aid calcium absorption and good for children’s growth and bone development; VITASOY Low-Sugar High-Calcium Soymilk in Mainland China; and VITASOY Soy Milky Kids in Australia, which is formulated for children aged 4-8. In Mainland China, we were active in promoting a light and green lifestyle through organizing low-carbon nutrition food tasting events, including the “Thousand People Light-Yoga Party” and other green lifestyle community activities such as giving away of 220,000 green plant boxes in shopping malls and community centres.
In Australia, we launched a health care professionals’ website (www.soy.com.au) and invited celebrities and renowned experts as health ambassadors to advise the public and health professionals on the benefits of including soy in one’s diet.
An on-going virtual campus known as “Tofu U” was introduced in the US under the NASOYA brand (www.nasoya.com/tofu-u/), to impart knowledge about tofu to consumers, and share recipes to add fun regarding tofu cooking to the Americans.
In the past year, we continued to support community activities by making donations as well as encouraging staff participation in the same.
We provided support to the Food Bank in Boston, USA and St. James Settlement in Hong Kong by donating products throughout the year.
In Hong Kong, our staff participated in Walk Up Jardine House and Oxfam Trailwalker 2010 to help raise fund for the needy. We supported large-scale activities such as the 30-Hour Famine Camp and the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Carnival. We helped raise fund for the Community Chest of Hong Kong and UNICEF. We also supported various international health symposia such as the Health Promoting Schools Symposium and 2011 Nutrition and Health Symposium held by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the First Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting Singapore ’10 held by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. We donated 20,000 bottles of distilled water and supported the “One Person One Bottle of Water” campaign organized by Commercial Radio Hong Kong to help earthquake victims in Japan.
We donated education kits and stationery to over 200 primary students in some remote villages to support the “Care for Village Students” Programme in Mainland China.
Our North American operation participated in various Asian cultural activities such as the Dragon Boat Race and the Children’s Drawing Contest to help promote good health and the Chinese culture.
In Australia, we shared the festive happiness with local children with disabilities and donated funds to purchase Christmas presents for a local Children’s Christmas Party.
In Singapore, Unicurd supported the Vegetarian Food Fiesta to help raise funds for the Ren Ci Hospital which is a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation for people with severe physical disabilities or terminal or long-term illnesses.
In regards to the environment, we have brought in high speed packaging and processing machines in Hong Kong with higher capacity but lower energy consumption. Greater use has been made of environment-friendly delivery trucks with newer and lower exhaust, including those meeting the “Euro V” emission standards.
We are one of the endorsers of “the Clean Air Charter” launched by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong Business Coalition on the Environment. The project is to seek support and endorsement in the business community, on a voluntary basis, to reduce emission and implement air quality management. An electricity saving programme was launched in the warehouse in Hong Kong. We participated actively in the government’s Voluntary Energy Efficiency Labeling Scheme (VEELS) and have introduced the energy-efficient VITA convertible water dispenser since 2009, which was the first product model in Hong Kong bearing the Energy Label (VEELS – water dispenser type).
We enhanced the cooling water system in the production lines in Mainland China to save energy while the use of electrical forklift to replace diesel forklift helped reduce the emission of exhaust gas. Our Shanghai plant received an award for its relentless efforts in energy conservation and emission reduction.
In Australia, a thorough review of all waste and its removal from site was carried out to enable our operation to increase the volume of materials for recycling and reduce wastes destined for landfills.
In our new capital investment projects in Mainland China and Australia, we have built in a number of energy and waste-reduction considerations into the design and construction of these facilities.
Last but not least, post-recycled materials and soy-based inks are now used in our North American operation for all marketing materials.
(Update in July 2011)
Corporate Social Responsibility
Plant Visits to Vitasoy's Headquarters