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Corporate Social Responsibility


"We are Family" goes beyond the confines of the Bank. Much more than a brand promise, it is a commitment. Much more than a commitment, it is a way of life for our organization. Our corporate social responsibility has always thrived on the personal involvement of our employees in sharing their time, talent, and resources to help and uplift the communities that form part of the CTBC Bank Family. Caring means not just giving aid; it means building the future.

We believe that education is a powerful tool for building the future. Thus, in our partnership with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a civil society initiative that seeks to end poverty through communities empowered in a culture of caring and sharing, we not only helped build the GK Sison community but also put up the CTBC Bank Sibol School. Further, we sponsored nine scholars as well as the teachers' salaries over a period of three years. GK Sison – formerly a marginalized group of informal settlers in Muntinlupa City – was thus transformed into a healthy, productive, and sustainable community through "bayanihan" or neighbors being heroes to each other. The Bank's officers, employees, and even clients volunteered to build houses as well as to conduct programs for feeding and nutrition, youth development, and training and education.

Apart from GK, the Bank has also partnered with the Federation of Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry to build two elementary schools in Bulacan. Further, we have donated computer units to the Bulacan Polytechnic College through the AiHu Foundation, Goodwill Industries Philippines, Inc., and to five beneficiary elementary schools in the 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

In 2011, the Bank partnered with the National Book Store Foundation, Inc (NBSFI) for the "Better Readers. Brighter Future." reading and literacy enhancement program, where it has been donating books and refurbishing libraries in designated public elementary schools in Metro Manila and other key provincial cities where it maintains its presence. To date, twenty public elementary schools have been benefited from the Bank's reading and literacy enhancement program.

As a gesture of solidarity and support to the victims of the super-typhoon Yolanda, the Bank recently donated P15 million to the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) for the post re-construction of disaster-resilient single storey three-classroom buildings and the acquisition of furniture, fixtures, and educational supplies for three public schools in the Municipalities of Bogo and Tabogon, Northern Cebu. The project, which is also in cooperation with National Book Store Foundation, Inc. (NBSFI) and the Department of Education (DepEd), is an extension of the Bank's and NBSFI's ongoing "Better Readers. Brighter Future." program.

These are among the corporate social responsibility efforts through which we hope to have inspired better citizens, stronger communities. As a Family, we intend to continue building a brighter future.