The Ministry of Culture invited 22 enterprises of different fields and sizes to share their experiences in engaging and giving back to local communities over the past two years at a workshop held on March 18 in Chiayi.
As the role of enterprises in society now broaden in scope, the Ministry is planning strategies to encourage enterprise engagement for forging stronger relations with society and creating sustainable communities. The workshop was held for the first time to share and appreciate recent efforts by enterprises.
Enterprises including KYMCO, Union Bank of Taiwan (Pingtung branch), and Shin Kong Life Insurance (Chaiyi branch) shared how they brought employees to participate in improving the environment, assisting underprivileged groups, and bolstering culture and the arts.
Pureway, L-instyle Boutique Travel Services, and Taiwan Rotary Clubs Association have assisted in taking inventory of local cultural resources and organizing community tour guides and trips. Local enterprises including those from oil, shoe, food, computer, and digital sectors also utilized their expertise and resources to help develop local industries and cultural tourism.
Some enterprises like Mitsukoshi Department Store (Chiayi branch) offered space or facilities in collaboration with Cultural Affairs Bureau of Chiayi City for communities to promote industrial achievements of local communities. Formosa Plastics Group also partnered with communities to revitalize abandoned factories, promote environmental protection, and called for retired employees to empower communities.
The Kaohisung-based Wan Hai Lines Ltd. provided cargos for communities in Qishan District to build a cloud-based, second-hand furniture storage system for sustainability purposes. While Toyota Taiwan took part in promoting and preserving local culture through participation in local cultural festivals.
Tainan Enterprises Co. Ltd. had previously presented the local history of British missionary Thomas Barclay's negotiation with the Japanese military through theater performances.
The company also cooperated with The Beauty of Tainan Corporate Social Responsibility Alliance (水水臺南CSR聯盟) to launch services including "Food, Cultivation, Community, Agriculture & Humanities (食養社區人文農創)," "Slow Economy x Travel Startups (緩慢經濟旅行新創)," and "Youth and Elders Create New Chapters (第三人生青銀共創)" that bring together college students and the District Office to participate in community building.
Vice Culture Minister Lee Lien-chuan thanked the enterprises and noted that the third phase of the Ministry's community building project shall strengthen participation of young individuals, art groups, and enterprises, as well as foster more cross-sector collaboration to create diverse possibilities and develop innovative methods for empowering communities.