In July 2015, the HKBN Talent CSI Fund was established with an initial start-up capital of HK$5 million from Co-Owners who, after completing our IPO listing, sought to give back to the community. The Fund, independent of HKBN Ltd., is operated by a Steering Committee formed by 15 Talents from various departments on a voluntary basis. Through the Fund, projects initiated and run by HKBN Talents are undertaken, prioritising efforts on people-oriented initiatives, with key target beneficiaries include underprivileged families, children, the elderly, disabled persons, ethnic minorities and more.
The Fund is a charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.
Combining community teamwork with our participation at the Hong Kong Marathon 2016, we organised a ‘Running Mentorship’ programme in collaboration with the Hong Kong Playground Association to bring together 12 HKBN mentors with over 30 local youths. In helping these youths gain the persistence to overcome running distance challenges, our mentors also served as life coaches.
Challenge the Future YOU
From July 2015 onwards, HKBN worked with UBS, LinkedIn, Hung Fook Tong, Aon and Dorsett Tsuen Wan to organize a series of inspirational workshops for over 80 local secondary school students. Highlighting the challenge of life inside a high-octane work environment, the workshops allow students to engage and flourish in a series of trials.
St. James’ Settlement x HKBN Hot Meal Service Programme
As part of our HKBN annual management experiential trip, 35 HKBN Talents completed a two-day 145 km charity bike ride across the hills of Kenting, Taiwan in November 2015. On top of encouraging our team of managers to step outside their comfort zones, this journey enabled us to channel our energies on the road into a force for good for the St. James’ Settlement People’s Food Bank. In total, more than $1.1 million, equivalent to more than 35,000 hot meals for 100 local families, was collected.
Other Community Programmes
Our difference-making for the community persists through a stream of volunteer work to empower needy sectors through our knowledge and expertise.
Recent highlights include:
HKBN “PC Doctors”
Relying on their own expertise, 35 broadband engineers volunteered to become “PC Doctors” to diagnose and fix computers free of charge for underprivileged families. Spending one day a week on home visits across Hong Kong, the programme is expected to provide assistance for 200-250 families annually.
Our investment into this local charity initiative plays an integral part in managing the day-to-day operations of five new service centres. Together, they impact over 1,000 grassroots children via their education, well-being and inspiration. It is estimated our social investment may bring at least 10 times in social benefit returns for the community in three years.
HKBN Magicians Nurturing Mini Magicians
Through the efforts of nine HKBN Talents, 30 underprivileged kids from our local Kwai Chung community were taught the secrets of magic by our volunteers.