Employees at all production sites of Samsung Electronics are engaged in local environment protection activities, teaming up with NGOs and communities as part of the company’s commitment to social contribution.
Gwangneung Forest Conservation Campaigns
In June 2011, Samsung Electronics held a volunteer activity for Gwangneung Forest conservation in Korea National Arboretum which is located in biosphere reserves. These sites are recognized under UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Program to promote sustainable development.
To conserve and develop plant resources, approximately 100 employees managed the harmful species in celebration of the 'international year of forests 2011'.
Spring Festival: Eco Classes for Children
In May 2011, environmental classes were held for children in Suwon Digital City's Festival. About 5000 of employees with their families enjoyed the classes which include activities such as calculating CO2 emissions, learning about ‘Green Homes' which include energy saving products and solar power systems.
From this event many children learned the importance of the environmental conservation and use of renewable energy for preventing climate change.
US "Solve for Tomorrow" program
Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters has launched "Solve for Tomorrow" program for junior and high school students across the United States from 2010.
With this program students suggest ideas on how science or mathematics can improve the environment and winners' ideas are posted online.
This environmental education program awards enthusiastic students and encourages critical thinking and relationship skills.
Samsung Mobile Take Back Program –
In School Education and Recycling Program
Samsung Mobile (U.S.) kicked off an in-school education and recycling program reaching an estimated seven million middle and high school students in approximately 9,500 schools across the U.S.
The eco-focused program educates teens about the importance and ease of mobile phone recycling. Students at Geneva High School in Geneva, OH received a VIP concert by pop/rock band Hey Monday as winners of the in-school education and recycling program.
World Water Day
In Korea, A number of volunteer activities were conductedon March 22, 2012, the 20th World Water Day.
In China, 320 employees participated in trash removal at three lakes and planted trees around the lakes for preservation of the aquatic environment. The volunteers also spent time on raising awareness of the importance of environmental protection and green life-styles.
In Vietnam, volunteers removed trash and planted aquatic plants along the Cau river in partnership with the local government. In the Philippines, volunteers conducted clean-up activities along the San Cristobal river and planted trees around the plant premises.
In Indonesia, The volunteers make regular visits to local orphanages to conduct eco-system protection education and to plant trees.
Amazon Conservation Partnership, 'Global Action'
Since November 2010, Samsung Electronics Da Amazonia has supported conservation of the Amazonian ecosystem and protection for the indigenous population. Samsung Electronics da Amazon signed a joint declaration for a partnership with FAS (Fundação Amazônia Sustentável) for reducing deforestation and promoting forest conservation in the State of Amazon.
Also, we have been conducting campaigns on a ban of clear-cutting of the Amazon rainforest and other relevant activities. The Samsung Electronics office in Manos, Brazil hosted a ‘Global Action’ day program on May 14, 2011 with more than 3,000 members of local communities. Our volunteers gave away toys made of recycled industrial waste and taught local children on the importance of recycling.
Solar-powered Internet School
Samsung Electronics has created a 100% solar-powered mobile classrooms named the 'Solar-powered Internet School' and supplied them in Africa.
We also began the supply of solar-powered LED lanterns, for areas that do not have access to electricity, in collaboration with the Korea Volunteer Organization. Manufactured using durable Samsung Electronics’ parts including LEDs, solar panels, and batteries, the LED lantern is designed to last for more than 10 years without GHG emissions.
We plan to conduct green communication activities using our green IT technologies and provide benefits to 5 million African residents by 2015.
Biodiversity Programs with Local Communities
Our greening programs are designed to preserve biodiversity and boost environmental awareness in local communities. A representative endeavor is the “one mountain, one stream campaign” under which we carry out clean-up activities under sisterhood ties with schools in the vicinity of our production plants in Korea.
Green school for young people
Since 2001, the school has been hosting elementary school students for activities such as marsh and wetland exploration, visiting recycling centers and other activities that provide firsthand experience of the importance of the environment protection. This program is run in collaboration with the Green Family Movement Association in Korea.