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Social philanthropy

An enterprise cannot develop without community support, China Overseas Land and Investment gives back to the communities in which it operates, participates in the development of community building, and to foster a harmonious community with sustainable development through a wide range of community activities. Under the strategic guidance of the corporate social responsibility the Company focuses on three major areas: community development, youth education and charitable donations.

As for community development, the Company is leveraging its expertise as a property developer and participate in affordable housing projects. COLI continues to extend its contribution to the building of China Overseas Hope Schools in Mainland China as well as to strengthen its long-term partnerships with non-profit organisations through involvement in fundraising, and community and education events in order to continue giving back to society.

Affordable Housings

As far back as 1987, the construction business under COLI participated in the construction of Tsui Ping Estate in Hong Kong. Since then, the Company has also witnessed first-hand expansion of Hong Kong’s public housing through participating in many public housing projects of the Hong Kong Housing Authority. There are four main types of affordable housing units, namely low-rent housing, public rental housing, economical housing and commodity housing, each designed to meet the residential needs of different people.

The Company continues to construct affordable housing project. By the end of 2016, the Company has launched the construction of affordable housing in mainland China in over 20 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Ji’nan, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Xi’an, and Hohhot. The total construction area of various types of affordable housing amounts to over 4,600,000 m², with more than 39,000 units of constructed affordable housing accumulatively.

Community Education Supporting Construction

Over the years, while COLI has been building high-quality residential housings, it has also built high-quality educational facilities like kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools in accordance with the government’s plans to serve the community and benefit the education of children living in the area. By the end of 2016, a total of 178 educational facilities of kindergartens, primary schools, and secondary schools had been built.

Hope School Donations and Construction

Adhering to COLI’ s philosophy of building “eternal and excellent products”, all Hope Schools built by the Company are of high specification and high quality with an investment cost of millions of dollars for each school, thus the local Hope School typically offers the best hardware in its vicinity. Among these schools, the investment cost of Xinjian Special Education School in Dujiangyan exceeded HK$30 million, while China Overseas Sanxia Hope School was honoured as “The Most Beautiful Hope School in China.”

Official website for Hope School: http://www.cohl.com/Practice/list/66.html

China Overseas Qinglong Hope School
(Hanzhong, Shaanxi)
Dujiangyan China OverseasXinjian Special Education School
China Overseas Majin Hope School
(Kaihua, Zhejiang)
China Overseas Sanquan Hope School
(Nanchuan, Chongqing)
China Overseas Shaling Hope School
(Shenyang, Liaoning)
China Overseas Yuanling Hope School
(Huaihua, Hunan)
China Overseas Xinhu Hope School
(Changchun, Jilin)
China Overseas Dougou Hope School
(Ji’nan, Shandong)
China Overseas Tingkou Hope School
(Yantai, Shandong)
China Overseas Sanxia Hope School
(Yunyang, Chongqing)
China Overseas Jinfeng Hope School
(Yinchuan, Ningxia)

China Overseas Charity Events

The Company carried out “summer camp”, “Caring Visits”, “Art Programmes” and other charity events in Hope Primary School, and mobilized employees to actively participate in charity works in their own communities and to carry out corporate social responsibility. Over the years, The Company regularly participated in Walks for the Millions by the Hong Kong Community Chest (for 24 successive years), “Bridge to China Charitable Foundation” charity walk and other large-scale charity events. In 2016, the Company also participated in the “Energy Saving Charter on Indoor Temperature”, “Friends of the Earth”, “Power Smart” and other activities in support of environmental protection and reducing energy consumption.

"Walks for the Millions"

On 10 January 2016, over 250 employees from COLI and its parent company and their family members participated in “Walks for the Millions in HK Island and Kowloon by the Hong Kong Community Chest 2016”. The Company had involved itself in this most impressive charity in HK for 24 consecutive years and all the money raised was donated for “welfare services for families and children”.

“Children’s Dreams, Children’s Art” Exchange Programme

Between May-July 2016, the large-scale public welfare activity, “Children’s Dreams • Children’s Art–Our Communal Space Design” of “China Overseas × TREATS ” art exchange programme workshop, was successfully held in Xi’an, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Shanghai, Qingdao, Harbin, Foshan and other places.

Aid Activities

In 2016, Changchun, Changsha, Yantai, and Chongqing branch companies organised student aid activities. They awarded certificates and scholarships to the teachers and students of China Overseas Hope Primary Schools, and donated school supplies.