Corporate Social Responsibility

CHIMEI Group regards itself as a true corporate citizen. It firmly believes that a humanity and value are the keys to corporate development and success. Therefore, it is vital to create a happy community in the society. Over the past fifty years, CHIMEI Group has dedicated itself to environmental protection, charities, social welfare, community welfare, cultural and educational well being. With these ends in mind, CHIMEI has established Chi Mei Museum, Chi Mei Cultural Foundation, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tree Valley Park, and Chi Mei Philharmonic Orchestra. The violin collection in CHIMEI is the largest in the world.

Time CSR initiatives and events sponsored by CHIMEI
1989~2009 Chi Mei Arts Awards has granted a total of NT$ 60 million to more than 200 talented persons in the field of music and fine-arts creation over 2 decades.
1992 Built Chi Mei Museum, approximately 2,000-ping (6,600 square meters), which features a colorful collection of antiquities, world-renown violins, and paintings.
2004 Donated NT$ 270 million to National Cheng Kung University for training program.
2005 To encourage LCD/LED display installations in public areas, CHIMEI sponsored LCD/LED multimedia display at Taipei Songshan Airport, Tainan Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport.
2006
  • To encourage LCD/LED display installations in public areas, CHIMEI sponsored LCD/LED multimedia display at Taipei Songshan Airport, Tainan Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport.
  • Sponsored the Taiwan International Orchid Show in 2006 and 2007.
  • Funded the construction of the Tainan Metropolitan Park Museum.
2007
  • Donated LCD/LED multimedia display to the National Museum of History for information display.
  • Opened CHIMEI Happy Life Experience Center, a CHIMEI specialty store occupying an area of 100-pings (330 square meters), in Kaohsiung Dream Mall.
2008
  • Donated NT$460 million to National Chiao Tung University for the construction of CHIMEI Building.
  • Donated RMB 2 million for earthquake relief efforts in Sichuan, China.
  • To fully support “Two Trillion and Twin Star Development Program”, a government program, CHIMEI established the Tree Valley Park, which is the first industrial park in the world devoting solely to LCD/LED multimedia display and also a 247-hectare eco-industrial park.
  • Sponsored the 2008 Taiwan Lantern Festival that featured a LCD display show.
  • Partnered with Microsoft Co. and sponsored the 2008 Taipei Game Show.
2009 Sponsored the special service section, which offers audio-visual online entertainments for free, in Taoyuan International Airport.
2010
  • Provided 2,000 copies of “Earth from Above II” DVDs and offered the public to take it for free through the official website of CHIMEI Movies.
  • To promote environmental protection, CHIMEI donated 4,500 copies of “Earth from Above I & II” DVDs to schools of all levels and educational institutions nationwide.
2011
  • Collaborated with BBC to organize the Our World CHIMEI - Green Planet Film Festival.
  • Donated NT$100,000 to the Jane Goodall Institute for the Roots & Sprouts Program.
  • Launched “Challenge of the Century - A Million Youth for Declaration of Environmental Awareness” activity on CHIMEI Movies official website and invited college students in Taiwan to propose environmental protection plans and executions. And the winners were awarded prizes and rewards.
2012 Collaborated with the Bureau Français de Taipei and Good Planet Foundation founded by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a renowned French aerial photographer, and organized the event “Earth from Above”, a series of activities for environmental awareness.

Artistic CHIMEI/Assets of Happiness

Chi Mei Museum

藝術奇美-奇美博物館 幸福資產-奇美博物館

Wen-Long Shi, the founder of CHIMEI, believes that knowing how to spend money is more important than how to earn it. Most people like to compare which company earns more, but, for Shi, how much to give back to the society is more important. Founder Wen-Long Shi established the Chi Mei Museum in 1992 to provide the general public free access to world-class artwork. The 2000-ping (approx. 6600 m2) museum provides a rich and diverse collection, including ancient artifacts, violins crafted by world-famous instrument makers, centuries-old Japanese samurai swords, and classic paintings from the Renaissance and other periods. In addition, the museum also exhibits a diverse range of collections, such as birds and animal specimens. At Chi Mei Museum, visitors can experience the finest masterpieces from different civilizations and cultures without leaving Taiwan, offering a broader view of the world.

Tainan Metropolitan Park Museum

In support of the policy of culture, tourism and leisure activities development in southern Taiwan launched by the Council for Cultural Affairs, in January 2006, CHIMEI donated NT$1 billion for construction of the Tainan Metropolitan Park Museum, a new site of the Chi Mei Museum, aiming to create a metropolitan park featuring nature, leisure and art. The museum, located in Rende District, Tainan City, is designed with the Greco-Roman style. It is expected to become a new exhibition venue for arts and culture events and to take on the mission of public education for aesthetics and culture. This museum is scheduled to be fully completed in 2013 and open to to the public.

Chi Mei Cultural Foundation

The Chi Mei Cultural Foundation was founded in 1977. CHIMEI Corporation donates 10% of its pretax profits every year to support the found for general administration and collection acquisition. Over 30 years, the Foundation has invested tremendous capital and efforts in Chi Mei Medical Center, Chi Mei Museum, founding Chi Mei Arts Awards program, sponsorships for art organizations, releasing music CDs, founding of music hall construction, orchestra and concerts; developing art piece duplications, and organizing various art exhibitions. Through these various activities, Chi Mei Cultural Foundation keeps realizing the vision of the Foundation, “Create and Pursue a Happy Life”.

Chi Mei Arts Awards Program

奇美藝術獎

Since 1988, CHIMEI has taken the lead among private corporations to set up grants for artists through the Chi Mei Arts Awards Program. This award program aims to support talented artists through sponsorship. The sponsorship for the artists include music and fine arts categories; the music category includes piano, strings, winds and vocal; and the fine arts category includes painting and sculpture. Senior professors and artists are invited to nominate potential talents. Most of the winners of the Chi Mei Arts Awards are young students with high potential, and the sponsorship keeps them free from financial stress, allowing them to concentrate on artistic development.

 

CHIMEI Masterpiece String Instruments

奇美絕世名琴

CHIMEI’s “Violin Kingdom” started from the founder, Wen-Long Shi, got the first collection of Stradivarius violins, which was purchased from the internationally renowned violinist Lin Cho-Liang. Over 20 years, the collection of string instruments in the Museum has exceeded 660 pieces, including the works of various schools, such as the different families in Cremona, Italy, the Maestro Stainer in Germany, the top four string makers in France, and other masterpieces from the Netherlands and Spain. Chi Mei Museum has the largest private collection of string family instruments in the world. Over the years, the Museum has lent instruments to numerous outstanding virtuosos for performance free of charge.

Chimei Philharmonic Orchestra

In 2002, the long-anticipated Chi Mei Orchestra was finally founded. Members of the orchestra recruited at the time were mainly music enthusiasts in high school or music school. In the beginning of 2007, to make Chi Mei Orchestra more professional, the Chi Mei Orchestra was officially reorganized as the “Chi Mei Philharmonic Orchestra”; in addition, they invited Taiwanese conductor Lu Ching-Ming to return from Europe and to conduct Chi Mei Philharmonic Orchestra. This opened a new chapter for the orchestra. The Chi Mei Philharmonic Orchestra has performed throughout Taiwan and also traveled to China for charitable events with tens of the masterpiece strings collection from the Chi Mei Foundation.

Chi-Mei Mandolin Orchestra

In 1995, Wen-Long Shi, the founder of CHIMEI, introduced the mandolin in a radio program. One of the audience recalled his memories of a mandolin band during his school years. After the show, this audience began to organize a mandolin band and Mr. Shi gave him full support. And therefore Chi-Mei Mandolin Orchestra has founded. Currently, the original orchestra has given birth to 10 small to medium mandolin bands with over 300 members. The mandolin bands have performed throughout Taiwan, and the beautiful mandolin melody is very popular wherever they played.

Protect the Environment for Sustainability

Tree Valley Park

2004.6
Lian Ci Development has signed the “Tainan LCD-TV Industrial Park” project plan with Tainan county government
2008.9.19
Official opening of the Tree Valley Service Center

Tree Valley Park, the first industrial park in the world dedicated to the development of LCD/LED multimedia display, is the first BOT industry park organized by the government and managed by cooperation. Balanced coexistence of “production”, “ecology” and “life” is the concept of the Tree Valley Park. In this park, only 150 hectares of land is used for manufacturing activities, the remaining area is designed as green spaces, large parks, an ecology center, and an auditorium. The development of the park integrates local culture, original landforms and nurtures the natural ecosystem in southern Taiwan. The Shou-Sha Archaeology Site is reserved in the Park, and a club volunteering to protect the natural ecosystems is organized to assist the park management and also to serve as park guides to bring the public rich information on the unique ecology and historical heritage of the Tree Valley Park.

The World’s First Carbon-neutral TV

To respond to the issues of environmental protection, CHIMEI and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation launched the world first carbon-neutral TV in April 2011. Carbon emissions during production of the TV are only around 950 kg, a 50% reduction from the original emissions, which meets the quantitative carbon reduction management plan of the newest PAS 2060 Standard. CHIMEI presents its achievements in continuous carbon reduction in response to the trend of green consumption. Showing the achievements in accelerating green actions through a cooperative supply chain, CHIMEI expects to further encourage other companies in the supply chain to join in the development of green production and green design with the support from consumer awareness.

CHIMEI Farm

To take care of employees’ health, CHIMEI grows organic vegetables at the CHIMEI farm in Shanhua, as well as collaborates with local organic farmers, to supply employees with an organic and healthy diet. The farm is open to school students and organizes hands-on activities, holiday farmers programs, and an organic market for the public. CHIMEI expects the farm to be a tiny seed of environmental awareness that is sown into the earth to grow into a strong tree. In this changing environment, the only thing that has never changed is CHIMEI farm dedicating to care for the employees, developing organic vegetables, and protecting the environment. This is the mission of CHIMEI Farm.

Eco-friendly Handmade Soap, Made from Recycled Resources

In addition to the promotion of organic foods, CHIMEI simultaneously advocates the recycling of waste cooking oil. The recycled cooking oil is used to produce handmade soap, which is used to replace the use of general synthetic detergents. CHIMEI estimates that approximately four barrels of used cooking oil are recycled from the cafeteria weekly, which produces approximately 720 bars of handmade soap. Soap production effectively reduces the reliance on general synthetic detergents and prevents pollution of rivers. It is indeed a win-win situation for the environment. Therefore, CHIMEI group, which started its business from the petrochemical industry, have mobilized several chemical R&D personnel to develop environmentally-friendly bamboo charcoal soap and comfrey sesame oil soap. The natural additives give the soap natural aromas and varied functions. The soaps, packaged into gift boxes exclusive to the CHIMEI Group, have become popular products.

Green Factory

CHIMEI sees industrial safety and environmental protection as a significant step in corporate social responsibility and sets no limit in the budget. In July 1988, CHIMEI established the Environmental Protection Department to be in charge of environmental protection related affairs in the CHIMEI Group. To minimize environmental hazards in the process of production, CHIMEI imported advanced technology and equipment and recruited personnel to handle the work of environmental protection. CHIMEI applies the highest environmental protection standards throughout the entire group, and also demands suppliers to apply the same standards, expecting to promote the importancy of environmental protection and industrial safety policy. To achieve energy saving and carbon reduction, CHIMEI has not only advocated environmental protection, but also taken action to begin manufacturing green products.

Lin Moniang Park

The Lin Moniang Park, a new landmark in Anping, is open to the public in April 2004. The park covers an area of approximately two hectares with an investment over NT$20 million from Chi Mei Cultural Foundation. CHIMEI invited Dr. Li Wei-Si, professor of Xiamen University, China, to create the Lin Moniang statue. The 16-meter-high statue, carved in granite, is an elegant artwork with fluid lines sitting on a 4-meter-high base. The park is named after Lin Moniang (a.k.a. Mazu) in reverence to her filial spirit and to manifest the virtue of gratefulness instilled by our ancestor. The Lin Moniang Park has become a popular spot for local residents, as well as tourists.

 

Charitable CHIMEI Gives Back Happiness

Chi Mei Medical Center

Chi Mei Medical Center, inheriting the business philosophy of the CHIMEI Group, takes on the mission to offer “affordable medical care and advocate medical ethics”. The dedication of Chi Mei Medical Center has won the highest acclaim and trust in society. Currently, Chi Mei Medical Center is the largest medical center in the Greater Tainan area and its medical services in cancer treatment, medical quality and patient safety are highly commended by the Bureau of Health Promotion, Taiwan Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation and many other organizations. This is the best example of CHIMEI’s contribution to the local community. Chi Mei Medical Center takes care of the health of the public in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan. Health is belived as the foundation and the truth of happiness.

Chi Mei Building, National Chiao Tung University

Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation joined Chi Mei Corporation to donate NT$440 million to National Chiao Tung University for the construction of the Chi Mei Building, a new research and development center for development of optoelectronic technology. The building was completed and launched in 2009 and marked the beginning of the collaboration with National Chiao Tung University. CHIMEI will be relying on the excellent R&D resources of National Chiao Tung University to strengthen industry-academia collaboration, form joint research teams, share resources and also lead the development of industry-academia collaboration in southern Taiwan. The collaboration of CHIMEI and National Chiao Tung University has created a new win-win situation for industry-government-academia collaboration. This model is expected to develop Southern Taiwan Science Park into the largest optoelectronics cluster in the world and enhance the overall competitiveness of the nation.

LCD Display for Information Display in Public Spaces

Since August 2005, CHIMEI has sponsored information display devices for replacement of old units in public spaces, including airports and exhibitions. In this project, CHIMEI replaced traditional CRT displays with new LCD displays in Taipei Songshan airport, Tainan airport, and Kaohsiung airports; and also sponsored the art corridor in Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport with free audio and video entertainment and internet access. This project effectively digitalized media displays for the airports and showed Taiwan’s digital display technology from its highly-developed hardware industry. CHIMEI also sponsored the multimedia LCD display devices for public information display in arts and cultural spaces, including the National Museum of History, Angel Art Gallery, and the National Palace Museum. Digital technology provides the public diverse views for appreciation of arts.

Chi Mei Building, National Cheng Kung University

Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation donated NT$270 million to the National Cheng Kung University for the construction of the Chi Mei Building, which is a new research and development center for optoelectronic technology. The building is designed as an industry-academia collaboration center with a capacity sufficient to accommodate 600 R&D personnel. The building was completed and launched in 2006. This project facilitates Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation to effectively release its R&D resources to the academic field and sets an example of industry-academia collaboration. In addition, in 2004, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation and National Cheng Kung University set up the Committee of Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corporation and National Cheng Kung University Industry-Academia Collaboration Research Program, which plays a significant role in sharing R&D resources between academic field and industry. This project shows that industry and the academic field are forming a closer relationship in technology and materials technology development and also cultivates talented students that meet the needs of industry.




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