creating a safe world for children in Korea
July 31, 2015 – Chevron's first social investment project in Korea is supporting the country's focus on safety by collaborating with the Community Chest of Korea and Nationwide Health Care Center to protect children in child care centers and provide support for safety education.
Bill Miner, Chevron Korea country chairman (center), celebrates the successful kickoff event with children in the child care center.
The project, called Safe Nuri (Safe World), will include 203 child care centers that lack government support in the cities of Seoul, Kyunggi, Incheon, Geoje and Ulsan.
For more than 135 years, Chevron has been focused on safely developing affordable energy to help spur economic growth and development and improve quality of life around the world. The company places the highest priority on the health and safety of their workforce and communities and continually strives to ensure that their employees and community members get home safely.
Chevron decided to share these core values of health and safety in Korea when safety management became the country's top priority after the Sewol Ferry sank off the country's southeastern coast leaving 304 dead or missing, including 246 students.
Safe Nuri formally kicked off as children at the Kwan-ak gu child care center in Seoul presented paintings about safety and learned how to use a safety tool kit. Korea Country Chairman Bill Miner and Christina Park, corporate nurse, participated in the education session and demonstrated how to use components of the safety tool kit, which includes small gas masks and portable fire extinguishers, in the event of an emergency.
Dr. Dong-Soo Hur, chairman of GS Caltex, a 50 percent-owned Chevron affiliate, and chairman of Community Chest of Korea, the largest charity organization in Korea, also participated in the event to celebrate its strong partnership with Chevron.
Safe Nuri has already been successful. The number of social welfare specialists signed up for the program has exceeded expectations. Professional safety education sessions for over 150 social welfare specialists have been completed in Seoul, Kyunggi, and Incheon, while education sessions and safety kit distributions in Geoje and Ulsan area are in progress.
Updated: August 2015