Taiwan Mobile has set a new standard for domestic telecommunications companies after winning two top CSR prizes from Global Views Monthly magazine. The magazine announced the winners of its 2020 CSR Awards on April 28, and Taiwan Mobile stood out from among nearly 200 enterprises to win a sixth consecutive top prize in Annual CSR Survey-Telecom Service Industry category for “using technology for the public good, constantly innovating, and shining on the international stage.” It also earned its first top prize for Outstanding Environment Friendly Solutions for the initiative “TWM Green Energy Promises a Brighter, More Sustainable Future.” These awards brought the total number Taiwan Mobile has received to a record 16, including 10 top prizes, in the 16 years Global Views Monthly has held the CSR Awards.
Taiwan Mobile was the only company in 2020 to win two CSR award top prizes for a second consecutive year, an honor reflecting the company’s unwavering pursuit of change and innovation and its emergence as a CSR benchmark at home and abroad.
Chairman Daniel M. Tsai said the new coronavirus pandemic enshrouding the globe has reminded people that we have to remain humble in co-existing with the natural environment and be mutually supportive to get through these tough times. “This has always been the philosophy of Taiwan Mobile, and we have taken on a greater responsibility in promoting sustainable development around the world,” he said.
In 2019, Taiwan Mobile had its emission targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and it received “A” score from CDP’s Climate Change 2019 Program at the beginning of 2020. These honors only further motivated the company to continue to stay ahead of the curve on corporate governance, social engagement and environmental sustainability. Also, as a member of the ICT sector’s Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), Taiwan Mobile has joined with several of the world’s leading companies in taking action, bringing innovation to Taiwan to achieve sustainability goals and pursuing a shared future and shared prosperity to achieve a common good.
When Taiwan Mobile President Jamie Lin began in his post a year ago, he advocated a “Super 5G Strategy” that highlighted the importance of CSR and included a “Green” component focused on loving Taiwan, loving humanity, and loving the Earth. Taiwan Mobile has long been a leader in the CSR field, and Lin said on April 28 that with the support of Chairman Tsai and the entire Taiwan Mobile team, the company had pushed the envelope and achieved repeated successes over the past year. It has also capitalized on its role as a new-age technology-based communications company to contribute to society during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Taiwan Mobile’s “Digital Wings” project, for example, has enabled disadvantaged children to continue learning English online and helped the Ministry of Education provide free online classes to 10,000 students during the outbreak of COVID-19. The initiative was not only praised by the Global Views Monthly panel of judges but also highlighted in a tweet by the APEC Business Advisory Council, which informed the world of Taiwan Mobile’s efforts to keep the outbreak from widening the digital divide. The company continues to remain engaged with other domestic enterprises and give Taiwan greater visibility through its commitment to sustainability.
The two prestigious Global Views Monthly CSR awards were accepted by Iris Liu, vice president for Sustainability and Brand Development. In its citation for the top prize for CSR practices, the panel specifically recognized Taiwan Mobile’s Digital Wings, Coding Fun and i-Infinity Digital Welfare initiatives, and said: “Taiwan Mobile is a frequent award winner but has never gotten complacent. It has reached out into the world and continued to lead.”
As for the “TWM Green Energy Promises a Brighter, More Sustainable Future” initiative in the Outstanding Environment Friendly Solution category, a key feature was the “Green Power for Charity” program. It encourages suppliers and consumers to donate funds to install solar panels for social welfare groups that will give them an income for 20 years from the sale of the power generated. The Global Views Monthly panel praised the initiative for “its strengthening of the program’s effectiveness and support for self-sustainability, diversified investment of resources, and building of ties with external organizations.”