ASUS 2020 Sustainability Goals - Social Involvement

Eliminate the inequality of digital information and realizing the vision of digital inclusion. The SROI of the digital inclusion project reaches 5 by 2020

According to the World Development Report 2016 by the World Bank, digital information is rapidly spreading across the globe. However, among the total of 7 billion people in the world, there are still 4 billion people who do not have access to the Internet, which means the information penetration rate is only around 50%. As one of the global leading brands of personal computer, ASUS takes the corporate social responsibility and utilizes our core capacity to shorten the digital gap and enable people at all levels to enjoy the convenience of life through equal access to the digital information.

[Policy]

Since its establishment in 2008, the ASUS Foundation has been working on the goal of reducing the digital divide and build digital learning center around the world in collaboration with non-profit organizations, volunteer group and governmental agencies. Digital inclusion refers to policies and activities exercised for creating a non-discriminatory information society, which means that chance of information access and use does not differ with the degree of education, gender, age, race and residence of individuals. ASUS helps deal with local digital divide issues with the connection of green technology and humanity, and gives back to the society with concrete and continuous actions to nurture international talents and realize the ideals of the ASUS world citizen.

[Objective]

To expend the social influence. The Social Return on Investment of the digital inclusion project reaches 5 by 2020.

[Achivement in 2017]

According to the calculation process and principle in the SROI guide (2009) revised in 2012 by Office of the Third Sector, Cabinet Office, UK, ASUS used a 6-step model to determine the Theory of Change in input, output and result, where currency was used as the measuring unit. The final analysis of the social return on investment of the program showed that each dollar invested generated a social value of 3.61 NTD. In 2017, the "ASUS Social Return on Investment Report of Refurbished Computer and Digital Training Program" was certified by Social Value International, making it the first Asian technology-based corporation and the first in Taiwan to receive such international certification. This would also serve as the sample for ASUS Social Involvement Program.

Enhance the benefits of social service participation. The service hours contributed by local employees reaches 5,000 hours annually and accumulates to 30,000 hours by 2020

ASUS has been listed by the US "Fortune" magazine as one of the most respected corporations in the world. We have more than 16,000 employees around the world, serve in more than 70 countries and establish operating bases in more than 50 of them. Other than business operations, we also use our core competency to create links with local consumers through volunteer services.

[Policy]

ASUS believes that companies should give back to society when making profits for the resources are taken from the community for corporate operations. As a global citizen, we appreciate the support from the community and from the world, and thus in return we combine our business with the core value to continuously involving in short-, middle- and long-term charity efforts. ASUS people have established positive relationships with consumers in all corners of the world, enhancing ASUS brand competitiveness and social influence.

[Objective]

  • 2018: expanding volunteer services to Asia Pacific, accumulated to 10,000 hours
  • 2019: expanding volunteer services to European and other country, accumulated to 20,000 hours
  • 2020: expanding volunteer services to worldwide subsidiaries, accumulated to 30,000 hours

[Achivement in 2017]

With the collaboration with domestic and overseas school clubs or non-profit organizations, the ASUS Foundation sent international volunteers to visit rural regions to provide information and communication training, Chinese language education, ecological protection awareness, and technical training. This excited the potential of ASUS employees and fulfilled the social responsibilities. ASUS encourages volunteer service participation by offering 2 weeks of official leave as well as meal and travel compensation.

ASUS has also paid attention to local disadvantaged minorities. In order to encourage employees to actively participate in relevant voluntary services and charity events, we offers 1 day of volunteer leave per year for each employee and subsidy for related event funds. The local volunteer events included but not limited to Taiwan Fund for Children and Families' digital learning camp, after-class instruction and company, digital learning camp and environment education.

In 2017, the total service hours of 8,751 hours was contributed to the domestic and international volunteer service, and the service hours accumulated to 18,094 hours.