Inclusive Society

The World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD) defines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as the "continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as the local community and society at large". The World Bank, on the other hand, defines CSR as a "the commitment of business to contribute to sustainable development working with employees, their families, local communities, and society at large to improve their quality of life that are both good for business and good for development". Therefore, the relationship with the external environment and the engagement with the society must be considered by enterprisesin the process of business operations. In addition to the pursuit of operational growth, an enterprise should also take onthe social responsibility to contribute to the society and to create a common good between the enterprise and the society.

Actions in 2021

  • Partnered with public and private sectors for "Suspending Classes without Suspending Learning", providing in-kind donations totaling about NT$50 million.
  • Participated in "Tech v Virus 2.0" offering cloud resources and smart wearable devices required for pandemic prevention and healthcare services.
  • Donated NT$200 million to Tzu Chi Foundation to purchase BNT vaccines, which were donated to government agencies to curb the pandemic.

Performances in 2021

  • Establish more than 500 digital opportunity centers in 39 countries, cumulatively since 2008, and donated more than 20,000 new and refurbished computers
  • ASUS Foundation conferred Social Education Contribution Award by the Ministry of Education in 2021

Impacts

Focusing on refurbishing computers and digital training programs as key initiatives, ASUS Foundation and ASUS global operating locations around the world amalgamated resources to boost recycling of resources and bridge the digital gap for rural and underprivileged schoolchildren. In recent years, as the world has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have positivelysought partnership opportunities, donated pandemic prevention items to multiple organizations at different levels, and provided the most critical resources and assistance in response to the needs of society and the world.

 

Suspending Classes without Suspending L earning

All education institutions in Taiwan suspended classes when the pandemic outbreak worsened in June, 2021. In a bid to assist underprivileged students, ASUS donated 1,000 laptops to elementary and middle schools, disadvantaged families and afterschool classes. ASUS further provided cloud and computing related resources, worth a total of approximately NT$50 million in-kind donation, to educational institutions, medical institutions, government agencies, private entities, industrial and academic research and innovation teams in all counties and cities.

Numerous enterprises supported the Suspending Classes without Suspending Learning program with ASUS:

 

  • Chunghwa Post

Partnered with ASUS Computer to collect 2,800 second-hand computers, and provided 200 refurbished computers for donation to 42 rural elementary and middle schools in Taiwan through Junyi Academy, which was introduced by ASUS, for afterschool programmes usage.

 

  • Taiwan World Vision with HSBC (Taiwan) Commercial Bank

HSBC (Taiwan) Commercial Bank jointly rolled out "Entrenching in Taiwan's Rural Education Program" with Taiwan World Vision, where HSBC Taiwan procured 250 ASUS computers to donate to children in remote areas, such as Penghu and Pingtung County while ASUS donated 128 computers for distribution through World Vision Taiwan, resolving the challenge of lack of remote computer equipment caused by the pandemic. This partnership for the program reached a scale of NT$4.5 million, and plans to set up computer-based learning lessons, committing more learning resources for children in rural areas.

Pandemic Prevention with The Help of Public and Private Sectors

With the launch of "Tech v Virus 2.0" by the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) of the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabls), ASUS provided innovative technologies for medical and pandemic control, , public livelihood and economy, academic research and education, etc. A total of 5,000 hours of high-speed computing and AI resources on Taiwan Computing Cloud (TWCC) GPU cluster were provided. In terms of hardware, ASUS integrated software and hardware to embed wireless mobile ultrasonic devices in smart wearables with blood oxygen and heart rate measurement functions which in turn are connected to the monitoring platforms of hospitals. This enabled front-line medical staff fighting against the pandemic to have full insights to the physiological information of patients. During the pandemic, ASUS donated smart watches and ultrasonic equipment to medical institutions such as National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taoyuan General Hospital, Taipei Medical University-Shuang Ho Hospital, etc. to control the pandemic.

Vaccine Donations to Fight Against The Pandemic Together

To assist against the pandemic, ASUS donated NT$200 million to support Tzu Chi Foundation's vaccine donations to the Taiwan government. Five million doses of vaccines were donated to the public so as to boost vaccination rates and safeguard the health of our residents.