Ambassador of the Republic of Korea visits social responsibility actions in Ceará – CSP

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Ambassador of the Republic of Korea visits social responsibility actions in Ceará

Brazil and the Republic of Korea have maintained diplomatic relations for over 60 years. The Ceará company CSP is a symbol of this cooperation between the two countries

 

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea held in Fortaleza (Ceará) the 5th edition of the Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility, with support from Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém (CSP). The event was held at the Gran Marquise Hotel, and brought together representatives of the public, private and civil society in a space for sharing transformative initiatives developed by companies and other institutions in Ceará.

The occasion presented investments and results of social programs of CSP, the Association of Families of Pecém (ASFAP) and the Federation of Industries of the State of Ceará (FIEC) for the socioeconomic development of regions with communities in vulnerable situations. The transformative potential of these initiatives was commented by the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brazil, Ki-Mo Lim. The CSP Financial Director, Márcio Calux, and the vice-governor, Izolda Cela, also spoke to those present.

The forum was attended by the CEO of the Export Processing Zone (ZPE) of Ceará, Eduardo Neves; the director of Pecém Complex, Rebeca Oliveira; the president of the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex Companies Association (Aecipp), Eduardo Amaral; the superintendent director of Sebrae Ceará, Joaquim Cartaxo; the mayor of São Gonçalo do Amarante, Marcelo Teles; the secretary of Labor and Social Action of São Gonçalo do Amarante, Georgia Teles; the secretary of Economic Development of São Gonçalo do Amarante, Welton Andrade; the director of the Ceará State Development Agency (Adece), Luís Eduardo Fontenelle; the representative of Posco International of São Paulo, Youngseob Jang; the general director of KOTRA Agency of São Paulo, Sangbum Bae; and the president of the Korean Development Bank (KDB) of São Paulo, Young Kyoon Ahn.

Social Commitment of CSP

The Forum is a space for sharing transformative initiatives in Ceará, developed by companies and other institutions. Since its implementation phase, CSP has been promoting sustainable socioeconomic development in Ceará. The steelmaking company has already invested R$40.6 million in social responsibility programs.

CSP also supported the population of Ceará in fighting the covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, the company donated R$520 thousand to the Government of the State of Ceará, through the Secretariat of Health (Sesa), for the rental of equipment and the assembly of 24-bed structures, entirely intended for the treatment of patients with Covid-19 in Ceará. In 2020, CSP donated R$1.5 million to purchase hospital supplies and equipment to fight the coronavirus in the State of Ceará.

Arandi Matos, Executive Coordinator of ASFAP, spoke to the public about CSP’s support for communities neighboring the plant. “CSP’s daily quest is to promote social development in our region. We are grateful for the partnership of this highly regarded company with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and for the responsibility and excellence in solving the most vulnerable problems in our city. With each life transformed or victory achieved, we will always remember you. Thank you for being part of our history!” said Arandi Matos.

Brazil and the Republic of Korea: 60 years of diplomatic relations

Brazil and the Republic of Korea have maintained diplomatic relations for over 60 years. CSP is a symbol of this cooperation between the two countries in Ceará. The manager of Institutional Relations, Communication, and Relations with Communities at CSP, Ricardo Parente, emphasizes that the success of this partnership can already be seen. “The continuous support of the state government and its institutions is very important for CSP to continue contributing in different ways to the State and to Brazil. Our expectation is that, in this new cycle that has begun, the relationship between the Republic of Korea and the state of Ceará can be further deepened through new investments, technological transfer, and cultural and educational exchange,” said Ricardo Parente.

During the event, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brazil, Ki-Mo Lim, highlighted the relevance of CSP’s social and educational projects for regional development, especially in this post-covid world. “We must support companies that act with corporate social responsibility. Companies must play this leadership role in society. Due to covid, we emphasize social distancing, but this made us realize how close we are and how much we should love each other. It also taught us that when the whole world gets sick, we get sick together. That is why we need to stand up and recover together,” said Ki-Mo Lim. The ambassador also emphasized the desire for these initiatives to grow and be successful. “It is very gratifying to see Dongkuk and Posco show the potential of Korea on the other side of the world, here in Ceará. 120 Korean companies are installed in Brazil, and Ceará is a promising area for investments. So I hope to strengthen the mutual friendship between Korea and the state of Ceará,” stated ambassador Ki-Mo Lim.

The vice-governor of the state of Ceará, Izolda Cela, was present at the 2017 and this year’s editions of the Forum. “It is great to see more cases and actions to strengthen this corporate social responsibility by CSP. I come to speak of the importance of CSP, its vigorous presence and efforts over time and its commitment to the development of Ceará. Corporate social responsibility is extremely important, both for the benefits to families, as well as for the strengthening of an essential mindset, a sense of responsibility for being connected. This will lead us to a society with more equality and dignity of living,” concluded the vice-governor Izolda Cela.

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