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  • 영원무역홀딩스, '자원순환의 날' 맞아 친환경 활동 동참

    노스페이스를 전개하는 영원무역홀딩스가 6일 자원순환의 날을 맞아 친환경 전시회 후원 등 자원순환활동에 동참한다고 밝혔다.환경부가 2009년 제정한 '자원순환의 날'은 지구환경 보호와 자원 재활용 중요성을 알리기 위해 마련됐다.영원무역홀딩스는 한국패션비즈니스학회가 주최하는 '제21회 FABI 초대전'을 공식 후원한다. 환경을 보호하는 사회적 가치 추구의 뜻을 담아 'ReFashioned: Zero Waste'라는 주제로 진행되는 이번 초대전에서는 의류 및 패션 관련학과 교수와 학생, 패션 디자이너들이 참가해 노스페이스의 재고 상품들을 다양한 기법으로 다시 디자인함으로써 환경 보호를 실천하는 의미 있는 작품을 선보인다. 초대전은 다음달 22일부터 31일까지 열린다.주요 계열사인 영원무역은 제45회 숙명여자대학교 의류학과 졸업작품전의 업사이클링 부문을 지원할 예정이다. 영원무역은 숙대 의류학과와 평창동계올림픽 라이선스 상품 개발 프로젝트를 비롯해 14년째 다양한 산학 협력 프로젝트를 진행해 오고 있다. 졸업작품전 부문 지원을 통해 업사이클링 의류디자인을 통한 자원순환의 긍정적 가치를 함양하고자 하는 취지다. 참가 및 수상 학생들에게는 다양한 친환경 제품과 인턴십 기회를 제공할 예정이다.성래은 영원무역홀딩스 대표이사는 "다양한 유관 학계 및 단체들과 친환경 제품 개발을 비롯한 협업을 통해 지구 환경 보호와 자원 재활용 활동을 실천해 왔다"며 "앞으로도 더욱 적극적이고 창의적 방식의 프로젝트를 진행해지속적인 친환경 경영을 실천해 나갈 것"이라고 밝혔다.[김대기 기자][ⓒ 매일경제 & mk.co.kr]

    2021.09.13

  • 여성리더들이 선정한 2021 WIN 어워드 ‘양성평등 우수’ 10개 기업 발표

    기업 여성임원들로 구성된 사단법인 WIN(Women in INnovation)(회장 서지희, 삼정KPMG 부대표)이 9일 ‘2021 WIN 어워드’를 수상할 양성평등 우수 10개 기업을 선정했다. WIN은 9일 IGM 세계경영연구원에서 ‘제 4회 WIN 포럼’을 열고 양성평등지수 상위 기업으로, 녹십자, 대상그룹, 삼성에스디에스, 아모레퍼시픽, 영원무역, 한국스탠다드차타드은행, 한국시티은행, 한미약품, 한세실업, CJ제일제당(가나다 순) 등 10개사를 선정했다. 이는 국내 500대 기업을 대상으로 지난 한 해 동안의 양성평등지수를 평가한 결과다. WIN 포럼은 다양한 비즈니스 환경에서 기업 성장을 위해 기업 내 다양성을 확대하고 여성의 성장을 뒷받침하기 위한 방안을 제시하고 논의하고자 2018년 첫발을 내딛었다. 아울러 WIN 포럼에서는 2020년부터 매년 9월 리더스 인덱스(대표 박주근)와 함께 전년도 양성평등지수를 반영한 5단계의 엄정한 심사를 거쳐 WIN 어워드 수상 기업을 선정하고 있다. 양성평등지수 평가 항목은 ▲고용(20점) ▲근속(20점) ▲급여(20점) ▲임원(20점) ▲등기(10점) ▲직위(10점) 등 총 6개 항목이며, 100점을 만점으로 조사가 진행됐다. 남성 직원 대비 여성 직원의 고용, 근속, 급여를 비롯하여 남자 임원 대비 여자 임원의 비중, 등기이사의 비중, 전무 이상 임원의 비중 등의 정량 평가를 기본으로 하며, 조직내 여성 인력 양성프로그램 여부, 여성위원회, 다양성 관리위원회, ESG 위원회 활동 및 여성임원 참여 등의 정성 평가를 포함하여 다각도로 평가하고 있다. 녹십자의 경우 여성 임원 비중에서 높은 점수를 받고 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 높은 점수를 획득했다. 대상그룹은 여성 직원의 고용 비중 및 여성 임원의 비중에서 높은 점수를 받고 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 만점을 받았다. 또한 삼성에스디에스는 여성 임원 비중에서 높은 점수를 받았고, 아모레퍼시픽은 여성 직원 고용 비중 및 여성 임원 비중에서 만점을 획득했다. 영원무역은 여성 직원 고용 비중 및 여성 임원 비중, 여성 등기이사 비중, 여성 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 모두 만점을 받았다.  한국스탠다드차타드은행은 여성 직원 고용 비중 및 여성 임원 비중에서 고득점을 얻었으며, 여성 등기이사 비중에서 만점을 받았다. 한국시티은행은 여성 임원 비중, 여성 등기이사 비중, 여성 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 만점을 획득했고, 한미약품은 여성 임원 비중, 여성 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 만점을 얻었다. 또한 한세실업은 여성 임원 비중, 여성 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 만점을 받고 여성 직원 고용 비중에서 높은 점수를 얻었다. CJ제일제당은 여성 임원 비중에서 만점을, 여성 전무 이상 임원 비중에서 고득점을 받았다.  이날 WIN 포럼에서는 ESG 경영이 대두되면서 향후 다양성 확대의 가치 및 그 중요성이 함께 부각될 것으로 예상되는 가운데 기업 내 다양성 확대를 가속화하기 위해 기업에서 갖추어야 할 요건에 대한 심도 깊은 논의가 오갔다. 발표자로 나선 한양사이버대학교 임희정 교수는 “디지털 경제 규모가 확대되고 ESG 경영이 가속화되는 시대에 다양성이 그 어느 때보다 중요해지고 있다”며 “한국 여성의 경제활동 참가율은 지속적으로 증가하고 있으나 출산 및 육아를 하는 시기를 기점으로 경력 유지가 어려워 여성관리자 및 임원의 비율은 여전히 낮은 수준”이라고 말했다. 이어 “성별 다양성 확보와 조직 경쟁력 강화를 위해 기업은 인력의 특성을 고려한 인사관리, 여성인재 육성, 일과 가정의 양립 지원, 다양성과 포용의 조직문화 형성 등에 힘써야 한다”고 의견을 밝혔다. 사단법인 WIN 서지희 회장은 “우리 사회는 점차 다양성의 사회로 다가가고 있으며, 여성들은 각 기업에서 성장을 거듭하며 다가올 새로운 미래를 준비하는 리더로서의 역량을 보여주고 있다”며 “앞으로도 기업내 다양성을 확대하고, 여성 리더들이 지속적인 성장을 할 수 있는 환경을 조성하기 위해 적극적인 지원을 아끼지 않겠다”고 말했다.[Translated]   ‘2021 WIN Awards’ Top 10 Companies for Gender Equality… selected by Female Leaders   DATE: 2021.09.09 Segye (www.segye.com) / Kim Hyun Joo   WIN (Women in Innovation), a corporate body fostering female leaders, announced on September 9 that it has selected the top 10 companies for the ‘2021 WIN Awards’ for Gender Equality. WIN held ‘the 4th WIN Forum' at the IGM (Institute of Global Management) on September 9 and selected the following companies as the top 10 companies with the highest scores in Gender Equality Index: Green Cross Corporation, Daesang Corporation, Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., Amorepacific Corp., Youngone Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank Korea, Citybank Korea, Hanmi Pharm. Co., Ltd., Hansae Co., Ltd., CJ Cheiljedang Corp. (in Korean alphabetical order) This result was based on evaluating indices of Korea's top 500 companies last year.   The WIN Forum took its first step in 2018 to suggest plans to expand diversity within a company and to support the growth of women. The WIN Forum started selecting the winners for WIN Awards since 2020 through five stages of strictly impartial evaluation processes reflecting the previous year's Gender Equality Index.   There are 6 different gender equality evaluation indices for a total of 100 points: ▲ Gender Ratio in Employment (20 points) ▲ Length of Employment (20 points) ▲ Pay Discrepancies (20 points) ▲ Executives (20 points) ▲ Board Members (10 points) ▲ Title & Position (10 points). WIN uses both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods. For quantitative evaluations, WIN measures the female employment ratio compared to male, the length of female employment, pay discrepancies between female and male employees, the ratio of female executives compared to male executives, the ratio of female Board members. For qualitative evaluation, WIN measures whether a company has the following: Education programs for female employees, Women committees, Diversity councils or ESG committees with a participation of female executives.   Green Cross Corporation received high scores for the ratios of female executives and female executives above the senior director level. Daesang Corporation received high scores for the ratios of female employees and female executives and also got a perfect score for the ratio of female executives above the senior director level. Samsung SDS Co., Ltd. received a high score for the ratio of female executives while Amorepacific Corp. got perfect scores for the ratios of female employees and female executives. Youngone Corporation received perfect scores for the ratios of female employees, female executives, female Board members and female executives above the senior director level.   Standard Chartered Bank Korea got high scores for the ratios of female employees and female executives and got a perfect score for the ratio of female Board members. Citibank Korea received perfect scores for the ratios of female executives, female Board members and female executives above the senior director level. Hanmi Pharm. Co., Ltd. received perfect scores for the ratios of female executives and female executives above the senior director level. Hansae Co., Ltd. also received perfect scores for the ratios of female executives and female executives above the senior director level and got a high score for the ratio of female employees. CJ Cheiljedang Corp. received a perfect score for the ratio of female executives and a high score for the ratio of female executives above the senior director level.   As ESG management and the values of diversity are getting more important, the in-depth discussion about the requirements needed to expand diversity in the workplace was made at the WIN Forum.   The speaker Lim Hee Jeong, a professor at Hanyang Cyber ​​University, said “In an era of expanding digital economy and accelerating ESG management, diversity is becoming more important than ever.” In addition, she said “Even though the women’s economic participation rate in Korea is continuously increasing, the ratios of female managers and female executives are still low as it is difficult for female employees to continue their careers due to childbirth and childcare.” She also emphasized that “In order to secure gender diversity and strengthen competitiveness, a company should strive to manage human resources considering its characteristics, educate female employees, support for work-family balance and develop the organizational culture with diversity and embracement”. Seo Ji Hee, a Chairman of WIN, said, “Our society is gradually approaching to a society with diversity; and female employees are growing repeatedly within their companies and demonstrating their competencies as a leader by preparing for a new future”. She concluded by saying “We would give full support to create such an environment which female leaders can work and enhance their capabilities.”[세계일보 & Segye.com, 김현주 기자 hjk@segye.com, 2021-09-09]

    2021.09.10

  • Youngone Corporation donates Covid relief supplies to Telangana

    Iconic and visionary leader Kihak Sung’s dream project ‘KEPZ’Akhi Akter | Posted on June 29, 2021 2:02:53 pmSouth Korean firm Youngone Corporation started its journey in Bangladesh only with 250 workers back in 1980, now it has 70000 world-class workers. Currently, Youngone Group’s annual turnover is $2.3 billion, one-third of them comes from Bangladesh. Besides textiles, Youngone has other ventures as well. Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) - the first and biggest private Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Bangladesh, is growing fast with massive production activities contributing to socio-economic development.Youngone Corporation (owner of the KEPZ), is one of the country’s leading foreign private investors, was allocated 2492 acres of land for setting up the EPZ on the bank of the Karnaphuli under Paschim Patiya and Anowara Upazilas in Chittagong district back in 1999. However, the journey of investment began long ago. Figure 1: Youngone’s private Export Processing Zone (EPZ) ‘the Korean Export Processing Zone’ (KEPZ) in Bangladesh is the global standard of incorporating nature and state-of-the-art factories.Back in 1980, Kihak Sung, Chairman and Founder of Youngone Corporation set up a small factory with 250 female workers in Agrabad, Chattogram. It was the first foreign investor in the Bangladesh apparel industry, also one of the pioneers of women’s employment. Figure 2: Kihak Sung, Chairman and Founder of Youngone Corporation.Then in 1987, Youngone moved to Chattogram Export Processing Zone. During their first investment in Chittagong in the early 1980s, they imported raw fibers such as polyester for carding and processing, then filled them into nylon outerwear for export in volume to the Swedish markets.Figure 3: Ki Hak Sung has installed state-of-the-art machinery.In late ’80s, Youngone manufactured polyester padding for winter garments and supplying it to garment factories in Chattogram. That was one of the first manmade fiber (MMF) backward linkage industries in Bangladesh.By late 1990s, Youngone started supplying raw materials including nylon and polyester fabrics to apparel manufacturers as they had the complete structure of weaving, dyeing, and finishing factories in Bangladesh.Youngone set up the KEPZ under the Bangladesh Private EPZ Act 1996 and formed a company ‘Korean EPZ (KEPZ) Corporation (BD) Limited’ to promote, develop and manage the EPZ.Figure 4: KEPZ has so far completed 40 state-of-the-art green factories with a floor space of over 65,00,000 sft.After getting 2492 acres of barren land from the govt., Youngone has transformed the barren land into a world-class eco-friendly business park not only in the country but also in the region with the integration of economic activities, urbanization and environment-friendly measures.Figure 5: KEPZ is worker-oriented by providing a modern medical center, fully automated kitchen, canteen, child daycare center, indoor sports facilities and 3 dormitories accommodating 5400 female workers.They got Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment (DoE) in November 2009 and now the KEPZ area is an ideal blend between nature and world-class environment-friendly factories.Among the total 2492 acres of land, 52% of the land has been re-forested. 2.5 million trees over four hundred species were growing over 822 acres of land. 470 acres are kept for open areas. 25 artificial lakes, which hold up to 500 million gallons of monsoon water annually. Youngone also built 38KM of eco-friendly road network, 32KM   overhead power distribution line, 8KM gas distribution network, two Investors Guest Houses, etc.Figure 6: KEPZ invested a great deal in improving the environment of the KEPZ - planting 400,000 more trees and created an additional reservoir with 200 million gallons of water.“In the past few years alone, KEPZ invested a great deal in improving the environment of the KEPZ - planting 300,000 more trees and created an additional reservoir with 200 million gallons of water. KEPZ has so far completed 40 state of the art green factories with a floor space of over 65,00,000 sqft. Endeavors are also made to construct large factory buildings in the Textile zone having total floor space of about 2,000,000 sft, of which 60% have been completed and rest are in progress. These factories will mainly produce man-made fiber (MMF) products.”When fully completed, it would be one of the largest textile hubs in Bangladesh for the export and supply of high-quality fabrics to the local garment and apparel exporters as an import substitute and backward linkage.Korean EPZ started implementing a 40 MW rooftop solar power generation project. It is believed to be the largest single rooftop solar power project within the industry worldwide.Figure 7: KEPZ factories will mainly produce MMF-based garments.In the first stage, a 16MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant - which itself is the major ever rooftop solar PV system in Bangladesh to date - has been installed at the expense of $16 million and inaugurated 20 June.Work on a 4.3MW system that involves a cost of $4.3 million is expected to be complete by October this year, in the second phase.Figure 8: A 16MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant has been installed at the expense of $16 million.Additional 20MW system - to be set up as an Independent Power Plant (IPP) within a 12-month timeframe in phase-3 of the project - awaits approval from the government.Kihak Sung’s hard work and vision helped him build Youngone into an international giant in manufacturing investing over $1.2 billion.Most notably, Youngone has - in KEPZ - 25000 highly trained employees. KEPZ is worker-oriented by providing a modern medical center, fully automated kitchen, canteen, child daycare center, indoor sports facilities and 9 dormitories accommodating 5400 female workers, once completed (3 dorms are open).Figure 9: Information Technology zone of the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) in Chattogram has received the status of a private hi-tech park, which will be established on 100 acres of land“Our goal is to make ‘Made in Bangladesh’ the number one quality in the world. Yes, it is a tough job, as you need all the support, education system, R&D, know-how, etc.,” said Kihak Sung in a recent conversation with Textile Today.Figure 10: Textile Today team with Kihak Sung with his top management officers.KEPZ is not only bringing business to Bangladesh and contributing to the local employment, also setting a new and high standard of industrial development of Bangladesh. It is unique as it sets an example of how industrial zones could be formed and operated in an environmentally sustainable manner.Figure 11: KEPZ employee canteen and welfare center,Since its inception, Korean EPZ had a plan to establish an IT Zone on an area of 100 acres within the reserved zone.With the support of the government of Bangladesh, the plan has got its traction and KEPZ has started building two IT buildings, amongst other buildings, a 41-storied building is also planned to be built to commemorate the great occasion of Bangladesh reaching the level of a developed nation in the year 2041.In all, it will create working opportunities for up to 20,000 people when fully implemented.Figure 12: Kihak Sung’s goal is to make ‘Made in Bangladesh’ the number one quality in the world.Youngone Corporation is a publicly listed Korea-based company (market cap of US$ 1.9 billion). It is a leading global manufacturer of outdoor/athletic clothing, textile, footwear and gear, has business operations and manufacturing units in 14 different countries including Bangladesh, Vietnam, El Salvador and USA with a workforce of about 90,000.Youngone supplies high-end products to the markets of North America, Europe and Asia. Also, the Company distributes its products with the trademark “The North Face” within the Korean domestic market recognized as the top outdoor brand in Korea.

    2021.07.08

  • Youngone Corporation donates Covid relief supplies to Telangana

    Youngone Corporation donates Covid relief supplies to TelanganaBy Telangana Today  |  Published: 5th Jul 2021  12:58 pmThe first batch of 5,000 doses landed in Hyderabad on July 1 while the remaining doses are expected by July 8.Hyderabad: Youngone Corporation, a Korea-headquartered global leading manufacturer of Textiles has come forward to donate 10,000 doses of Remdesivir and 100,000 KN95 masks to Telangana Government to support its fight against Covid-19.The company, known for Athletic apparel, Sportswear, Knitwear, Footwear & equipment etc operates in 13 countries and employs over 90,000 persons.The first batch of 5,000 doses landed in Hyderabad on July 1 while the remaining doses are expected by July 8.Kihak Sung, Chairman - Youngone Corporation said, “To stand behind the Government of Telangana in fighting against Covid-19 and to mitigate some of the sufferings of the people, Youngone hereby donates 10,000 vials of ‘Remdesivir Injections’ and 100,000 (One Hundred Thousand) pieces of KN95 face mask on an urgent basis”Youngone Management in Bangladesh will obtain necessary permissions from concerned departments of Bangladesh Government and organize procurement and shipment of the medicine to Telangana, he said.Thanking the company, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary Commerce & Industries, said, “We accept this donation with heartfelt gratitude. As the daily Covid numbers continue to decline at a rapid speed in Telangana, we seem to have clearly crossed the second wave peak. With generous support such as this, we now look forward to quickly putting the menace behind us and getting back to our business of facilitating investments in the state.”Youngone Corporation, through its wholly owned Indian subsidiary Evertop Textile and Apparel Complex Private Limited, will be investing USD 120 million in Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP), Warangal, Telangana.The company will be acquiring 290 acre land at KMTP for which it has already made full payment and is in the process of finalizing the contractor for commencement of the construction works.The company will be setting up eight manufacturing units in the areas of garment manufacturing, knitting, technical textiles and poly products. Once operational, these units will directly employ more than 12,000 persons, according to a press release.

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