Issue Date:February 20, 2020
 

Farm the Hopes

In 2014, employees of the Hsinchu Headquarter and Chunan Office began to create a brand-new model to pay back society from daily meals. This thus gave birth to the "Farm the Hopes". Through collaboration with social enterprise "Buy Nearby" and "Earth Friend Organic", we purchase organic vegetable from small farms in local communities as nutritional vegetable for employee lunch. Apart from taking care of employee health, we can help small farms increase their income.
 

For the purpose of easily obtain organic fruits and vegetables for our employees, we have cooperated with the social enterprise "Buy Nearbyto create an exclusive organic and fruit purchase platform “CoreLOHAS” for our employees, which will online provide our employees with organic fruits and vegetables and products from small agricultural farmers that are directly delivered from the farms.
 

In addition, we have purchased Miaoli Yuanli rice from the social enterprise "Buy Nearby" as a gift for shareholders since 2011, to expand the scope and beneficial result of the farm of hopes. We are also pay attention to the current agricultural situation in Taiwan and provide timely support to farmers who are in difficult situation. The price of cabbage dropped tremendously in 2018 which was a huge loss to the farmers. We cooperated with the social enterprise-Buy Nearby, and bought 4,828 cabbages (about 7,242 kg) from farmers in Nantou County and Yunlin County, at a price that is higher than the market price. The purchased cabbages were given to our employees and each of the staff received 2 cabbages as a gift. Our employees had posted many messages on the Company’s FB fan page to support this warm-hearted event organized by the Company.

By the end of 2019

Cost NTD 16,387,974
Purchased 110 ton
Miaoli Rice127 ton
2014/6 ~ 2014/9
Stage 1
Integrating vulnerable farmers in remote areas and establishing a stable supply model
  1. Provide field management guidance for vulnerable farmers to achieve stable supply once a week.
  2. Establish a standard operating procedure for farmers to harvest, gather, and deliver vegetable.
2014/9 ~ 2014/12
Stage 2
Hiring low-income families, revitalizing idle farmland, and organic vegetable certification for the first yield
  1. Train and hire parents of students from low-income families for long-term work at farms.
  2. Hire old farmers to manage farms to stabilize income from sales.
  3. Lease revitalized abandoned farmland to cultivate wasteland into farmland.
  4. First yield from the revitalized farmland passed organic vegetable certification.
2014/12 ~ now
Stage 3
Establishing a sustainable model, communicating with stakeholders, and expanding the scope of aid
  1. Establish various standard operating procedures.
  2. Identify the expectations of stakeholders from the plan.
  3. Communicate stakeholders with text, videos, and volunteer activities based on their expectations.
  4. Reproduce the "Farm the Hopes" to continuously expand the area of organic farming and hire more vulnerable groups.