■ Overview of Social Welfare
The Company has strived to fulfill its corporate social responsibility. Each subsidiary actively participates in social welfare activities; the Company also integrates resources and power of Mega Charity Foundation and Mega International Commercial Bank Cultural and Educational Foundation to promote educational, sports, art activities and care for the disadvantaged. The business expenses of the two Foundations accounted for 68% of their total income, and volunteers' participation totaled 24,050 times in 2018 (as shown in the table below). Through a series of charitable activities, the Company hopes to spread love to every corner of society.
■ Received the "Insurance Dragon and Phoenix Award" from the RMi Educational Foundation
RMi Educational Foundation organized the 24th "Nationwide Financial Insurance Graduate Career Intention Survey" in the 2018 National Insurance Day events. Mega Holding received was given an excellence rating as the "Most Desired Financial Holding Company" by graduates of finance and insurance departments.
■ Offering Job Opportunities to Economically Disadvantaged Students
In response to the Plan for Caring for the Economically Disadvantaged promoted by the Youth Development Administration, Ministry of Education, the Company has offered 300 students part-time jobs from 2012 to 2018 to develop their competitiveness for future careers. The Company was awarded the certificate of appreciation by Ministry of Education in November 2018, due to the outstanding results of the plan.
■ College Visits and Promotion of Financial Knowledge Activities
MICB integrated resources of the Group and organized the "College Visit Corporate Finance Education Volunteers" program in November 2018. The Department of Finance of Chung Yuan Christian University and Department of Finance of National Chengchi University visited the Bank. MICB encouraged employees to transform their core competencies into volunteer services to help promote financial knowledge and education.
■ Donated to the St. Camillus Center for Intellectual Disability in Hanxi Township, Yilan County
The St. Camillus Center for Intellectual Disability in Hanxi Township, Yilan County focuses on caring for patients and children with extreme intellectual disabilities. Due to worsening economic conditions, the Center had accumulated a financial shortfall of approximately NT$8 million. Mega Charity Foundation immediately provided assistance and donated NT$200,000 which was presented by the Branch Manager of MICB Lo Tung Branch on behalf of the Foundation to the founder Father Giuseppe Didone.
■ Caring for Little Sisters of the Poor, Taiwan
Since 2011, the Company has cared for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Taiwan. To provide the elderly good quality of life, the Company has donated restructuring funds, computers, bathing facilities, and floor washing machines; in addition, volunteers have accompanied the elderly to sing old songs on a monthly basis for seven consecutive years. The donations were provided to the Little Sisters of the Poor of Bali District, New Taipei City in 2018 to provide the elderly with nutrition and life necessities.
■ Supporting the Disadvantaged Children's Growth
The Company adopts children at family support centers throughout the country, adhering to the spirit of "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." expecting disadvantaged children to learn and grow up in a care-free life and eliminating the gap between urban and rural areas. The following two graphs share feedbacks from pupils about their school and family lives.
■ Supported domestic agricultural and economic initiatives by purchasing onions, rice, and cabbages produced in Taiwan.
In response to overproduction of agricultural produce, the Company purchased agricultural products as gifts for customers, social welfare organizations, and employees to help farmers. By using actual actions to help farmers with a difficult year, we contribute to Taiwan's agricultural development. In December 2018, we received the 2018 "Assistance for Agricultural Food Product Marketing Corporate Award" from the Agriculture and Food Agency, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan.
■ Sponsoring Training of Remote Students on Taiwanese Featured Sports
The Company selected sports in which oriental people have an advantage and our cultural characteristics can be manifested and has long sponsored selected baseball teams, archery teams, and weightlifting teams of remote schools in Yilan, Hualien, and Tainan to build students' self-confidence and a sports atmosphere.
Regarding baseball, MICB not only recruited the national baseball player, Shi-qiang Zhao, and the sports columnist, Guo-zhou Huang, as directors of Mega International Commercial Bank Cultural and Educational Foundation but also actively sponsor sports activities and talents training. Moreover, we cooperated with the Committee of Baseball in Yilan County, cultivating 7 primary school baseball teams. We have sponsored NT$3 million for three consecutive years starting from 2017, helping to cultivate these future rising stars. To support national sports development, MICB organized the "Mega Cup Yilan Dream Come True Youth Baseball Championship" at the Lo Tung Baseball Stadium in Yilan County in October 2018 to provide young baseball players with a platform to compete.
As far as archery, the Company has sponsored the Hualian County Yuli Junior High School Archery Team for three consecutive years since 2017. It provided NT$2 million in training expenses each year in the hope of building a solid foundation of archery in Taiwan, strengthening the national archery capability, and nurturing more international archery talents for Taiwan.
In weightlifting, the Company has sponsored the training expenses for the Tainan Danei Weightlifting team since 2014 in the hope of building a solid foundation for the sports and helping players from disadvantaged families obtain great results in competitions and change their lives.
■ Sponsoring Domestic Sports Events and Creating a Sports Atmosphere
In 2018, the Company sponsored Keelung City's 8th Rainy Keelung Cup- Weekend Basketball League, the Santaizi ATP Challenger Tour, 2018 Hualien Probation Basketball, 2018 Meihe and Huaxing OB Game, and TWA 2018 Taiwan Open in hopes of promoting sports exchange through sports events at home and abroad and creating a healthy and positive atmosphere for sports.
■ Inviting Customers and Suppliers to Participate in Road Running to Promote National Sports
As of the end of 2018, the Company and National Taxation Bureau of Ministry of Finance jointly organized "Ministry of Finance Uniform Invoice Cup Road Running" for seven consecutive years. The 2018 Road Running was held at the Ketagalan Boulevard on November 25. The main purpose of the activity is to promote national sports and respond to the government's initiative for encouraging people to request unified invoices after consumption. The Company invited customers and suppliers to take part in the activity, gathering almost 20,000 running enthusiasts, and raising nearly 360,000 invoices, which were donated to the Yu-Cheng Social Welfare Foundation, Living with Hope Organization, Taiwan Kanner Support Group, Genesis Social Welfare Foundation, and Canlove Social Service Association.
■ Promoting National Sports
To promote the development of yoga culture, spread the spirit of yoga to every corner of Taiwan, and teach citizens the health benefits of yoga, the Company sponsored the Chinese Yoga Association in organizing the "2018 International Yoga Day" art performance for 1,051 participants.
■ Organized the first Mega Bank Esports Tournament to Increase Taiwan's Visibility to the World
We organized the first Mega Bank Esports Tournament for college students and attracted expert players in 32 highly capable teams from more than 20 colleges. The Company organized the esport contest to encourage young students to participate in esports and cultivate more international-level esports talents for Taiwan. We also seek to connect the esports industry to international standards and increase Taiwan's visibility on the global stage so that the world can view our achievements.
■ Organizing Large Concerts in Northern, Central, and Southern Taiwan to Develop Local Art Cultures
The Company sponsors a series of art appreciation activities every year to support the development of the local art industry and fulfill the social responsibility. In 2018, the Company organized large concerts in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung for MICB's customers. Our employees also served as volunteers for the concerts. In addition to the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, Mandarin and Taiwanese singers and vocalists were invited to perform. The performance included both international and domestic elements with songs selected from operas as well as Taiwanese song mixes and music from films and TV shows which were well received. This has manifested the Company's faith in the full participation in community development as well as the spirit of giving back to society.
■ Sponsoring the 4th Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts in 2018 to Support Local Cultural Development
The Company sponsored 4th Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts in 2018 which was organized by Chiang Wei-Shui's Cultural Foundation, Thinkers' Theatre, Bookstore 1920s and dozens of cultural associations. Featuring a diversity of art programs that combine modern and traditional art to explore the Taiwanese characteristic culture, including 1920s parade, serial seminars, workshops, outdoor markets, and the connection with local resources, the event was expected to inspire thinking through new-generation art integrated with cultural heritage at Tua-Tiu-Tiann.
■ Sponsoring the "2018 Taipei International Choral Festival" of the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education」
In the Taipei International Choral Festival, multiple groups and conductors were invited from countries across the world to provide a wide range of exciting seminars and training courses. It has become the largest choral festival in Asia and an important platform for exchanges between Taiwan and the world. A total of 25 performances were arranged in the concerts in 2018. There were approximately 2,600 performers and 24,000 audience attendances.