Learning values through volunteer work

The first time Sales Executive Andy Pi visited Holt Children’s Services with 21 colleagues; he did not know what to expect. The social welfare organisation houses and supports around 250 disabled people, ranging from young children to elderly individuals.

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As the leader of a corporate social responsibility effort at Maersk Line Korea, sales executive Andy Pi does volunteer work amongst the needy, and creates opportunities for cross-departmental interaction among colleagues. Here together with children from the Holt organisation.

Andy Pi Yunhui

  • Age: 40
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Education: MBA at SKKU (Sung Kyun Kwan University)
  • First job: Sales representative
  • Interests: Watching and playing sports, especially golf, and watching US television shows

The first time Sales Executive Andy Pi visited Holt Children’s Services with 21 colleagues; he did not know what to expect. The social welfare organisation houses and supports around 250 disabled people, ranging from young children to elderly individuals.

He says, “We cleaned rooms, served meals, and helped bathe those in need of support. Although I had donated to this organisation for several years, it was my first time visiting the residence in person. It did take some of the children a little while to warm up to us.”

“However, now that we have become regular visitors and volunteers in Holt Town, many of the children have started regarding us as parental figures.”

CSR activities on the rise

What started as a donation of 50 personal computers from Maersk Line Korea to the Holt organisation, has culminated in regular volunteer visits by Andy and his colleagues. He adds, “Most of my colleagues who volunteered on that first excursion are still big supporters of the organisation today.”

Maersk Line Korea continues its support of Holt Children’s Services, not only through periodical visits but also through financial donations and charity events, which Maersk employees such as Andy participate in.

According to Maersk Line Korea, more employees have been joining CSR activities, and the volunteers are reaping benefits themselves, which in turn has enhanced employee engagement in general. Andy explains: “We regularly meet after our volunteer activities, usually over lunch or coffee, to discuss our experience. These are opportunities to bond.”

“It is also a chance for informal cross-department interaction and a great way for people to meet their colleagues outside of the office. Volunteering has also taught us important values such as team work.”