Employees of Hankook Donggrami Partners, set up by Hankook Tire & Technology, work on its laundry in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Hankook Tire & Technology

Korean tire maker strives to become responsible corporate citizen

South Korea’s Hankook Tire & Technology said on April 26 that its affiliate for the disabled had received a presidential award from the government earlier this month.

The Seoul administration recognized many corporations and citizens in time with the National Disabled Persons Day, which fell on April 20 this year.

Among many awardees, Hankook Tire was praised for its efforts to create jobs for the disabled, as demonstrated by its dedicated subsidiary for the purpose, named Hankook Donggrami Partners (HDP).

In 2015, Hankook Tire established HDP with 78 employees to offer various services of cleaning company cars and those of company officials.

Among them, a majority of the staff members were those with disabilities.

Over the past eight years, HDP more than doubled the payroll to 159 with 90 of them being the disabled. It also expanded the business horizon to employ more.

Included in the new tasks are laundry, administration, café, and bakery on top of the car wash jobs.

On top of Hankook Tire’s head office and factories, two other high-tech companies have become HDP’s customers.

This is not the first time for HDP to win prizes.

In 2018, the outfit received an award from the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea. The next year, then Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon also gave an award to it.

Hankook Tire said that it would put forth great efforts to become a responsible corporate citizen.

“In addition to hiring as many people with disabilities as possible, we also help them increase their capabilities through systematic training and education programs,” a Hankook Tire official said.

“Going forward, we will continue to support the disabled so that they will be able to participate in social activities.”