Employees of NH Futures pose with farmers at a village in Wonju, Gangwon Province. The employees visited the village to offer helping hands. Photo courtesy of NH Futures

Companies tries to become responsible corporate citizen

POSCO said this week that around 120 of its new employees visited a village in South Chungcheong Province to help farmers there as part of its corporate social responsibility programs.

Just like the country’s largest maker of steel products, an increasing number of companies attempt to give helping hands to farmers, who suffer from a lack of labor force amid the virus outbreak.

“We heard that farmers struggle to secure enough laborers due to the virus threat. In his climate, we think it is our social responsibility to help them,” a POSCO official said. 

Earlier this month, NH Futures said that the derivative company’s employees visited a village in Wonju, Gangwon Province, to offer helping hands to farmers there.

NH Futures established a sisterhood relationship with the village, which is located approximately 140 kilometers west of Seoul, to regularly visit there.

We have shared so many things with people in the Wonju village. As they suffer from a lack of hands amid the new COVID-19 coronavirous, we will try to provide substantial helps to them,” NH Futures CEO Lee Chang-ho said.

Observers point out that the efforts of POSCO and NH Futures amply demonstrate how our people help each other at difficult times.

“Korea has dealt with the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990’s and the global financial tsunami in the 2000’s,” said a Seoul economist who asked not to be named.

“Along the same line, I believe that we will be able to overcome the virus threat this time around through cooperation across the board.”

The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.