Ford staff turn to house building for poor

business August 17, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

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Ford Thailand has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to bring more than 100 executives and employees as volunteers to build houses for two low income families in Bueng Cham-or sub-district, Pathum Thani province.

Volunteers worked together on construction, including mixing cement, laying floors, building cement block walls and digging holes for plumbing. At the end of the day, the houses were delivered to the families of Wantana Hongplai and Suchada Kamyon.
 “Building houses for deserving families in need is a great opportunity for Ford employees to contribute to our communities and make a tangible impact on people’s lives,” said Yukontorn ‘Vickie’ Wisadkosin, managing director, Ford Thailand.
This is the second time for Ford Thailand to work with Habitat for Humanity. In 2012, volunteers from Ford Thailand built new water tanks, renovated a water storage system and cleaned up water coolers at Baan Nong Bon School in Rayong, located near the company’s Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) facility. 
“We believe that helping low income families improve their living conditions and have decent homes will make a wider positive impact on their lives, such as increasing the family’s economic and educational opportunities, improving health and social integration,” Yukontorn added.
To encourage and support its employees in Asia Pacific to contribute to local communities, Ford recently announced Community Service Leave, which offers 16-hour leave per year for every employee to volunteer in community service or charitable activities. The initiative is part of the company’s mission to contribute to a better world.
Apart from this volunteer programme with Habitat for Humanity, Ford also has several activities as part of its commitment to make a positive impact on society. This includes Ford’s flagship CSR activity in Thailand, Driving Skills for Life (DSFL). For the past seven years, DSFL has provided consumers with education on safe driving and road safety, training more than 7,000 drivers. Ford targets to train an additional 1,000 drivers in 2014.
“We are proud to see so many Ford employees are enthusiastic and willing to participate in this volunteer activity, and will continue to support various community service programmes. We are committed to making contributions that deliver sustainable changes for a better world,” Yukontorn concluded.
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln.