Social Contribution

We create a sustainable future where people, society and the environment will coexist.


SK ecoplant’s social contributions are aligned with SK Group’s philosophy of “maximizing happiness.” Based on this philosophy, we are actively engaged in social contribution activities in order to fulfill our corporate social responsibility and achieve the sustainable development of society. Our mission for social contribution is to “Plant a Green Impact,” and our key areas of social contribution are ‘the marine ecosystem, supporting future generations, and local communities.’
Using the experiences and know-how accumulated through environmental projects, SK ecoplant is currently operating related programs, developed from a holistic perspective including our management strategies, and is promoting support for a waste fishing net recycling project, energy transition scholarships, etc., as leading programs in our social contribution efforts. Further, we select target regions for our social contribution programs with consideration for the severity of regional social issues, relevance to our business, etc., as a whole. In terms of support for the waste fishing net recycling project, we are committed to resolving the issue of marine waste and are taking a step further from just addressing land waste issues, with the conviction that saving the ocean, which absorbs more carbon than land, is key to achieving net zero on Earth. This is also consistent with our strategic direction to promote net zero by 2040.
The energy transition scholarship program, a social contribution campaign associated with SK ecoplant’s current solar energy business, guarantees the right to education for Tanzanian children and contributes to promoting renewable energy. Our social contribution programs for fields such as the marine ecosystem, support for the future generation, and local communities are carried out in individual partnership with NGOs with field-specific expertise and networks, resulting in the enhanced operational effectiveness of our projects.
In addition, we are actively encouraging employees to participate in social contribution activities. For instance, we turn points accumulated through SK ecoplant’s in-house carbon reduction activities into donations that are used for the energy transition scholarship program.
In the meantime, SK ecoplant views the spread of environmental and energy technologies, which have seen insufficient use so far, as a main goal in supporting the ecosystem of social enterprises. To this end, we currently run SKIL Demoday, a support program for the social enterprise ecosystem, and the ConTech Meet-up Day, which aids the growth of startups with innovative technologies applicable to our environmental and new renewable energy business by providing support in terms of investment and funding, marketing, and collaborations. Also, Open Innovation is actively promoted in the environmental and energy industry, contributing to the creation of social value.

SK ecoplant Social Contribution System

Plant a Green Impact - 미래 시대와 지역사회를 위한, 친환경적이고 선한 영향력
For the Planet
For the People
해양 생태계 + 지역사회 + 미래세대 지원
Key Programs

Project for establishing an ecosystem of marine waste resource circulation

Energy transition scholarship program

Free surgery program for Vietnamese children with facial deformities

Free meal program for undernourished children

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By 2022, SK ecoplant will set up a partnership-based plan for solving social problems to bolster our social contribution policy based on cooperation and connections. By linking our core businesses, SDGs, and the current issues facing local communities, as well as the philosophy, directions, and goals of our social contribution activities, we aim to enhance our policies and programs.
In addition, SK ecoplant will establish a consultation channel with local communities and enable the measurement and analysis of the impact of our contributions, with a focus on targets, while avoiding prior activities for which performance was measured and managed according to investment amounts, total number of employee volunteer hours, and per capita hours spent on social contributions.

사회공헌 목표 테이블 (2022 (목표, Impact 측정범위), 2023 ~, 성과)
2022 2023 ~ Performance
Scope of Impact Measurement Environment Environment + society Sharing via our sustainability report and homepage

The waste fishing net recycling project, which started in Busan in 2022, is scheduled to expand to other regions and overseas by 2025. Through waste fishing net recycling, we aim to increase our annual carbon reduction target from 1,080 tons to 15,000 tons after 2023. For the energy transition scholarship program, our target for annual carbon reduction, made through donations of solar energy facilities to the African region, will increase from 81 tons in 2022 to 100 tons after 2023.
Moreover, SKIL Demoday and the ConTech Meet-up Day, so far provided only to domestic startups, was expanded to include overseas startups, as well as domestic startups aspiring to advance into overseas markets, beginning in 2022. This will support the establishment of a social enterprise ecosystem within the global environmental and new renewable energy industry.


Waste Fishing Net Recycling

SK ecoplant has presented a new win-win model to reinforce our support for the project to recycle fishing nets abandoned in the ocean, as well as to resolve marine pollution issues. Our donation of KRW 150 million made to NETSPA, a social venture for waste fishing net upcycling, will go towards transportation of waste fishing nets. This project can create jobs for local communities in cooperation with the social venture that directly performs the recycling work and the SEAM Foundation, an NGO aiding the creation of a social enterprise ecosystem. Through such cooperation, we have successfully built a social value creation model based on shared growth and collaboration. NETSPA has received funding for its operations and the foundation had a chance to further develop a social economy ecosystem. In 2022, 300 tons of waste fishing nets are scheduled to be transported from Busan, which is expected to reduce 1,080 tons of carbon. Our support for the recycling project will continue every year.

Energy Transition Scholarship

SK ecoplant is currently working in cooperation with YOLK, a domestic solar energy startup, to install Solar Cows, which are solar charging stations. Despite the high penetration rate of cell phones, access to electricity is low in Africa. Therefore, kerosene is widely used instead of electricity and a walk of 4-6 hours is sometimes necessary to reach a cell phone charging station. With the installation of Solar Cows at school, children can now charge their phones there and study during charging hours, which guarantees their right to education. In addition, Solar Cows contribute to resolving issues stemming from fossil fuel use, as they replace kerosene lighting. We have donated KRW 160 million to YOLK through a partnership with the World Canaan Movement, a non-profit organization, while working to install three Solar Cows and 750 Solar Milks, rechargeable portable batteries, in Africa.
Furthermore, we plan on making additional donations using money converted from points accumulated by employees participating in our in-house carbon reduction program. We anticipate 27 tons of carbon reduction per Solar Cow and 81 tons of carbon reduction in total through the project on an annual basis.

Free Surgery for Vietnamese Children with Facial Deformities

Since 1996, SK ecoplant has been providing free surgery to 150-200 children with facial deformities every year. 24 rounds of free surgery were offered between 1996 and 2019, benefitting 4,100 children in total. Going a step further than simply providing surgery, the program shares medical skills with local medical teams and leaves behind medical instruments purchased for the surgery, so local hospitals can use them continuously. Financial support provided thus far has amounted to about KRW 3.5 billion in value, covering purchase expenses for surgical instruments, medicine, and medical supplies, as well as hospital bills. Since 2019, we have put the program on hold for two years due to the COVID-19 outbreak but resumed operations beginning in September 2022, with additional aid of KRW 190 million scheduled. We expect that this free surgery program for Vietnamese children with facial deformities will contribute to reducing economic losses by about KRW 4.47 billion.

Volunteering to Improve Spaces for Happy Living

Starting with the Helping Youth Breadwinners event in April 2006, SK ecoplant has sought to improve living environments for socially vulnerable households, including their housing and living facilities. To select beneficiaries, we communicate with local welfare centers. Our contributions were formally acknowledged, including with a commendation from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. While we were unable to continue this project in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we resumed activities in 2021, holding six volunteering events with KRW 36 million spent in total. In addition, we reused display materials and remaining materials from showroom houses as part of our effort to promote recycling, leading to a reduction of about KRW 1 million per event.

“Ontact” Life Sharing

The “Ontact” Life Sharing program is SK Group’s relay campaign for blood donation. SK ecoplant is also participating in this campaign in a bid to resolve blood supply shortages. Two programs, ‘Blood Day’ and ‘Half-day Off for Blood Donation’ are in operation to urge employees to join the blood donation effort. Blood Day aims to provide employees with easier access to blood donation by sending blood donation buses to office buildings and domestic work sites to encourage participation, while “Half-day Off for Blood Donation” is a special leave scheme that allows employees to take a half-day off at their own discretion to donate blood at a Blood Donor Center. Through these programs, a total of 300 employees and their family members donated blood in January and February 2022, and KRW 12.9 million was donated for children with hematologic malignancies. Our efforts have led to the creation of KRW 36 million in social value.

Happy Two Meal Program

Happy Two Meal program launched in partnership with Happy Alliance in a bid to support potentially underfed children. SK ecoplant’s donation of KRW 50 million went towards providing side dishes to children at risk of undernourishment in Yeonje-gu, Busan. In total, 8,334 meals were served to 50 children between June 2021 and April 2022. Further, some children received food in multi-use containers made of PP materials, as part of our pilot program for environmental protection. The local government has been continuously providing food support to these children after the end of the program, thanks to a sustainable support system established through our meal support program.

Launch of SK ecoplant Athletes with Disabilities Group

SK ecoplant is committed to developing jobs for people with disabilities and providing them with work opportunities. We are striving to expand recruitment of the physically challenged in order to implement social value in line with SK Group’s vision. In particular, we have built a ‘recruitment model for athletes with disabilities’ in collaboration with public agencies, such as the Seoul Sports Association for the Differently Abled and the Korea Employment Agency with Persons with Disabilities. Moreover, we launched the SK ecoplant Athletes with Disabilities Group, composed of 17 athletes in 5 sports, in July 2020, which has contributed to ensuring diversity, promoting social value, and developing sports marketing positions within the company.

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