Caring company expo: 10th of March 2017
The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong has been awarded the title of ‘Caring Company’ by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS) this year and it is our first time to participate this expo.
The Caring Company Expo was held on 10th March 2017, starting at 1pm to 6pm. There were over 100 exhibitors participating including categories in Children and Youth Service, Family and Community Service, Rehabilitation Service, Integrated Service, Elderly Service, Sustainability and Social Enterprise. It was a great opportunity for our exposure to the local NGO community and other business corporates.
Interview with Kwun Tong Swatow Church, operator of the fourth lunch club since October 2016
Conversation with KK Lam, Sam Chui and Marco Liu, 15/3/2017, Kwun Tong Lunch Club
How has the Lunch Club been going since the opening last October?
KK Lam: It has been doing well since the opening last October. I think we can divide into 3 stages: mid-October, early November and February. As we started in the industrial area in the beginning, our members’ base was mainly industrial workers.
We then moved to the new location near Tsui Ping Estate, which attracts many public housing inhabitants and we continue to grow our member base. After Chinese New Year, the Lunch Club now has a stable member base and everything is on track.
Thanks to Sam, many posters were put in the public estates. One interesting fact is many people know our lunch club because of our job information session, which further build up our member base.
What are your duties in the Lunch Club?
KK Lam: Acting as an experienced director in property management companies and served as a Kwun Tong District Councillor for 17 years before, I am in charge of the job matching for the lunch club. Besides organizing events and seminars for our members, I am handling the operation and logistics part of the lunch club.
Sam Chui: It is a pleasure working with KK Lam and I provide the administrative and IT support for our lunch club. I oversee the distribution of lunchboxes and coordinate with Food Angel. I also handle the updates on the Facebook page and designs the posters for marketing use.
Marco Liu: I am the main contact with the French Chamber Foundation, providing daily operation support with Sam.
What are the achievements of the Lunch Club?
Marco Liu: The Lunch Club serves as a social oasis to the Kwun Tong community. Its lovely environment and friendly staff give a warm heaven for the beneficiaries during lunch time. It also brings a closer relationship between our church and the community. Many lunch club members develop a sense of belonging and make friends here.
What is your vision of the lunch club?
Marco Liu: Our vision is to provide support to the working poor that the government could not reach. We envision the members will continue to form their social circles here and they can enjoy a peaceful environment during their lunchtime. We are also looking forward to cooperate with more NGOs as we are continuously building up our connections since the opening of the lunch club. We are thankful to the French Chamber Foundation and definitely looking for another 6 months.
Ms. Wong works two days per week as a part-time domestic helper, but she needed to find another part-time job to support her family. After being introduced to the lunch club staff, she applied for a job in care-taking in Yan Chai Hospital.
Mrs. Zhao, a 32 years old woman, living with her family in Mong Kok, would like to reduce the financial burden of her family. Therefore, she joined the Patient Care Assistant Course. After some experience sharing and career counselling with her, Mrs. Zhao has found a full-time Patient Care Assistant in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
21st of April 2017: Green party, bring hope!
The French Chamber Foundation is pleased to invite you to the Green Party on 21st April, 2017. For the first time, ten French Charities are cooperating together to bring hope to people in need. You are welcome to enjoy this great evening and be part of this meaningful event.
Venue: The Quayside
Fenwick Pier – Navy Shopping Centre
1 Lung King Street, Wanchai
From 7.30pm -
Tickets by: http://ticketdood.com/greenparty-bringhope - 350$HK
Mr. Cheung, a 42-year-old experienced security guard, who was unemployed recently, joined the Career Information Seminar in the Security Guard Industry held in the Lunch Club. Afterwards, he found a part-time security guard supervisor job with significantly improved his salary compared to his previous job.
Miss Lee was looking for a relevant job opportunity. Through the network of NGO, the French chamber foundation helped her find a temporary job as a sales person in Causeway Bay.
Sucess stories in Mong Kok and Wan Chai
Having encountered many difficulties upon searching for a job in the past, Miss L. came to the Lunch Club for help. The Foundation aided her to build up her self-esteem and provided opportunities for her to work with others. Once she was ready the team presented her with the recruitment information and training, which allowed her to find a part time job in Wan Chai as a sales woman.
Mr. T., a 44 year old mental patient was ambitious to earn his own money and hence joined a ERB Floral Design course to get the training. In addition, he became a member of our service in the hopes that we could help him find job opportunities and allow him to build his own future. After preparation and aid with his CV, Mr. T. was able to obtain a part time job.
A cocktail for a cause
On the 9th of February, The French Chamber Foundation had the pleasure of organizing a cocktail event at the Consul General of France residence. The members of the French chamber of commerce in Hong Kong were invited to learn about the foundation’s latest achievements and its future goals.
We are thankful to The French Consulate for holding this event to introduce the Foundation cause at which the attendees were offered drinks and Monsieur Chatté patisseries. Upcoming projects and aims of the French chamber foundation were presented during the speeches. The evening offered a perfect opportunity to raise the awareness about hong kongese low-income workers’ situation and needs. More than 80 guests was brought together for a great cause. The French chamber foundation warmly thanks all the guests, partners and donors who participated to this special evening sharing CSR goals together.
Recognition of the French chamber foundation commitment in caring for the community
The French Chamber Foundation has just been granted the Caring Organisation Emblem, awarding The French Chamber Foundation a symbol for our commitment and perseverance in helping the local community of Hong Kong.
All of our sponsors involved, such as Baptist Oi Kwan Social Services, Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church and Food Angel, have helped us to open and maintain the Lunch Clubs, in addition to supplying us with good quality products.
We will be attending the Caring Company Partnership Expo on 10 March and we are happy to see you there.
To a unified society!
The Opening of the 4th Lunch Club
The French Chamber Foundation started the mission in January 2015 with the opening of the first Lunch Club in Wan Chai, we now have four Lunch Clubs in Hong Kong which operate 5 days a week, serving over 200 meals at only HK$8.
On the 13th of October 2016, the French Chamber Foundation opened a new Lunch Club in Kwun Tong, with the help of our partners, the Swatow Baptist Church and Food Angel. The meals were supplied by Food Angel supplies the meals and the Kwun Tong Swatow Baptist Church provides the comfortable environment for our lunch club members. Thanks to Wise Giving, the project went well. It is located on Tsui Ping Road, adjacent to the public housing area.
In December, we had already more than 400 temporary members and 50 permanent members. What is more, 12 members were interested in our job matching services and eventually we had 4 successful matchings!
We are looking forward to the development of this lunch club in Kwun Tong.
Workshops in Tsuen Wan
Throughout this year, the lunch club has held various workshops for our members.
A F&B recruitment talk from Tao Heung Restaurant Group was organized in October in Tsuen Wan. The members learnt more about the job requirements and conditions and there were waiter positions registration from Tao Heung, which received good feedback from the participants.
Two communication workshops were held aiming to enhance the communication and interpersonal skills of lunch club members. The trainer gave a rich and practical explanation with lively teaching styles. 70 participants were happy to have mental and physical talks and ask for more in the future.
Success stories In Tsuen Wan and Wan Chai
Mr Poon, a former part-time English tutor, was unemployed due to the end of the contract. Under the encouragement and assistance of the social workers, he is now working as an English teacher in a primary school.
Mrs. Chui, aged 68 years old, is living with her family in Wan Chai. Her husband is the breadwinner in the family, therefore, she wanted to find job opportunities to reduce the financial burden. After some experience sharing and career counselling with BOKSS, Mrs. Chui has found a part-time construction worker job - $9000/month, which relieved their financial difficulties.
Success stories in Kwun Tong & Mong Kok
One of our Lunch Club attendees had been working in a temporary part-time position in the catering industry, but she was searching for a full-time job in order to have more stability. We arranged an interview for a waitress job in Causeway Bay, which turned out to be unsuitable because of the significant travel distance. After further exploring her options, we were able to set up an interview for a position in the hospital cafeteria in Kwun Tong. She seized this opportunity and has been working there since early October.
After a long time of unemployment, one of our lunch club attendees needed employment assistance as he did not know how to start finding a job. Thanks to the FCF advice about the working environment and labour, he has found a new job as a full time security officer.
Successful Internship Experience
Leo Casanova, a 19 years old student in Parisian engineering school, has participated in a 10-day volunteering service in Wan Chai Lunch Club. His aim was to “dedicate some of his free time to a significant cause”.
Leo found the lunch club volunteering service on the French Chamber Foundation website. He was accepted as the volunteer and he provided logistics help to smoothen the lunch club operation. His experience was meaningful and interesting as he practiced his Mandarin with the lunch club members and he enjoyed meeting different people every day.
In his words, ‘it felt like being part of a big family’. He was welcomed warmly by the lunch club members, which left him an unforgettable experience in summer.
The new Lunch Club in Kwun Tong is open
On the 13th of October 2016, the French Chamber Foundation opened a new Lunch Club in Kwun Tong for the first time, with the help of our partners, the Swatow Baptist Church and Food Angel. The Swatow Baptist Church provides the space necessary to feed the members and helps them with coaching and employment services while Food Angel supplies the meals.
A mission that started in January 2015 with the opening of the first Lunch Club, The French Chamber Foundation now has four Lunch Clubs in Hong Kong that operate 5 days a week, serving over 200 meals for only HK$8.
The French Chamber Foundation warmly thanks those who contributed to the success of this opening.
Looking for staff?
Thanks to the French Chamber Foundation, you can find supporting staff for your company free of charge. We have a range of profiles available for job matching such as cleaners, security guards, clerks, tutors, couriers, etc. Our candidates are highly motivated to contribute to your company and we would be delighted to arrange a suitable matching.
For further information contact Indy Yeung at email@example.com
The French chamber foundation released its first Annual report for 2015-2016. The Annual report 2015-2016 of the French chamber foundation gives you comprehensive information about our activities through the past year. Highlights of the year:
• 3 Lunch Clubs opened in one year
• 17,356 meals served
• 975 Lunch Club members
• 253 members actively involved in the career development services
• 25% of the coached members found a better job. To read the full report, click here.
Hong Kong Jockey Club 'Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum'
As partners of the French Chamber Foundation, the Hong Kong Jockey Club is offering discounted registration to all French Chamber members for their 'Philanthropy for better cities' forum on 22-23 September.
Healthy, inclusive, and vibrant cities… how can we get there?
Let us explore the role of philanthropy in tackling metropolitan social issues with 1,000+ participants, and around 60 international and local speakers, including:
• Prof. Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
• Robert Rosen, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
• Elizabeth Knup, Ford Foundation
• Ashvin Dayal, The Rockefeller Foundation
• Helen Cadbury, Barrow Cadbury Trust
• Pony Ma, Tencent
• Peter Yates, Shared Value Project
• Laurence Lien, Asia Philanthropy Circle
In-depth discussions on themes including:
• Youth and Education
• Ageing and Health
• Environment and Sustainability
• Innovation and Technology
• Public-Private Partnerships
22-23 September (Thursday-Friday), 2016 | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. As a Supporting Partner, members of French Chamber enjoy a special 10% discount off registration (Discount Code: 2JcCham@W). Limited seats left. Register now!
Thank you to the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
La Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has decided to support the French Chamber Foundation. Low income workers can find personalised and warm support in the 3 lunch clubs, strengthen their working skills and finally, attain better opportunities in line with their needs. We thank Hermès for its generosity and commitment that contributes to the support we give to the local community in Hong Kong.
Hamilton Hill Kindergarten interview – Project and Operation Manager, Ayano Iizumi
Recently, Hamilton Hill Kindergarten welcomed a new staff member, QQ, member of the lunch club. Ayano Lizumi, project and Operation Manager @ Hamilton Hill Kindergarten speaks about this fruitful encounter.
How did you find out about the French Chamber Foundation?
It was a coincidence actually. Our former project operator knew the former Head of Recruitment Department of French Chamber, Laure Piron, who told us about the French Chamber Foundation. We thought “Why not give it a try?” and then we were in touch with Indy, the Foundation Representative, for further action.
What were your expectations of the Foundation?
We posted job advertisement on various platforms like jobsdb and there were some applicants. However, it didn’t work out and the person resigned after two days. Since the Foundation and BOKSS act as a middleman, we felt more assured and secure regarding the communication and job matching service. On the day of the interview, Indy and Eric, the Foundation and BOKSS representatives, accompanied QQ, which showed the professionalism and compassion of the service. (It is definitely more reliable and stable than finding candidates on our own.)
What do you think about the profile that we successfully placed at your kindergarten?
We are thankful to have QQ joining our team and we are pleased to work with the Foundation. QQ is very cheerful, communicative and gets along with others. On the first day of work, she already had a cooperative spirit (team player) and is willing to integrate into the team. We are also hoping QQ can become our permanent staff and be part of our dream team.
Would you consider our services again and recommend us to other companies?
Definitely. Not many companies and people know about the French Chamber Foundation and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept. I was surprised that we could contribute back to the local community especially considering the unstable economic environment.
In the near future, we would like to find 1-2 more part-time cleaning staff from the Lunch Club as it gives stability and trustworthiness in its job matching services. We hope we can set as an example for others to follow and may the streak continue!
What’s happen in Mong Kok?
After a long time of unemployment, Mrs. Fung needs employment assistance as she did not know how to start finding a job. At the Lunch Club in Mong Kok, she received advice about the working environment and labour market. Relying on the FCF services, she found a job as part time relief security officer and, after one month, Mrs. Fung had significantly improved her situation as she was hired in a full time security job.
Mr. Wong, a 55-year-old man, lives in New Territories with his family and has started studying the Patient Care Assistant course at Oi Kwan Social Service. Mr. Wong had no idea about his career, and thought he was too old for job seeking. After several career talks and goal setting, Mr. Wong has found a new job, increasing his revenues.
Innovation award for the Foundation
On the 29th of June 2016 during the annual meetings gathering all the CCI working abroad, the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong received the Innovation award for the French Chamber Foundation.
Among 115 CCI present in 85 countries, the French CCI in Hong Kong has been rewarded for its project launched in 2015, relying on its network and the generosity of its members to help the local population.
French Chamber awarded Caring Company title
The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong is proud to announce that it has been awarded the title of ‘Caring Company’ by the Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS). Having our work recognised in such a manner is a huge honour for the Chamber as we continue to strive to be a socially responsible company.
In particular, the involvement with the French Chamber Foundation highlights this commitment to giving back to the local Hong Kong community. The initiative remains a source of immense pride for us and our members.
To learn more about the award click on the link
Launched by the HKCSS in 2002, the Caring Company Scheme (the Scheme) aims to cultivate responsible corporate citizenship. It is specifically geared towards building strategic partnerships among businesses and non-profit organisations to create a more cohesive society.
The Scheme also endeavours to promote partnerships between the business and the social welfare sectors. Through cross-sectoral activities and exchanges, the two sectors can get to know and understand each other and develop community projects matching community needs.
- Last year, 3,222 companies and organisations were awarded the Caring Company Logo, or Caring Organisation Logo, as a way of acknowledging their commitment to being socially responsible.
To raise awareness of good corporate citizenship in the business and public sectors and promoting their contribution to a more ‘caring’ community.
To motivate strategic partnership initiatives among public, business and charitable organisations.
To recognise organisations which demonstrate responsible corporate citizenship.
French Chamber members: renew your membership at the FCCIHK and care for a better Hong Kong!
In order to support the Foundation, the members of the French Chamber of Commerce now have the possibility to donate to the Foundation with just one click! We would like to express our gratitude to the members who have already made a contribution.
To participate: http://www.fccihk.com/membership/renew
Come check out our video about our organisation!
We care and support the HK community and have a look at how we do it, how we give back to our community!
The French Chamber Gala Dinner: An evening of glamour and generosity
The French Chamber Gala Dinner took place on Friday 27 May at Grand Hyatt. Thanks to the generosity of the our guests and sponsors, the Gala Dinner this year enabled us to raise HKD1.9 million. Out of the HKD1.9 million, HKD600,000 was collected through the silent auction, and HK$500,000 was raised through the live auction. An additional HK$8,000 was raised through the generosity wave, allowing the audience to sponsor weeks of operation in our 3 Lunch Clubs.
The HK$1.9 million raised will go towards the Lunch Club funds. Last year with the money they accumulated, the FCF opened two new Lunch Clubs in Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok, making three including the original one in Wan Chai. The funds raised this year will not only support our existing centres but will make possible for us to open the 4th Lunch Club.
The main priorities in 2016 is to continue the operations and development of our existing lunch clubs, to further extend our network and to increase the number of successful job matching between minded companies and committed workers. So far, we see success in these aims and we hope to continue to meet our targets.
A huge thanks to our sponsors, benevolent guests, and the charismatic auctioneer, Mr. François Curiel, for helping us raise funds through the auction to help us continue this programme. As without their support, the auctions and generosity wave would not have been possible.
Thank you to the donors at the French Chamber Gala Dinner
This year’s Gala Dinner demonstrated the generosity of the French Chamber’s members and their guests. A number of fundraising initiatives took place resulting in HK$1.9 million being raised for the French Chamber Foundation. The donation is critical to the French Chamber Foundation and its 3 Lunch Clubs. Your contribution will help us to continue our work and further develop our employment services to actively help our members to be lifted out of poverty.
Thierry Neveux, Asia Pacific Director of Moulin Roty has contributed to the French Chamber Foundation during the evening:
« It is a pleasure to support the French Chamber Foundation because we feel it provides efficient care giving in a very accountable and down to earth manner. We even hired someone via the Lunch Club, a hard-working and committed senior lady whom everyone loves in the office, so it’s really the way to go to assist people in need here in our home, Hong Kong. ” Thierry Neveux, Moulin Roty
We were fortunate to have the opportunity to interview one of our beneficiaries, Carrie, aged 55.
What do you work as and how much do you earn from your job? “I am a part time office cleaner and housekeeper for four years. I earn HKD$7000 per month only.”
Where and who do you live with? “I live in Aberdeen public housing with my mother and my brother.”
What is the household income? “Our household income is around HKD$18,000 including my mother’s old age allowance and brother’s salary. However, the expenditure of the family is very high too with my mother’s medical expenses. It’s especially hard with me having a responsibility to look after my mother because it restrains me from doing a full-time job with fixed hours.”
How did the lunch club help you? “The lunch club finally helped me find another part-time job to increase my salary income. In the process, the lunch club’s social worker helped me enhance my confidence and strength during the interview sessions. I will be starting a new part time sales in the coming June and this will help me to increase HKD$3000 salary income per month and widen my job opportunities.”
Who are the Lunch Club members?
- In the Wanchai lunch club, the average age of our members is 51.8 years old and 61% is female. Our figures show that 62% of our Wanchai members holds a secondary certificate where 19% only has a primary certificate or even less. 76% of our members earns less than HKD$8,000 and 55% work only part-time jobs. 43% of our members are part of a 3 people-household where 56% have 1 breadwinner for the whole family.
- The profiles in Tsuen Wan are very similar to those in Wanchai. In the Tsuen Wan lunch club, there is an average of 60% of female of the average age 49.7 years old. Our figures show that for qualifications, 70% of our Tsuen Wan members holds a secondary diploma where 15% only has a primary diploma or even less. Tsuen Wan members have slightly better incomes as 44% earn less than HKD$8000, compared to 76% in Wanchai. 30% of our members work part-time and 60% of our members are part of a 3 people-household where 53% have 1 active worker for the whole family.
- Once again, the Lunch Club in Mong Kok welcomes more female (70%) than male members. The average age of 54 years old is slightly higher than in Wan Chai and Tsuen Wan. Our figures show that for qualifications, 55% of Mong Kok members holds a secondary diploma where 18% only had a primary diploma. In terms of revenue, majority [30%] earns between HK$8,000 and HK$10,000. 29% of our members work part-time and 64% are part of a 3 people-household where 43% gave 1 active worker for the whole family.
Happy Birthday Wanchai!
After a year of hard work in the Wanchai lunch club, we’re glad to have some pretty impressive outcomes:
We had a total of 437 members joining us throughout the year compared to our target of 300. That’s a whooping 45.7% increase compared to our original target!
One of the most important aspect of the lunch club: The total number of members successfully change job or increase job salary was 24 instead of the target of 20.
Finally, the percentage of responded participants who would agree that the meal service helped relieved their financial burdens and the percentage of responded participants who would be satisfied with the meal service was a 100% instead of our year target of 80%. It is relieving to know that the lunch club helped so many people and it was such a success.
And it is only the beginning...
The Lunch Club is celebrating its first anniversary!
A year ago, the French Chamber Foundation's first Lunch Club welcomed its first members in Wan Chai.
Since then, over 10,000 meals were served, 600 beneficiaries found a place to talk, mingle and get the assistance they needed, 30 trainings and job talks were organized and most importantly, 24 participants successfully increased they revenue and found a better job thanks to the job matching service.
Thank you all for your support!
The Lunch Club in Tsuen Wan is OPEN
On December 10th, the French Chamber Foundation had the great pleasure to celebrate with its partners the opening of its second Lunch Club.
From now on, low-income workers in Tsuen Wan, often going through complicated situations (whether professional or personal), can have lunch for 8 dollars, and enjoy employment services, but also human interaction and advice.
The Wanchai Lunch Club will soon celebrate its first anniversary, and “unfortunately” it is very successful. We are using the word “unfortunately” on purpose, because we believe that when it comes to charity, success is never good news, but it is the best reason to do more. Today, with all its partners, the Foundation is ready to do more, to continue, to insist.
By opening the Tsuen Wan Lunch Club, the French Chamber Foundation’s message is very clear: the French Foundation is not an entertaining experience without tomorrow. Hear this out: we are here to stay and do more.
Obviously the French Chamber will not solve all of Hong Kong’s low-income workers issues, but as a respected business community, and fully involved among the local economy, we consider it is our duty to do our part for the community.
La Rotisserie supports the French Chamber Foundation
We’re throwing a Christmas party! Come say “Joyeux Noel!” at our favourite French roast chicken restaurant La Rotisserie and gather before the holidays with some spiced mulled wine.
As a French company in Hong Kong, La Rotisserie would like to give back to the place it calls home, and has partnered with French Chamber Foundation to present this charity event. For each cup of mulled wine sold (HK$50), the restaurant will be donating $10 to the Foundation’s on-going work supporting Hong Kong’s underprivileged workers and families, so it’s also your opportunity to contribute to a very good cause. And if you want to get more involved, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how to volunteer your time to the Foundation’s social activities.
See you there!
The French Chamber Foundation is pleased to support to HandsOn Hong Kong in its FASHION FOR GOOD SALE
HandsOn Hong Kong is organising its second Fashion For Good Sale on 12 and 13 September!
The previous one in April was a huge success, and once again lots of high quality clothing will be available including brands such as Marc Jacobs,what the frock?! , S.Nine by Susanna Soo, Baobae and others. ALL at GREAT prices! The first 50 shoppers who show up will also receive a free goody bag containing luscious items from our generous sponsors Benefit Cosmetics HK, Pure Fitness Official Page, nood food, Pure Apparel, Pure Yoga Official Page, Smudge Make-up Artistry, Munchies.
HOHK is still accepting donations of clothing and accessories. Our helpful sponsor, Uber, will help make any deliveries a lot easier.
For more information, visit: http://www.handsonhongkong.org/en/fashion-good-charity-sale.
Make sure to join at one of the greatest sales of the year… AND all for a GOOD CAUSE!
Thanks for your support
Discover the French Chamber Foundation's first official video
The French Chamber Foundation's first video is now online
A 5 minutes overview of the Lunch Club grand opening
We warmly thank our partners and friends for joining us on that special day
French Medias talk about the French Chamber Foundation
The French Chamber Foundation celebrates the opening of its first Lunch Club
On Saturday 21 March 2015, the French Chamber Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its Lunch Club.
About 60 guests and reporters attended the ceremony hosted by Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
After the opening speeches of Mr. Armen Ekmekdje, President of the French Chamber Foundation and Dr. Chan Kai Fong, Vice Chairman of BOKSS, the audience learnt more on the project and on the major challenges faced by the low income workers in Hong Kong.
The French Chamber Foundation warmly thanks those who contributed to the success of this opening.