SEOUL, Korea, May 31, 2017 — Employees from Otis Elevator Korea (“Otis Korea”) visited a local childcare center in Siheung, Gyeonggi, South Korea as part of the company’s “Green Shoots” campaign to enhance the learning environment at local schools while teaching environmental sustainability and elevator safety. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Forty Otis employees visited Nature & Child, a local children’s center, to improve the building so children can study and play in a more pleasant environment. They replaced the old wallpaper and flooring in the study room, replaced old desks and chairs with new ones, donated about 280 books and cleaned up the facility, both inside and outdoors.
Along with the environmental improvement project, the Otis employees held an elevator safety training for 20 children at the center. The children were eager to participate in the programs prepared by Otis and enjoyed the discussion and fun quiz on elevator safety. They also painted reusable bags with the theme of safety and the environment. Children enjoyed every moment of this meaningful event to learn more about elevator safety.
“We’re so excited that the center has become incredibly bright and pleasant, thanks to the Otis volunteers,” said Hyeon-in Shin, the head of Nature and Child. “Otis not only repaired our facilities and offered us much-needed support, but they also advised us on how to get additional support from other organizations, which helped us so much.”
“We hope that the children, the future of this country, dream big dreams and build on their hopes for tomorrow in this center that Otis employees helped change,” said IS Cho, vice president and managing director of Otis Korea, and who participated in the Green Shoots event. “We are going to continue the campaign to improve the learning environment for local children and foster learning for a strong safety culture with them.”
The Green Shoots campaign is one of United Technologies’ major social corporate responsibility programs. Developed for children – the young shoots – around the world who need the care and attention of society, the campaign is designed to offer a healthy learning environment, raise environmental and safety awareness among children, and help them pursue their dreams.
Launched in 2011, the campaign has continued to influence children around the world every year. Employees voluntarily get involved in the program to build or replace educational facilities, contribute to local libraries and offer elevator safety education programs for children, delivering important lessons about safety and the environment in the process.
Green Shoots is not the only campaign that Otis pursues. Since 2002, the elevator maker has provided elevator safety training to some 15,000 children from low-income families. Otis is characterized by the volunteer efforts of its employees to share what they have with others. The company has teams large and small that are engaged in volunteer programs to offer a helping hand where it is needed around the world.
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in approximately 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information, visit www.otis.com, or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.