LOTTE is expanding its social welfare infrastructure to make the world a better place, and implementing
various aid and support programs to help the socially vulnerable.
Thanksgiving Campaign for VFWSupporting Korean War veterans in other countries
LOTTE has joined hands with the Ministry of National Defense to support
surviving Korean War veterans in other countries. For its first project, LOTTE built the Korean War Veteran Center in Thailand in 2014. The center serves both as a memorial and a welfare center for Korean War veterans and their families. The center also provides Korean language and Taekwondo classes every weekend. In 2017, the President of the Thai Korean War Veterans Association visited Korea to personally present a plaque of appreciation to LOTTE personally.
In 2017, LOTTE rebuilt the Korean Community Center to open the “Friendship Hall for Koreans and Colombian War Veterans” in Bogota, Colombia. In November 2019, LOTTE opened the “Ethiopian Veterans of The Korean War” memorial hall in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, the only participating African country in the Korean War, and received a plaque of appreciation from the Ministry of Defense.
In addition, LOTTE runs a scholarship program for descendants of overseas Korean War veterans to express our gratitude for their sacrifice. Because most of the veterans themselves are now in their 90s, we have extended our assistance program to cover their descendants as well, to help them contribute to their own countries just as their forefathers did for Korea. The LOTTE Scholarship Foundation has provided scholarships to the descendants of veterans in Thailand, Colombia and Ethiopia, where the “Veterans of The Korean War” memorial hall have been established. In addition, it has provided scholarships to more than 100 people annually in the participating countries such as the Philippines and Turkey.
Youth LibraryLibrary for soldiers in service
a library for soldiers serving at GOPs, coast guard stations, and other remote areas
Youth Library is a library made from two shipping containers. Following construction of the first one in Gachilbong OP of the 21st Division at Yanggu, Gangwon-do in 2016, 46 Youth Libraries have opened so far.
Youth Library is divided into two sections: a lounge and a study hall. The lounge is furnished with comfortable couches and tea tables where soldiers can choose from over 1,000 books to read. By 2021, LOTTE plans to establish a total of 68 centers in the Army and Air Force. In addition, we support various cultural programs such as book concerts with artists by utilizing the Youth Bookstore space.
Official Sponsor of the Korea Ski Association
As a chair company of the Korea Ski Association, LOTTE Group is taking the lead in strengthening the Korea’s competitiveness in winter sports. In November 2014, Chairman Dong-Bin Shin was inaugurated as the 20th President of the Korea Ski Association. In preparation for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, LOTTE helped improve the national team's abilities and actively supported various infrastructures. In addition, LOTTE Group signed an MOU with the winter sports powers, the US, Canada and the Finnish Ski Association to lead the exchange of technology and information. Accordingly, LOTTE Group contributed to the acquisition of Korea's first winter sports Olympic medal (Sang-ho Lee, silver medal) at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Currently, Advisor Chi-hyun Kim of LOTTE Engineering & Construction is serving as the 22nd President of the Korea Ski Association, expanding the base for skiing and preparing for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
7-Eleven’s “Together with Community” CampaignCampaign to express our gratitude to soldiers
7-Eleven is committed to supporting soldiers in service and inspiring patriotism.
The “Together with Community” campaign is part of our efforts. 7-Eleven’s first “Together with Community” campaign focused on supporting veterans. In May 2014, 7-Eleven and the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs signed an MOU to launch a start-up assistance program for veterans. In August 2016, 7-Eleven signed the “MOU for Midshipman Cruise Sponsorship” with the Naval Academy of Korea to provide supplies equivalent to 1 million dollars for the Midshipman Cruise Fleet over 5 years. Since 2014, 7-Eleven has regularly visited the Marines on Baengnyeongdo and army units on the front line to deliver care packages.
In addition, 7-Eleven sponsored the Military World Games held at Mungyeong, Gyeongbuk in 2015. It is also one of the main sponsors of the annual Korea Defense Daily Comrade Marathon and provides drinking water, beverages, and other essentials for the participants.