Some activities have been cancelled or postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Lion Group is revising its activities, including the use of online technologies, as it continues working to create healthy living habits.
In April and May 2021, Lion Corporation (Korea) (“LCK”) provided sets of its Kids safe toothbrushes and toothpaste for some 5,300 first-graders in elementary school with the aim of developing proper oral care habits to maintain their health. The sets were provided through Teacher Mall, a specialized online mall where teachers at registered schools purchase teaching supplies.
In 2021, LCK partnered with Playtime, South Korea’s No. 1 local kids cafe, to provide 7,500 children aged 3 to 7 who visited Playtime facilities with a KODOMO Toothbrush. This activity was aimed at reducing children’s reluctance toward tooth brushing and informing them about the importance of oral care. A KODOMO Toothbrush commercial also played inside Playtime to increase brand recognition.
LCK has been contributing to the improvement of local residents’ health care by joining health care programs (promoted by local community organizations such as public healthcare centers, cultural centers and school nurse associations) and conducting health care lectures.
The content of each lecture is tailored to its target audience. Specialists assigned by LCK give lectures on a wide range of health-related topics, such as correct oral care for infants and parents, oral health management, the relationship between oral health and systemic illness, and living habits to prevent infectious diseases.
In 2021, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, lectures were held twice via Zoom, with approximately 250 people participating, bringing the total number of participants since 2012 to 19,150.
In cooperation with Seodaemun-gu Health Center and the Department of Preventive Dentistry and Public Oral Health at Yonsei University College of Dentistry, LCK has provided education to elementary, junior high and high school students since 2014.
At elementary, junior high and high schools within Seoul’s Seodaemun District, LCK has established tooth brushing facilities at which dentists and dental hygienists provide ongoing oral care education and monitoring. Dental examinations are conducted twice a year for four years with follow-ups as needed (covering students in the fourth through sixth years of elementary school and in the first through third years of junior high school). In order to ensure students develop proper oral care habits, dental hygienists visit schools to educate them on such habits as brushing their teeth after meals as well as on correct preventive dentistry.
In 2021, the number of participating schools was 16, and approximately 12,000 students received education on tooth brushing through the facilities, bringing the cumulative total number of students served to approximately 55,077.
The Lion Group places emphasis on fostering children’s awareness of dental and oral health in order to help them stay healthy for a lifetime. Aiming to teach correct oral care to elementary school students, the Lion Group has held the Oral Health Event of Tooth Brushing for Children since 1932. Currently, the event is held annually in Asia.
LCK has held the Oral Health Event of Tooth Brushing for Children since 2009. In June 2021, approximately 80 students from two Japanese elementary schools in the cities of Seoul and Busan participated remotely from their homes. In total, about 8,160 children have participated in this event since 2009.
Aiming to increase local residents’ awareness of oral health and preventive dentistry, LCK and Gwangjin-gu Public Health Center have jointly held the Oral Care Consultation Room every Tuesday since 2012. Participants learn to conduct self-checks of their dental and oral conditions and then receive individual professional examinations. Based on these, they receive personal guidance on self-care methods in accordance with their individual dental and oral needs.
A total of approximately 17,000 people, including around 1,790 people in 2019, have taken part in the Oral Care Consultation Room. In 2021, LCK paused this activity due to COVID-19.
Since March 2021, LCK has been carrying out a large-scale promotional campaign in movie theaters operated by CGV, South Korea’s largest movie theater chain (averaging 2–4 million visitors per month).
The campaign features posters and video advertisements in cinema lobbies across the country. Furthermore, theater restrooms are set up with posters, Ai! Kekute products and stickers that provide proper hand washing instructions.
* Ai! Kekute (literally, Oh! Clean!) is a hand soap brand marketed by LCK.
In May 2020, LCK signed a basic agreement with the ChildFund Korea, the largest charitable foundation serving underprivileged children in Korea, to jointly pursue the following.
As part of this initiative, LCK has donated a portion of the sales of Ai! Kekute (100 million KRW) to the foundation. The donated funds will be used to cover the sanitation maintenance expenses for sinks and toilets in facilities used by children. The goal of the Colorful Bathroom Campaign is to improve the health of children and the local community as a whole by adding color to the sanitary environment by putting out Ai! Kekute and keeping sink areas clean at all times.
In 2021, the project visited and provided maintenance at a total of ten local children’s community centers serving 400 children 4 to 16 years old in the Seoul area.
LCK releases Ai! Kekute limited edition products every year. Through the Miral Welfare Foundation and Goodwill,* people with disabilities are involved throughout the processes of product design, packaging, sales and handling donations related to these products. Proceeds of the donated Ai! Kekute Limited Edition to the Miral Welfare Foundation are used to create jobs for employees at Goodwill and BridgeOn Arte, an organization under the Miral Welfare Foundation that supports artists with developmental disabilities. This initiative is aimed at contributing to the employment and income growth of people with disabilities.
In 2021, the limited edition products were launched in April, and the initiative contributed to the creation of employment for about 40 people with disabilities.
* Goodwill is a non-profit organization that provides job training and employment services for people who are socially disadvantaged in their search for work, such as people with disabilities and homeless individuals.
The declining birthrate is a social issue facing South Korea, and municipalities are promoting activities to counter it. Aiming to improve the birthrate, LCK has signed partnership agreements with municipalities and is implementing measures in cooperation with the government. To support the health of newborns, LCK provides a Hygiene Care Set to families who have recently filed birth certificates.
In 2021, LCK expanded this initiative, signing partnership agreements with 54 municipalities. In addition, LCK aims to reduce anxiety about rising health risks in South Korea stemming from environmental pollution, such as fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and provided information on correct hand washing steps to 105,638 households, for a cumulative total of about 278,706 households, along with Ai! Kekute hand soap.
Health problems arising from poor living environments (such as sick building syndrome and issues caused by house dust) among the elderly and other socially vulnerable people have become a social issue in South Korea. The Korean Government has launched a support project (via the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute affiliated with the Ministry of Environment) to tackle this issue in cooperation with companies, hospitals and municipalities.
LCK has been a supporting member of this project since 2015, distributing daily care products such as dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents and oral care products in areas with significant vulnerable populations.
In 2021, LCK offered support to 1,750 households, and it will continue to support this project with the aim of realizing healthy living environments for everyone.
In South Korea, donation culture has taken root, and “ethical consumption”* has become a part of consumers’ purchasing habits.
In December 2019, in cooperation with the large South Korean supermarkets Lotte Mart and KIM’S CLUB, LCK held a donation promotion campaign involving purchases of Ai! Kekute soap. Through such organizations as the Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Child Fund Korea and Korea Single-Parent Family Welfare Facility Association, we can support the families of pediatric cancer patients and children living in unsanitary conditions. After the promotion, 10,000 hand soaps were donated to the foundation and association.
In April 2021, LCK held an event for consumers via livestream in collaboration with NAVER Corp., which is South Korea’s leading internet service company and boasts the search engine with the top market share in the country. Through the event, LCK sold Ai! Kekute Season 2 limited edition product sets (one bottle and four refill pack) featuring packages designed by people with disabilities. The proceeds from these sales were donated to Goodwill to create jobs for people with disabilities. The amount donated was shown in real time on the stream, encouraging participation. A cumulative 210,000 consumers tuned into the stream.
LCK will continue to collaborate with various retailers and expand donation promotions.
* Ethical consumption refers to consumers taking into account their purchases’ effect on people, society and/or the global environment, while supporting those who are contributing to the solution of social issues.
LCK signed a partnership agreement with Happy Alliance in August 2017 to engage in social contribution activities and promote a sustainable social contribution business model.
In 2021, LCK provided Happy Boxes to 11,600 children suffering from food insecurity or living in economic conditions that present hygiene difficulties. These Happy Boxes contain Kids safe toothbrushes and toothpaste marketed by LCK and leaflets about cavity prevention, enabling children to practice proper brushing at home.
Moving forward, LCK will continue its partnership with Happy Alliance to contribute to improving children’s quality of life.
* Happy Alliance is a network of enterprises, institutions and individuals that, based on sharing and cooperation, are working to bring about change by proactively addressing social issues.
To teach children ways to protect their health, LCK has conducted educational activities on hand washing using Ai! Kekute, a hand soap marketed by LCK. Childhood is the most critical period for establishing good hygiene care habits.
In 2016, LCK conducted Ai! Kekute hand washing classes for kindergarteners aged 4 to 6 in Seoul and nearby cities. These classes involved a bubbly foam-shaped mascot character and a facilitator that captured the children’s attention and encouraged active participation. In 2017, LCK carried out the event at 50 kindergartens, with 6,580 kindergarteners participating.
In 2019, through monthly volunteer programs, LCK taught children at two local community centers as well as four kindergartens attended by children of LCK employees how to wash their hands properly (target age group: 4 to 13 years old, for a total of 300 participants). Through hand washing songs and exercises, children learn that hand washing is not boring, but actually fun.
Usually located near their homes, libraries are facilities children use often. Knowing this, LCK has implemented the “LION reading a book is Ai! Kekute” campaign in cooperation with five children’s libraries in Seoul, namely, Seoul Children’s Public Library, Dongjak Public Library, Nowon Library, Gangnam-gu Library and Dobong Culture Information Library. This campaign is aimed at promoting washing hands properly before and after reading books, which can carry a myriad of invisible bacteria. This practice is good not only for hygienic purposes; LCK’s campaign also points out that keeping books clean contributes to the global environment as clean books last longer and longer-lasting books require fewer trees to be chopped down to make paper.
Librarians use Value BOXes* to teach children the importance of washing hands before and after reading books. These boxes show the spots where bacteria tend to adhere in daily life, the proper way to wash the hands and tips for keeping hands clean after washing. Children are given Value BOX sets consisting of one box for educational purposes for use in the library and another for use at home with quiz contents about hand washing that make hand washing fun to help establish it as a habit.
LCK conducted this campaign from December 2018 to February 2019, and approximately 615 families participated in it.
* Each Value BOX leaflet shows the proper way to wash the hands, when to wash and the top spots where bacteria tend to adhere in daily life. After studying it to learn about hand washing, children can fold it into a Value BOX.
In September 2019, the 19th International Coastal Cleanup Day event was held. This event was established by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to reduce marine waste. Muuido Island’s Masian Coast, where the activity took place, is located near Incheon International Airport and is typical of the area, with both tidal flats and a sandy beach.
In cooperation with the Incheon Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries, LCK, whose production headquarters is located in the Incheon area, participated in the cleanup activity for the first time and celebrated its 15th anniversary. Approximately 100 employees cleaned up about one ton of marine waste, including styrofoam, household waste and fishing gear on this stretch of West Sea coast.
With the theme of “One company, build one river, road, and town,” LCK will continue to participate regularly in West Sea coastal cleanup activities.
A small island on the Han River, Nanjido became Seoul’s official landfill in the 1970s. Due to Seoul’s rapid urbanization and economic growth, Nanjido was eventually covered by enormous mountains of garbage. After the landfill site closed down around 1990, the government gave the issue serious consideration and planned the Landfill Recovery Project. The project aims to recover the site, transforming it into “ecological parks.” One of these is Haneul Park, where citizen groups, companies and the government are working together to promote a forest development project aimed at restoring biodiversity. As an environmentally friendly company, LCK has been supporting this project since 2017.
LCK has developed its own forest with the name of Ai! Kekute, where employee volunteers have planted approximately 100 trees. As the young trees reach sufficient size and strength, LCK employees transplant them to the Haneul Park forest.
This activity was conducted by 86 employees and their families in 2019.
To fulfill its corporate social responsibility, LCK, as a hygiene product manufacturer, actively engaged in such social contribution activities as in-kind donations of hygiene products sold by the company.
|Outside collaborators||Korean Red Cross Blood Services|
|Donations||2,021 hygia sets|
|Details||LCK created hygiene sets of three types of products marketed under its new hygiene brand, hygia, and provided them to blood donation event participants to encourage blood donation and help overcome the nationwide blood shortage caused by the third wave of COVID-19 infection.|
|Outside collaborators||Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association|
|Donations||10 million KRW|
|Details||Donated 10 million KRW in emergency relief funds and Ai! Kekute hand soap for use in quarantine living facilities and at home by South Koreans who had been living in Wuhan, China and had to suddenly return to South Korea because of the pandemic.|
|Outside collaborators||Seoul City Hall|
|Donations||5,000 bottles of Ai! Kekute|
|Details||Donated Ai! Kekute to the disease control department of Seoul City Hall and distributed it to 25 health centers, dedicated COVID-19 clinics and the homes of voluntary quarantine patients.|
|Period||March and November 2020|
|Outside collaborators||Korean Red Cross|
3,000 bottles of Ai! Kekute
10,000 packs of Kyusoku Jikan
9,000 packs of Naengam Therapy Ice Deo Sheet
1. Donated Ai! Kekute to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of medical staff nationwide
2. Donated Kyusoku Jikan to help medical staff who wear protective clothing for extended periods of time and emergency personnel who transport patients all day long recover from fatigue
Donated Cool Therapy Cooling Sheet to healthcare workers at seven hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients to create a rapid chilling effect as the heating system may get them overheated in medical protective clothing.
|Period||September 2020–February 2021|
|Outside collaborators||Korean Red Cross|
|Donations||3,500 ampoules of RAWQUEST|
|Details||Donated ampoules of the new cosmetics brand RAWQUEST to medical personnel at hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients|
|Outside collaborators||Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute, Miral Welfare Foundation|
|Donations||Proceeds from sales of Chamgreen|
LCK participated in an eco-campaign as a certified Green Company in the run-up to World Environment Day.* As part of efforts to promote ethical consumption, LCK advertised eco-certified Chamgreen products, selling 3,150 units.
A 2% portion of the proceeds of these sales were donated to support environmental conservation. The remainder of the proceeds were donated to support job creation for people with disabilities.
* The United Nations designates June 5 every year as World Environment Day, a day for raising awareness of environmental conservation and conducting educational activities. World Environment Day was as established in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
|Period||September 2021 (Part 1), November 2021 (Part 2)|
|Outside collaborators||Korean Red Cross|
|Donations||10 million KRW|
|Details||LCK donated hygiene products for Afghan refugees (approximately 400 individuals in 80 families) who entered the country on an emergency basis due to the crisis in Afghanistan.|