Supporting the Community
Our Corporate Responsibility Policy clearly states our commitment to the positive development of the communities we serve. We leverage our resources and expertise to build sustainable community hubs which promote social inclusion, foster advancement and opportunities, and strengthen urban connectivity. During the construction of our sustainable urban infrastructure, we take a people-oriented approach to actively engage with relevant stakeholders and impacted communities so as to understand and address their concerns and needs.
Being an integral part of the city, we work to create a vibrant civil society through proactive community investment. In addition to financial and in-kind contributions to non-profit and charitable organisations, we encourage staff volunteering and initiate community programmes in support of diverse social segments of our community. Through our extensive programmes, we work to realise our vision as a leading responsible and sustainable corporation in Hong Kong and beyond.
Our “Community Connect” serves as a platform for a variety of initiatives supporting everyone from the young to the elderly while enhancing the liveability of our city. Embedded in all our carefully developed programmes is an enduring commitment to nurturing the communities we serve to build and foster a sustainable Hong Kong.
Community Investment Programmes
We actively invest in community programmes benefiting different social segments such as children, the youth and the elderly to address their evolving needs. As young people are our future leaders, innovators and game changers, we adopt a multi-faceted approach to support youth development to unlock their potential. Throughout the years, various youth empowerment programmes, such as the annual life and career planning programme – “‘Train’ for Life's Journeys” launched in 2009, have been organised to equip young individuals with the skills, knowledge and experience for success. To express our gratitude to the elderly for their invaluable contributions to the society, we reach out to them on a regular basis.
Leveraging Our Skills and Assets
At MTR, we focus our activities where we can leverage our strengths and business to grow and support the communities we serve. We encourage staff volunteering and work closely with non-governmental organisations and social enterprises to build a more connected city. Through our “Art in MTR”, we integrate art into our station architecture and facilitate artists to stage their art-related activities or displays in our stations and malls, acting as community art galleries to enhance the travel experience. We strive to contribute our skills and assets to create a supportive and vibrant city where everyone can enjoy a positive and engaging lifestyle.
As an organisation deeply ingrained into our communities, we are strongly motivated to contribute to the sustainable development of our city. Our employees regularly contribute their own time to organise and participate in various volunteering activities. In support of the philanthropy of our employees, the “More Time Reaching Community” Scheme was established in 2005 to provide funding and support for our staff volunteers to organise community projects. The volunteering activities are open to current employees and their families and friends as well as MTR retirees.
MTR pays attention to the growing demand for highly capable railway-related professionals both within and outside Hong Kong. Established in 2016, the MTR Academy serves as a global training hub for railway management and operation. Through its tailor-made curriculum, the MTR Academy nurtures future railway executives and professionals, equipping them with top skills and capabilities and keeping them up to date with the best practices of their railway counterparts worldwide. Our strategic role in nurturing talent will contribute to the advancement of service and operational excellence of the railway industry in Hong Kong and beyond.