FWD partners with Hong Chi Association promoting social integration for autistic adults

FWD Hong Kong is pleased to announce the launch of FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme


HONG KONG, 23 September 2014 - FWD Hong Kong is pleased to announce the launch of FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme (“Live Up Today” Programme), a corporate social responsibility partnership with Hong Chi Association to help autistic adults develop and engage fully and independently in their families and the community. The “Live Up Today” Programme aims to raise public awareness, and to promote understanding of autism among the general public as well as to support social integration of the programme’s autistic participants by equipping them with skills and experience.

The “Live Up Today” Programme comprises of three projects – ‘Employability Sparkle’, ‘Talent Shine’ and the “Live Up Today” Award Scheme.

‘Employability Sparkle’ aims to promote employability of autistic adults through community activities and roving exhibitions that are designed to encourage private and public organisations to provide working opportunities for autistic adults. FWD Hong Kong sets an example with ‘Employability Sparkle’ by using Hong Chi’s services. Trainees of the association are responsible for tea and coffee services, assisting in training room facilities management and providing scanning service at FWD’s offices in Quarry Bay and Sheung Wan.

‘Talent Shine’ will provide opportunities such as an annual show for autistic adults to show their talents in arts performance. Awards and scholarships are set up under the “Live Up Today” Award Scheme to encourage autistic trainees to pursue excellence and to recognise their achievements in their specific fields.

Mr. David Wong, Chief Executive Officer of FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President of Greater China, said, “At FWD, we believe all people should be able to reach their full potential and pursue a passionate life, and autistic adults are no exception. It is such a pleasure for FWD Hong Kong to partner with Hong Chi Association to help autistic adults live a fulfilling life. We will offer full support to Hong Chi Association and continue our commitment to caring for the community.”

Mr. Aldan Kwok, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association thanked FWD Hong Kong for its support, “What makes the partnership even more valuable is that it is a long-term relationship with the dedication of human and financial resources, rather than just a one-off campaign. FWD will help us provide significant commitment and support to the people in need in our society. We are confident with the sustainability of the programme, which has expanded the horizon of business-NGO partnership. Most importantly, it is beneficial to our service users.”

Hong Chi Association is a non-profit making organization in Hong Kong dedicated to serving 7,000 people of all ages and all grades of intellectual disabilities and their families. It is estimated that around 15% to 20% of our service users are of intellectual disabilities in comorbidity with autism.

For more information about Hong Chi Association, please visit www.hongchi.org.hk.


FWD Hong Kong and Hong Chi Association jointly announced the FWD x Hong Chi “Live Up Today” Programme, a corporate social responsibility partnership to promote social integration for autistic adults by helping them to integrate with society.

From left to right:
Ms. Florence Lam, Chief Human Resources Officer, FWD Group
Mr. David Wong, Chief Executive Officer of FWD Hong Kong & Macau and Executive Vice President of Greater China
Mr. Aldan Kwok, General Secretary of Hong Chi Association
Ms. Nicole Li, Services Supervisor of Hong Chi Association


About FWD Hong Kong
FWD is the insurance business arm of the private investment group, Pacific Century Group. FWD’s business spans Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the Philippines offering life insurance services, as well as general insurance, employee benefits and financial planning services in Hong Kong. FWD also has a brand presence in Indonesia. FWD’s strategic focus is to leverage technology to enhance customer experience, deliver innovative products, and invest in talent to create a leading pan-Asian life insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

The life insurance and general insurance operating entities of FWD Hong Kong have been assigned strong financial strength ratings by international rating agencies. FWD Life Insurance Company (Bermuda) Limited is rated “A3” by Moody’s and “A” by Fitch. FWD General Insurance Company Limited is rated “A” by Fitch.

For more information please visit www.fwd.com.hk.


About Pacific Century Group
Pacific Century Group (PCG) was established in 1993 and has interests in property, financial services and other investments in the Asia Pacific region.  PCG has a strong track record of holding and developing assets over the long term, and has a network of well-established connections in Asia.

Since its inception, PCG has consistently invested in the financial services sector. In February 2013, PCG successfully acquired ING Groep N.V.’s Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand insurance business. In 2010, PCG acquired the global asset management operations from AIG and renamed it PineBridge Investments. Since PCG’s acquisition, PineBridge Investments has received 13 industry awards. The company has more than US $65 billion in assets under management through its global network.


Media Enquiries:

FWD Hong Kong
Liza Wong
liza.wong@fwd.com
+852 2850 3986
Catherine Tse
catherine.nc.tse@fwd.com
+852 2850 2908
Jacqueline Choy
jacqueline.yl.choy@fwd.com
+852 2850 2177
Hong Chi Association
May Wong
cfr@hongchi.org.hk
+852 2661 0709