Doosan and Bobcat Co. employees completed the first “Doosan Days of Community Service” this month in communities in North America and around the globe where Bobcat and its parent company, Doosan Bobcat Inc. – along with its parent’s parent, Doosan Infracore Co. Ltd., based in Seoul, South Korea – do business.
Doosan Bobcat is planning a second day of service in June.
Volunteer projects undertaken by the companies’ employees weren’t just all over the map in the literal sense. They included helping various nonprofit organizations; building a BMX track; working with local food banks; cleaning sections of highway; in addition to landscaping and construction work at parks, zoos, museums and recreational facilities.
In North America alone, about 400 Doosan and Bobcat employees participated, supporting more than 40 nonprofit groups.
The effort was coordinated through Doosan and Bobcat facilities in and around Bismarck, Gwinner, Fargo and Wahpeton, North Dakota; Suwanee, Georgia; Statesville, North Carolina; and Litchfield, Minnesota. Meanwhile, similar efforts were underway in South Korea, China, the Czech Republic, France and Germany, among other locations.
While this month’s Doosan Days of Community Service is a first, Doosan Bobcat can point to a history of strong corporate citizenship. More importantly, the company says in a recent news release on its latest volunteer initiative, what it calls the “Doosan Way” links all employees to “a management system focused on community and social responsibility that can be incorporated into their daily lives.”
Doosan Bobcat’s efforts on this front represent smart management in a more direct way as well: Its longtime support of North Dakota State University has taken several forms, among them strong backing of the university’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, which the company hopes will be a stepping stone for some of those graduates to careers with Doosan Bobcat.