At the end of December 2020, the Fu Jen Catholic University team went to the New Taipei City Government, and the two parties jointly held the "In order to promote the sustainable development of the Daxinzhuang area, the Fu Jen Catholic University and the New Taipei City Government cooperated on the USR and SDGs project research conference",Fu Jen Catholic University proposed Eight major USR and SDGs projects focus on the "New Taipei Xinzhuang, Wugu, Tarzan Area" where the school is located, and cooperate with 16 relevant units in New Taipei City to establish 4 USR communities and class groups to integrate the United Nations SDGs sustainable development goals. Promote social innovation and implement university social responsibilities.
It is hoped that each plan can be implemented in detail, and each plan can become the seeds of plan practice and form a model. Finally, the model will be successfully replicated in various areas of New Taipei City.
The relevant plans formulated in response to the sustainability policy promoted by New Taipei City are as follows:
- Project of Local Creation Cooperation Base for National Aboriginal Regions
- Xinzhuang Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Creating a Cultural and Ecological Corridor for University and Community Sharing
- Happiness, health and livability: the establishment and assistance plan of the community's multiple sports health support system
- TH2E Interdisciplinary Health* Happy Elderly Program
- Implementation of the University’s Social Responsibility Program-Zhongxin Food Bank Cooperative Program, Cold Return Program, Homeless Support Program
- Long-term integrated care service Program
- Residents of Xinzhuang, Wugu, and Taishan participated in the sustainable development of the Living Lab big data platform
- Foreign Labor Management Program
In January 2018, the B Academy was founded at Fu Jen to expose both the public and students to both B corporations and responsible business principles. Since then, both B Academy and B Lab Taiwan have jointly and mutually supported each other. And since then, New Taipei City’s Fu Jen Catholic University has collaborated with B Lab Taiwan on relevant curricula developments. In the Asia-Pacific region, Fu Jen founded the first higher education linked B Corp program. From this program so far, twenty-three students have graduated. In this program, students need to complete two compulsory classes (CSR & Sustainability; Topics in Social Entrepreneurship). Such two classes are coupled with choosing a company of the students’ choice to complete a B Impact Assessment to help set both short and mid-term goals (i.e. experiential learning).
Eradicating poverty of all forms everywhere is the first of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the most difficult social problem to solve. Although Taiwan has experienced rapid economic development, many underprivileged people are still extremely deprived of food.One of the development goals of Fu Jen Catholic University is "humanistic care", and it is located in the Xinzhuang area. It will serve more local residents, to make the social engagement of the university more innovative, so that the energy of relevant academic research and services can reach the community.
The College of Social Sciences, Fu Jen Catholic University has partnered with the "TPE Food Bank" established by the "Shing Yi Welfare And Charity Foundation". After nearly a year of searching, we finally rented the current location and renovated it to set up a brand new brick-and-mortar food bank in the Xinzhuang area. The establishment of the food bank was also greatly supported by the "strongest village chief on the earth", Mr. Fong, Ho-sang, and the Alliance of Taiwan Food Banks with their valuable advice. In cooperation with enterprises, the sources of dried food and fresh produce include “Carrefour Taiwan”, “Yamazaki Baking”, and “Leezen Company Ltd.”, as well as donations from Siduoli Co., Ltd. for refrigerators and household goods, and the Shing Yi Welfare And Charity Foundation for procurement of supplies. Services include regular supplies for the underprivileged and food packages for the homeless/vagabonds in Xinzhuang. It is expected to provide food service to more than 100 households, about 500 people, and more than 5,000 kg of food per month. We will also cooperate with the Social Welfare Department, New Taipei City, to provide food packages to nonprofit organizations for homeless/vagabonds to receive food supplies.
This project is also a concrete manifestation of Fu Jen’s University Social Responsibility (USR). The College of Social Sciences, Fu Jen Catholic University will launch three courses with about 300 student volunteers. A number of faculty members from the Department of Social Work, Department of Sociology, and Department of Economics of the College of Social Sciences will participate in the project. They will conduct research on underprivileged families and the homeless/vagabonds, expecting that the research results will provide feedback on the improvement of practical operation.
This project is the first food bank in Taiwan to be jointly established by a foundation and a university, and to integrate academic research and related government agencies to coordinate resources from various parties to generate greater social benefits. The ultimate goal of Fu Jen Catholic University and the Shing Yi Welfare And Charity Foundation is to advocate for and benefit Xinzhuang, so that its residents can improve their quality of life through the operation of the food bank and live and work in peace and contentment.