Danfoss Board Chairman receives Tianjin's highest honor
One of the largest cities in China, Tianjin, which has close to 12 million inhabitants, has awarded its highest honor, the Haihe Friendship Award, to Chairman of the Danfoss A/S Board Jørgen M. Clausen. He has been given the award for his and Danfoss’ contribution to the development of the mega city.
“China is our second home market, and Tianjin is our Chinese base. It is a privilege to have been at the forefront of Danfoss over the past 20 years, and of the company’s investments in China and Tianjin, in particular. China’s financial growth, which is historically very high, and the solid support of the country’s central government and local authorities, have been vital to the success of Danfoss,” says Jørgen M. Clausen.
“I am very grateful to have received this major recognition shown to me and Danfoss by the government of Tianjin City. We intend to continue to strengthen our engagement in China, to play an active role as a responsible company and to back China’s development initiatives such as ‘Made in China’ and ‘One Belt, One Road’ to contribute to obtaining a greener, more sustainable and harmonious future,” adds the Danfoss Chairman.
Jørgen M. Clausen will double the award and donate it to the mega city’s educational and social development. Together with the University of Tianjin, Danfoss will institute a Danfoss Scholarship and Danfoss Faculty Fellowship for environmental researchers and students with the purpose of strengthening research and talent development within the field.
Danfoss will also act as sponsor for two student programs. In one of the programs, ‘Let's Go Green’, Danfoss employees will volunteer to inspire local students in Tianjin to raise their awareness about environmental protection and sustainable development through interactive training and activities. The other program, called ‘Work Shadow Day’, will have Danfoss employees act as mentors to Tianjin’s students, inspiring them to work with energy-efficient technologies by allowing the students to be their ‘shadows’ for a working day.
At the turn of the millennium, Jørgen M. Clausen, who was then Danfoss CEO, launched the Danfoss strategy, which involved making China the company’s second home market. In 1996, he opened Danfoss’ first factory in China, in Tianjin, which, today, is the Group's main facility in China and the center for extensive research and development activities.
Over the past 20 years, China has developed into Danfoss’ second largest market in terms of net sales. Out of Danfoss’ 25,800 employees, more than 4,000 are employed in China. This is more than the number of employees at headquarters.
And through a joint effort with Danish companies, even more jobs have been created in Tianjin; following Danfoss’ arrival in the city, more than 30 other Danish companies have also moved there.
“When we say that China is Danfoss’ second home market, it is not a mere slogan. There is action behind our words. In addition to extensive investments in the country, Danfoss is involved in CSR activities across China, including projects to improve the schools for the children of immigrant workers near Beijing, and to support underprivileged children in cities such as Qingdao,” says Jørgen M. Clausen.
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