“Good Deeds Are the Best Name Card”: CFMCC’s Phi­los­o­phy in Aid­ing For­eign Coun­tries

Special Focus - - Spotlight - By He Sai, Bai Ning, Qi Zheng & Zhao Hai

Nowa­days, Chi­nese work­ers and con­struc­tors have been play­ing a ma­jor role in the world’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try. CFMCC (China First Me­tal­lur­gi­cal Group Co., Ltd.), a Hubeibased com­pany, is a pioneer in de­vel­op­ing the over­seas con­struc­tion mar­ket as well as one of the first cor­po­ra­tions deal­ing in global busi­ness.

The com­pany has en­gaged in hun­dreds of projects in more than 20 coun­tries and re­gions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Amer­ica, cov­er­ing such fields as met­al­lurgy, build­ing con­struc­tion, en­ergy, con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, in­fra­struc­ture, and steel-work.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive projects of

CFMCC in­clude: Mo­hakhali Fly­over, the first fly­over in Dhaka, the cap­i­tal of Bangladesh; the 300-MW Pho­to­voltaic Power Gen­er­a­tion Project in Pak­istan, the world’s largest op­er­a­tional sin­gle site so­lar project; the Kuwait Jaber Al Ahmed, N2 Hous­ing Project; Kempin­ski Ho­tel & Res­i­dences in Malaysia, with a height of 306 meters; the world’s 2nd largest mu­nic­i­pal solid waste in­cin­er­a­tion power plant project in Viet­nam.

All these projects rep­re­sent in­ter­na­tional friend­ship and Si­no­for­eign col­lab­o­ra­tion. CFMCC’s ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions have been praised by lo­cal peo­ple, for these projects will pro­vide lon­glast­ing con­ve­nience in their life. CFMCC is com­mit­ted to its works sin­cerely, pay­ing at­ten­tion to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mu­tual re­spect be­tween work­ers from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds, thus ex­plor­ing its own way in pro­vid­ing for­eign aid.

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Mu­tual Re­spect

CFMCC is al­ways giv­ing pri­or­ity to lo­cal public wel­fare, and pro­motes its con­struc­tion with good in­ten­tions. The com­pany main­tains that the mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the con­struc­tors and the lo­cal peo­ple is the key to its devel­op­ment. There­fore, CFMCC pays spe­cial at­ten­tion to lo­cal cus­toms and cul­tures, and gains sup­port and re­spect from the lo­cals.

Pak­istan’s 300-MW

Pho­to­voltaic Power Gen­er­a­tion Project is lo­cated in a de­serted area of Pun­jab Prov­ince. When the Chi­nese work­ers learned that their Pak­istani col­leagues had no place to prac­tice their re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties as the only mosque in the area had been aban­doned, they set up a spe­cial team to re­pair the mosque for Mus­lims to wor­ship in. It was widely wel­comed by CFMCC’s Mus­lim staff, the lo­cal se­cu­rity per­son­nel, and the villagers.

CFMCC’s Kuwaiti New City Project, which cov­ered 1475 vil­las in 11 re­spec­tive dis­tricts, was later hon­ored with the China Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Luban Award, the high­est re­ward for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try in China. It was con­structed by the joint ef­forts of em­ploy­ees from 8 coun­tries in­clud­ing North Korea, Pak­istan, and Greece, which were nick­named the “UN Corps of Con­struc­tion Work­ers.” Their ef­fec­tive and and ef­fi­cient co­op­er­a­tion re­sulted from the com­pany’s re­spect for the cus­toms and cul­ture of each per­son. Dur­ing the pe­riod of con­struc­tion, when the North Korean work­ers needed to mourn their late na­tional leader, the project depart­ment built a mourn­ing hall for them. When Mus­lims needed a place for Wudhu and Ghusl, the com­pany drilled a deep well to meet their needs. More­over, the com­pany set up shel­ters, pro­vided cold drinks (such as Chi­nese plum drink), and per­formed many other de­tailed works that brought the “multi­na­tional force” mu­tual re­spect and har­mony.

In March of 2017, CFMCC’s branch in Malaysia held a se­ries of public char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether with the lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties in or­der to help the dis­abled. In De­cem­ber of 2018, CFMCC’s branch in Cam­bo­dia or­ga­nized an ac­tiv­ity to visit the Cam­bo­dian Cen­tral Or­phan­age, send­ing school­bags, school sup­plies and books to the chil­dren. In Novem­ber of 2019, CFMCC’s branch in Viet­nam and lo­cal vol­un­teers vis­ited the wid­owed el­ders in Hanoi and

Shoshan County, help­ing them by clean­ing up their houses and de­not­ing daily ne­ces­si­ties to them. In early 2020, dur­ing the COVID-19 epi­demic, the branches of CFMCC in 8 coun­tries or­ga­nized both Chi­nese and for­eign staff to donate money and ma­te­ri­als for the re­gions in need, in or­der to jointly build a “Com­mu­nity with a Shared Fu­ture for Mankind.”

Heart­warm­ing with Cul­tural In­te­gra­tion

The cul­tures of all coun­tries in the world shall learn from each other in the course of their devel­op­ment, and cul­tural in­te­gra­tion is a re­sult of such devel­op­ment. Be­ing aware that all cul­tures are equally valu­able, CFMCC at­taches great im­por­tance to help­ing its Chi­nese staff un­der­stand for­eign cul­tures, while help­ing the for­eign em­ploy­ees get fa­mil­iar with Chi­nese cul­ture so as to in­crease their com­mit­ment and loy­alty and de­velop their sense of be­long­ing to the com­pany.

In Fe­bru­ary of 2017, for the first time, five rep­re­sen­ta­tives of out­stand­ing for­eign em­ploy­ees were in­vited to at­tend the an­nual com­men­da­tion con­fer­ence at the CFMCC head­quar­ters in Wuhan. These em­ploy­ees said that it was a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in their lives, and that they were ex­cited and proud to ac­cept their awards.

Later, they strolled along the beau­ti­ful river bank of Wuhan, vis­ited the Yel­low Crane Tower, one of the three most fa­mous tow­ers in China, en­joyed the breath­tak­ing views in the three towns of Wuhan, and mar­veled at the mighty Yangtze River rush­ing east­ward. They also vis­ited the world-fa­mous Wuhan East Lake Green­way, rode the bi­cy­cles, and viewed the scenes of “The Chicago of the East.” Trav­el­ing through the mul­ti­cul­tural Han Street and watch­ing an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance di­rected by for­eign artists, they un­der­stood Wuhan’s in­ter­na­tional fla­vor and China’s spirit of cul­tural in­clu­sive­ness.

Ev­ery year when the Spring Fes­ti­val and the Lantern Fes­ti­val came, the Chi­nese staff would in­vite their for­eign col­leagues to cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val to­gether by hav­ing a din­ner, mak­ing dumplings, watch­ing a Spring Gala, fig­ur­ing out the lantern rid­dles, eat­ing rice glue balls, and giv­ing red en­velopes.

CFMCC was the birth­place of Chi­nese in­dus­trial en­grav­ing art, which has been part of the com­pany’s long-kept tra­di­tion. This unique art form presents the beauty of steel struc­tures and in­dus­trial strength, and pro­vides a chan­nel for for­eign em­ploy­ees to un­der­stand the com­pany cul­ture. At the end of Jan­uary 2018, when four for­eign em­ploy­ees and two Zim­bab­wean in­terns came to Wuhan to visit and study CFMCC’s in­dus­trial en­grav­ing art, they were amazed at the com­pany’s pro­found cul­tural her­itage.

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