Yeungnam University, Deokwoon Moonki Kim Scholarship $15,000 Yeungnam University held a scholarship award ceremony named 'Deokwoon Moonki Kim'. This scholarship program has continued since 2003 by donation of $500,000 from Sewon Group chairman Moonki Kim, who graduated from business school of Yeungnam University in 1968. Every year, one sophomore student from the business school is selected and paid full scholarship until her or his last semester. On the 16th of December, Chairman Moonki Kim attended the scholarship award ceremony held at the Yeongnam University Presidential meeting room to encourage students and delivered scholarships. As a total of $15,000 scholarships were delivered to five scholarship students on the day, a total of $230,000 was given to 15 students up to the present.
"Employee welfare I take care of myself. Because human resources is a property" "It is the manager's job to make workers want to find and do their own work" This quote from what Sewon Group’s Chairman Moonki Kim said, who received the prime minister award at the 'Labor and Management Culture Awards 2012', which honors and rewards companies who practice labor-management relations. Sewon Corporation which is one of the affiliates in Sewon Group has recruited local talent (83% of management from local college), open employment (24% of management from local high school), resigned from gender discrimination, shifted 32 part-time workers to full-time workers and 17 disabilities (10 among of 17 are severe disabilities), and the efforts for symbiosis development have been outstanding. However, it is not unfamiliar to those who know a little about the Sewon Group, including Sewon Precision, the parent company of Sewon Corporation. Chairman Moonki Kim said, "I run a manufacturer but I do not know the technical aspect of it as my major in business administration. As the president and executives of Sewon affiliated companies are technical experts, I only take care of employee welfare. Because people are wealth." People who visits Sewon Precision’s head office located in Seongseo Industrial Park in Daegu and Sewon Corporation located in Yeongcheon surprised as one side of the plant has been made into an almost arboretum garden. Why do they plant trees that are not related to business activities in the high-priced plot of industrial land? There is only one reason Chairman Kim explains. "Since automobile parts are made of steel plates, workers' minds are easy to cool down. It is to soften the emotions of workers while they are watching trees and flowers." In addition, there are a lot of pictures attached to the wall of production sites of the Sewon Group. There are hundreds of pictures from the dressing room to change the work clothes to various production facilities. The result of this picture system proposed and implemented by President Kim was more than expected. "After putting pictures of their family and my girlfriends, the productivity of the production site improved, and accidents such as industrial accidents decreased," said Kim smiling. In addition, Chairman Kim boiled a seaweed soup for employees’ birthday party and upgraded the buses for the commuting service to a limousine, which is about 10 buses. Sewon Group provides TOYOTA TPS (Toyota Productivity System) training opportunities for management and staff as well as security guards and a charwoman to train personnel regardless of position. In addition, even after retirement age (59 years old), the system which can work further is settled if any employee want. All these welfare system has made before people asked for it. Chairman Kim, who invented various employee welfare programs like this, said, "I am practicing what I was felt not enough when I was working as an employee position in the past." Based on this labor-management cooperation that respects each other, the Sewon Group has never experienced labor disputes since its establishment in 1985. Lastly, Chairman Kim said, "I thank to the union group for receiving such an honorable prize". He also smiled and said, "I will go one step further than the union to make a company that can work even better."
The "45th Trade Day Ceremony" hosted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and Trade Association was held at COEX, Samsung-dong, on the 2nd Tuesday. At the ceremony, the government gave a prize of government award to the people those who had been trying to increase their exports even in difficult economic conditions. The Ministry of Knowledge Economy gave commendation to 756 beneficiaries who contributed to the increase of exports. 1403 enterprises have been awarded the 'Tower of exports'. In this ceremony, the Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit was awarded to Chairman of the Sewon Group. Sewon Group is a enterprise that exports automobile parts with affiliates such as Sewon Precision, Sewon Tech, Sewon E & I, Samha Sewon (China corporation) and Sewon America (US corporation). They are also expanding our local production system overseas by directly entering the US. In addition, the Sewon Group has been designated as the first-class company in the evaluation of the factory ratings of Hyundai Motor by continuous production technology development. Chairman Moonki Kim has also been awarded the Bronze Tower Industrial Medal for the Workers' Day in 1995 with a variety of social activities, including the Presidential Award for Total Productivity, the Minister of Labor and Labor Minister Award for Small and Medium Enterprises, Gyeongbuk Small and Medium Business Award, and Ryejang Academy Management Award. The management philosophy that Chairman Kim pursued until today's Sewon Group development is 'a person is a property'. "When other companies collapsed during the IMF, we overcame the crisis with this philosophy" Kim said. Chairman Kim thinks the employer is like a family, and the employee can overcome any difficulties and crises if they works with his or her own work. Chairman Kim emphasized that "to develop into a global corporation, we will not spare the investment needed to nurture human resources and secure world-class technologies, which are core competencies of management."
Moonki Kim, Chairman of the Sewon Group, recently took part in a ceremony attended by more than 500 people including the party secretary, the mayor, the party leader, and businessmen from the Phoenix Hotel. The officials of Chongqing City set up a place to direct the management philosophy of Chairman Kim directly to the party executives with the opening ceremony of Chongqing Sewon, the third factory in China. In this lecture, Chairman Kim emphasized win-win cooperation and mutual growth with Chongqing, the center of development projects in western China. Chairman Kim said, "The biggest difference between success and failure depends on will." He emphasized the spirit of challenge, saying, "People who make mistakes and failures can have opportunities again, but those who have no will have no chance to succeed.". In this ceremony, many parties attended including Chongqing City's vice president, officials in Hebei Province's Samha City, Huanghua City, the Korean Embassy in China, and Hyundai Motor of Beijing. More than 500 residents of the neighborhood attended and showed their interest. The 17th People's Committee of Chongqing City presented the honorary citizenship certificate to the Chairman Kim and two vice chairman Eugene Kim and Andy Kim. Sewon Group is a specialized auto parts supplier supplying car body module products to Hyundai Kia Motors. It operates five subsidiaries in Korea, Georgia factory in USA, Samha Sewon and Huanghua Sewon in China.