Beijing– More than 110 agents and staff of Manulife-Sinochem’s Beijing branch donned green waistcoats to plant trees in Huairou county on Saturday, April 14, 2007 to symbolize the Company’s commitment to the theme of a ‘Green Olympics’ in Beijing in 2008.
The team, led by General Manager of Manulife-Sinochem’s Beijing branch, Mr. Arthur Lin, planted 100 poplar saplings in Huairou county, 80 kilometers north east of Beijing. This is the third such tree planting initiative undertaken by the Beijing branch of Manulife-Sinochem since it began operations in 2004.
Mr. Lin said: “We are extremely proud of this event. As life insurance partner of the 2008 Olympic Games, we feel it’s our responsibility not only to help to make the Beijing Olympic Games the best in history but also to contribute to looking after the environment surrounding Beijing, now and in the future. Planting these trees is our way of showing how easy it is for everyone to get involved in taking care of our local environment.”
As the official life insurance partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Manulife-Sinochem has organized a wide range of Olympic-related activities around China, all with the aim of helping to promote sports and health awareness. The Company, whose Olympic slogan is ‘Bringing Dreams to Life,’ became the official partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in August 2004 and has engaged Luo Wei, the Gold Medalist in tae kwon do at the 2004 Olympics in Greece, as the Olympic ambassador of Manulife-Sinochem.
Manulife-Sinochem is a joint venture company between Manulife (International) Limited (51 per cent) and China Foreign Economic and Trade Trust & Investment Company, a member of the Sinochem group (49 per cent).
China Foreign Economic and Trade Trust & Investment Company (FOTIC) is a core enterprise of Sinochem. Sinochem, founded in 1950, is one of the biggest foreign trading companies in China. Since 1989, Sinochem has topped the list of the country’s 500 leading foreign trading companies and has also been recognized as a Fortune 500 company for 15 consecutive years.
Sinochem can be found on the Internet at www.sinochem.com.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 billion (US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
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