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USG Boral enters a four-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International in Asia-Pacific

2018-04-25 10:30 733

The partnership will support the construction and restoration of Habitat homes across 11 countries through 2020

SINGAPORE, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- USG Boral, a global leader in building products technology, has announced an inaugural four-year partnership with international housing organization, Habitat for Humanity International.  

USG Boral and Habitat for Humanity Partnership
USG Boral and Habitat for Humanity Partnership

 

The partnership covers 11 countries including Australia, China, Indonesia and Singapore. USG Boral and Habitat will support the construction and restoration of homes as part of Habitat's Impact Asia campaign, an initiative that aims to help 15 million people in the Asia-Pacific region secure decent shelter, and engage a further 10 million as volunteers, advocates and supporters by 2020. For example, in Cheonan, South Korea last year, USG Boral constructed 24 homes for low-income newlywed couples who are unable to afford a house.

From now through to 2020, USG Boral will provide cash and in-kind donation of premium building materials, including their flagship products, SHEETROCK® Plasterboards and DUROCK® Cement Boards, to Habitat. This underscores USG Boral's commitment to improving the lives of the communities, especially the low-income and less privileged, by addressing their housing needs. As a further commitment, USG Boral has also appointed a Community Involvement Championship leader within each market to oversee and spearhead volunteering projects.

"A home is an integral part of life that provides shelter, safety and security. This partnership with Habitat is close to our hearts as we draw on our expertise and experience to build strong and stable houses," said Frederic de Rougemont, CEO, USG Boral. "We're excited to announce this long-term engagement and hope that the sustained outreach can help create a meaningful impact on the communities we are also part of."

To advance efforts in ensuring a more concerted CSR agenda, USG Boral will also be conducting training workshops for skilled and unskilled workers in Cambodia to impart essential skills on the installation of building materials such as gypsum walls and panels. These efforts aim to help contractors with skill up-tooling and eventually increasing their sources of income. 

Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific Vice President, Habitat for Humanity International, shared: "We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with USG Boral, a recognised global manufacturer and supplier of building products. For the past 18 years, USG Boral has been actively involved in our disaster response and risk reduction programs by providing construction materials and volunteers on build days. Thanks to their support, more families in Asia have a decent place to call home."

USG Boral has been working closely with Habitat across a variety of projects in the region including donating plasterboards to rebuild homes in affected provinces during Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines.

Besides Habitat, USG Boral has also worked with multiple industry stakeholders including partnering with EPIC Homes to provide housing aid for Orang Asli villagers in Malaysia and the Department of Skill Development in Thailand to conduct skill upgrading workshops for contractors.

About USG Boral

Headquartered in Singapore, USG Boral Building Products was founded in 2014 as a joint venture between USG Corporation and Boral Limited. A leading manufacturer and supplier of plasterboards, USG Boral produces plasterboard, ceiling tile and suspension systems, metal framing, jointing compounds, and industrial plasters across Asia, Australia and the Middle East. USG Boral has approximately 3,200 employees, 24 manufacturing plants and 3 gypsum mines across Australia, China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Oman and Saudi Arabia. The company main brand names include USG Boral, Sheetrock®, Securock®, Durock®, Elephant, Jayaboard® and Donn DX® -- the world's most widely specified and installed ceiling suspension system. www.usgboral.com

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 2.5 million people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific.

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Jacintha Ng / Michelle Lee  
The Hoffman Agency on behalf of USG Boral
Email: USGBoral@hoffman.com
Contact: +65 6361 0250

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Source: USG Boral
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