Shopee has raised RM2.9 million in charity over two years through its long-term community initiative, #ShopeeGivesBack, by collaborating with over 40 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to help underprivileged Malaysians.
#ShopeeGivesBack which was launched on 1 May 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, uses technology to help the less fortunate across four areas: underprivileged communities’ development, children and family services, health charities, and environmental charities.
The platform said in a statement it provides Malaysians with an online avenue to support their favourite causes in the most convenient way. Shopee ensures that these NGOs have credible track records and are registered with the Registry of Societies.
Of the amount collected, RM2.1 million came through always-on platform donations as buyers shopped on a daily basis and made informed choices on which causes to donate to via the #ShopeeGivesBack dedicated microsite.
56% of donations raised through this channel went to B40 and community aid NGOs such as Pertubuhan Kasih Neelofa, Islamic Relief Malaysia, and Pusat Jagaan Nurul Jannah. 20% of the funds raised went to NGOs providing medical kits and mobile clinics during floods such as MERCY Malaysia. 14% of the donations assisted partners like UNICEF Malaysia in meeting the critical needs of marginalised children and their families in Covid-19. 10% went towards environmental causes such as Zoo Negara, where the funds aid in the annual food, enrichment, and veterinary care of the animals.
Additionally, RM800,000 was raised during special e-commerce campaigns helping targeted causes: Zoo Negara ticket sales for example raised over RM400,000 for animal welfare whereas over RM200,000 in flood relief funds (including RM100,000 matching contribution from Shopee) helped 1,300 families rebuild their lives after recent floods in Kedah, Kelantan, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Johor, and Negeri Sembilan.
Huiyan Pan, Head of Brand Marketing at Shopee Malaysia said: “Based on the estimates from our key community development NGOs, we would have provided food and essential supplies to over 3,000 families in dire need during the pandemic. Shopee is humbled to be able to obtain the support of our NGO partners and galvanise shoppers on our marketplace to contribute towards long-term sustainability of these communities.”
Pertubuhan Kasih Neelofa, Islamic Relief Malaysia, and Pusat Jagaan Nurul Jannah, #ShopeeGivesBack’s longer-term partner NGOs, have raised nearly RM400,000 in food aid, essential needs and household products for the B40 families in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak.
“Pertubuhan Kasih Neelofa was moved by the kindness of Malaysians to aid the underprivileged communities that have been affected by various unfortunate circumstances. The #ShopeeGivesBack program has provided a platform for generous donors to pledge their support, and we are grateful for the trust Malaysians placed in us to give back to the needy,” said Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor, founder of Pertubuhan Kasih Neelofa.