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Heineken Vietnam expands "Choosing Green" commitment

Released at: 04:07, 07/07/2018

Heineken Vietnam expands "Choosing Green" commitment

Photo: Hai Van

Brewer active in working towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the government's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

by My Van

Heineken Vietnam has expanded its “Choosing Green” commitment through participating in discussions and presentations at the National Conference on Sustainable Development 2018 on July 5 in Hanoi

Its commitment derives from its core belief that each individual, organization, business, and country can proactively choose between “Grey” - a desolate future with environmental devastation and impoverished and backwards communities, and “Green” - a sustainable development path achieved through the commitment to taking care of people and the planet to sustain prosperity.

The sustainability strategy of Heineken on a global level as well as in Vietnam is in line with and designed to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through innovative partnerships with relevant stakeholders from both the State and private sectors, focused on key areas where the company believes it can have the greatest impact in Vietnam, Heineken has contributed to implementing eight out of 17 SDGs.

The first key area is taking care of people by advocating responsible consumption, promoting health and safety, people development, and growing with the community. In 2017, Heineken Vietnam invested VND16 billion ($694,130) in responsible consumption initiatives, reaching 10 million Vietnamese consumers and supporting SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

It also invested VND18.9 billion ($819,945) in people development, including over 2,600 training hours for employees on road safety and health and supporting SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being).

A further VND7.8 billion ($338,410) went to community support, funding the construction of three new water stations and providing direct support to over 4,000 underprivileged households, implementing SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

The second is taking care of the planet by using renewable energy, reducing water consumption, using proper wastewater treatment, and moving towards zero waste-to-landfill. Four out of the six Heineken breweries in Vietnam brew with 100 per cent renewable energy, implementing SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), and SDG 15 (life on the land).

It has also reduced its water consumption. Heineken Vietnam’s breweries are the most water-efficient of all its breweries in the Asia-Pacific region, implementing SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 13 (climate action). It invested VND229 billion ($9.9 million) in wastewater treatment plants, implementing SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 15 (life on the land).

Another action is in sustaining prosperity, supporting SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth). In 2017, Heineken Vietnam contributed VND42.3 trillion ($1.8 billion) to Vietnam’s economy, equivalent to 0.88 per cent of its GDP. The company supported over 158,000 jobs throughout its value chain, accounting for 0.3 per cent of Vietnam’s workforce. It continued to prioritize and maximize local sourcing whenever possible with local partners in Vietnam, totaling VND9.3 trillion ($403.5 million) in 2017.

Vietnam is currently faced with many opportunities and challenges in terms of the environment, society, and economic development. A willingness to change and innovate, as well as dedication and commitment by relevant stakeholders to select and expand efficient and sustainable business models, will help seize these opportunities and overcome the challenges.

“Sustainability has always been one of our strategic priorities throughout our 27 years in Vietnam,” said Mr. Matt Wilson, Corporate Affairs Director at Heineken Vietnam. “We are proud that the company as well as each individual at Heineken Vietnam plays an active role in promoting a sustainable future for Vietnam. There is still so much more to be done and we hope to see more businesses and individuals also commit to ‘Choosing Green - Choosing Sustainability’ and joining us on this meaningful journey.”

“The private sector plays a vital role in the sustainable development of Vietnam. We appreciate the contribution of enterprises, especially Heineken Vietnam’s pioneering role in applying advanced sustainability innovations and technologies as well as inspiring the business community to pursue sustainable development,” said Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, Secretary General of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Vice Chairman / Secretary General of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD). “The company has made practical and efficient contributions to the implementation of the SDGs and the government’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

A sustainable future for the world as well as for each nation requires unified efforts from both the State and private sectors. In Vietnam, amid Industry 4.0, sustainability has played an increasingly crucial role in the government, organizations, associations, and businesses.

The National Conference on Sustainable Development was chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and over 650 representatives. The agenda reaffirmed the significant role of the business community in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

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