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Heineken Vietnam the country's most sustainabile manufacturer

Released at: 14:38, 08/12/2017

Heineken Vietnam the country's most sustainabile manufacturer

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (front, second from right) at the event. Photo: Heineken Vietnam

Brewer named by VCCI at ceremony for Sustainable Businesses in Vietnam 2017 held on December 6.

by Quang Huy

Initiated by the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBSCD) in 2016, the ceremony for Sustainable Businesses in Vietnam 2017 held on December 6 honored Heineken Vietnam as the first sustainable manufacturing company in the country, as announced by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

Attending the event were Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Vice State President, Mr. Vu Tien Loc, Chairman of VCCI, and government officials from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor, as well as other government agencies, and 600 representatives from national and international organizations.

Since 2016, the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) ranking, developed by VCCI, has been used as the criteria for ranking and celebrating the most sustainable companies in Vietnam. It is aimed at promoting sustainable development in the country’s business community and has been developed as a gauge of corporate values based on sustainable development criteria in the fields of the economy and society and the environment.

With almost 500 applications from the business community during the second edition of the program, Heineken Vietnam improved its previous ranking to go from third last year to become the number one sustainable manufacturing company among the 100 most sustainable companies in the country.

Heineken Vietnam was selected as the leading company on the CSI ranking due to its significant achievements in 2017, with it making a significant economic contribution to Vietnam, of approximately 0.75 per cent of the country’s GDP, as well as focusing on green growth by adopting carbon-neutral initiatives such as using biomass to create thermal energy for brewing.

Heineken Vietnam brewery in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Heineken Vietnam

It also prioritizes using Vietnamese suppliers wherever possible, adding nearly 200,000 extra jobs in Vietnam so far. The company has shown strong commitment to advocating responsible drinking in Vietnam by implementing campaigns with major impacts, such as the Responsible Drinking Campaign at Tiger Wall events. Heineken Vietnam Brewery is also one of the most long-standing, stable, and successful joint ventures in Vietnam, with its partner Satra Group, lasting 26 years.

Heineken Vietnam’s Deputy CEO Mr. Tran Minh Triet said the company is honored to receive this prestigious recognition for its continued effort and commitment to “brewing a better Vietnam” throughout its 26-year journey.

“This is such a remarkable source of inspiration for all of us at Heineken Vietnam,” he said. “We look forward to continuing supporting the government’s direction in sustainability-conscious organizations so that we can further integrate sustainability in our overall business, and contribute even more to Vietnam’s sustainable development.”

Earlier, during the 2017 Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum in October, Heineken Vietnam was also recognized by representatives from the government and the business community as an excellent example of applying sustainable business practices to its operations. 

As a corporate leader in sustainability, Heineken Vietnam shared with the forum its success story on how driving a sustainability agenda has helped its business and the community grow together. Key to this is creating an inclusive value chain such as circular economy ideas and transparency and integrity in business and sustainability reporting.

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