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Vietnamese companies win Asia corporate responsibility awards

Released at: 14:08, 05/06/2018

Vietnamese companies win Asia corporate responsibility awards

Photo: Le Huong (TBKT)

TH Group, Uniben JSC, and GreenFeed JSC all winners at 2018 Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA).

by Le Huong

Three Vietnamese enterprises - the TH Group, the Uniben JSC, and the GreenFeed JSC - picked up four awards at the 2018 Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards (AREA). The awards were held in the Philippines on June 1, after having been held in Thailand, Singapore and Macau previously.

The awards are organized by Enterprise Asia, a non-government organization pursuing an Asia that is rich in entrepreneurship as a driver towards sustainable and progressive economic and social development within a world of economic equality.

Among the award winners from Vietnam, Ms. Thai Huong, Chairwoman of the TH Group, won in the Responsible Business Leadership category for her role in promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) best practices within her organizations and across her respective industries.

TH Group also took out the Health Promotion Award for Organic Fresh Milk Production and Organic Food Development. On behalf of the TH Group, Mr. Wolfgang Friess, CEO of TH Food Chain, said the organic theme is becoming increasingly entrenched in Vietnam’s dairy industry and the TH Group rolled out its organic milk to consumers in August 2017, under the TH True Milk brand.

The Group’s organic milk journey began even before the birth of its first organic calf on a farm in Nghia Dan district in north-central Nghe An province in September 2016. To provide fodder for cows to produce organic milk, the company spent two years, starting from 2015, ensuring that over 200 ha of land meets European and US standards. The company now owns the country’s biggest organic dairy cow herd, with over 1,000 heads.

Its pastures are free from pesticides, genetic modification, and chemical fertilizers. In April 2017, the company obtained Europe’s EC 834-2007 and EC 889-2008 certification.

The Uniben JSC took out the Health Promotion Award for its project on Creating, Producing and Distributing a New Kind of Bouillon to Prevent Iodine Deficiency in Vietnam.

According to Mr. Vu Tien Dung, CEO of the Uniben JSC., the company spent a significant amount of resources on promoting healthy eating habits and greater awareness among the population about the new way of iodine fortification. The organization supported the Nutrition Centre of Ho Chi Minh City to distribute millions of handbooks that educate people on the importance of iodine intake and how to do it efficiently. Uniben has given away 30 million iodized bouillons to millions of Vietnamese families through the Uniben nationwide distribution system and its consumer base.

The GreenFeed JSC, meanwhile, won the Social Empowerment Award for its program “Helping Farmers Keep their Children in School” for seven years, offering annual scholarships to the children of farmers. It believes that only by taking good care of other people can they build a firm and sustainable future.

Fifty-one corporate social programs and leaders across Asia were winners of Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards 2018.

Over 200 submissions from 14 countries were received from companies across Asia, according to Enterprise Asia. Besides being able to demonstrate the design and execution of sound and effective CSR programs, nominees are required to demonstrate the extent that CSR practices have been institutionalized within their organizations and the measurable impact of their programs to people, the community, and the environment.

The awards honor Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible business practices, demonstrating companies’ leadership, sincerity and ongoing commitment in incorporating responsible and ethical values, compliance, investment in stakeholders, involvement in communities, and the protection of the environment into the way they run their businesses.

“The quality of this year’s submissions was outstanding,” said Dato’ William Ng, President of Enterprise Asia. “It was a truly monumental task to decide on the best, as every submission was of very high quality, demonstrating the expertise and capability of the region’s CSR practitioners. This is a far cry from when we first started presenting the awards in 2009. Much thought has been given to impact and measurability, as a result of increased reporting requirements”.

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