Denmark urges Vietnam to invest in people

The Danish Embassy in cooperation with Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) organised a Seminar on Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Vietnam in early December 2013.denviet_csr

MOLISA’s Vice Minister Nguyen Trong Dam and Danish Ambassador John Nielsen made an opening speech at the seminar. With one of the world’s highest standards of CSR, both public and private, Denmark has a lot to offer to Vietnam. Currently, around 130 Danish companies are present in Vietnam and many have had success with integrating CSR into their business strategies to better retain staff and make good business. The growing engagement of Danish companies in Vietnam will contribute to promote corporate social responsibility in Vietnam by introducing CSR best practices as good models for Vietnamese businesses.

The seminar was an opportunity to bring all stakeholders, the Government, trade union, business associations, research institutes and enterprises together to exchange CSR views, analyse the CSR situation and ultimately make policy recommendations to better implement CSR in Vietnam. The seminar especially benefited from the presence of one of the leading CSR experts in Denmark and a member of the Danish Council on CSR. Mrs, Birgitte Mogensen. At the seminar, Mrs. Birgitte shared that the experience from Denmark showed that there were two best means to integrate CSR in companies: Transparency and Motivation.

In his opening speech, Ambassador John Nielsen said: “As Vietnam is increasingly becoming integrated into the world economy Vietnamese enterprises will be more exposed to the demand for compliance with global standards on labour safety, workers’ welfare and environmental protection. It´s crucial to invest more in people”.

Source: Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam

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