The Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) was launched in December 2010 to improve the environmental awareness of both domestic businesses and international joint ventures and to help define their contribution to sustainable development in Vietnam.
- 34 companies.
Shared Members with WBCSD
- (6) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Dow, Halim, SCG, PepsiCo, Unilever.
Building the Business Case
- Organises capacity-building activities such as workshops and conferences on sustainability topics linked to the concerns of the working groups.
- Works to improve business awareness of and to promote its role in realizing the Strategic Orientation for Sustainable Development in Vietnam.
- Works to educate companies on and help them implement the main articles of the National Sustainable Development Programme for business.
- Assists businesses in establishing and implementing sustainable development policies.
- Provides assistance and consultancy for businesses in Vietnam with regards to information, knowledge, experiences and best practices in sustainable development.
- Works to improve business awareness in implementing CSR strategies.
- Action2020-related Activities
Basic Needs & Rights
- Works with a project that promotes inclusive business models in dairy, tea and coffee industries in Vietnam. In the project, smallholder farmers receive training and capacity building on sustainable farming practices, as well as grants for high quality seeds, fertilizers, etc. This contributes to higher incomes for the farmers due to improvements in yields, product quality, bargaining power, and farming practices. In the long run, the project also helps securing the livelihoods of the farmers, contributes to poverty reduction and enhances the competitiveness of Vietnamese dairy, tea and coffee products – thus strengthening the Vietnamese economy overall.
- Government Engagement and External Collaboration
- The VBCSD has strong links to the Vietnamese government. The Executive Board of VBCSD meets with the Deputy Prime Minister every six months to report on VBCSD work streams. The VBCSD and its member companies are routinely asked for input into key policies and strategies of the government, such as for the Implementation Plan of the Green Growth Strategy of Vietnam and the Climate Change Strategy.
- Collaborates with the Vietnam Green Building Council, Global Compact Vietnam and Education for Nature Vietnam.
- Collaboration with Global Network Partners
- Collaborates with Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Taiwan in the development of an Action2020 South East Asia Strategy.
Global Network Collaboration