HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Firms that do not put profits above communities and promote sustainable development are now recognised by a new ranking announced by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on November 8.
The Top 100 Sustainable Businesses 2016 listing will honour Vietnamese firms for demonstrating corporate ethics mooted recently by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the VCCI said.
VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc said sustainable development had become an indispensable path to success for businesses around the world at a time when abundant natural resources and cheap labour were no longer advantages.
Firms that focus exclusively on profit and ignore communities’ interests were not good businesses, Loc said, adding that recognition by the society that a business was engaged in sustainable development would be an important type of capital that firms needed in the future.
Nguyen Quang Vinh, Secretary General of the Viet Nam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD), told vccinews.com that in order to rank the 100 most sustainable companies in 2016, VBCSD had developed the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) based on 151 quantitative criteria.
Vinh, who is also Deputy Secretary General of VCCI, said companies could highlight their sustainability via three inter-related pillars: economy, society and environment.
This is the first time VCCI is coordinating with relevant ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour to set up a benchmarking committee.
Some 400 companies, most of which are listed firms, have been assessed, Vinh said, adding that “After nearly a year of preparation and careful selection, we have short-listed the 100 most sustainable companies in Viet Nam”.
These 100 winners were expected to exert a positive influence on more than 500,000 Vietnamese enterprises, most of whom were small and medium-sized enterprises, he said.
Major businesses that received the sustainable business certification yesterday include: Vietcombank, Bao Viet Group, Sai Gon Securities Inc. (SSI), Tan Son NhatAirport Aviation Service JSC, Unilever Viet Nam, Heineken Viet Nam, Deloit Viet Nam, Amway Viet Nam Co Ltd and CP Viet Nam Corporation.
“In the coming time, we will coordinate with international organisations such as the UN, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to nominate these companies for the rating so that they can compete with other brands in the world.
“We will use the index to encourage corporate compliance and capacity building, foster sustainable development strategies, and introduce good sustainable development practices to enterprises, especially SMEs,” Vinh said.
Dao Dinh Thi, Chairman of the Bao Viet Group, said that through the new ranking, customers, investors and employees can identify ethical businesses, increasing their brand visibility and making them more competitive.
Earlier yesterday, the Viet Nam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2016 opened in the city, focusing on the importance of creativity in realising sustainable development goals.
Addressing the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam highlighted the event’s significance, saying that it would foster connectivity among public and private sectors, social organisations and the community.
Through the forum, many initiatives to improve the business climate in Viet Nam and step up sustainable development of Vietnamese business community had been submitted to the Government, he said.
Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, asked the business community to get involved in economic use of energy so as to reduce emissions and effectively adapt to climate change.
The minister presented the country’s plan to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, describing it as a strategic orientation to thoroughly address issues concerning climate change in the next decades. It also shows Viet Nam’s responsibility in dealing with major challenges that threaten humankind, he said.
The third edition of VCSF 2016 was organised by the Viet Nam Business Council for Sustainable Development under the VCCI in collaboration with the British Council in Viet Nam and Unilever.
Corporate Culture Day
On Monday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc launched a campaign to build corporate culture in Viet Nam. The campaign aims to raise public awareness, shake up trade and production and boost the role of state agencies.
At the event, Phuc said building a business culture would improve Viet Nam’s image and make it more competitive as it integrates into the global economy.
“This is one of the tasks for Viet Nam’s Government and its business community. It is part of the effort to turn the country into a start-up nation,” the PM said.
The Government will pay special attention to business ethics with the core values of transparency, creativity, competency and sustainability, he stressed.
The campaign’s organising board also announced the PM’s decision to observe November 10 as Viet Nam Corporate Culture Day. The purpose of the day will be to promote the building of a favourable business climate in the country, where the law, business ethics, social responsibilities and healthy competition are respected. — VNS
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