Hanoi, 25 September 2020 – HEINEKEN Vietnam, one of the most sustainable companies in Vietnam, today joins the Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum (VCSF), themed “Sustainable development in the new decade: turn challenges into opportunities.” The forum is organized by the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VBCSD – VCCI).
Ms. Le Thi Ngoc My – Head of Sustainability, HEINEKEN Vietnam – moderated the panel discussion on Circular Economy
HEINEKEN Vietnam recognizes its role in creating a positive, long-lasting impact with a strong commitment to sustaining prosperity, empowering people and protecting the planet for a better Vietnam. Representing HEINEKEN Vietnam at the forum, Ms. Le Thi Ngoc My, Head of Sustainability remarks, “The health and safety of our people and partners remain our most important priorities in this time of uncertainty. Our sustainability agenda continues to guide us through COVID-19 and we will stay committed to taking measures to protect our people, safeguarding the business continuity of our customers and offering solidarity to the communities impacted by the pandemic.”
Ms. Le Thi Ngoc My – Head of Sustainability, HEINEKEN Vietnam
To protect its employees during COVID-19, HEINEKEN Vietnam has provided information, guidance and updates to all staff. Two-way communication channels were set up so inquiries about health and safety from employees were responded to in a timely manner by the company’s medical doctors and its Management Team. Additionally, all employees were equipped with masks, liquid sanitizers and anti-bacterial tissues. Temperature checks were taken at all breweries and offices, and social distancing was applied to gathering areas such as meeting rooms and canteens.
To support business partners, when restaurants and bars were mandated to close due to social distancing, HEINEKEN Vietnam initiated both internal and external activities to support business partners. The internal program, “Join Hands to Recover,” mobilized 440 employees in 11 cities and provinces together with the Sales team to visit and show support to over 100 outlet owners once they reopened. For consumers, Tiger beer organized the program, “Uncage the Street Vibes,” and gave away 1.5 million free Tiger bottles across 47 cities & provinces to encourage them to visit their favorite bars once again
To join hands with local communities in the fight against COVID-19, HEINEKEN Vietnam donated a total of VND 12 billion and 22,000 masks under the brands Bia Viet and Larue, which went to relief efforts in the most vulnerable locations across Vietnam. Earlier in the year, HEINEKEN Global also contributed €15 million in response to COVID-19 through the International Federation of Red Cross. The company also committed to no structural layoffs due to the pandemic for the remainder of 2020 – across its global network of companies.
Ms. Le Thi Ngoc My shared about HEINEKEN Vietnam’s commitment to sustainability and business agility during Covid-19
As part of the two-day forum, Ms. My was also moderating a panel discussion on circular economy. HEINEKEN Vietnam was among the highlighted companies at the forum for applying the circular economy model into daily operations. For example, five out of six of HEINEKEN Vietnam’s breweries are using 100% renewable thermal energy, 99% of all by-products are reused or recycled, creating virtually zero waste, and 100% of its wastewater is treated before being returned to the environment.
About HEINEKEN Vietnam
HEINEKEN Vietnam is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN, the world’s most international brewer. Originated in the Netherlands, this family-owned business with a history of over 150 years, brews and distributes over 300 beer & cider brands in more than 190 countries.
HEINEKEN Vietnam was established in 1991 and operates six breweries in Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Tien Giang and ten offices across Vietnam.
From humble beginnings with only 20 employees in Vietnam, HEINEKEN Vietnam is now the second largest brewer in Vietnam with more than 3,200 employees. HEINEKEN Vietnam makes a significant annual economic contribution to Vietnam, amounting to approximately 0.9% of the nation’s total GDP.
In Vietnam, HEINEKEN produces and distributes Heineken®, Tiger, Larue, BIVINA, Bia Viet, and Strongbow cider.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, HEINEKEN Vietnam was recognized among the top most sustainable companies in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and as a best place to work in Asia (in 2018, 2019 and 2020) by HR Asia Magazine, one of Asia’s leading publications for HR professionals.
More information about HEINEKEN Vietnam is available on HEINEKEN Vietnam’s website: http://heineken-vietnam.com.vn/
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nguyen Huong MaiHead of CommunicationsHeineken Vietnam Brewery Limited CompanyEmail: email@example.comTelephone: +84 28 3822 2755