HEINEKEN Vietnam continues to be one of the most sustainable companies in Vietnam
On November 26, 2019, HEINEKEN Vietnam was selected amongst the top 3 most Sustainable Companies in Vietnam 2019 (in manufacturing sector). The event was organized by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in cooperation with the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) at Sheraton Hotel, Hanoi.
This is the fourth consecutive year HEINEKEN Vietnam has received this honorable recognition for its continuous efforts in sustainability and positive impact that the company has created for the socio-economic development of Vietnam.
According to Mr. Quang Vinh, Secretary General of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) & Vice Chairman cum Secretary General of Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD): “HEINEKEN Viet Nam is a leading business in sustainability. Their successful story of sustainable development is an inspiring example for business community and private sector. We highly appreciate the contribution of pioneering companies like HEINEKEN Viet Nam and their active sharing of the best practices that support us to achieve the 2030 agenda of sustainable development in Viet Nam”.
Mr. Jacco Van der Linden – Managing Director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, said: “Once again, being ranked in the top three of the most sustainable companies in Vietnam for the fourth consecutive year is an honor for everyone at HEINEKEN Vietnam. Sustainability has always been at the core of our business. This award is an added encouragement and a challenge for us to improve further because sustainability is a long-term journey that requires the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the business community.“
Both HEINEKEN’s global and local/Vietnamese approach to sustainability covers its entire value chain from manufacturing to distribution to consumption. HEINEKEN Vietnam’s sustainability strategy focuses on six key areas and supports the implementation of 6 out of 17 SDGs, where the Company believes it can have the greatest impact in Vietnam: Advocating Responsible Consumption, Promoting Health and Safety, Protecting Water Resources, Reducing CO2 Emissions, Growing with Communities and Sourcing Sustainably.
To ensure that its sustainability initiatives can create tangible value for people, planet, and prosperity in Vietnam, the Company proactively builds a sustainability culture for all employees to think and act more sustainably. This includes:
- Building a simple decision-making framework, which includes sustainability as a core component, to guide all decision making at HEINEKEN Vietnam;
- Constantly communicating and interacting with its employees to inspire and help them better understand the impact of their daily activities;
- Promoting and sharing sustainability practices with business partners and stakeholders to raise awareness and encourage participation. This is done through workshops and regular communication activities.
Some notable initiatives and innovations that HEINEKEN Vietnam has implemented on its sustainability journey are:
- Implementing Circular Economy: the Tiger Cap Recycling program is an exciting project that is a three-pronged strategy to encourage recycling; reduce waste; and to provide vital infrastructure for the community. Started in 2018, this project has already resulted in two bridges being built from recycled bottle caps in Tien Giang and An Giang province this year. A third bridge is underway and will be completed in early 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a clear example of how circular economy can create value for society, protect the environment, and support business growth.
- HEINEKEN Vietnam has proactively worked with both the Vietnamese Government and VBCSD to encourage sustainable development amongst businesses by sharing its best practices of circular economy at various training sessions and workshops with other local businesses throughout the year.
- Protecting the Planet: HEINEKEN Vietnam uses renewable energy, has reduced its water consumption and sends virtually zero waste to landfill in production with 99% of its waste and by-products from production being reused or recycled.
- Prosperity in Vietnam: In terms of economic impact, HEINEKEN Vietnam has directly and indirectly created 166,000 jobs and contributed nearly 1% of Vietnam’s total GDP in 2018.