“Dow has been supporting Vietnam’s industries to develop sustainably since 1995. We value corporate social responsibility a founding principle contributing to our business success in Vietnam as well as to the betterment of the Vietnamese. We see this award as a testament to our long-term commitment to the sustainable development of Vietnam and as an encouragement to Dow Vietnam’s CSR initiatives in the future,” said Tomoyuki Sasama, general director of Dow Vietnam.
In particular, in 2017, Dow Vietnam did implement new community projects. As a vice-chair of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development, Dow introduced a new concept of circular economy to the Vietnamese business community to reduce waste and minimise the dependence on raw materials.
Dow Vietnam donated 10 water purification devices to schools and hospitals in Vietnam to provide safe and clean drinking water to thousands of pupils, patients and people in need, teaching the schools and hospitals to apply business operation model to run the water systems sustainably.
Furthermore, Dow Vietnam has been implementing “building houses, building hope” projects for the underprivileged; collaborating with Vietnam Transportation Safety Association to enhance the awareness of traffic law compliance and transportation safety to thousands of pupils in Hanoi; and providing scholarships to help Vietnamese young generation develop their talents.
Significantly, in 2017, for the first time, Dow’s fifth annual Leadership in Action (LIA) programme reached out to Vietnam. 43 employees across the globe collaborated with six strategic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and universities in Hanoi and Haiphong, Vietnam to address issues related to water quality and access, environmental cleanup, education and career readiness that contribute to the betterment of the Vietnamese.
The six signature projects included reducing environmental engineering programme and industry gaps to support graduates to easily get jobs in both local and domestic companies, revising university curricula and developing new subjects relating to green growth and sustainable development, restoring and protecting the ecosystem of West Lake aided by the development of a comprehensive baseline database for West Lake’s depth, water quality, ecosystem health and water pollution sources, encouraging greater participation of local people in the citizen science model in water resources monitoring.
The fifth project is creating sustainable solutions for rural waste reduction in partnership with Ocean Conservancy. The last one is enhancing university training capacity on soft skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills.
It is also in 2017 that Dow Vietnam in collaboration with the Chemical Society of Vietnam launched the hands-on STEM education programme for chemistry students to develop chemical industry a highly-responsible and well-qualified workforce as a crucial part of a sustainable economy.
“AmCham’s CSR Recognition Award is designed to raise awareness of CSR among AmCham members and the community, and to provide recognition to firms with best practice CSR programmes in Vietnam. We are delighted to see Dow Vietnam in the winner list for three consecutive years,” appraised Adam Sitkoff, executive director of AmCham in Hanoi.
Dow Chemical Company combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues.
Dow has been to Vietnam since 1995. From that year forward, Dow has been a partner in Vietnam’s progress and development and has always been committed to contributing to Vietnam’s industrial growth for the long term to add value to most of the country’s advanced manufacturing industries, which continues to create jobs and revenues for the local economy.
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