Local businesses take lead in promoting sustainable development in Industry 4.0

14:00 | 06/12/2017
Leading CEOs from Vietnamese and German businesses this morning took a strong stand promoting sustainable development through the responsible use of natural resources in the forum “Beyond APEC 2017–Sustainable Development Opportunities for the Corporate Sector.”   
The business community unites against the illegal use of rhino horn and other products harvested from protected species

Industry 4.0 brings businesses both opportunities and challenges. Following the sustainable development strategy, businesses have to follow strict standards not only in business activities but have to subscribe to environmental protection and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

According to Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa, director of the Centre for Thinking Science at the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam, and president of Knowhow 3.0 Association, Vietnamese enterprises are looking at great prospective benefits from Industry 4.0, where strategic business development and careful planning are key to success.

@There is an inevitable increase in the pressure on the world’s natural resources. Humankind is facing a plethora of natural disasters, including the rising sea level, deforestation, floods, and climate change—all brought about by unsustainable development. A sixth mass extinction in the Earth’s history and the loss of 75 per cent of the species is under way. The threat is more severe than previously feared. It means we are facing a natural resources crisis,” said Van Ngoc Thinh from WWF-Vietnam.

“The demand for wildlife products, including rhino horn in Vietnam, is a typical driver of mass extinction. We highly appreciate the commitment of these leading CEOs to become champions to deter the illegal use of wildlife products.”

According to Pham Chi Lan, member of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness: “Global economic integration poses great challenges to businesses operating in Vietnam. However, it creates opportunities for those capable of complying with international standards on labour, environment protection, and the responsible use of natural resources. All these can help to enhance the competitiveness of domestic enterprises on an international level.”

Nguyen Viet Hung, CFO of B. Braun Vietnam, said: “Sustainability is an essential guiding principle of B. Braun's corporate activities. It is important for us to create sustainable values for our employees, the society, and the environment. B. Braun Vietnam is promoting environmentally responsible practices and the sustainable use of natural resources. On this note, we are firmly against the use of protected wildlife products and offer effective and eco-friendly medical products and services instead.”

The forum, organised by WWF-Vietnam in partnership with the Hanoi Young Enterprise Association and Behaviour Change Communication Company Intelligent Media ensured that business leaders attending the event commit to becoming prominent “agents for change” in an effort to protect wildlife by rejecting the illegal consumption of wildlife products. Additionally, these leaders vowed to transplant these sentiments into their companies’ larger corporate social responsibility policies.

At Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa, a black rhino bull is found dead, poached for its horns less than eight hours earlier.

An autopsy and postmortem carried out by members of the KZN Ezemvelo ranger team later revealed that the large caliber bullet went straight through the animal, causing massive tissue damage. It was noted that the rhino did not die immediately, but ran a short distance, fell to his knees and a coup de grace shot was administered to the head from close range.

 

Lulah, a one year old orphan rhino, received surgery today and her wounds were cleaned. She was attacked by rhino hunter, her ears and part of her nose were torn off. Lulah was taken in by Dorota Ladosz from Care for Wild Africa, who looked after the animal 24 hours per day.

Lulah has a strong will to live and despite the wound being heavily infected, she looks like she will survive. Dorota has an honours degree in both Animal Science and Wildlife Management. She lived full-time with Lulah at the time this picture was taken and sleeps with her in her enclosure. She maintains a constant watch on Lulah’s injuries and her temperature and feeds her at regular intervals.

To date, 27 rhinos have been rescued and taken care of by the organisation.

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