While progress has been made over the last few years, there are still areas that need continued support if Vietnam is ever going to have an infrastructure and economy comparable to the most successful countries. As funding from the international community slows, it is vital that development programs find new funding from domestic sources. That’s why CED works with businesses to encourage investment into Vietnam’s future.
We work to show businesses that initiatives designed to help the Vietnamese people also help them. By educating decision makers and business leaders in the seriousness of climate change, disaster preparedness and forestry law and governance, and the benefits that come with serious philanthropic and CSR activity, we hope to encourage a culture in which Vietnamese industry will help to support the continued development of the country.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
Climate change is an issue of global concern and may pose a particular threat to Vietnam, already one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. CED is working with a wide range of partners in public, private, and civil society organizations to support disaster readiness in the private and education sectors, targeting small and medium enterprises, local schools, and community learning centers.
For further information, see: http://www.readyasia.com/
EDUCATION AND PROMOTION OF RESPONSIBLE TIMBER USE IN LINE WITH FLEGT
CED works in partnership with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to promote responsible timber consumption through education, organizing online platforms, workshops and videos that provide students with knowledge related to legal and sustainable timber, along with workshops held for over 500 architecture and engineering students in relation to timber use and smarter construction solutions. CED also supports students majoring in construction, engineering and interior design by allowing them to display in an exhibition creative projects and ideas that use timber from plantations in Vietnam. Also displayed were winners of a competition organized by CED for students to implement and develop sustainable projects around timber use.
CED has worked with both media outlets and youth leader groups to ensure good coverage of awareness raising events around timber use, including a documentary film aired on VTV1. These are further boosted by youth leaders, recruited and trained by CED, via their own social media channels and fanpages and by CED’s run fanpage and social network.
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PROMOTING BUSINESS UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGEMENT WITH STRATEGIC GIVING IN VIETNAM
As Vietnam continues to develop, international donors are beginning to withdraw their support, so the resources necessary to address the country’s remaining challenges will increasingly need to come from domestic sources. While 90% of US businesses seek to gain publicity and popularity from their CSR activities, this culture is not yet prevalent among Vietnamese businesses.
CED aims to show domestic businesses that contributing to civil society will improve their reputation among their potential customers, thereby encouraging sustainable funds for development initiatives from within the country.
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INCREASING AWARENESS IN PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT
With funding from the PepsiCo foundation through Give2Asia, CED has cooperated with local partners to implement this project, aimed at enhancing awareness of plastic waste management for both businesses and communities. CED has developed workshops for students, representatives from newspapers, television, and media outlets, as well as environmental youth leaders. Other workshops, in collaboration with Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have been attended by 100 representatives from enterprises around Vietnam. PepsiCo and CED have also partnered with packaging companies to help these groups to start changing technologies and create innovative alternatives to packing in order to reduce single use plastic in their sector.
CED has recruited, trained, and then deployed over 60 university students as ‘environment leaders’. We provide a training course, then support them afterwards by aiding them in delivering workshops and public awareness activities around plastic waste to universities or secondary schools.