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Promoting environment-minded business
By Thanh Ha
Monday,  Sep 2, 2019,09:40 (GMT+7)

Promoting environment-minded business

By Thanh Ha

Nestlé Vietnam cooperates with mGreen to help students collect and classify waste at source

For Nestlé Vietnam, environmental protection has become imperative, at least in its recent agenda of activities. The company, better known for its coffee processing and trading businesses, including its corporate social responsibility program to support coffee farmers across the country, has strongly shifted its community-related focus to the environment recently.

Numerous initiatives have been taken by Nestlé Vietnam to do away with waste, especially plastic waste, as the company has vigorously collaborated with all stakeholders for a common goal of keeping the environment clean, green and beautiful, says Ganesan Ampalavanar, managing director of Nestlé Vietnam.

“We have proactively set out and implemented intiatives as well as cooperated with government agencies, other enterprises, environmental organizations, schools and the community to step up environmental protection,” says the CEO.

Highlighting the danger that plastic waste is posing to the environment, Ganesan says Nestlé has pledged to reuse and recycle 100% of its product packaging by 2025.

“Under a national plastic waste reduction campaign launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the company has committed that 100% of waste would be collected and classified at source and all of its plants would not bury solid waste,” says the top executive, referring to the common goal that the company and other members in the newly-established alliance PRO Vietnam have pledged to realize.

Members in the alliance – comprising Coca-Cola Vietnam, FrieslandCampina Vietnam, La Vie, Nestle Vietnam, NutiFood, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam, Tetra Pak Vietnam, TH Group and URC Vietnam – signed a covenant on July 21 to collect plastic bags, glass and paper, and recycle them, with an aim to ensure that all packaging materials used by participating members will be recycled by 2030.

Ganesan observes that to gain success in the fight against plastic waste, the Government needs to strongly advocate the circular-economy model to make the most of materials and minimize waste. “The Government and other relevant stakeholders should develop an ecosystem to facilitate collecting and recycling waste,” he suggests.

According to Ganesan, climate change and environmental pollution, partly triggered by plastic waste, have become pressing problems, and plastic waste cannot be dealt with by a single person or an organization, but requires the cooperation of all agencies, organizations and individuals. This approach is also mirrored in the national environmental protection strategy by 2020 with a vision to 2030, in which the Government has called on the participation of all individuals and organizations in the fight against plastic waste, Ganesan notes.

Aware of the importance of the participatory approach in environmental protection, Nestlé Vietnam has strongly campaigned for raising awareness among all walks of life by organizing multiple programs to that effect, targeting students and the general public besides joining forces with government bodies.

This year, Nestlé Vietnam and VinSchool Central Park’s students have collected and classified tons of waste. Further, a club of environmental ambassadors, who are students, has just been established. Nestlé Vietnam has plans to expand the project to other primary and secondary schools in Binh Thanh District to call on the participation of more teachers, students and parents in environmental protection programs.

Nestlé Vietnam has also engaged the community in the environmental protection drive.

Nestlé Vietnam donates dustbins to Bac Lieu residents

On the occasion of the 2019 World Environment Day and Vietnam Sea and Island Day, the company took part in a program held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to raise awareness and provide dustbins for residents in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. Nestlé Vietnam also coordinated with the Dong Nai Department of Natural Resources and Environment to grow trees and joined the waste recycling day.

In addition, since last year, Nestlé Vietnam has joined hands with social enterprise mGreen to classify and recycle waste at apartment buildings and schools in Vinhomes Central Park in HCMC’s Binh Thanh District. The company also launched the “Spread happy summer with Nestlé” program to call on consumers to protect the environment and put waste in proper places. The program was executed in 19 cities and provinces nationwide.

Moreover, Nestlé Vietnam often organizes activities to raise its staff’s awareness of plastic waste reduction, such as Nestlé Cares on June 9 this year. Under this program, more than 300 Nestlé employees cleaned a beach in Phuoc Hai Town of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, collecting over 1.1 tons of waste.

The underlying goal in all these activities, says the CEO, is to implement the company’s mission of promoting environment-minded business as well as to raise the public awareness on environmental protection. “We are willing to share initiatives and experiences to lend a helping hand in the country’s campaign of environmental protection,” says Ganesan.

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