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Firms with outstanding CSR practices honored
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Firms with outstanding CSR practices honored

The Saigon Times

Tran Minh Hung, editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group, delivers his opening remarks at the Saigon Times CSR 2020 Merit Ceremony

HCMC – After five months of supporting enterprises to tell their corporate social responsibility (CSR) stories on english.thesaigontimes.vn and thesaigontimes.vn, The Saigon Times – the English news site of the Saigon Times Group – held a merit ceremony today, November 20, to recognize and honor the businesses that have made significant and meaningful contributions to the prosperous and sustainable development of the community.

The ceremony was held at the five-star Caravelle Hotel in District 1, HCMC, and attended by some 180 guests, including representatives of the enterprises that received the honor, foreign diplomats, and partners.

Riding on the success of the Saigon Times CSR 2019, The Saigon Times in June kick-started the Saigon Times CSR 2020 program.

General view of the Saigon Times CSR 2020 Merit Ceremony

The program received nearly 100 stories about CSR activities from Vietnamese and foreign-invested firms. Among them, 44 enterprises with meaningful and impressive CSR practices were chosen to receive the certificates of recognition from The Saigon Times.

The CSR activities of the participating companies come in varied forms, including making contributions to the community, protecting the environment and safeguarding the interests of workers.

In his opening remarks at the ceremony, Tran Minh Hung, editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group, said Saigon Times CSR is an annual event of The Saigon Times, the English news site of the Saigon Times Group, to honor enterprises for their significant and meaningful contributions to the community.

“On behalf of the Editorial Board of the Saigon Times Group, I’d like to express my gratitude and admiration to the enterprises recognized for their outstanding CSR activities. The Saigon Times Group commits to do its best to promote these meaningful activities for social development.”

Since early this year, Hung added, the group has seen the heart of gold of the businesses that have helped residents in the areas hit by natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic through the Saigon Times-Great Circle program.

Representatives of the first 11 companies pose for photos after they get the certificates of recognition and flowers from the Saigon Times Group's Editor-in-Chief Tran Minh Hung and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Pham Huu Chuong

 

Representatives of the second group of 11 businesses pose for photos after getting the certificates of recognition and flowers
Tran Minh Hung and Pham Huu Chuong give the certificates of recognition and flowers to another 11 businesses
Tran Minh Hung and Pham Huu Chuong pose for a photo with 11 more businesses

According to Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group and head of the Saigon Times CSR organizing committee, when the Saigon Times CSR 2020 program was launched, Covid-19 began to hit the country, making the organizer perplexed over how to proceed with the program.

“However, we were extremely surprised by the diverse CSR activities carried out by businesses during the disease outbreak. Those activities might have been seen as normal but in an extraordinary circumstance like the pandemic, they’re real special,” Chuong said. “Around 85% of the companies participating in the program this year have conducted activities to aid victims of floods and Covid-19.”

Besides their urgent charitable programs, the participating businesses keep their long-term programs running, specifically for supporting education, executing sustainable development plans, assisting startups and funding science-technology, Chuong said.

He added environmental protection is still a major concern of the enterprises joining the Saigon Times CSR 2020 program as more than 50% of them embrace it as its top priority.

Aleksey V.Popov (L), Consul General of Russia in HCMC, and Indian Consul in HCMC R.O. Sunil Babu at the event
Roy Kho, Consul General of Singapore in HCMC, at the event
Hutomo Bayu, Consul of Economic Division II from Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia at the event

The ceremony also included a seminar themed “CSR Endeavor: Toward sustainable development”.

The Saigon Times CSR program annually joins hands with businesses to continue spreading the community spirit, a deep-rooted tradition which unifies people to jointly cope with challenges and make life better.

At the event, the organizer officially introduced the Saigon Times CSR 2021 program.

The panelists at the seminar themed “CSR Endeavor-Toward sustainable development”
Binu Jacob, Nestle Vietnam CEO, speaks at the seminar
Do Thai Vuong, vice president of sustainable business and communications at Unilever, shares his opinions about CSR programs at the seminar
Harini Gopalakrishnan, director and ESG lead of VinaCapital Group, speaks at the seminar
Deputy general director of Blue Sea Group Nguyen Thanh Trung is one of the panelists at the seminar
Mimi Vu, a CSR expert, speaks at the seminar
Saigon Times Group’s Editor-in-Chief Tran Minh Hung gives flowers to the panelists at the seminar
Holly Bostock, corporate affair director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, talks to Nguyen Van Thang, managing editor of The Saigon Times, at the event
The Saigon Times Group’s Editor-in-Chief Tran Minh Hung talks to a guest at the Saigon Times CSR 2020 Merit Ceremony
Paolo Lemma (L), director of the Italian Trade Commission in Vietnam, talks to Doan Huu Duc, founder and director of Vietnam Consulting Group (VCG)
Company representatives chat at the event

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The organizer gives flowers to the sponsors

 

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