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The journey to net zero

By The Saigon Times

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The ESG Forum 2024 – “From Ideas to Action,” one of the first net-zero carbon events in Vietnam, was held at the Rex Hotel, District 1, HCMC on June 13 to promote the adoption of ESG practices among businesses.

The event was organized by The Saigon Times, an English online newspaper published by the Saigon Times Group, in collaboration with the EuroCham Green Growth Sector Committee (GGSC) and the ESG & Sustainable Business Transition Alliance.

Over 200 business executives and experts attended the forum, focusing on the integration of environmental, social, and governance principles into business strategies. The forum fostered dialogue and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, highlighting pathways for businesses to implement meaningful change. It exemplified a paradigm shift towards responsible and sustainable business practices in Vietnam and beyond.

Notably, the forum ensured that all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the event, including those from travel, energy use, catering, waste, and other activities, were offset in line with the theme of translating ideas into action.

Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group, delivers his opening remarks at the forum
Erick Contreras, co-chairman of the EuroCham Green Growth Sector Committee (GGSC), emphasizes the importance of collaboration and partnerships among businesses, government agencies, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable development in Vietnam
Betty Pallard, vice chairwoman of the GGSC, talks to participants about net zero carbon
Dženeta Mulabegović, a sustainability expert from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), delivers her presentation at the forum
Truong Anh Hai, vice president, OHSE & Community, NS Bluescope Vietnam, talks about his company’s ESG story to audiences at the forum
A panel discussion on the ESG journey in Vietnam is held as part of the forum
Representatives of The Saigon Times, Petrovietnam Technical Services Corporation, NS Bluescope Vietnam, Acecook Vietnam, Gamuda Land Vietnam, Colusa-Miliket Foodstuff JSC and Techcombank pose for a photo after receiving their net-zero carbon certificates from ESGs & Climate Consulting and PlanetZero.Earth
Three workshops within the ESG Series Masterclass focus on ESG integration in construction, finance transition and ESG disclosures, and ESG reporting, are among the highlights of the ESG forum
Annie Dube (L), consul general of Canada in HCMC; Agustaviano Sofjan (C), consul general of Indonesia in HCMC; and Daniel Stork, consul general of the Netherlands in HCMC, are present at the forum
Tran Minh Hung, editor-in-chief of the Saigon Times Group, shakes hands with Deep Sen, head of Financial Services Segment, Corporate & Institutional Banking Group (CIBG) of Techcombank
Business representatives and guests listen to the speaker’s presentation

Speakers pose for a photo at the forum
The forum serves as a good opportunity for business leaders and representatives to network and discuss ESG practices

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