United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO has organised a Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR forum on labour practices in Hanoi with a view to improving productivity.
The two-day event was jointly organised by UNIDO, the Office for Business Sustainable Development, SDforB of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VCCI, and the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP.
The event was part of a project titled “From Global Compact to Local Impact – Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR among Vietnamese Business Community for Sustainable Consumption and Production, SCP.”
Funded by the UN One Plan Fund and co- implemented by UNIDO, the project is helping develop internal training for Vietnamese enterprises to enhance their productivity, build trust among employees and credibility among customers.
“Improving labour productivity should be seen in a strategic way, and CSR can make a great contribution to it,” said Nguyen Quang Vinh, Director General of SDforB and Representative of the Global Compact Network Viet Nam, GCNV.
Viet Nam’s labour productivity is among the lowest in the Asia Pacific region. According to a World Economic Forum report on Global Competitiveness 2014-2015, the country ranks 65th among 144 in labour productivity.
“To operate well, an organization not only needs technology, machines or workshops, but also humans,” said Florian Beranek, UNIDO Expert on Social Responsibility.
“If individual skill development is supported, an employee will be more motivated to work, will like his or her job more and will be loyal to the organisation,” he added.
UNIDO said in a statement that the CSR Forum serves as a platform for enterprises to join multi-stakeholder discussions on the topic.

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