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  • 14
    Integrating Responsible Business Conduct to Create a Resilient Garment Industry
    October 14, 2021 2:00 pm - October 14, 2021 3:30 pm

    OECD, in collaboration with business associations in Viet Nam AmChamAusChamBritCham and EuroCham, is holding a series of webinars on building resilient supply chain in the context of Viet Nam.

    The first webinar “Integrating Responsible Business Conduct to Create a Resilient Garment Industry” will include a brief presentation of the OECD’s Garment & Footwear Due Diligence Guidance (which will be launched in Vietnamese during the webinar), how it can help Vietnamese businesses become more resilient and future proof their place in the global supply chain.

    COVID-19 has amplified the voices from many stakeholders on the importance of rethinking global supply chains. Adopting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) standards can help businesses become more resilient when exposed to Global Value Chains (GVC) disruptions. Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) means integrating and considering environmental and social issues within core business activities, including throughout your supply chain. A key element of RBC is risk-based due diligence – a process through which businesses identify, prevent, and mitigate their actual and potential adverse impacts on people and planet – and account for how those impacts are addressed.

    The webinar is bringing together key speakers in the garment industry including policy makers, business associations, global and domestic companies, and trade union representatives. A Business Consultation session will be available where the companies and manufacturers can share experiences and ask questions directly to the OECD and other speakers.

    OECD, in collaboration with business associations in Viet Nam AmChamAusChamBritCham and EuroCham, is holding a series of webinars on building resilient supply chain in the context of Viet Nam.

    The first webinar “Integrating Responsible Business Conduct to Create a Resilient Garment Industry” will include a brief presentation of the OECD’s Garment & Footwear Due Diligence Guidance (which will be launched in Vietnamese during the webinar), how it can help Vietnamese businesses become more resilient and future proof their place in the global supply chain.

    COVID-19 has amplified the voices from many stakeholders on the importance of rethinking global supply chains. Adopting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) standards can help businesses become more resilient when exposed to Global Value Chains (GVC) disruptions. Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) means integrating and considering environmental and social issues within core business activities, including throughout your supply chain. A key element of RBC is risk-based due diligence – a process through which businesses identify, prevent, and mitigate their actual and potential adverse impacts on people and planet – and account for how those impacts are addressed.

    The webinar is bringing together key speakers in the garment industry including policy makers, business associations, global and domestic companies, and trade union representatives. A Business Consultation session will be available where the companies and manufacturers can share experiences and ask questions directly to the OECD and other speakers.

    Language: Vietnamese-English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

    Agenda:

    2:00 – 3:00 PMPanel Discussion
    3:00 – 3:30 PMBusiness Consultation

    Speakers:

    –       Ms. Thuy Nguyen, Vietnam Industry Agency, Ministry of Industry & Trade

    –       Mr. Nguyen Thai Duong, Vice President, Viet Nam Textile Union

    –       Ms. Dorothy Lovell, Lead, Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector, OECD Centre for RBC, Directorate for Financial & Enterprise Affairs 

    –       Mr. Truong Van Cam, Vice Chairman, Vietnam Textile & Apparel Association (VITAS)

    –       Mr. Alexander Falter, General Director, ECCO Vietnam

    –       Mr. Paul Norriss, CEO, UnAvailable 

    Background:

    Viet Nam has emerged as one of the leading textiles exporting countries worldwide in recent years, becoming the fourth apparel exporting country in 2019 (by value – 30.6 billion USD). The Vietnamese garment and footwear industry accounts for 16% of the country total exports, employs 2.5 million workers. The growth of the garment and footwear sector was also boosted by Viet Nam’s increased integration into Global Value Chains (GVCs), through the coming into force of a number of trade agreements, including, the Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) (2019), the EU – Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) (2020), or the UK –Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) (2021).

    However, the COVID-19 crisis has exerted a substantial toll on economies and societies. Worldwide, general and targeted lockdown measures were implemented to contain the outbreak, which paused sections of the global economy, resulting in global trade declining by over 15% in the first half of 2020. These disrupted GVCs, leading to business closures, insolvencies and increased unemployment rates, and this perhaps nowhere more so than in the garment & footwear sector.

    In Viet Nam in particular, the initial impact of GVC disruptions has been twofold. First, Viet Nam’s economy experienced falling international demand for manufactured goods, which placed manufacturers in difficulty for meeting their wage bill as orders were cancelled or not placed. Second, the disruption of GVCs interrupted Viet Nam’s material imports, so there would be difficulty fulfilling even those orders that were placed.

    As Viet Nam’s garment and footwear sector recovers from the Covid-19 impact, adopting and integrating RBC standards throughout the sector is the key to unlocking future opportunities outside of the context of the pressing and immediate risks posed by the pandemic.

    About The Responsible Supply Chains in Asia (RSCA) Programme

    The workshop is part of the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia Programme (RSCA), a partnership between the European Union (EU), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), funded by the European Union. The RSCA works with partners in Asia to promote responsible business conduct in global supply chains.

    The overarching objectives of the RSCA Programme are to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by ensuring that investors and businesses have a better understanding of corporate social responsibility; and to create policy environments conducive to promoting responsible business conduct and increased opportunities for dialogue. The programme is taking place in partnership with six Asian economies, namely Japan, China, Thailand, Viet Nam, Philippines, and Myanmar.

    For the full concept note – click on – Webinar: Integrating Responsible Business Conduct to Create a Resilient Garment Industry.

  • 08
    Crafted Cocktails at Home: Lady Triệu Gin & Dewar’s Whisky
    October 8, 2021 6:00 pm - October 8, 2021 8:00 pm

    In collaboration with the British Chamber and Alchemy Asia

    Take a journey across Vietnam with Lady Triệu Gin and Master Distiller Adam Westbrook. Discover the bio-diverse rural areas of Vietnam that create the unique and contemporary flavours of The Lab Series: Lady Triệu’s range of limited release, regionally inspired gins.

    Elevate your Home Happy Hour as Adam guides you through a selection of simple Lady Triệu Gin cocktails to make at home. Followed by Richie Fawcett, artist and bartender educator. Richie will provide a tour of his cocktail art studio so that we can get a glimpse of the work he has been undertaking during lockdown with Dewar’s Ginger Highball. Richie will conclude his tour with a selection of cocktails drawn from the pages of his “Cocktail Art of Saigon Drinks Manual”

    All participants will receive EITHER a Lady Triệu Gin and tonic set featuring your choice of gin from The Lab Series 200ml collection, plus 2 bottles of Fever-Tree Premium Tonic Water & a Lady Triệu Gin and tonic glass OR get a Dewar’s Ginger Highball set with Dewar’s White Label half size bottle and 4 bottles of Fever-Tree Ginger Ale and 2 Dewar’s rock glasses to enjoy the cocktail – OR BOTH!

    In collaboration with the British Chamber and Alchemy Asia

    Take a journey across Vietnam with Lady Triệu Gin and Master Distiller Adam Westbrook. Discover the bio-diverse rural areas of Vietnam that create the unique and contemporary flavours of The Lab Series: Lady Triệu’s range of limited release, regionally inspired gins.

    Elevate your Home Happy Hour as Adam guides you through a selection of simple Lady Triệu Gin cocktails to make at home. Followed by Richie Fawcett, artist and bartender educator. Richie will provide a tour of his cocktail art studio so that we can get a glimpse of the work he has been undertaking during lockdown with Dewar’s Ginger Highball. Richie will conclude his tour with a selection of cocktails drawn from the pages of his “Cocktail Art of Saigon Drinks Manual”

    All participants will receive EITHER a Lady Triệu Gin and tonic set featuring your choice of gin from The Lab Series 200ml collection, plus 2 bottles of Fever-Tree Premium Tonic Water & a Lady Triệu Gin and tonic glass OR get a Dewar’s Ginger Highball set with Dewar’s White Label half size bottle and 4 bottles of Fever-Tree Ginger Ale and 2 Dewar’s rock glasses to enjoy the cocktail – OR BOTH!

     

    Sign-up to Join the Journey: HERE

     

     

  • 02
    LEADERS TALK: GUIDING BUSINESSES THROUGH TIMES OF CRISIS
    October 2, 2021 2:30 pm - October 23, 2021 4:00 pm

    With the world’s economy recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, managing risks and adjusting strategies for post-pandemic development have become amongst the top priorities for many businesses. However, organisations, especially small and medium enterprises, are now facing difficulties in forecasting future trends due to uncertainties caused by the pandemic. In the first half of 2021, Vietnam saw more than 70,000 businesses withdrawing from the market, an increase of nearly 25% year-on-year, and most of which were of small scale or established under 5 years.

    According to World Bank’s experts, firms that survived the COVID-19 crisis are older and more productive; they also tend to be innovators, use digital technology, and operate in less burdensome business environments. So what does it take for a business to not only survive, but also innovate and thrive in a changing future?

    With the world’s economy recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, managing risks and adjusting strategies for post-pandemic development have become amongst the top priorities for many businesses. However, organisations, especially small and medium enterprises, are now facing difficulties in forecasting future trends due to uncertainties caused by the pandemic. In the first half of 2021, Vietnam saw more than 70,000 businesses withdrawing from the market, an increase of nearly 25% year-on-year, and most of which were of small scale or established under 5 years.

    According to World Bank’s experts, firms that survived the COVID-19 crisis are older and more productive; they also tend to be innovators, use digital technology, and operate in less burdensome business environments. So what does it take for a business to not only survive, but also innovate and thrive in a changing future?

    To help professionals and businesses find answers to this question, the upcoming ‘Leaders Talk’ webinar on October 2nd will welcome a special guest: Nitin Kapoor – Chairman and General Director, AstraZeneca Vietnam and Asia area frontier markets. With over 25 years of experience across various industries, and now leading a country branch of one of the world’s most popular pharmaceutical firms, Mr. Kapoor will be sharing about business administration skills during challenging times such as these, as well as giving comments on pandemic control and business outlook in the new economy. The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Joao Fialho – Leader of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at BUV.

    ‘Guiding Businesses Through Times Of Crisis’ is the fourth episode in the ‘Leaders Talk’ series of events co-organised by British University Vietnam (BUV) and British Chamber of Commerce Vietnam (BritCham Vietnam). Built for career-oriented professionals, the programme is where business ideas and experience are shared and exchanged.

    Event information:

    – Date & time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Saturday, 2 October 2021

    – Platform: online via Zoom

    – Language: English

    REGISTER NOW AT: https://leaderstalk.buv.edu.vn/

    For direct consultation, kindly contact us via 📞 hotline 096 662 99 09 or 📩 email [email protected].

    *No entry fee, however registration is required due to attendance limits. The invite link will be sent to your email upon successful registration.

     

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