Vinamilk wins two international awards for sustainable development

The world’s premier sustainability event, the “Global CSR & ESG Summit and Awards 2022”, was held for the 14th year, and for the first time in Vietnam. More than 200 delegates, mostly leaders from various industries, representing government agencies, organizations and companies from many countries attended the event.

The theme of this year’s event, “Beyond Net Zero and ESG”, inspired attendees to discuss and learn about companies’ and stakeholders’ ESG and CSR strategies, as well as the challenges and climate-friendly solutions and technologies.

At the Global CSR & ESG Awards 2022, Vinamilk was recognized in two main categories: “CSR & ESG leadership award” (Gold) and “Best country award for overall CSR excellence” (Platinum).

Vinamilk’s green farm model was also selected to showcase a prime example of global sustainability initiatives at the conference.

Trinh Quoc Dung, Executive Director of Dairy Development at Vinamilk (R) at the event. Photo by Tung Dinh

Launched in 2021, Green Farm, Vinamilk’s ecological dairy farm system, widely applies circular economy, regenerative agriculture and technology to minimize environmental impact and emissions, utilize renewable resources and protect the ecosystem.

This green farm model has been recognized by the jury of the Global ESG and CSR Awards 2022, with the gold medal in the “CSR & ESG Leadership Award” category.

Talking about Green Farm’s rollout journey, Tran Minh Hoang, Marketing Director of Vinamilk, said the system is based on three key pillars towards a sustainable dairy industry.

The first is selective sourcing. The three Vinamilk green farms in Tay Ninh, Quang Ngai and Thanh Hoa are part of a system of 13 Vinamilk farms in Vietnam, equipped with modern facilities and complying with globally recognized GAP standards.

The three farms are located in strategic regions of Vietnam, connected to nearby modern Vinamilk factories to preserve the best quality raw milk during transport.

The breeding dairy cows are purebred imported from the United States, Australia and New Zealand and fed to 100% Global GAP standard.

The second pillar is the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. Vinamilk Green farms deploy organic agriculture without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, applying soil regeneration to manage resources. All farms use renewable energy. Modern waste treatment systems with biogas technology significantly reduce CO2 emissions, turning waste into resources. Additionally, the application of organic atomic carbon technology helps reduce methane emissions and odors.

Vinamilk Green Farm

A Vinamilk green farm. Photo by Vinamilk

Vinamilk has paid particular attention to the application of advanced technologies to sustainable agriculture. The company attaches great importance to animal welfare, without growth hormones on dairy cows. The factories that produce Vinamilk Green Farm 100% fresh milk products meet strict international standards and have a waste treatment system to ensure that 100% of waste water is treated to meet applicable environmental standards before being discharged. released into the environment.

At the same time, all farms apply PAS 2060 on emissions control and carbon neutrality.

Vinamilk Green farms also provide thousands of jobs for local residents, improving the skills of the workforce through training and access to advanced technology.

By cooperating with farming households, purchasing corn and grass for dairy cow feed while providing organic fertilizers, Vinamilk Green Farms help drive local economic development through sustainable agriculture, helping farmers to improve their household incomes.

“With Green Farm, Vinamilk affirms its commitment to sustainable development through responsible business, respect for the environment and a focus on community and stakeholders. Vinamilk, in particular, helps consumers feel better not only by using our high-quality products, but also by contributing to environmental protection and pollution reduction,” Hoang said.

Tran Minh Hoang, Marketing Director of Vinamilk

Tran Minh Hoang, Marketing Director of Vinamilk. Photo by Vinamilk

Vinamilk was also honored in the “Best Country Award for Overall CSR Excellence” category for its community activities, especially during the pandemic.

Vinamilk was also honored in the “Best Country Award for Overall CSR Excellence” category for its community activities, especially during the pandemic.

The dairy maker has contributed more than VND100 billion to the government’s pandemic prevention and control activities over the past two years, as well as to the vaccine fund, which has bolstered frontline medical forces and strongly supported the community, especially children during Covid-19. .

During its 15-year journey, the Stand Tall Vietnam Milk Fund has provided nutritious milk to underprivileged children, ensuring nutrition for over 500,000 young Vietnamese.

Jury member Professor Dr. Geoffrey Williams said the award criteria are based on environmental, social and governance performance, through programs and community activities of businesses and organizations. The board assessed the impact of these programs on various stakeholders, including employees, communities, the environment and investors.

Panel discussion on building a sustainable and resilient supply chain.  Photo by Vinamilk

Round table on the theme “Building a sustainable and resilient supply chain”. Photo by Vinamilk

According to Williams, Vinamilk’s Grees farming system has served the community extensively. “Vinamilk’s programs are innovative, continuously improved year after year, and methodically managed. The company is also open to stakeholders in sharing information about the program’s impact and benefits.”

ESG, an acronym for environmental, social and governance, is a set of standards for evaluating factors related to sustainable development and the social impact of companies. In Vietnam, the government pledged to achieve a “net-zero” goal by 2050 at COP26. This is an ambitious goal, but also an incentive for companies to focus on developing their own sustainability strategies that promote ESG.

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