Dutch companies in Vietnam to become signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

On August 18, 2020 in Hanoi, the Business Forum “Equality Means Business” co-organized by UN Women, VWEC-VCCI and the EU Delegation in Vietnam took place, with the participation of 102 business leaders both online and offline. On this platforms, the companies shared and discussed experiences and initiatives on promotion of women’s participation in the supply chain, investment in women and gender equality promotion through corporate policies and efforts to support their communities.

This forum also announced 21 business leaders who have recently signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) - a global initiative to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.  Among the new signatories are 4 Netherlands companies and companies that have close ties with the Netherlands: Heineken Vietnam, Royal HaskoningDHV, NedCoffee Vietnam and Unilever Vietnam. Friesland Campina Vietnam joined the initiative already in 2015. There are 3358 WEPs signatories worldwide, of which 67 are companies in Vietnam.

Delegates at the signing ceremony of CEO Statement of Support for Women's Empowerment Principles
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Ambassador Elsbeth Akkerman
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“I hope more companies, both Vietnamese and multinational ones will be inspired to join this meaningful initiative. By signing the Statement, companies reaffirm the importance of gender equality in business. Women make up half the world, and should thus also be half of the business world as well. And since women in business are generally successful and have a good eye for sustainability,  empowering women in business is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. I am proud that the Netherlands business community is a strong and visible supporter of the Women Empowerment Principles.” said the Netherlands Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Ms. Elsbeth Akkerman.

For more information on the WEPs initiative, visit: https://www.weps.org/