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Advancing responsible business conduct in Vietnam

Business and Human Rights
Image of garment factory, with woman in the foreground at sewing machine

Globally, there is increasing expectation on businesses to operate responsibly and sustainably – and at the heart of this is respect for human rights. Following the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council, there is growing focus on responsible business conduct amongst governments, business, investors, civil society and unions. This has led to numerous legal, policy and practical developments globally and in the Southeast Asia region.

Vietnam is becoming increasingly integrated into the global economy, supplying goods to consumers all over the world through global supply chains. While such economic growth is important for job creation, infrastructure development and poverty alleviation, it can raise challenges for the promotion, protection and realisation of human rights.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has partnered with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on a two-year program of work to advance responsible business conduct in Vietnam. This program aims to strengthen business capability and cultivate future business leaders to promote responsible business conduct and respect for human rights in Vietnam. The program is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

You can find guidance on responsible business conduct in Vietnam in the links below: