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15 Vietnamese companies recognized as champions at the UN Women WEPs Awards for advancing gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community

08 November 2022

The WEP Awards 2022

Ha Noi, 08 November 2022 - Today, 15 Vietnamese companies received Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards (WEPs Awards) in a ceremony organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and Viet Nam Women Entrepreneur Council (VWEC). The 2022 WEPs Awards were supported by the Australian Government, a long-time supporter of equality activities in Vietnam, including UN Women’s work.

The WEPs Awards recognize the efforts of the private sector to promote practices, programs and actions and create more gender-inclusive business cultures by embracing gender equality and women’s empowerment through the WEPs. The WEPs Awards includes 7 categories:  Leadership Commitment, Gender-inclusive Workplace, Gender-responsive Marketplace, Community Engagement and Partnerships, Transparency & Reporting, Youth Leadership for Generation Equality and SMEs Champion.

Ms. Elisa Fernandez Saenz, Country Representative of UN Women Viet Nam
Caption: Ms. Elisa Fernandez Saenz, Country Representative of UN Women Viet Nam delivering her opening remarks. Photo: UN Women/Huong Luu

Representative of UN Women in Viet Nam, Ms. Elisa Fernandez Saenz said: “As the engine of economic development, private sector plays a significant part in the socio-economic recovery post-COVID19 and beyond and has become vital in advancing gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community to close the gender gap. We hope that the WEPs Awards will inspire more companies to be more active in adopting policies and practices that promote gender equality”.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC).
Caption: Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) delivering her opening remarks. Photo: UN Women/Huong Luu

Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC), Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, highlighted “Women’s contribution to society and enterprises have confirmed the leading role of changes for doing decent business and sustainable development. WEPs Awards will spread and motivate enterprises to have more initiatives in advancing gender equality, women’s economic empowerment at all levels in enterprises”  

The event was attended by leaders of ministries, organizations, business associations, enterprises, UN Agencies and other international organizations. In the panel discussion, participants shared and discussed the barriers and challenges that women-owned businesses face in accessing markets in Viet Nam and evaluated entry points for facilitating more equal market opportunities for women by promoting supplier diversity and gender-responsive procurement

During the event, UN Women and the Embassy of Australia in Viet Nam introduced the new program “WE RISE Together: creating equal market opportunities for women by advancing Supplier Diversity through Gender-Responsive Procurement”. This program is supported by the Australian Government’s Mekong-Australia Partnership.

Ms Cherie Russell, Development Counsellor, Australian Embassy.
Caption: Ms Cherie Russell, Development Counsellor, Australian Embassy delivering her remarks. Photo: UN Women/Huong Luu

“In the Asia-Pacific region, an estimated 60 per cent of micro-, small and medium enterprises are owned by women but currently, in the global procurement market, women-owned businesses secure only one per cent of spending. WE RISE Together will address this inequality and encourage the public and private sector in Vietnam to evolve their procurement policies” noted Ms Cherie Russell, Development Counsellor, Australian Embassy.

 

The winners of WEPs Awards 2022 categories include:

Leadership Commitment Award Category

1. Mr. Amit Verma - Country Head, Olam Vietnam Limited 

2.Ms. Nguyen Thi Tra My - General Director, PAN Group Joint Stock Company 

3.Mr.Than Duc Viet - General Director, Garment 10 Corporation - Joint Stock Company  

Youth Leadership Category

Ms. Nguyen Ngoc My - Senior Executive, Vice Chairwoman of the Board and General Director, Alphanam Group

Gender-inclusive Workplace Award Category

1. VPS Securities Joint Stock Company

2. Procter & Gamble Vietnam Co. Ltd

3. Regina Miracle International Vietnam Company Limited and Ho Guom Group Joint Stock Company

Gender-responsive Marketplace Award Category

1. Julie Sandlau Vietnam Co. Ltd

2. Ha Nam Ninh Food Joint Stock Company

3. Intel Products Vietnam Co., Ltd

Community and Industry Engagement Award Category

1. Unilever Vietnam International Company Limited

2. Tien Thanh Handicraft wares production Import Export Company limited

3. Savvycom Joint Stock Company

SMEs Champion In Community and Industry Engagement Award Category

Wardhaven Capital Limited - HCMC Representative Office

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