Heineken Vietnam continues community support in Can Tho and Kon Tum

March 27, 2018 | 17:05
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Two more clean water projects sponsored by Dutch-backed brewer Heineken Vietnam were put into use recently, including a water purifier system in Vinh Thanh district in Can Tho city and a water pipeline system in Dak Glei district, Kon Tum province.
heineken vietnam continues community support in can tho and kon tum
Heineken Vietnam inaugurates the clean water project in Kon Tum province

This has raised the total number of clean water stations for communities under Heineken Vietnam’s "One minute less for a million smile" programme to 22.

Heineken Vietnam (the brewer of diverse beer brands like Heineken, Tiger, Larue, Strongbow, Affligem, Desperados, and Bivina) in collaboration with the Vietnam Youth Federation recently inaugurated and launched a water purifier system in Vinh Thanh district in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

This is one of the clean water initiatives under the "One minute less for million smiles" programme sponsored by Heineken Vietnam, which aims to raise public awareness about saving and protecting water resources.

It also supports the local communities in rural areas where people have difficult access to clean water due to the impact of climate change and pollution.

Far away from Can Tho city, only 30 per cent of the Vinh Thanh district residents’ demand for clean water is met, according to the Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation of Can Tho City.

Locals are completely dependent on untreated water from rivers and lakes for daily usage. Therefore, this clean water project will help more than 300 local residents to access clean water.

Also, Heineken Vietnam continued collaborating with Vietnam Youth Federation to inaugurate and hand over another clean water construction to more than 600 local residents in Dak Choong ward, Dak Glei district, in Kon Tum province on March 21.

“We have been waiting for this clean water source. Thanks to this water pipeline, we can access clean water, and use it with confidence in our daily lives, instead of using water from streams and lakes,” said Y Ma from Be Re commune, representing local residents in Dak Glei district.

"Protecting water sources and supporting local communities are two key focuses of our sustainability strategy to ‘Brew a better Vietnam.’ Via the ‘One minute less for million smiles’ programme, we have been promoting water saving and providing clean water for the community at risk for many years,” said Matt Wilson, Corporate Affairs director of Heineken Vietnam.

“Through the programme, we are happy that the community has fully supported Heineken Vietnam's activities by participating in doing one million good actions to raise awareness about protecting water sources and to paint 100 manholes to deliver a message against littering, as well as prevent water and environment pollution in Ho Chi Minh City. With this support, we believe that Heineken Vietnam’s journey to protect water in our sustainability strategy to "Brew a better Vietnam" will create a positive impact and show results soon," he added.

For many years, Heineken Vietnam has been an industry pioneer in embedding sustainability in its business development strategy.

Through its sustainability agenda named "Brewing a better Vietnam," the company has reduced carbon emissions by 58 per cent and reduced water consumption by 44 per cent since 2010.

Today, four out of six Heineken Vietnam breweries operate totally from renewable energy, including biomass or biogas.

In addition, A-class wastewater treatment systems are installed in Heineken Vietnam's breweries to make sure that all wastewater is treated in a close-knit process before it is discharged back into the environment.

In 2017, the company was named among the most sustainable companies in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents the Vietnamese business community.

By Anh Duc

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