URC named among top sustainable businesses in Vietnam for 2nd year

Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Universal Robina Corp.’s Vietnam unit has been named among the top sustainable businesses for the second year, joining a roster of 500 companies in Vietnam shortlisted for the award.

“This prestigious award will be the driving force for URC Vietnam to continue to operate and spread sustainable values in Vietnam, based on three pillars: environmental protection and human development and quality products,” said Laurent Levan, SVP and regional director for URC Indochina.

The companies on the list met the CSI Index of 127 indicators in four areas: sustainability results, competent governance, environmental protection and sustainable labor practices.

The award was handed out during the Vietnam Corporate Sustainability Forum 2020, organized by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

Moving forward, Levan said URC Vietnam “will continue pursuing its mission to move forward to a circular economy, optimize operations by pursuing the UN’s goals to reduce environmental impacts, improve the lives of employees, promote education, and implement social responsibility initiatives to develop the community”.

In 2019, URC Vietnam was also among the top 100 sustainable businesses recognized by VCCI.

Likewise, it landed among Vietnam’s “Top 10 prestigious companies” in the non-alcoholic beverage industry.

URC Vietnam was among the 33 organizations that were given awards by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs for supporting children in Binh Duong province from 2015 to 2020.

URC has been operating in Vietnam for 18 years, starting as a trading company in 2003. It now has five plants across Vietnam: three in Binh Duong, one in Quang Ngai and one in Hanoi.

The company produces its well-known brands, including the ready-to-drink tea C2, energy drink Rong Do, Cream-O and Magic biscuits, Dynamite candies, Jack ‘n Jill Puff Corn and Chikki snacks, at these facilities.

In the Philippines, URC’s popular brands such as Great Taste, Cream-O, Chippy, Piattos, Nips and Maxx remain as mainstays in nine out of 10 households.

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