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Hanoi Business Leaders See Texas CSR In ActionMarch 9, 2010
A group of Hanoi Business Leaders recently embarked on a Study Tour of companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that practice Corporate Social Responsibility. Trip leader and HYBA vice-president Dr. Dang Dzung writes about the trip
Hanoi Young Business Association (HYBA) is a most well-known business organization in the greater region of Hanoi. It has been an anchor for more than 800 entrepreneurs of small and medium companies operating across a diversified range of business. HYBA is a strong advocate of sustainable community development and continuing economic reform.
HYBA found a good host in the US and more specifically in the state of Texas, which is NorthWood Church, a group that has the novel idea of bringing local resources for making global impacts in countries like Mexico and Vietnam. HYBA recently made its first study tour to Texas and exchanged the knowledge and practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The objective of HYBA’s 2010 February study tour in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was to learn how US corporations develop socially responsible activities in order to apply them into Vietnamese business context. In addition to that, Vietnamese entrepreneurs would also be able to tap other knowledge such as how US businesses are structured and how they strategize and compete in the global market.
The visit comprised of meeting the Commerce Chamber of Fort Worth and Dallas, various companies in retail, manufacturing, resource exploitation, construction, financial service, ICT, human resources as well as education and training. The group also learned more about Glocal Ventures Inc. GVI, which has the novel objective of bringing local resources for making global impacts, and which has made lots of contribution to charity works in Hanoi and Lao Cai in the Northwest mountainous region of Vietnam.
The most significant part of this program is a mini home-maker where HYBA and NorthWood volunteers worked together at a Haltom City home for the poor. The owner is Paul, who lost his labor capacity due to an injury. His home was abandoned and taken over by the municipality for auction. He had no financial ability to renovate it, and he and his wife found the future really dark until NorthWood committed to help with a total make-over. HYBA team only put the cream on the cake with a paint job. Starting early in the morning and working until midday, the joint NorthWood-HYBA team accomplished an external white emulsion coating with contractor David’s materials and equipment supplies.
Most business operators in Vietnam would hardly do any manual work at home. They tend to spend time on their car or at their office desk, or meeting and dining with clients. The mini home make-over in Haltom City required them to do some high school vocational school, dating back some 20 years ago. Every member of the HYBA team found happiness as they made an international team effort to beautify a home for the poor, something they’ve never done before. What Vietnamese businesses often do for charity and social programs is just to give out money for building a home or shelter for the poor without knowing the process and maybe not even knowing the end-beneficiaries. On that Sunday, February 28, 2010 we started early in the morning and saw a result by noon time, then we had a nice grilled beef brisket that Paul had cooked over the last 16 hours. It was so tasty we couldn’t refuse.
More than the farewell hugs between Paul and team members, they were prayers and wishes for his health and his happiness in a new, warm home. The house was brightened up among the weary neighborhood. Somebody passing by asked NorthWood members, “When will it be my turn for a home make-over?”
Dr. Dang Dzung led the HYBA team on their US Study Tour. He is an HYBA leader and has brought several Vietnamese business delegations to the US to study different aspects of American economy, governance, education, and culture.