Firms urged to assume social responsibility

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Intensive training on environment
management designed for Vietnamese firms is needed as part of efforts to uphold
their social responsibility. 

Nguyen Ngoc Ly, Director of the Centre for Environment and
Community Research, said corporate social responsibility should be initially reflected
by abiding by the current laws such as the Enterprise Law, Labour Law, Law on
Environment Protection and Law on Inspection.

She added that complying with environment laws will help
enterprises avoid legal risks, inspection and fines as well as reap economic

Deputy Director of the General Department of Environment
Hoang Van Thuc said the Law on Environment Protection 2014 stipulates incentives
for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaging in pollution control and
environment protection, including loans sourced from the Environment Protection
Fund for those operating in concentrated wastewater treatment, environment
monitor and manufacturing of eco-friendly products.

Though the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has
directed its departments to hold training courses on environment laws, SMEs
still find it hard to access them.

Training courses only popularise laws and are yet to offer
directions guiding the enforcement of environment laws. Meanwhile, there
remains overlapping in legal regulations in the Law on Environment Protection
2014, the Law on Water Resources 2012, the Law on Inspection, the Law on
Environment Protection Tax, and a number of other decrees and circulars.

Apart from guiding firms how to outline appropriate
environment management plans, it is also necessary to multiply successful
examples of doing business in tandem with environmental protection.-VNA

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