Published: Tue, Feb 12, 2013
Type: Case study

Following an analysis of its economic footprint in Indonesia and South Africa, Unilever published a third study, conducted by a Vietnamese think-tank.

Marijn van Tiggelen, Chairman, Unilever Vietnam, explains why socio-economic development is critical to Unilever as a business: “If Vietnam prospers, Unilever Vietnam prospers. Improving the well-being of the Vietnamese is central to Unilever Vietnam’s growth and we are very proud to have played an active role in the overall socio-economic development of the country.”

Vietnam’s Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) – a think-tank under Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment – studied Unilever Vietnam as a model of foreign direct investment. The study analyzes the impact of Unilever Vietnam in 3 key areas:

  • Impact of operations: The most important impacts that Unilever Vietnam makes on society are those through its direct business operations
  • Impact through the value chain: Wider direct and indirect impacts along the value chain. The study focuses on those small and medium-sized enterprises that manufacture Unilever Vietnam’s products, together with suppliers, distributors and consumer
  • Voluntary contributions: Voluntary contributions made to the community and wider society, often in partnership with not-for-profit organizations

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