A helping hand to needy children

06-Aug-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

At Herbalife Nutrition, business is not just business. The US-based company, known worldwide for its nutritional products, entered the local market ten years ago by opening an office in HCM City in November 2009, and has quickly sought to introduce to local consumers a wide range of functional food items and supplementary nutritional products. Noticeably though, it brings along a philosophy of supporting the needy.

While Herbalife business may have not been known far and wide in Vietnam after a short span of time, the company’s corporate social responsibility activities have excelled.

Soon after setting in foothold in the Vietnamese market, Herbalife has managed to reach out to poor children across the country. To date, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) that is supported by its employees, members, their families and friends has launched several Casa Herbalife programmes, enabling hundreds of children, especially those in poverty-stricken communities, to have access to better nutrition. The first Casa Herbalife programme was opened at an orphanage in Brazil by Herbalife founder Mark Hughes in1994.

In 2013, HNF launched a programme to support Dong Tam Social Protection centre with over 100 children in Binh Dinh Province, and the year after, it initiated the support programme for Orphanage Huong Duong in Hau Giang Province. Last year, HNF kick-started two major Casa Herbalife programmes, one for Xa Dan School in Hanoi with 500 students, and the other for Women’s Charity Association of HCM City with 150 children.

“At Herbalife, we make our communities better places to live and work by participating in community service, and by helping to improve the nutrition and lives of needy children through our HNF Casa Herbalife programmes,” says Vu Van Thang, general manager for Herbalife Vietnam and Cambodia, adding HNF has to date disbursed some $430,000 to support needy children at these centers.

“We provide annual grants to these four community centers to help provide better nutrition to around 800 children and plan to open more centers in the future,” says the manager.

It should be noted that on the global scale, Herbalife has been providing funding and volunteer support to more than 140 children’s organisations in more than 50 countries, helping over 100,000 children daily.

In Vietnam, apart from donations in kind and in cash, Herbalife also organises regular voluntary activities at Casa Herbalife programme partners, including visits to these centers on Mid-autumn festivals, Tet holidays and the International Children’s Day.

The management at Orphanage Huong Duong in Hau Giang Province, which has been donated some $102,000 from Herbalife, has acknowledged generous support from Herbalife. In an encounter with local media, Le Thi Ty, director of the orphanage, noted that support from Herbalife over the past five years has helped underprivileged children at the centre develop well in both physical and spiritual aspects. The long-term support from Herbalife not only helps bring physical wellbeing and happiness to the needy children at the orphanage, but also helps the community have good citizens in the future, according to her.

Apart from lending a helping hand to needy children, Herbalife Vietnam has also thrown its strong support behind the country’s sport development by contributing to the improvement of athletes’ nutrition through its products and expertise. The company has been serving as the official nutrition sponsor for athletes of the Vietnam Olympic Committee and the Vietnam Paralympic Association since 2012. Herbalife Vietnam has also been among active blood donors annually to help those in need, aligned with Herbalife Nutrition’s global initiative to host blood donation drives across the globe and raising awareness of the critical need of blood donation

As CSR activities are normally seen part of an enterprise’s strive for sustainable development, Herbalife Vietnam has been recognised for its efforts. The company last year was honored among top 100 sustainable enterprises by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and one of top ten sustainable enterprises in the trading and service category, based on the Corporate Sustainability Index (CSI) developed by the VCCI and updated annually by experts from VCCI, and national and international organisations. It has also won the “Golden Product” award of the Vietnam Association of Functional Foods for 2017-2018-2019. Herbalife Vietnam also won AMCHAM CSR Award 2018 in recognition of its commitment to transparency, good governance, and sustainable business practices.

Company’s website: https://www.herbalife-vietnam.com



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