Strengthening home-host country policy dialogue to maximize the decent work impact of the FDI/MNEs in Vietnam

Doãn Giang May 15 2018 12:00AM GMT + 7

The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and a number of enterprises joined the ILO project “More and Better Jobs through Socially Responsible Labour Practices in Viet Nam funded by the Government of Japan to promote socially responsible business practices in Viet Nam. The project works with MNEs, their direct suppliers and the social partners to promote the application of the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy.

Since its inception in 2015, the project has followed a two-pronged approach by engaging in dialogue with enterprises on their responsibilities, while at the same time strengthening public labour administration, especially the labour inspectorate. It also works from one end of the supply chain to the other, connecting actors at different levels of the supply chains to promote continuous dialogue – at the enterprise and sectorial and national levels, and between the home and host countries of MNEs to provoke joint action involving all the stakeholders to advance decent work.

In October 2017, a Business Coalition for the Electronics Sector to Promote Socially Responsible Labour Practices – an initiative of Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Viet Nam Electronics Industry Association (VEIA) - was officially launched with the technical support from the ILO. The business coalition provides a platform for the MNEs, Vietnamese companies and business associations to exchange good practices in the workplace in line with the principles of the MNE Declaration. . It also aims to collect and represent the voices of the sector in a broader policy dialogue with other stakeholders, and to take further joint actions to address challenges faced by the industry.

In that context, a workshop will be organized on the 15th June 2018 to further strengthen the home-host country policy dialogue with an aim to maximizing the decent work impact of the FDI/MNEs in Vietnam and discussing the roles of the home countries of those FDI/MNEs in generating decent work in Viet Nam, especially in the FDI dominated export-oriented industries such as the electronics industry.  This event will also take stock of the outcomes of the MNE Declaration Project so far, and open next steps forward for the Socially Responsible Supply Chains in Asia in the months and years to come.