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Strengthen cooperation in education and training for students on business integrity

According to research conducted by Towards Transparency ago, it showed that 85% of youth said that lacking of integrity will be hamful to the country, their families and themselves; 87% of respondents answered they had a significant role in combating corruption and 74% of Vietnamese youth said they did not know or had very little knowledge about anti-corruption and relevant laws. It is notable that only 18% of adolescents said they have been educated on anti- corruption.   Since 2009, National Project 137 on putting integrity into institutions of training and education was approved. Following this, recently, VCCI and UNDP have been providing kind supports to the International School under Vietnam National University, Hanoi to adapt the existing manual on internal controls and codes of conduct in business to train at their university.   Through training, it is hopefully a good way to raise student’s awareness and equip them these useful knowledge prior to start of their career. In the near future, those people are expected to be business owners, therefore, they will be a right person to make changes in doing business and take a leading role in navigating their owned business towards long-term sustainable development. Supposedly, being  employees at companies and/or organizations later, they will be a part of target group to realize pursued core values of companies and organizations. Once they could understand how important integrity is and fundamental knowledge can be equipped at their early ages, then they can proactively address challenges and insprire good practices. Photo of pilot training at the International School, VNU   Our project has  been  so far supporting several selected businesses to conduct pilot role models by applying internal control mechanisms and codes of conduct in business. These companies included Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC), Traphaco Joint Stock Company and some other female-owned businesses in Thai Nguyen City like Lucas as an example. Through this initial assistance, it will create key foundation for businesses to standardize internal control mechanism and auditing committee to meet requirements of relevant regulations such as Law on Enterprises (2020), Law on Securities and Decree No. 05/2019/ND/CP on internal audit dated 22nd January, 2019.    

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Since the beginning of 2020, the World has faced one of the biggest global crises in recent decades, which was the rapid spread of Covid-19 pandemic. Isolation measures, social distancing and different restrictions were strictly implemented setting out great challenges for businesses and showing a less prosperous picture of global economy. Businesses in the Southeast Asia have been suffering from many difficulties during over period. In fact, number of businesses could absolutely understand how Covid-19 pandemic affecting their business operations in the near future still remains a weakness.   At the virtual business integrity roundtable series – beyond the Covid 19 crisis hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on past March 31st, the event brought together representatives from many different sectors. On the Vietnamese side, Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, VCCI Secretary General attended the conference to share his insights into several identified risks that businesses encountered during the pandemic outbreak period.   On the business side, the pressure of ensuring business continuity, labor management as well as disrubtion to global supply chain, etc. were reasons causing significant impacts on business integrity. In order to overcome obstacles towards sustainable development in the long term, Mr Vinh highlighted that despite the size of businesses whether they were large or small, business integrity should be put at the heart of their operation because it would create a core foundation helping businesses to boost its resilience, attract loyal and new customers as well as the interest of genuine investors, recruit and retain talents in times of crisis.   Through this workshop, great efforts of promoting business integrity made by VCCI over the past 10 years were also shared, especially initiatives of Helping SMEs to resist corruption and “Government-Business Integrity Initiative-GBII. These projects were funded by the UK Prosperity Fund through UNDP regional project “Promoting a Fair Business Environment in ASEAN”.    On this occasion, OECD and UNDP would like to thank VCCI for recent goodwill cooperation, particularly the 10th Asia Pacific Anti-corruption Initiative Regional Conference’s Business Integrity Meeting as a good example and they also expressed their interest in closely working with VCCI in days coming for similar activities.  

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The virtual Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) took place on 23-25 March with the main theme: Leading through the Crisis: Integrity and Anti-Corruption for a Resilient Recovery.   Around this main topic, the Forum has conducted 50 in-depth discussions on integrity and anti-corruption in specific industries, policy issues and public-private partnerships in the context of the Covid-19 crisis.   The Forum was attended by government representatives, representatives of anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, academics, representatives of the business sector and social organizations of many countries and experts from international organizations.   The Vietnamese high-ranking delegation led by Mr. Le Minh Khai, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate has attended the Forum. The delegates participated in the following sessions: Integrity in practice: Launch of the OECD Public Integrity Toolkit; Integrity and corruption risks during and beyond COVID-19: Challenges, perspectives and experiences from the ground; OECD Business Integrity Roundtable (Part One): Business integrity trends and standards; The OECD Public Integrity Indicators – new measurements for policy makers and actionable change; OECD Business Integrity Roundtable (Part Two): Catalyzing Compliance in the post COVID-19 world; The relevance of statistical information for anti-corruption policies; Collective actions through fast-tracking the UNCAC.   The Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) started in 2013 as part of Integrity Week, an annual event held at OECD headquarters to support governments and organizations to strengthen integrity, build trust, and fight corruption. Source:

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What should businesses do to combat with money taps and harassment? If possible, please denounce the misconduct! In this article, we would suggest a number of useful channels for businesses to denounce corruption to protect their companies. Inform the company’s leaders If you found that the government officials, partners, colleagues … have acts of asking for and giving bribes, sales staff should immediately report the case to internal inspectors and business leaders. These are the first people who can protect your company and fight corruption with you. Denounce in public agencies There are two ways that business can provide information related to embezzlement or bribery to law enforcement body: Denunciation at the Supreme People’s Procuracy (VKSNDTC). Addresses of VKSNDTC, its permanent representatives and the professional division are as follows: Hanoi No. 9 Pham Van Bach, Yen Hoa, Cau Giay district, Hanoi Tel: 0243.8255058, Mobile: 0971751122 Yen Bai No. 566 Ngo Minh Loan, Hop Minh, Yên Bái city, Yen Bai              Tel: 0216 385 6616, Mobile: 0971831122 Da Nang 23 Tran Binh Trong, Hai Chau, Đa Nang  Tel: 0236 389 8738, Mobile: 0971541122 Đak Lak             21B Mai Hac De, Tan Thanh ward, Buon Ma Thuot City, Đak Lak              Tel: 0262 367 3366, Mobile: 0971951122 Ho Chí Minh            199 Hoàng Van Thu, Phu Nhuan district, HCMC  Tel: : 08 08 6882, Mobile: 0971501122 Can Tho:                D21-8&9 khu dan cu Long Thịnh, Phu Thu ward, Cai Rang district, Can Tho City.             Tel: 0292 625 8166, Mobile: 0971081122 You can drop messages on the website or send email to Denounce to the Government Inspectorate at Lo D29, Tran Thai Tong New Urban Area, Yen Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi. You can leave the messages at the website or send email to, call 08044430 or email to Other addresses: Local congressmen News agencies Business is not sure how to denounce or whether denounce? You can contact us for help and free advice. Please send email to us at or contact us here; you also leave comments at the end of each article. You will be advised and supported to deal with difficulties thus to promote business integrity. 

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In the afternoon of August 13th, the People’s Committee of Ha Tinh province issued a decision to sanction Tien Dat Construction Joint Stock Company 435 million VND for the act of discharging wastewater causing environmental pollution. Specifically, Tien Dat company was fined 290 million VND for discharging wastewater directly into the sea causing environmental pollution and a fine increase of 50% for recidivism, disregard of the law. At the same time, Tien Dat Company was suspended for 3 months and forced to renovate and upgrade the wastewater treatment system to ensure technical standards in accordance with the law. Tien Dat Joint Stock Company has invested in shrimp farming since 2015 in Thinh Loc commune (Ha Tinh province) on an area of more than 10 hectares of water, located close to the sea. In operation, the shrimp pond of Tien Dat Company did not treat wastewater properly but discharged it directly to the environment. The local marine environment has been seriously polluted, causing frustration in society, suffering a loss of money and the company’s reputation In fact, protection of environment is important in practice for responsible businesses. The Government of Vietnam has issued Decree 155/2016 / ND-CP, which provides appropriate penalties for violations of the regulations on environmental protection. Enterprises can refer to the Environmental Technical Regulations for wastewater on the website of the Institute of Legal Science (Ministry of Justice) and Decree 155/2016 / ND-CP at the Government Portal. Let’s take a closer look at Article 13, which deals with a violation of wastewater treatment regulations. To avoid penalty and sustain your reputation in the market, it is advisable to take care of environmental impact and ethical standards in operation of your business. A code of conduct is important to identify the company’s ethic values and manage the employees’ behaviours more responsively. You can visit our website to learn more application of code of conduct. Otherwise you can refer an example of a code of conduct here  

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Many businesses around us are actively fighting against corruption. Within this article SDforB introduced a company in Long An has succeeded in refusing to give bribes and forcing officers who commit corporate harassment to face strict laws. Company A provides trading and transport services in Ben Luc district, Long An province.  In 2015, Nguyen Trong Tinh, an officer of Ben Luc Tax Department led a delegation to inspect Company A on its compliance with the Law on Value Added Tax and the Law on Corporate Income Tax. Here, Tinh claimed that company A made a mistake and had to pay more than 1.4 billion dong. However, he did not clarify some items in this fine. Notably, Tinh requested the owner of Company A to give him 200 million dong so he could reduce the fine down to 600 million dong. To this act of blackmail, the owner recorded the «negotiation» and denounced Tinh’s misconduct to the local police. As the result, Tinh was caught while accepting bribes from the owner of Company A. The People’s Procuracy and the Ben Luc District Police decided to prosecute and arrested the defendant Nguyen Trong Tinh for 3 months to investigate bribery behavior. The example of company A shows that businesses can completely protect their companies from corruption by refusing to pay bribes, coordinating with local authorities and using technology equipment to collect evidence to punish corrupt individuals. In addition, businesses can use many other ways to denounce acts of embezzlement or bribery. Please refer to our advice and guides.