In line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the Paris Agreement, the company has set ambitious targets to be achieved by 2030. “By making sustainability an even stronger part of our strategy and operations, we aim to achieve long-term returns and generate a positive impact for society and the environment,” said Werner Baumann, chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG. The world is collectively facing an unprecedented challenge to ensure that a growing and ageing world population has the chance to thrive while using the planet’s resources in a more sustainable way. “The scale of our business creates responsibility and opportunity for us to act. That is why we are now significantly stepping up our sustainability efforts,” said Baumann. Bayer will monitor and report the sustainability targets with the same rigour as its financial targets. The goals will be integrated into decision-making processes and management … [Read more...] about Bayer to significantly step-up its sustainability efforts
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Phan Dai Loi, 31, was handed the sentence after he was found to have collected nearly VND600 million ($26,000) for smuggling dozens of people to Taiwan. Mitigating circumstances however were applied to his sentence as he had sincerely confessed to the crime and had a good personal background, the court said. According to the indictment, between January and March 2018, Loi colluded with a relative living in Taiwan to arrange for nearly 50 people to cross the land border into China, before smuggling them into Taiwan by boat so they could live and work there illegally. Each person seeking Loi's service had to pay $6,500, of which $500 was given to him beforehand while the remaining amount was to be paid once the person reached Taiwan. However, two people being smuggled by Loi's trafficking ring died when their boat capsized near Taiwan's coast while 28 were discovered, arrested and deported by Taiwanese authorities. Police arrested Loi in October last year following reports submitted by … [Read more...] about Man jailed for trafficking job seekers to Taiwan
Three young Vietnamese women were lauded for their effort by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama when they met in the southern province of Long An on Monday. The meeting at Can Giuoc High School in Long An was part of Obama’s trip to Vietnam with American actress Julia Roberts to spotlight girls’ education on behalf of the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance. They were joined by Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor, Vietnamese actress Ngo Thanh Van, American news personality Jenna Hager, and American actress Liza Koshy. A video published on Michelle Obama's verified Facebook account on December 9, 2019 about her trip to Long An, Vietnam the same day. At the event, Obama and Roberts listened to the life stories of the Vietnamese women who were the scholarship winners of Room to Read, a program that works to help female students pursue education. The former first lady praised the young women for their effort in overcoming hardship in life to gain … [Read more...] about Who are the women Michelle Obama praised in Vietnam?
Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, Head of the Vietnamese Permanent Delegation to the UN in Geneva, attends the 40th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2019. (Photo: VNA) The world will celebrate the 71st anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10. The Declaration presented the international community’s common values of human rights and laid a foundation for other human rights covenants, including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Covenant on Economical, Social, and Cultural Rights, and covenants on the rights of children, women, and persons with disabilities. Since the war, Vietnam has made every effort to build a socialist state governed by law, a state of the people, by the people, and for the people, and improve its laws on human rights. Effort to promote human rights of all people Vietnam’s 2013 Constitution has a chapter on Human Rights and Rights and … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s contributions to global human rights
Children at a kindergarten (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam needs new approaches that are designed based on geographic conditions and cultural characteristics of ethnic minority communities in order to address the persistent malnutrition among ethnic minority children, said a report of the World Bank. The WB released the report titled “Persistent Malnutrition in Ethnic Minority Communities of Viet Nam: Issues and Options or Policy and Interventions” in Hanoi on December 10. Addressing the event, WB Country Director Ousmane Dione said Vietnam has made impressive progress in reducing malnutrition in children in the past two decades, but the disparity between ethnic minority children and their peers in plain areas is widening. He said priority should be given to provinces with highest malnutrition rates in the next period in order to create substantial changes. The report found that only 39 percent of ethnic minority children from 6 to 23 … [Read more...] about New approaches needed to address malnutrition in ethnic minority children: WB report