Over 100 prominent Vietnamese business leaders have shown their support for ending the rhino horn trade by signing a pledge never to consume any rhino horn or other illegal wildlife products while also committing to help protect Vietnam’s wildlife. This statement by the nation’s top business leaders demonstrates the high level of support among certain sectors in Vietnam for stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation actions.
Vietnam and China are two of the main consumer markets for rhino horn sourced primarily from poached rhinos in South Africa and other African countries. As private citizens the business leaders want to publicly demonstrate that they do not consume the products while also expressing their support for efforts to end rhino horn consumption and the poaching crisis that has resulted in about 5,750 rhinos killed in South Africa alone since 2008.
The “Pledge on Wildlife Conservation and Ending Demand for Rhino Horn in Vietnam” was kicked off a year ago with Sir Richard Branson when he visited Ho Chi Minh City and met with a group of top business leaders and they all signed the pledge. Since then another 75 top CEOs have signed the pledge.
Mr. Richard Brason shared: “Listening to 25 of the country’s leading entrepreneurs around the table, I quickly learned how much the issue has already become part of a national conversation – one that has caused great embarrassment for a country of 90 million people that is rapidly entering the global market. But change is difficult to come by, stifled by a lack of interest in conservation issues and also by insufficient enforcement. On the upside, as I learned over dinner, younger Vietnamese seem to understand the seriousness of the problem and no longer wish to be associated with these harmful habits. Thankfully, those in the room … all pledged to never buy, use or gift rhino horn – hopefully marking the starting point of a national conservation movement, led by business, that will turn the tide.”
Some of the business leaders who have signed the pledge include: Ms. Mai Thanh (Board Chairwoman of REE Corporation), Ms. Dinh Thi Hoa (Board Chairwoman of Galaxy Group), Mr. Tran Hung Huy (Board Chairman of ACB), Mr. David Do (CEO of Vietnam Investment Group), Ms. Truong Hue Van (Chair Woman of WMC Group), Mr. Bui Quang Ngoc (Executive Director of FPT), Mr. Le Quoc Vinh (President/Execute Director of Le Group), Mr. Tran Trong Kien (Board Chairman of Thien Minh Group), Mr. Nguyen Quoc Khanh (Board Chairman of AA Corporation), Mr. Hoang Khai (President of Khaisilk Group) among others.
“As a businesswoman during a period of economic integration, being good in business is not enough, what is important is the balance between financial benefits and social values.” – Ms. Mai Thanh shared her thoughts on this pledge. She added: “I’m aware of my role and responsibility in social issues, particularly the consumption of wild animal products leaving the animals on the brink of extinction. I’ll urge my family, friends, and fellow business partners to join me in this fight.”
Activities with business people in Vietnam
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