Over the past 20 years, Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd (HVN) has improved their operations and business-related endeavours, laid the foundation for a healthy import environment and also focused a large portion of their attention on Corporate Social Responsibility. Socially for HVN, that means the protection of the environment is key. It has always been their long-term goal to not just develop through stability, but to also embody the slogan – “Together with Honda to preserve the Green of Vietnam”.


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onda Vietnam’s CSR activity – The Afforestation & Reforestation Project



In 2008, Honda Vietnam joined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, along with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Together, they launched the Afforestation and Reforestation Project under the Clean Development Mechanism (AR-CDM) in Hoa Binh province.

With the reforestation of 309 ha, the AR-CDM project is expected to absorb 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide over 16 years and draw 320 households to participate. They grew 2 types of trees, Acacia Mangium and Acacia Auriculiformis.

Based on the framework of the project, Honda Vietnam had financed 3.5 billion VND, taken 1,000 associates to Hoa Binh and planted 10 hectares within the project area. The project was successfully implemented and recognized as the first AR-CDM project in Vietnam by the United Nations. The plants in Hoa Binh are now thriving under the care of the locals in the area.

Since then, HVN has continued to cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Kan Province, to expand the Afforestation Project, started in 2013. They work with their technical consultants and experts in the field – JICA and Vietnam Forestry University.

The project will last 8 years in total. The first phase which lasted 4 years from 2013 to 2016 and consisted of newly planted trees on protective forest land at Nong Thuong commune and Xuat Hoa ward in Bac Kan province. From 2017 onwards, the plants will be cared for, trimmed periodically, thinned to spur healthy growth and protected against the elements.

As proud sponsor of the project, HVN has allocated a budget of VND4.9 billion for project preparation, technical training for agricultural and forestry officials and local farmers. The money will also be used to purchase high-quality seedlings, tree-caring labour and fertilizer from 2013 to 2020.

After 8 years of implementation, it is estimated that the project will yield 73,500m3 of wood, which would produce a profit of about VND50 billion. Households taking part in the project will get 100% of the proceeds after the harvesting and selling of the timber. Thus, the project not only contributes to environmental protection, but also covers cultivated land, reduces exhaust fumes and gives the locals a high economic incentive for taking part in the initiative.

After 4 years of project implementation from 2013 to 2016, 504.09ha of forest have been cultivated. The trees are growing well, with some of the trees planted in 2013 reaching 6m in height, and some planted in 2016 reaching 1.5m in height.

Besides being sponsors, HVN also organises “Tree Planting Day” for its associates. Following in the footsteps of successful “Tree Planting Days” through the years, HVN continued to work with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Bac Kan province to organise “Tree Planting Day 2016” in Xuat Hoa ward, Bac Kan city on May 15th, 2016. The “Tree Planting Day 2016” attracted about 200 of HVN’s associates and representatives of Bac Kan province, together with a large number of local people working on a 2 ha area. HVN hopes to help farmers in afforestation and also raise the awareness of environment protection.

“Over the last 20 years, HVN has grown into a company that our society here have come to appreciate. We don’t just focus on making high-quality automobiles with the best safety standards and motorcycle products, but we also actively participate in social contribution activities such as the protection of the environment.” Mr. Minoru Kato, General Director of HVN said.


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