Mission: Networking, Information-Sharing, and Community Development
(1) networking opportunities for AmCham company executives/staff with responsibility for CSR, Community Development, Community Relations, etc. to get to know each other through informal networking events;
(2) information-sharing opportunities for these same executives/staff, so that they can share “best practices” in organizing their company CSR/CD/CR activities (for example, how to organize a company tree planting outing);
(3) community development, that is, joining together to organize events and activities to raise awareness of and to address social problems in sectors such as education, environment, health care, etc.
More information about our programs
AmCham’s Community Development Fund
Since 2004, AmCham’s Community Development Fund (ACDF) has been part of AmCham’s annual community activities. The program aims to support smaller Local Organizations in Ho Chi Minh City area and southern Vietnam that may not have easy access to large grants from international foundations. The ACDF offers an opportunity for AmCham company executives and staff, both Vietnamese and foreigners, to join together in identifying community needs and working with community development partners to strengthen families, organizations, and communities. In addition to AmCham company executives and staff, the ACDF also provides a bridge for scholarship recipients from the AmCham Scholars Alumni/ae (ASA) Club to give back to AmCham and the larger community.
The ACDF Allocation and Assessment Teams consists of nearly Vietnamese volunteers from AmCham companies’ staff and AmCham Scholars Alumni/ae. All members are working under the mission “of Vietnamese people, by Vietnamese people, and for Vietnamese people.” We welcome additional volunteers. For information about joining the teams, please click this link to Ms. Nguyen Thi Mai Huong (Amy), Tel: +84 8 3824 3562.
The funds for AmCham Community Development Fund Projects are raised at the annual AmCham Governors’ Ball, which is usually held on the first or second Saturday in December.
World Blood Donor Day
Annually on 14 June, countries worldwide will celebrate World Blood Donor Day with events to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Up to 2012, there are 62 countries having blood transfusion services based entirely on voluntary blood donation, up from 39 in 2002. In Vietnam, since the Government’s approval of the national program for encouraging voluntary blood donation in 2000, blood donation has been steadily increased. However, the current blood donation level only meets 45% of demand.
International Coastal Cleanup
With Vietnam’s long coastline, we are all connected to the ocean. Trash that falls from our hands is one of the most pervasive pollution problems facing our world’s ocean. But it doesn’t have to be. Keeping our ocean free from trash is one of the easiest things we can do to help protect it.
Collaborating with the Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD), AmCham hosts another fun day for members to clean up the ocean. There will be participation from a number of AmCham companies’ staff, their family and friends, as well as local students from Ho Chi Minh City.
In partnership with Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Banking University, Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Hoa Sen University and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technical Education, AmCham will grant scholarships to top students in the city. This year, AmCham Scholarship will honor more than 70 third year and above university students as winners and honorable mentions of the program.
The students will have completed a rigorous four-stage assessment process, including application screening, English Language Test, Abilities Test, CareerHarmony Assessment, and Interview in English by AmCham HR Committee Members.
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Upcoming CSR Events
About the AmCham CSR Working Group
The CSR Working Group consists of the following teams: Events Group (Community Development Events), AmCham Scholarship Group, AmCham’s Community Development Fund Team, Assessment (Audit) Team, PR Team. The Leadership Team consists of the leaders of each of the component teams, and includes:
|Board Liaison||Christopher Twomey||CEO, ACE Insurance Company Ltd.|
|Events Group Leaders||TBC|
|AmCham Scholar Alumni Leader||Nguyen Giao Hoa||Country Manager, Vietnam Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program|
|AmCham’s Community Development Fund Team||Le Hong Phuc||Country HR Manager, Avery Dennison|
|AmCham Scholarship 2012 Leader||Thanh Nguyen|
|Assessment Team (Audit)||Vy Bui||Intel Products Vietnam|
|Public Relations Team||Quynh Nguyen||Event Manager, AmCham Vietnam|
|.||Thao Nguyen||AmCham Scholar Alumni 2008, CHI Communication|
|AmCham Coordinators||Amy Nguyen, Vince Vo, Ngoc Le||AmCham Vietnam|
|Secretary||Thuy Nguyen||AmCham Vietnam|