Businesses must facilitate workers’ access to information on labour issues and corporate social responsibility, said participants at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City on March 19.

At the forum, Florian Beranek, chief technical advisor of a project to help Vietnam ’s small- and medium-sized enterprises adopt corporate social responsibility, said workers are extremely important to the existence and development of businesses.

However, due to the lack of information they are not aware of their responsibilities and rights, he added.

Meanwhile, senior expert of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL)’s Legal Policy Department Le Dinh Quang said sharing information and consultations between workers and business owners have not yet developed.

Workers know little about their business’ situation apart from their own tasks, and only 60 percent of operating businesses have collective labour agreements, he added.

Participants touched upon corporate social responsibility, the application of the revised 2012 Labour Code, the law on trade unions and a national scheme on the education of labour laws.-VNA