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Tra Vinh (VNA) – Most of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh are not yet aware of the social corporate responsibility and responsibility to protect the environment, according to a recent survey.

The manager of the Tra Vinh SME Development Project and the Tropical Environmental Institute announced findings of their survey on awareness of environmental protection and adaption to climate change among the local SMEs on October 10.

Statistics show that more than 1,900 enterprises and over 60,000 household businesses are operating in Tra Vinh, with the SMEs accounting for 98 percent.

According to the institute’s deputy director Le Anh Kien, a majority of the SMEs do not acknowledge the linkages between business and the environment and climate change, so that there is an urgent need to change the way they think and act towards the environment.

The two organisations suggested several solutions to raise their awareness of the issues, including the launch of training courses run by state agencies to educate the businesses on laws on environmental protection, land, water resources, and workplace safety and hygiene. They also advised the increase in inspection and stricter penalties in environment-related violations.

The Tra Vinh SME Development Project, underway from 2014 to 2020, is provided a financial support of 12.1 million CAD from Canada, benefiting about 200 businesses and 194,000 people in the province.-VNA