The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour introduced a range of measures and initiatives to increase the promotion of the rights and interests of workers via corporate social responsibility during the 14th informal ASEM seminar on human rights that concluded in Hanoi on November 20.

The confederation also recommended increasing dialogues and cooperation between businesses and employees.

Under the theme “Human Rights and Businesses”, the three-day event attracted 120 representatives of governments, research institutes, social organisations and enterprises from 53 ASEM member countries.

Participants spoke highly of the host’s role in and contributions to the successful event. They shared their experience and made suggestions to raise businesses’ awareness and sense of responsibility in the field, especially towards vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disabilities.

The first informal ASEM seminar on human rights was held in 1997 at the initiative of Sweden and France . Its coordination board includes seven members, namely France, Sweden, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, the European Committee and the Asia-Europe Foundation.

This was the first time Vietnam hosted such a seminar.-VNA