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HEINEKEN Vietnam recognized as one of Asia's best places to work

Monday, July 06, 2020, 16:06 GMT+7
HEINEKEN Vietnam recognized as one of Asia's best places to work
Alexander Koch (left), managing director of HEINEKEN Vietnam, receives the award for Best Companies to Work For in Asia by HR Asia Magazine at an award ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, July 1, 2020 in a supplied photo.

HEINEKEN Vietnam on July 1 took home the award for one of the best companies to work for in Asia for the third year in a row by HR Asia Magazine, one of Asia’s leading publications for human resources professionals.

“People are at the heart of our organization and are the driving force behind the success of our company. As our business has grown over the years, so too have our employees’ skills and development,” remarked Alexander Koch, managing director of HEINEKEN Vietnam. 

“We want to build an even higher performance-driven culture. Therefore, we are putting greater focus on ensuring our employees have clear career roadmaps and are supported by a full suite of learning and development options,” he added.

In 2019, HEINEKEN Vietnam invested VND28 billion (US$1.21 million) in the learning and development of its 3,500 employees, delivering a total of 124,000 hours of training.

Furthermore, the company’s annual climate survey measuring employee satisfaction hit a record high of 95 percent employee engagement, putting HEINEKEN Vietnam in the top five operating companies within Heineken worldwide.

“At HEINEKEN Vietnam, the leaders are passionate about building a succession plan and empowering their staff to be future leaders,” commented Nguyen Ba Manh, area sales manager at Heineken Vietnam.

“I appreciate that the company provides opportunities to develop but it comes down to the individual to be up for the challenge in order to be recognized and rewarded.”

Building functional capabilities, leadership skills with an open and supportive working culture are all equally important at HEINEKEN Vietnam.

For example, the company is embarking on a digital transformation journey where its people need to be equipped with the right skills during this digital age.

To support this, their sales and marketing managers received internationally accredited certificates after completing a four-day intensive data analytics and artificial intelligence workshop.

HEINEKEN Vietnam leaders and employees pose for a photo at the Best Companies to Work For in Asia award ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, July 1, 2020.
HEINEKEN Vietnam leaders and employees pose for a photo at the Best Companies to Work For in Asia award ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, July 1, 2020 in a supplied photo.

Similarly, HEINEKEN Vietnam is committed to developing leadership capabilities for its people at different points in their career.

Eighty-nine percent of employees at the supervisor level participated in leadership training programs and employees identified as talents were sent on International Short-Term Assignments to Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar.

HEINEKEN Vietnam was selected among 308 nominees that spread across 24 industries.

HR Asia uses a proprietary survey that collects thousands of survey responses to rate each company’s working environment, HR practices, employee engagement and job satisfaction.

This year, HEINEKEN Vietnam ranked 13 percent higher than the average of 24 different industries across topics that cover workplace culture, leadership quality, career empowerment, motivation and team dynamics, to name a few.

HEINEKEN Vietnam is a subsidiary of international brewer HEINEKEN. Originated in the Netherlands, this family-owned business with a history of over 150 years brews and distributes over 300 beer and cider brands in more than 190 countries.

HEINEKEN Vietnam was established in 1991 and operates six breweries in Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Tien Giang and ten sales offices across Vietnam.

From humble beginnings with only 20 employees in Vietnam, HEINEKEN Vietnam is now the second-largest brewer in Vietnam with more than 3,500 employees.

HEINEKEN Vietnam makes a significant annual economic contribution to Vietnam, amounting to approximately 0.95 percent of the nation’s total GDP.

In Vietnam, HEINEKEN produces and distributes Heineken, Tiger, Larue, BIVINA, Bia Viet, Sol, Affligem and Strongbow cider.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, HEINEKEN Vietnam was recognized among the top most sustainable companies in Vietnam by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and as one of the best places to work in Asia by HR Asia Magazine.

More information about HEINEKEN Vietnam is available on HEINEKEN Vietnam’s website: http://heineken-vietnam.com.vn/

Tuan Duyen

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