Our Social Policy and Human Rights Policy sets our standards for social responsibility, community engagement and investment, local capability, and human rights.
We observe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We respect the indigenous rights and cultures of communities where we operate.
Our human rights due diligence addresses, monitors and reports actual or potential impacts. In 2018, our Human Rights Review and Action Plan for Vietnam Blocks 125 & 126 acknowledged safe and healthy working facilities for all workers; engaging with stakeholders regarding local concerns and security practices; and establishing mitigation strategies.
All our projects include Community Feedback Mechanisms. We ensure our agents, contractors and suppliers comply with our policies, and influence our Joint Venture partners to do the same.
In accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act, Pharos reports annually on how we mitigate the risk of modern slavery in our business.
Medical Clinic in Nghe An Province
In 2019 the HLHVJOC continued to support a medical clinic in Nghe An Province of Vietnam. Located in an impoverished part of the Thanh Chuong District, the clinic improved the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The area is a mountainous part of the country relying mostly on agriculture and forestry with a large proportion of the population below national poverty and healthcare standards. In 2019, HLHVJOC provided financial support in order to help the Clinic purchase needed medical equipment.
Education Support for hearing impaired children
Hanoi Private School for hearing impaired children was founded and is under the management of Hanoi Red Cross Organisation which facilitates hearing impaired students from low income families in Hanoi. Currently, the school is offering education to 93 students of autism and hearing impairment.
HLHVJOC's financial support helped attract more pupils to come to school. This builds on work supported in 2018 which provided upgrades to school infrastructure as well as teacher training and capacity building.
Community and social investment
Our success depends on building relationships and being welcomed as responsible partners in our host communities, by investing in long-term social projects, such as the HLHVJOC Charitable Donation programme in Vietnam.
To ensure a positive impact and legacy in every host country where we operate, our licence agreements include: a high level of local content; hiring and training local workers where possible; opportunities for technical co-operation; and capacity building.