Heineken launches responsible drinking campaign for 2nd year

11:07 | 05/09/2018 Companies

Heineken Vietnam and the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) began the “When You Drive, Never Drink” campaign in HCM City for a second year last week.

Heineken launches responsible drinking campaign for 2nd year — VNS Photo

Khuất Việt Hùng, vice chairman of the NTSC, said: “We are very pleased to pursue our partnership with members of the business community such as Heineken to drive behavioural change when it comes to drink driving.

“Last year’s campaign had a positive impact on this issue. I strongly believe that together, we will be able to drive more robust change this year.”

The company has promised to earmark at least 10 percent of its media spending of around VND14 billion (US$610,000) a year on persuading Vietnamese consumers not to drink and drive.

It will join hands with its distributors and launch a series of flagship outlets in Hanoi and HCM City that will carry reminders and assist consumers who choose to not drive after drinking.

It will soon partner with Grab to provide consumers, regardless of which brand they drink, with free round trips to these flagship outlets.

Last year the campaign had reached over 8.3 million consumers, conveying responsible consumption messages.

When launched in the UK, the initiative caused a 50 percent reduction in the number of people drinking and driving at some outlets. The company hopes to cause a similar impact in Vietnam.

Behavioural change is an ambitious goal which requires long-term commitment and early intervention. Heineken has partnered with NTSC to organize workshops for road safety trainers, who are at the forefront of promoting the “When You Drive, Never Drink” message.

Alexander Koch, commercial director of Heineken Vietnam, said: “This year, by applying our global and local expertise in consumer insights, we can provide well-rounded and innovative solutions that allow us to cause impactful changes and inspire consumers to make better decisions.”

In April Heineken brought the Perfect F1 experience for the first time to Vietnam and used this event as a platform to communicate the message to consumers. The event reached 50,000 people in person and millions more online.

Theo VNS