16:01 | 24/04/2015 Companies
(VEN) - April 23, 2015 Ford Vietnam hosted U.S Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius, at its Hai Duong Assembly Plant as part of ongoing commemorations this year – 2015 – to mark 20 years since diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States were restored.
Ford Motor Company is also celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Vietnam this year.
Ford is the largest automotive investor and one of the largest U.S. investors in Vietnam. In 1997, Ford became the first foreign automaker to establish a local manufacturing presence, and to date has invested nearly $125 million in its Hai Duong facility.
“U.S. relations with Vietnam have become increasingly cooperative and broad-based in the years since political normalization. The new partnership advances key initiatives to bolster U.S.-Vietnam relations and underscores the enduring U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific rebalance,” said Ambassador Osius.
“As a leading American company, Ford is proud of our contributions to Vietnam both as a business and as a corporate citizen,” explained Jesus Metelo Arias, managing director, Ford Vietnam. “We’re honored to have Ambassador Osius with us here in Hai Duong, where we can highlight just some of the many ways in which Ford remains committed to Vietnam.”
In addition to producing, marketing and selling its global Ford vehicles in Vietnam, Ford actively contributes to the local communities through a series of global and local Corporate Social Responsibility programs and initiatives.
These include Ford’s global Driving Skills for Life driver training campaign, which is complemented by its local ‘No Honking’ initiative and now in its eighth year in Vietnam, as well as Ford’s annual ‘Global Week of Caring’ campaign.
Ford’s local CSR activities are also made possible with employee volunteer hours for environmental awareness, disaster relief including monetary and vehicle donations, project sponsorships, assisting charities for some of Vietnam’s underprivileged, and free training sessions.
“Ford is not only a successful business, but one that also puts great emphasis on corporate social responsibility activities to contribute to a better world” Ambassa Osius said.
Ambassador Osius concluded his tour by visiting Lai Cach II primary school and presenting 200 helmets to pupils, which is part of the U.S Embassy’s ongoing efforts in Vietnam.