Innovation through Inclusion Conference

Feb 6, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, 31 January 2018 –“We believe Viet Nam has great potential in gaining market-share in a competitive global environment in trade, investment and increased tourism revenue by actively incorporating inclusion as a business strategy”, said Tobias Holfelt from MB Market Makers.

To promote diversity and inclusion in business, MB Market Maker, IBM and UNDP Viet Nam will co-host a conference: “Innovation through Inclusion” at Palace Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, starting at 09.00, on 31 January. The conference will focus on helping your business grow and promoting equality by ensuring inclusion of LGBTI persons in your business practice.

By seeing the business potential in inclusion, not only can a business increase profit and direct sales but will also help create an environment that promotes innovation among their workers, and accelerate the creativity needed to grow as a business in the 21st century. Having a diverse work staff, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, or gender identity, Vietnamese businesses can tap into a pool of innovative and forward-thinking ideas to keep up with rapidly changing markets. Viet Nam has a valuable opportunity to secure competitive advantage, increase trade, attract new talent and investment by promoting diversity and inclusion in business. In addition, new start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises can increase their potential to reach and expand to a global market-place as well as in an ever expanding supply-chain.

Furthermore, business leaders are embracing their responsibility to respect human rights, under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, by pushing for greater equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons, both in business and in society.

“The leadership of large multinational companies is essential in protecting LGBTI persons from discrimination,” urged Catherine Phuong, Head of UNDP Governance and Participation Team in Viet Nam. “Multinationals can support Vietnamese businesses to embrace diversity and inclusion, to help their business grow and send a strong message to the public that businesses support equality”.

This conference will show examples of this innovation, business, and human rights case for inclusion and how this can be taken to the next level in Viet Nam. With a wide range of speakers from Multinational corporations, to small Vietnamese business-owners, the conference aims to present the case for inclusion and create a meeting platform to kick-start business to business (B2B) interaction.


Please visit the conference’s website for further information:

Contact and questions:

Phone: 01684 362 596


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