Food Safety in Vietnam:
Development of a CSR Framework to Enhance Food Safety in Vietnam
Our thesis revolves around the topic "Food Safety in Vietnam". Vietnam suffers from a lack of food safety which is a burden to society and economy likewise. This work presents a CSR framework intended to assist Vietnamese organisations with the improvement of their products' food safety.
Chung Jesse Robert & Rohrer Daniela, 2019
Bachelor Thesis, Hochschule für Wirtschaft FHNW
Betreuende Dozierende: Teresa Freiburghaus
Keywords: Food Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Vietnam, Switzerland, Food Value Chains, Laws & Regulations, International Standards
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Diseases caused by unsafe food claim an estimated 2 million lives globally each year. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhea to chronic diseases such as cancers. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting children and the elderly. Diseases caused by unsafe food impede socioeconomic development, burden health-care systems, and harm national economies, tourism and trade.
Relevant information and knowledge about the current state of food safety in Vietnam and Switzerland was collected through desk research, with a focus on leafy vegetables and pork meat. This allowed for a comparison between Switzerland and Vietnam. To make new knowledge available, several organisations along the food value chain in Switzerland were interviewed. Their best practice examples are used as inputs to create a CSR model, which aims to help Vietnamese actors along the food value chain to improve the safety of their products. This ultimately benefits themselves and society.
The result of our thesis is presented in form of a CSR framework. This framework includes a CSR model which displays all relevant CSR factors identified by the authors during the research. These factors are crucial for any organisation along the Vietnamese food value chain to improve the food safety of their products.
A respective organisation may check this model for an overview of the relevant food safety factors. Thereafter, a matrix table can be consulted to identify the factors that must be observed at the organisation's stage in the value chain. Lastly, the organisation can benefit from the advice given by the authors and start to implement correcting measures. If an organisation is interested further in the topic, many indications on where to look for additional information are referenced in this thesis.
The benefit for the client includes the possibility to advise interested stakeholders about this topic. The framework with the advices given may be passed forward to interested parties. Moreover, the awareness of the topic and its importance is being increased, not only for Vietnamese organisations, but also for the client.
Studiengang: Business Administration International Management (Bachelor)
Fachbereich der Arbeit: Andere