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Norwegian businesses - doing business in Vietnam and Laos

The private sector is an important part of Norway’s bilateral relationship with Vietnam. The Norwegian Foreign Service assists Norwegian companies abroad in order to promote Norwegian economic interests. The Embassy contributes to strengthening Norwegian competitiveness through business promotion along with assisting Norwegian companies and institutions in building relations in Vietnam and Laos.

The Embassy in Hanoi can support Norwegian businesses as an active dialogue partner and give guidance on political and economic conditions in Vietnam and Laos as well as practical advice on questions such as CSR , barriers to business operations and other structural issues. The Embassy can also be of assistance in contact with the government. Assistance to companies is given in cooperation with Innovation Norway’s office in Hanoi. The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) in Singapore covers South East Asia and works on behalf of the Norwegian seafood industry to promote Norwegian seafood.

Responsible business The Norwegian government requires Norwegian companies, in Norway and abroad, to conduct their business in a socially responsible way. This means respecting local laws and regulations, as well as Norwegian laws and regulations. The Government also encourages Norwegian businesses to make active use of the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights, and follow international standards. Issues related to human rights, labour, corruption and environment can be extra challenging in countries like Vietnam and Laos.

Nordic Chambers of Commerce in Vietnam:
www.nordcham.comwww.nordchamvietnam.com

European Chamber of Trade, Eurocham: www.eurochamvn.org
US Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, AmCham: www.amchamvietnam.com
Innovation Norway: www.innovasjonnorge.no/Kontorer-i-utlandet/Vietnam
The Norwegian Seafood Council (Singapore): http://en.seafood.no/About-us/Offices/Singapore
Guiding principles for Business and Human Rights: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/GuidingPrinciplesBusinessHR_EN.pdf UN Global Compact: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/
OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises: http://www.oecd.org/corporate/mne/
National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dokumenter/business_hr/id2457944/