The Climate Action Workshop was
held on 26th September 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. It wasjointly organized by Vietnam Textile and
Apparel Association (VITAS), Adidas and Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in particular the regional
Program -Fostering and Advancing Sustainable Business and
Responsible Industrial Practices in the Clothing Industry in Asia (FABRIC),on
behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ) and the Support for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Viet Nam
(SIPA) Project, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
The goal of the workshop was to raise awareness on the importance of climate action in Viet Nam and the local industry as well as to foster regional exchange on climate action and existing good practices, for example from Pakistan. The workshop also connected and brought together factories, experts, service providers, consultancies and the financial sector, providing practical solutions on factory level for climate friendly measures.It was mainly addressed to Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers of adidas and other brands.
The event focused mainly on renewable energy, energy efficiency and financing options and aimed to answer questions such as: How can we collectively drive climate action? What are brands’ expectations? What is the relevance for suppliers? How can you improve the carbon footprint of your production and who can help you do that? The workshop also addressed questions on: How is carbon reduction related to the factory, what role do suppliers reduction roadmaps play and how is it linked to the brands?
Finally, it introduced different support options that can help suppliers in their journeys. To link the discussions to the global agenda, including the UNFCCC climate convention, the topic of target setting at factory level was included as well. While the event was conducted in Viet Nam, mainly addressing Vietnamese suppliers, it included elements of regional learning, for example by inviting regional experts by Pakistan and by including service regional providers.
Jointly organized by different partners, including VITAS and adidas, the workshop allowed for exchange between the public, private and civil sector. Thereby, general knowledge was shared between all stakeholder groups at national and regional level. The goal was to strengthen dialogue, networking and mutual learning. In total 182 participants joined the event. After the event, 32 presentations in English, Vietnamese and English were shared with all participants. Also, two knowledge products have been developed, summarizing some of the key topics of the exchange. Further knowledge materials shall be developed in the follow-up.