Thursday, January 5, 2017

First class and Welcome Ceremony

January 5, 2017

Professor Fincher started off the day with a class on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Vietnam. He covered a range of topics in CSR including a brief overview of its definition and the scope of employment-related CSR and non-employment-related CSR.

Dean Hoa was the guest speaker for the day and he spoke about his background in Human Resource Management and shared his expertise on the role of CSR in the supply chain. He was able to answer our questions about the role of the VGCL in promoting CSR and the effectiveness of auditing within factories. It was also fascinating to hear his description of a labor strike at Pou Yuen Vietnam footwear factories during March 2015. Workers were not striking directly against the company but in protest of a new social insurance law. I found it interesting that workers utilized a strike as a means of protest against a legislative matter. 

Meeting with Dean Hoa
We then celebrated a welcome ceremony with the TDTU students. Thi sang a beautiful song to welcome us to Vietnam. Richard Fincher and Dean Hoa then exchanged gifts. Later, the Cornell we met with our TDTU student peers and talked about collaborating on our research project. Today was Allison’s birthday so we held a celebration with cake to make her feel at home. 

Thi singing Hello Vietnam

Richard providing Dean Hoa a book to the new TDTU library

Happy Birthday Allison!
Later, the group traveled to Phu My Hung to get SIM cards as well as eat dinner together. 

Dinner with Nhi, Dean, and Thi
Thanks everyone! Until next time -Clara

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