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How THP is a shared value company

The Vietnamese people have a long history of philanthropy. Its deep roots are expressed in many of our proverbs such as “Lá lành đùm lá rách”. The literal translation is “healthy leaves envelop torn ones.” And the meaning is clear: help those in need. Many successful Vietnamese companies do just that. They allocate some of… [Read the full article]

What makes an effective communicator?

Managing others is all about effective communication. One of the ironies of modern management is that people are often promoted because they are good at a particular set of tasks in their department. It is not because they are good at managing other people. Yet, as people climb up the management hierarchy, the most important… [Read the full article]

What it means to be Vietnam’s national soft drinks company

This July, the Hong Kong and London-based conglomerate Swire Pacific signed an agreement to purchase Coca-Cola’s bottling and distribution businesses in Vietnam and Cambodia for US$1.015 billion. The acquisition, which is scheduled to complete in the next six months, brought back vivid memories of Coke’s attempt to buy THP back in 2012. We were offered… [Read the full article]

Nothing is Impossible: A Real Life Story

Regular readers will know that THP’s warriors (our staff members) are infused with the “Nothing is Impossible” spirit. This mantra is one of our company’s seven core values: the one that drives us towards our ambition of becoming Asia’s leading food and beverage company. So nothing makes me happier than meeting other people who have… [Read the full article]

Using the family model to create a thriving workplace

In the late 1950’s, Pope John XXIII famously described the family as the first essential cell of human society, or as we say in Vietnamese: “gia đình là tế bào thiết yếu đầu tiên của xã hội loài người”. Our government has also adopted this phrase as one of  the main slogans for Vietnam Family… [Read the full article]

Creating Positive Energy in the Workplace

Energy is the life force, or qi in Asian cultures, that literally keeps each of us alive. And we all know that people who exude positive energy are healthier and happier too: they live longer and they are the kind of people that we want to be around. It is just the same for companies…. [Read the full article]

Encouraging a learning culture

The theme of this year’s International Human Resources Day on May 20th is “shaping the new future”. It is a topic, which highlights how working in HR is about so much more than hiring employees and managing their benefits. It is about ensuring that every staff member has a clear career path and the opportunity… [Read the full article]

Why family governance matters

If a company wants to grow and remain successful, then it needs good governance: rules, practices and processes that apply to all employees from the board of directors downwards. Everyone has heard of corporate governance, but it is still surprising how many family-owned companies do not have similar rules and processes in place to govern… [Read the full article]