iCare Benefits calls for community efforts to accelerate children’s rights
“In September, typically half the factory workers in Vietnam who are parents go into debt to buy children’s school supplies and pay tuition, and they borrow with significant interest rates. With our programme, they pay at a price equivalent to the cash price with no interest.” – Mr Trung Dung Responding to the invitation of The Royal Palace of Stockholm, on the 5th of May 2016, Mr. Trung Dung, CEO and Founder of iCare Benefits, attended and served as a speaker at the Global Child Forum (GCF) on Southeast Asia taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The forum is an independent platform initiated in 2010 under the patronage and active participation of the Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden, where leaders and decision-makers from business, civil society, academia and government come together for dialogue, thought leadership and action, and explore new opportunities for accelerating children’s rights. Under the theme of “Mobility and Connectivity: Children’s Rights and Sustainable Business” and through his inspiring story of what is possible to achieve if one has a dream, Mr. Trung Dung took the opportunity to share about how iCare Benefits itself and other responsible business can contribute to support the development of children in developing countries. He inspired the audience by sharing impressive numbers of nearly 2 million workers and 850,000 children of job related immigration who are iCare Benefits’ direct and extended beneficiaries. In order to gain that achievement, iCare Benefits has got the strong cooperation and support of thousands of corporate partners. It is strongly emphasized in his speech that iCare Benefits has taken a pioneering step to break the poverty cycle and give the next generation of workers a better start and thus, call for greater attention and concerted efforts from the global community to further support children’s rights in the ASEAN region.