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Reference: Consultancy for assessing ESG factors and developing an organization-wide ESG integration strategy for LIVESPO Joint Stock Company

Dear Interested Parties,

Vietnam Improving Private Sector Competitiveness Project (IPS-C) intends to award a subcontract for Consultancy for assessing ESG factors and developing an organization-wide ESG integration strategy to LiveSpo Global Joint Stock Company.


Improving Private Sector Competitiveness (IPSC) is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) technical assistance project, and the Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the project owner. The project is implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP (“Deloitte”) and runs from 2020 to 2025.

The purpose of the USAID IPSC Activity is to remove constraints and build the competitiveness of small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Vietnam, including those led by vulnerable populations. With this activity, USAID/Vietnam is supporting Vietnam’s competitiveness: vertically at the policy, market, and firm level; and horizontally by working along the entire spectrum of enterprise growth models, from household businesses transforming into registered firms to small firms on the cusp of scaling up.

Summary of Activities

IPSC collaborates closely with the Government of Vietnam (GVN) counterparts, including the project owner, AED, under MPI. IPSC and AED develop strategies for sector selection, geographic focus, and SGB engagement, and engage a broad range of market actors across the economy that make up the SGB ecosystem, including SGBs, cooperatives, and household businesses (HBs); business chambers, associations, and business development service providers (BDSPs); GVN Ministries and Agencies, provincial and local administrations; and private sector consultants, training institutions, and financial institutions. Using incentives and cost-sharing with SGBs, pioneering enterprises (PEs), and other partners, IPSC builds both greater demand and supply of business development services (BDS), while improving providers’ capacity to understand and offer services desired in the marketplace.

One of IPSC’s main objectives is supporting Vietnamese enterprises to receive customized technical assistance under the overall support package “Pioneering Enterprise (PE) Program” to create products with added value and Vietnamese intellectual property, nurturing them to become sustainable models for other SGBs to emulate and scale up proven examples. A PE is a growing Vietnamese enterprise with Vietnamese-branded products, sufficient competitiveness, the ability to lead and expand in the industry, sector, and locality, strong management capacity, and willingness to innovate and produce products with high added value, with the vision and objective to build a Vietnamese brand in international markets. Positioning the “Made by Vietnam” product brand successfully in regional and international markets is a priority for PEs.

Each support package will be customized for the individual PE, depending on their situation, needs, development capacity, commitment to participate, and willingness to co-invest. The support packages will focus on facilitating BDSPs and technical experts to deliver consulting services and specialized training to help enterprises strengthen their governance, management capability, and strategies (including strategy development, business model refinement, brand positioning, marketing, innovation, communications, and human resource development). IPSC will develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each supporting package so PEs can quantify the results achieved and evaluate the effectiveness of the results.

LiveSpo Global (LiveSpo) was established in 2010 and is a leading biotechnology enterprise known for its cutting-edge spore probiotics technology. In 2022, it inaugurated the world's first Spore Probiotics Research Center, and in 2023, it launched LiveSpo NAVAX, the world’s first spore probiotics nasal spray, garnering acclaim at the BIO Boston Technology Exhibition. Recognized for innovation, LiveSpo received the Science and Technology Enterprise Certification from the Hanoi Department of Science and Technology. LiveSpo Global now exports to over 20 countries, gaining rapid recognition, including becoming Amazon's Choice shortly after joining the platform.

Subcontractor will offer expert guidance and support in evaluating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors and developing strategy frameworks for integrating ESG considerations into business operations.

The assessment will cover 4 facilities under the management of LiveSpo:

• Head office at N03T5 building, Xuan Tao ward, Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi.

• Factory 1 at 43 Quyet Thang, Yen Nghia ward, Ha Dong district, Hanoi

• Factory 2 at 22, plot 7,8 Van Khe, La Khe ward, Ha Dong district, Hanoi.

• Warehouse at 33 Thep Moi, 12 ward, Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified firms must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

• A legally registered company in Vietnam with a minimum of 3 years of experience in ESG, green transformation, green growth, and other topics related to sustainable business practices.

• Proficient knowledge of ESG frameworks, including but not limited to, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), etc.

• In-depth understanding of ESG regulations in Vietnam and internationally, including ESG reporting requirements, and awareness of emerging trends in various industries, with a preference for expertise in the biotechnology sector.

• Have a team of experts with more than 5 years of experience regarding environmental compliance, social compliance, and business governance.

• Have a proven track record of success in assisting private companies with ESG integration efforts, including the development and implementation of effective strategies and initiatives. At least 01 reference and example of past work is required.

Interested vendors should provide an Intent to Bid, expressing the intent of the vendor to submit a proposal for this requirement, by 9:00 pm Hanoi time on June 10, 2024, to Mir Waez at and Tuan Tran Anh

IPS-C intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to interested vendors by June 14, 2024.

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