Hanoi, Viet Nam, 6th July 2016—TRAFFIC and Intelligentmedia, today launched the second phase of the “Chi” or “Strength of Will” initiative, with updated messages and images to continue with the mission to instill a zero-tolerance towards rhino horn consumption.
The initiative is based on the Vietnamese concept of “Chi,” or “Strength of Will,” to target the group identified as the primary users of rhino horn: wealthy urban men between the ages of 35 and 55.
The overarching message of “Chi” drives the concept that success, masculinity and good fortune come from an individual’s strength of character and not externally from a piece of horn. It encourages wealthy businessmen to demonstrate their Chi by becoming leaders in corporate social responsibility and in wildlife protection.
The new phase of “Chi” builds on this foundation, but drives an even more powerful concept, namely: “Vượng từ Chí, Lụi vì sừng,” which roughly translates as “Gain prosperity through inner strength – Invite hardship using rhino horn.”
It also calls on individual businessmen to act as leaders in their community and take a stand against the consumption of rhino horn in their personal lives and business networks.
Demand for rhino horn in Asia is driving the poaching of rhinos in Africa and Asia, with over 1,000 animals illegally killed each year for their horns, putting the future survival of rhinos in jeopardy. Rhino horn is mainly used by wealthy individuals as a supposed health tonic and as a means to flaunt their wealth: the buying and selling of rhino horn is illegal under international and national legislation in Viet Nam.
In the latest phase, Mr Tran Bao Son joins Mr Khai Silk and other successful business leaders in proclaiming that men should harness their inner strength and character and refute the notion that these traits come from external factors, such as rhino horn.
Mr. D. Dung, a businessman in the manufacturing sector believes the new messaging will strike a chord: “I think this is a compelling message. It really touches upon issues that men face in their search for success in Viet Nam today.”
The Central Committee of Propaganda and Education (CCPE), prominent civil society organizations, like the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Viet Nam E-commerce Association (VECOM) and the State-owned Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) have been key partners and taken a leadership role in integrating the Chi initiative into business and society.
“The Chi message has already reached over 5 million Vietnamese people and has actively engaged 2 million businessmen attending conferences, workshops and other events in Viet Nam,” said Mrs Madelon Willemsen, Head of TRAFFIC’s Viet Nam Office.
“The private and public sectors are showing leadership in the fight against wildlife crime with ‘Chi’ as the driving force that will instill a zero-tolerance towards illegal consumption of wildlife.”
The first phase of Chi was launched on World Rhino Day, September 22nd, in 2014 by TRAFFIC and Save the Rhino International and funded by the UK government, the second phase is supported by donors including Peace Parks Foundation through WWF NL.
TRAFFIC is a non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance between WWF and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Intelligentmedia is a leading behaviour change communications company in Viet Nam, specializsing in social marketing and consumer research in Vietnam, working closely with the private, public and CSO sectors.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Nikolas Veinot
Communications officer, TRAFFIC
Tel: +84 123 941 0006
Mr Marc Einstein
Senior Expert of Behavior Change Communication
Intelligentmedia in Vietnam and Asia
Tel: +84 4 3 9412990