The two key themes of the HSF's work and activities are social policies and climate policies. Even though Vietnam has made a transition into a middle-income country, the country still faces many challenges. Many employees are still working in the informal sector and therefore without any social security. Problems such as growing inequality in society and youth unemployment need to be addressed. The HSF supports social development, inclusive social protection as well as a sustainable economy. Another focus for the next few years will be the promotion of the rule of law in Vietnam to pass new laws in constitutional procedures and inclusive processes.
Furthermore, Vietnam is seriously affected by climate change and rising sea levels. Developing national environmental protection strategies is therefore vital for sustainable green growth in Vietnam.
To ensure and to promote the implementation of international standards and best practices for sustainable development in Vietnam, the HSF cooperates with different Partners, e.g. the Office of the National Assembly, the Institute of Labour Science and Social Affairs (ILSSA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), as well as the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE).
The HSF's work addresses national and regional policy makers, local and regional research institutes, as well as civil society groups.