Engaging in Local-centric 
Work with a Global Outreach

At the ICM Falk Foundation, we are aware of country-specific challenges for waste and pollution issues.

In each market where we develop our programming, ICM collaborates with local stakeholders to co-design adapted circular and upstream projects.
We identify key sectors to fund, facilitate and foster Circular and Upstream innovation, while working in an agile, cross-sector manner.
Our country approach aims to leverage country-specific insights from our stakeholders to drive systems-level change from the ground up.
Develop Knowledge
Build Ecosystems
Test New Venture


Southeast Asia, and the ASEAN countries, in particular, are at a critical point of transitioning to newly industrialized economies. If not managed properly, the transition could result in an exponential increase in waste and pollution.
As a block, ASEAN has committed to sustainability in the region.
Yet, none of the member states are on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
With a population of more than 655 million people and an average waste generation volume of 1.14 kg/capita/day, ASEAN needs to take on Circular Economy as part of their priority agenda.
The ICM Falk Foundation, as an ASEAN-based philanthropic organisation, supports such a transition on a local level by ideating, testing, and implementing circular solutions.

our work in vietnam

In 2018, Vietnam committed to reduce 75% of its ocean-bound plastic waste by 2030.
The ICM Falk Foundation believes in pioneering philanthropic efforts to support Upstream Innovation initiatives for waste reduction in the Circular Economy transition context.

We target 3 sectors

We ensure our three-pillar approach has tangible results for the local consumers, while promoting innovative entrepreneurship for waste reduction in a circular economy.
Single-use plastic in fast-moving products is a common sight in Vietnam. Its production, consumption and disposal leave a hefty consequence in the local environment - 80 to 90% of the plastic debris found in Ho Chi Minh City’s main riverway come from plastic packaging.
Vietnam became the second biggest apparel manufacturer after Bangladesh in 2021. The 6,000 textile enterprises generate a large amount of waste from the production process, packaging by-products and consumption behavior.
Food systems
Vietnamese household organic waste stemming from food waste accounts for almost 2⁄3 of total household waste. Vietnam is also an agricultural powerhouse, creating approximately 100 million tonnes of by-product and residue per year.

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