Corporate sector urged to expand social programmes to backward areas


Karachi: The corporate sector entities are under obligation to expand coverage of their social welfare activities to launch programmes for promotion of education, health facilities, poverty alleviation, and for provision of employment to dwellers of impoverished and rural areas in Pakistan.

This was stated by Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) S.M Muneer while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of one-day training workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility organized here the other day by National Forum for Environment and Health.

The TDAP chief said on the occasion that Pakistanis working in field of social activism and philanthropy had gained prominence on worldwide basis. He said that corporate sector bodies’ having wings to conduct CSR-related activities in the country were now under greater obligation to get recognition by rendering services in pertinent social sectors having pressing public issues.

He said that a sort of silent revolution was about to be materialized as commercial organizations in the country started donating generously and providing services for doing social and relief works in every instance of emergency without demanding publicity for their work for good causes.

Also speaking on the occasion, Senator and leader of Pakistan Peoples Party Taj Haider said that tax net should be expanded for uplift of economy and also resolving basic problems of people in the country. He said that industrial estates should be expanded while problems faced by industries should be resolved for provision of employment opportunities in maximum number and in best of manner to deserving and educated youth. The senator congratulated organizers of the event for conducting a training workshop on a relevant issue of society.

NFEH Chairman Dr Kaiser Waheed said on the occasion that corporate sector the world over had been getting recognition and salience owing to provision of required social sector services and facilities to deserving sections of the community. He said the NFEH in last eight years of its existence had given due salience to CSR-related activities and in this regard conducted seminars, conferences, awards, and other similar programmes on the issue. Moreover, programmes for public awareness and plantation drives were also conducted by the forum.

The NFEH President Mohammad Naeem Qureshi said on the occasion that ceremony for 8th CSR Conference and Award under the aegis of National Forum would be held in Islamabad in month of January, 2016, which would be attended by national-level and international relevant experts, organizations, and members of diplomatic corps rendering services related to philanthropy and social sectors. The training workshop was attended by over 40 delegates from corporate, industrial, and non-governmental organizations and expressed their viewpoint on philosophy, strategies, and proposed projects, which could be implemented upon in the country in relation to subject of CSR.

Those others who spoke at the workshop included Ambreen Waheed, General-Manager Corporate Affairs of Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd Shah Saad Hussain, Syed Nusrat Ali, Engineer Nadeem Ashraf, and Khalid Iqbal. The Sindh chief minister’s Advisor on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui at closing ceremony of the workshop conferred certificates to participants of the workshop.