50 corporate companies honored with CSR awards

KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammada Zubair said the country’s economic growth and ensuing societal prosperity could be achieved through investments on infrastructure and energy sector mainly to generate revenues for the public welfare.

The government focuses to enhance the fiscal spaces across the country that will engender financial resources as a result to develop projects of electricity and bridges, hence the businesses are flourished subsequently along with units of public healthcare and literacy.

Highways, airports, railways, and power projects are indispensible because they pave the way towards the economic and societal prosperity in the country, he added.

He was addressing at the 7th International Corporate Social Responsibility Summit & Awards by The Professionals Network held at a local hotel where 50 corporate companies honored with CSR awards.

Governor Sindh mentioned that the federal government increased the federal revenues from Rs 1.9 trillion to Rs. 4 trillion since its assumed the power, resulting the situation of electricity, education and healthcare witnessed a marked improvement.

He added that an amount of $4.5 billion have been invested in Thar so far on power projects alone whereas the situation of healthcare and education is getting improved there.

Zubair added that the area of literacy is phenomenal but it should be addressed by the government along with private sector with immediate executions and sustainable solutions.

He further said the corporate sector is playing a vital role in building the nation by helping the underprivileged of our society through projects of healthcare, education and environment under their CSR campaigns.

The federal government would continue to play its due role in the welfare of traders and businessmen of Karachi besides enhancing industrial activities in the port city.

He said that federal government will address issues of business community so opportunities could be increased resulting in better business activities and employment.

A large number of people and members of corporate sector attended the ceremony. The program had six different sessions addressed by CSR members and professionals and people from NGO sector. They discussed the developments in healthcare, education, environment, sports and other social fields in private as well as government sectors.

Founder & CEO of TPN Mehmood Tareen informed that this CSR event is the first and only IP registered CSR event of Pakistan and also having the copy right protection. We have received very encouraging response from participants and will continue to provide a professional forum for all stakeholders to discuss and promote CSR aiming welfare of community.

In opening session, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui and Ateeq Ur Rehman addressed the corporate audience. Atteq Ur Rehman appealed to financial institutions and corporate bodies to increase their CSR Budget , which is vital need of the hour . Further, CSR is a miracle and its support is badly needed by the deserving NGOs and humanitarian institutions.

Shireen Naqvi, Senior Associate, Carnelian on “From CSR to SSR (Sustainable Social Responsibility),” Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Hospital on “Vision of Indus Health Network with Present and Future Plans” and Fahad Ashraf , Chief Executive, Reckitt Benckiser shared his speech on the topic of “The Better way to do Business: Driving Business with a Purpose.”

As many as 50 corporate companies were honored with CSR awards in various categories on their exemplary CSR contributions during the year 2017. Chief guest of closing ceremony Anjum Nisar, Vice Chairman Business Man Group of KCCI distributed awards among the winners. National Bank of Pakistan received three awards in the areas of health, education, sustainable development and relief categories.

An exclusive “CSR Gallery” was also displayed on the occasion comprising of 15 stalls. The corporate companies and NGO’s showcased their exemplary CSR activities & initiatives (local or international) for the promotion of CSR in Pakistan.