Dialogue Series on CSR in Action


Event Name : Recent Events

Date : 28 February, 2007- ,

Description :

The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organized the 17th Roundtable on CSR Practices and Challenges in Bangladesh on Thursday February 28, 2007. The roundtable was chaired by Mr. Farooq Sobhan, President,BEI.

The roundtable is a part of the dialogue series on CSR in Action that the CSR Centre organizes every month to hear the perspectives of key stakeholders and raise awareness on CSR practices and implementation challenges in Bangladesh.

At the 17th roundtable, Mr. Arshad Hossain Siddiqui, Director, ECOTA Fair Trade Forum (ETF) made his presentation on fair trade principles. ETF is a networking and coordinating body of Small and Medium Fair Trade Enterprises of Bangladesh. ETF works with 115,000 artisans through its member organizations and works for the promotion and realization of Fair Trade principles for the betterment of women, indigenous community and physically challenged people.

During his presentation, Mr. Siddiqui discussed briefly the genesis of fair trade concept in the 1940s and how ECOTA was formed in Bangladesh in the 1990s.

Mr. Sidiqui said that fair trade supports bottom up development, strengthens grass-roots system of operation and ensures that income goes directly to the poor. While discussing the challenges to fair trade practices, he said that some of the key challenges are lack of working capital, lack of alternative market intelligence, competition from other Asian countries and lack of proper intermediary technology.

While presenting his recommendations, he stressed that besides creating awareness on fair trade principles and investing in human resources development, government policies should also be aligned and harmonized, especially in terms of trade, industrial and intellectual property.

The second presenter at the roundtable was Ms. Shiban Khan, a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Gallen. Ms. Khan presented the CSR perspectives and practices in India and stressed that CSR practices in every country should be designed bearing in mind the local context and culture. She also mentioned that western CSR concepts must not be expected to fit into emerging economies. She highlighted the importance of teaching CSR concepts and theories in universities so the future leaders can internalize these concepts and theories well in advance.

The roundtable was attended by representatives of the private sector, UNDP, civil society, fair trade organizations, and CSR practitioners.

Posted Date : 4 March, 2012