Chambers can promote business through CSR, The Independent, 16 March 2012

Date: 16 March 2012

Farooq Sobhan, chairman , CSR Centre  on Thursday said chambers can promote business through corporate social responsibility (CSR), by showing them ways  to promote and sustain their business. Farooq Sobhan  observed said this at a workshop  on “Market development and climate change nurturing for sustainable profits,” jointly organized by CSR Centre and VSO at Spectra convention centre in the city on Thursday.

Climate change, he said, is an important issue for Bangladesh and respecting the relevant laws of the land and taking proactive measures to reduce the negative business environmental impact, the private sector can support the government in safeguarding the natural environment of the land.

He said, “A healthy business needs a healthy community and at the same time a healthy community needs healthy business.” he said, adding, CSR does not mean just donating money or helping out charitable endeavours, it encourages companies to take care  of their employees, customers and share holders in respect to human rights.

Farooq Sobhan who is also president, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) expressed his hope that Dhaka Chamber which got ISO9001 certification may motivate its members to go for this voluntary standard and thus, improve their operational efficiency and management quality.

Dr. Khondkoker Mokaddem Hossain, Director, disaster and vulnerability studies of Dhaka University, presented the key note paper at the function.

Ms. Nasreen Awal Mintoo, founder president, Women Entrepreneur Association of Bangladesh (WEAB), Maj. Gen. (retd) Amjad Khan Chowdhury, president, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Arild Klokkerhaug, president, Noridic Chambers of Commerce (NCC), Ms. Vina Khaleq, country director, Practical Action, Ms. Shahana Hayat, country director, VSO and Ms. Shahamin S. Zaman, CEO, CSR centre  and  Dr. Mahfuzul Haque of Dhaka University  also spoke.