The 14th CSR summit awards and summit was held on 24th February, and the basic purpose of it was to recognize and appreciate the companies from both private and public sectors that are doing great sustainable things for the people of Pakistan. Any company working to fulfill its social responsibilities to the people of Pakistan was recognized by the government of Pakistan.
‘’The main purpose of this was that the government can establish a centralized hub for combining CSR resources and efforts for social uplift work in deserving sectors,’’ said Farrukh Habib, the Minister for State on Information and Broadcasting.
‘’The present government has the intention to establish a centralized hub for letting the corporate organizations combine their resources and work together to carry out the uplift work in the sectors that urgently deserve development.’’ This was stated by State Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib while speaking as the chief guest at the 14th Annual International CSR (corporate social responsibility) Summit and Awards-2022 organized by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH).
He said, ‘’Holding the CSR summit by assembling under one roof representatives of leading companies was one major step towards providing a common forum to different key players in the corporate sector to connect and strive collectively for the shared social uplift goals for the betterment of the society.’’
He said the companies whose profits maximized during the last one year and earned billions of rupees were under the obligation to increase their spending for the progress and uplift of the backward areas. Prime Minister Imran Khan also understands the importance of CSR owning to the extensive social welfare work in the fields of both education and health.
The event also highlighted the importance of the companies working to eradicate poverty, and give people belonging to the lower class their rights. One such organization is Akhuwat.
Similarly, the Ehsaas program is also an initiative taken by the government of Pakistan to provide the people with the resources to take care of their families, and not be overburdened with medical issues. The whole project accumulates to a total of RS 250 billion and is all dedicated to the welfare of the people of Pakistan.
The State Minister said, ‘’A major initiative of the Ehsaas program stood for providing 92,000 scholarships to the students of deserving families to get higher education in the public sector universities.’’
Also speaking on the occasion, Federal Railways Minister, Azam Khan Swati, appreciated the efforts of the corporate sector to serve humanity at large and lessen the miseries of the underprivileged communities.
He said. ‘’The work of the corporate organizations in the areas of health, education, environmental protection, and other social sector deserved special praise.’’
Swati said ‘’The present government had initiated the drive to improve the working of Railways under the principles of the corporate sector so to ensure the welfare of the railway workers and their families.’’
Chairman of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), Tauseef H Farooqi, said ‘’The drive launched by the NEPRA encouraged the power sector companies to invest Rs 4.5 billion as part of their CSR-related obligations. CSR activities by the power sector companies had benefited 13.7 million people, created 24,000 jobs through 390 different welfare projects.’’
Naeem Qureshi, NFEH President, in his welcome speech said that his non-governmental organizations had been extensively doing tree plantation drives as a partner of the Clean and Green Pakistan campaign of the present government.
Overall, the event was to boost the confidence of organizations working for the people of Pakistan and to give them the praise that they deserve. We are very happy to announce that Neemopani was also honored with an award for its Social Campaign, and for making sure that the people of Pakistan have a true representation.