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CSR guideline on cards to expedite projects

  • Published at 10:06 pm October 23rd, 2014

The government has moved to formulate a guideline on corporate social responsibility (CSR), aiming at speeding up the country’s development works.

It also plans to waive some taxes once any company or organisation constructs roads and establishes school-college, mosque-madrasas, hospitals and so on as part of its CSR activities.

In this context, Planning Ministry and CSR Centre have jointly arranged a meeting at the ministry yesterday, with planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

The minister said it is possible to bring dynamism in the development activities of Bangladesh. “That’s why, we need to make a guideline on CSR issues,” he said.

For example, any factory can take responsibility to develop the area where it is situated, he said. 

“On behalf of the government, I want to say, if any company or organisation wants to construct roads or establish school-college, mosque-madrasa, hospital and other establishments by its own name, the government will have no objection.” 

Former BKMEA Vice President Aslam Sanny proposed to ensure education, health and recreation for the apparel workers as part of the CSR activities. “If government supports, BKMEA and BGMEA can come forward with this proposal,” he said.

Instantly, the planning minister agreed with the proposal.

Abdul Momen, deputy managing director of Abdul Momen Limited, also agreed to keep contribution to such CSR activities, including waste management of the Dhaka city. He sought government’s support to make it success.

Former Foreign Secretary Farooq Sobhan said involvement of every people with the developing activities will yield sustainable economic development.