This year the CSR Centre in Bangladesh celebrates its ten year anniversary. Since it began in 2007, the centre has been promoting responsible business to strengthen local institutional capacity, raise awareness of CSR and serve as a champion for CSR adaptation and implementation in Bangladesh and globally. It is the only entity in the country which does research, policy advocacy, capacity building, training and programmes for strategic CSR.
Bangladesh over the last forty years has come a long way in the development agenda – from its independence with growing privatization, expansions in infrastructure and markets, numerous economic and financial reforms as well as human capital development. Bangladesh was one of the few countries among the developing nations that have achieved most of the goals of MDGs now has initiated the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Beside the Government the private sector supplement the progress through its business operations that have stimulated further growth by the provision of employment opportunities and creating a mass of vibrant workforce.
In Bangladesh CSR Centre has developed a “National CSR Policy for Children” and drafting the “National CSR Guideline” under relevant Ministry of Government of Bangladesh with the support of development partners. The term CSR has been already introduced in the export oriented sectors due to international trade compliance and standards. It has created a remarkable example in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh. The CSR Centre in partnership with BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiatives) has been conducting intense training for managers in the RMG sector on Getting Started with BSCI; Fair remuneration & Decent Work; Occupational Health and Safety Management; Introduction to Social Management System; Grievance Mechanism etc.
The Centre is the Focal Point for the United Nation Global Compact (UNGC) in Bangladesh with an intention to take forward the 10 Principles of the UNGC and increases penetration of these ideals in the business community. The
Centre represents national interests at Global Compact forums and conferences throughout the world. As a principle promoter of UNGC it encourages the membership of signatories in the local network. Currently there are 53
Bangladeshi signatories to the compact. The Centre also launches and implements different UN initiatives in Bangladesh. In 2016 the CSR Centre in collaboration with International Finance Corporation (IFC) & Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has organized for the first time in Bangladesh the Event “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
The Centre annually publishes a report to share the “CSR Good Practices” in Bangladesh. In 2016 repot it highlights four most critical issues which has been focused among the SDGs and link into the realm of CSR through case studies, articles and interviews from different stakeholders including governments. The issues were on sustainable cities and communities, climate change, sustainable environment and CSR and trade.
The CSR Centre’s mission is to be the catalyst for transforming into a value driven society where business thrive based on transparency, accountability and fulfilling global standards through engaging in strategic CSR approaches. CSR Centre emphasizes on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within national priorities through innovative CSR approaches.
“CSR is about achieving organizational excellence in ways that honor ethical values and respect people, communities & environment.”