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With a spirit of unity and shared purpose, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between Bangladesh Business & Disability Network (BBDN) and the CSR Centre was held on 9 August, 2023, marking a significant milestone towards an inclusive world of work for persons with disabilities, reads a press release.
The signing was executed by Shahamin S. Zaman, CEO of CSR Centre and Mr Murteza Rafi Khan, CEO of BBDN, underscoring their organizations’ commitment to fostering disability confidence in the private sector and driving inclusive progress. The event was graced by the presence of eminent Trustees from both organizations, symbolizing a strong institutional commitment to promoting disability confidence and inclusive growth.
According to the press release, the CSR Centre’s vision is to be the catalyst for a better society by encouraging public, private and development sectors towards promoting responsible business. While the CSR Centre looks at multiple areas, BBDN in particular aims to facilitate a more disability inclusive workforce in Bangladesh, as such both organizations have overlapping objectives related to diversity and inclusion. By working together, the CSR Centre and BBDN aspire to create a more inclusive society, aligning their efforts with the Sustainable Development Goal of inclusive growth by “leaving no one behind.”
To this end, the CSR Centre and BBDN aim to jointly conduct advocacy with policy makers, government entities and relevant stakeholders to bring about the desired changes, in addition to mobilizing the private sector to work on building their disability confidence and meeting diversity and inclusion goals. Both organizations will actively engage with these stakeholders in various areas, including; awareness raising, promote the benefits of diversity and inclusion, policy advocacy, conduct training for businesses, identify the sectoral industry demands for inclusion and so on within the scope of collaboration.
Speaking on the occasion, Farooq Sobhan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSR Centre, expressed his satisfaction that this partnership was taking shape. He also reaffirmed the CSR Centre’s commitment to effective collaboration with BBDN.
Anis A Khan, Trustee of both BBDN and the CSR Centre, extended his heartfelt appreciation to both organizations for this united initiative to foster a common goal. He also appreciated the organizations like DBL group and Shwapno who already hired persons with disabilities, while suggesting to ramp up public awareness on the matter.
In her speech, Rupali Chowdhury, Trustee of BBDN, emphasized the importance of personalized outreach and urged the need to work directly with individual companies. She recommended creating inspirational examples for showcasing the connection between SDGs, poverty alleviation, and diversity, thereby reinforcing the message of inclusivity.
Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Chairman, Advisory Council, BBDN expressed his appreciation for the CSR Centre’s positive consideration to collaborate. He highlighted the importance of engaging relevant stakeholders to actively work on disability inclusion. To this end he emphasized that incorporating persons with disabilities into the workforce is not an act of charity, but a strategic move that can contribute to national economic growth.
Syed Ali Jowher Rizvi, Trustee CSR Centre, Sabbir Nasir, Trustee CSR Centre, Monsur Ahmed Chowdhury, Trustee, BBDN, Faiaz Rahman, Trustee BBDN and representatives from DBL Group were also present at the signing ceremony.
Through this powerful alliance, the CSR Centre and BBDN aim to inspire a transformational change in the corporate landscape, fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce that embraces the talents and potential of every individual, irrespective of disabilities.