Global Compact Network Bangladesh (GCNB) in partnership with BRAC Bank, UN Global Compact, UNICEF Bangladesh and ILO Bangladesh and DBL Group have observed ‘SME Sustainability Day’ on October 14, 2019 for the first time in Bangladesh.
In the event, we discussed opportunities to deepen participants’ and especially SMEs’ understanding of the importance and impacts of operating in a sustainable manner, share practical ways of putting sustainability at the core of business strategies, identify gaps and challenges by sharing good practices and dive deeper into decent work and human rights as core elements of sustainability.
The event was attended by 145 participants from UNGC member companies and organizations, businesses, SMEs, banks, civil society organizations, NGOs and others.
Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator, SDG Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, the Government of Bangladesh; spoke at the inaugural ceremony as the Chief Guest. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator, Bangladesh; Kamran T. Rahman, President, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation; Lila Rashid, General Manager, SME & Special Programmes, Bangladesh Bank; Mari-lou, Manager, UN Global Compact Office, New York; Shahamin S. Zaman, ED, Global Compact Network Bangladesh and Selim R. F. Hussain, Managing Director and CEO, BRAC Bank; also spoke at the ceremony at a city hotel in Dhaka on October 14, 2019.