Published Date: Aug 6, 2012
SPEAKERS CALL TO ENGAGE PUBLIC IN BUSINESS POLICIES
The speakers of a seminar on Monday stressed the need to engage public in business policies, beside their inclusion in peace building process.
The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has organized the seminar with the title ” Peace through Profit: Peace-building through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Pakistan” on Monday.
The key speakers who addressed the seminar included Chaudhry Manzoor, Head Peoples Labour Bureau, Former MNA, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asad Umar, Senior Vice-President, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), Shafqat Munir, Coordinator, Asia Rights in Crisis, Oxfam, Rabia Nusrat.
While addressing the seminar senior vice-President Pakistan Threek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Mr. Asad Umar has said that it was very important that the business should be engaged on public policy so it can bear the fruit.
He said that role of business was limited when an area engaged with war conflict. He said that business was a right that given you by society and all stakeholders including locals, government and private sector should work each other with limited trust.
Responding a question he strongly criticized the government performance said that government has totally failed to enforce its writ He reiterated that Karachi was the main example of this where government position was weaken day by day.
Chaudhry Manzoor, Head Peoples Labour Bureau, Former MNA of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has pointed out that South Asia was a danger zone since 1960 and CSR only possible when the main stakeholders (people) be included in it.
He said that local community of the far-flung areas of the country was seeking the job as when a company establishes its business in the areas its only give jobs to its own people and locals deprived for it.
Answering a question he said that there were no labor rights in backward areas of the country. He stressed upon the need that labour organizations should be established in far-flung areas of country.
He said that labours pains were equal and local stakeholders should be given priority. ” I have to focus on South Asia and area politics, economy and development was lined with SA space” he added. He said that present top countries engaged in conflict zones were gaining the business and they have less concern peace through profit.
Shafqat Munir, Coordinator, Asia Rights in Crisis, Oxfam called upon government, corporate sector and civil society to work together for an effective implementation of corporate social responsibility concept.
He said, corporate sector can play its role in conflict resolution through leveraging its position, skills, resources and wider support network in the society. He said humanitarian access and protection of rights should be given prime emphasizing while working in conflict situation.
Speaking at the occasion, Asad Umar, Former CEO Engro Corporation and Senior Vice-President, PTI said economic policy of Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf (PTI) has been finalized and would be announced this month. This policy has given greater emphasizes on socio-economic welfare of people.
Talking on role of business in conflict resolution he said, private sector must vigorously be engaged in public policy issues particularly conflict prevention and resolution as businesses are the foremost victim of conflicts.
He said, it is directly in the interests of corporate sector to avoid conflicts for congenial business environment and having frictionless relations with the community.
Chaudhry Manzoor, Chairman, Peoples Labour Bureau and Former MNA, PPP showed his apprehensions over the role of corporations, which he said have vested interests and mint more money from conflicts rather than peace.
These corporations, he said, are exploiting the workers and local community by avoiding their civic responsibilities and practicing unethical business practices which ultimately lead to conflicts.