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Bangladesh Network Picking up Momentum. Promoting the Global Compact and Raising Awareness. Sherina Tabassum Communications Manager Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) Focal Point – Bangladesh Network. Network and Focal Point Introduction (cont’d). BEI – A PSD research institute

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Bangladesh Network

Picking up Momentum

Promoting the Global Compact and Raising Awareness

Sherina Tabassum

Communications Manager

Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI)

Focal Point – Bangladesh Network


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Network and Focal Point Introduction (cont’d)

  • BEI – A PSD research institute

    • Established in October 2000

    • Seed money from private sector

    • Currently, self sustainable

  • Focus Areas:

    • CSR, Corporate Governance, Investment Climate Assessment, SME

  • CSR Centre

    • Monthly roundtables

    • Case Studies

    • Documentaries

    • ESRB guidelines for the Banking Sector

    • CSR Code for the RMG Sector


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Network and Focal Point Introduction

  • Global Compact introduced in 2002

  • Global Compact, UNDP, BEI, Private Sector and BEF

  • Not very active

    • Lack of Resources – Financial and Human

    • Lack of CSR understanding in general

    • Dormant at the UNDP

      • Country Program

      • Left PSD with the World Bank Group,

      • particularly IFC, SEDF and

      • more recently, the establishment of BICF in 2007


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Bangladesh Network – since June, 2006

  • June 2006 – 8 participants

  • March 2007 – 25 participants

  • Who are the participants?

    • Local Private Sector Leaders

    • Financial Institutions, including a public bank

    • Business Schools

    • SMEs


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A Journey from 8 - 25

  • Regional Meeting in June 2006

  • Opportunity to engage the growing private sector

  • Existing CSR Champions

  • Corporate Governance experience

  • Rigorous promotion and awareness raising


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So what is going on?

  • Monthly roundtables

  • Communication

    • Write letters to business leaders

    • Distribute various GC communications

    • Develop write ups

  • Regular meetings and dialogues

    • Individual companies/organizations

    • Chambers and Associations

  • COP

    • Share some of the relevant COPs

    • Identify current practices within the organization

    • Align it with the relevant principles

    • Outcome – 3 COPs (2 published & 1 WIP)


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So what next?

  • Form a loose Working Group

  • Recruit more participants

  • Launch the Global Compact before 5th ALNF

  • Aim for quality and not quantity

  • Develop Partnerships

    • intranetworking

    • internetworking



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