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United Nations Global Compact President emphasize upon lifting social face of businesses

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Islamabad, January 04, 2012 (PPI-OT): A delegation of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) team led by its President, Mr.Ahsaanullah Khan visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry ((ICCI) for explaining the utility of embracing the UNGC principles given by Mr. Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General. Haji Muhammad Jawed, Senior Vice President, Fasihul Karim Siddiqui, secretary UNGC, Mr.Majyd Aziz, former President KCCI and other members of UNGC were also present on the occasion.

Mr.Ahsaanullah khan said that the ten principles of UNGC should be embraced in work culture for lifting social face of businesses. He said that Pakistani business was operating in most turbulent circumstances and it was necessary for business to come out of this turmoil and attain sustainability by embracing the ten principles of Global Compact which were much closer to the universally accepted principles and teachings of Islam as envisaged in the holy Quran and the business practices taught by the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

President UNGC also showed interest to hold a national conference at ICCI on the theme of ‘Sustaining Business by Embracing UNGC Principles for meeting the challenges of a fast changing business world.

He urged upon business community to show their compassion by joining UNGC in large numbers and help the Local Network in achieving the target of 300 members by the end of the year so that a strong and positive message can be sent by Pakistani business to improve their global brand image for attracting responsible business initiatives, new global opportunities and foreign direct investment.

Speaking on the occasion, Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI supported the ten principles of UN Global Compact, declaring that the business community of Islamabad was practicing most of them as part of their work culture.

President ICCI said that business community should be given due respect in the society, adding that trade and industry was under immense pressure owing to the various problems and economic challenges which could be overcome by adopting the principles of UNGC.

Mr.Bakhtawari assured full support of Islamabad Chamber for promoting the principles of UN Global Compact which would definitely increase the capacity of our business community to increase the exports of the country.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950


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