Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has urged the Pakistani companies showing excellence in corporate philanthropy to join hands with the government as partners in the Prime Minister’s Clean and Green Pakistan initiative.
He stated this while speaking as being the guest of honour at the 12th Annual CSR Summit and Awards-2020 organized by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH).
On the occasion, over 60 companies were conferred awards for showing outstanding performance in the arena of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The PM’s adviser said on the occasion that corporate sector had a major role to perform in promoting greenery in the country to counter the phenomenon of climate change.
He said that there were 35 indicators related to Clean and Green Pakistan initiative where corporate sector could join hands with the government to play its part in expanding the tree cover in the country.
He said that the Ministry of Climate Change had already signed Memorandum of Understanding with 20 leading companies to play their role in PM’s Clean and Green Pakistan initiative as more corporate entities showing excellence in corporate philanthropy should follow suit.
He said that local governments in the country were playing an active role in promoting greenery in the country under the PM’s initiative.
Noted singer and Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Abrar Ul Haq said that charitable hospital established by him had been covering over four million population in rural and remote parts of the country who earlier hadn’t have any medical facility.
He said that a medical college had also been part of his philanthropic operation whose scope was being expanded with addition of a cancer hospital.
He said that he had assumed the charge of the PRCS with the aim that Pakistan instead of seeking foreign financial assistance should generate financial resources on its own that is enough to run the affairs of the society.
He said that the humanitarian operations being conducted by the PRCS were being supported by a network of 5,000 volunteers as he had the aim to increase the number of these Red Crescent’s volunteers to one million in next three years.
Abrar Ul Haq said that he had earned name and fame as being a Pop singer, then also practiced politics but he had always experienced mental satisfaction while doing his voluntary work as being a social activist.
He appreciated the philanthropic work by the corporate sector of the country enabling several charitable trusts to do their welfare operations for needy and deserving people in the country.
NFEH President Naeem Qureshi also spoke on the occasion and said that the CSR conference was being organized every year so that the corporate sector could establish a meaningful relationship with the charitable work being done in the country for the benefit of the disadvantaged people.
Later Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri and Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi jointly conferred awards to 60 companies for showing excellence in CSR work during last one year.