Consultative Dialogue on CSR Policies, Practices and Youth Perspective

Empower Youth for Work Project (EYW), Jamshoro

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Consultative Dialogue on CSR Policies, Practices and Youth Perspective

 A Consultative Dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policies, Practices and Youth Perspective was held at Regent Plaza Hotel, Karachi on 13th October 2020.

The dialogue was arranged by Research and Development Foundation (RDF). The event was attended by a large number of youth, members of civil society and government officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Naseer Pirzada, Senior CSR expert, shared that CSR is not a charity but it is the responsibility of the organizations. “When any organization is earning, it is its legal and moral responsibility to support the communities.” He also mentioned that there is a proper mechanism for CSR funds disbursement and you can check how much CSR money is spent and where.

Mr. Zulfiqar Shah, Senior Program Manager Director PILER, said that the youth has a great responsibility towards society. “They need to be aware of opportunities around them and take advantage from initiatives by different private organizations under their CSR, such as internships and job trainings. As good and responsible citizens, it is our responsibility to support the youth,” he added.

Mr. Nasir Ali Pahnwar, environmental expert, said: “We need to think about sustainable development, no economic development is sustainable development unless it protects environment.” He was of the view that they have a great responsibility to utilize natural resources carefully as these are the only natural resources they have.

Miss Marvi, a young leader from Jamshoro, said: “As a young person, I always wonder where does all CSR funds go. There are about 100,000 companies registered in Pakistan. In spite of so much CSR funds, you cannot see much being done.” She stressed that CSR should be youth-focused and should help in youth development.

Ahsfaque Soomro, Executive Director RDF, said that the purpose of today’s event is to highlight the CSR activities from youth perceptive and to discuss how CSR can be more youth friendly. “As a responsible organization, we always support communities and offer internships and training opportunities to the youth.”

Kazim Syed, Project Manager RDF, said that this event will help in attracting attention of people sitting at the helm of the affairs on the youth issues as well as how CSR can be used for the youth.

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