Yunus meets Leading Retail Company CEOs

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Nobel laureate Professor Yunus met the CEO's of top clothing retailers at the Consumer Goods Forum held in Tokyo on June 11-13. Professor Yunus was a key note speaker at the conference. He invited the CEOs of the top retail companies for a private meeting with him on the sidelines of the conference to discuss the situation of garment industry in Bangladesh. They had a hour long exclusive meeting with Professor Yunus. They briefed him about their support for Bangladesh. Prof Yunus elaborated his proposals on voluntary international minimum wages for garment workers for each garment producing country, and the use of "Happy Workers' Tag" for offering workers' welfare programs by independent social business companies. CEOs showed positive interest in both the subjects. He urged the CEOs to join hands to make Bangladesh a highly attractive country for sourcing garment products and help bring back the companies which left the country. He emphasized the social impact of garment industry in Bangladesh in terms of women empowermnet along with its impact on poverty reduction.

CEOs present in the meeting were Mr. Michael Duke, CEO and President of Walmart, Mr. Georges Plassat, CEO and President of Carrefour, Mr. Gareth Ackerman, Chairman of Pick and Pay Stores Ltd, Mr. Tadashi Yanai, Chairman and CEO of Uniqlo and Mr. Motoya Okada, CEO of AEON Ltd, Japan.

5th Yunus Centre Social Business Design Lab Held

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The 5th Social Business Design Lab took place at Yunus Centre on 15 June 2013. The participants from different organizations including Ms Pauline Tamesis, Country Director of UNDP, Professor Christian Girardfrom from Asian University for Women, Ms. Naaz Farhana Ahmed, President and Founder of DWCCI, Shahnila Azher from DFID  and some other national and international NGO representatives, business leaders and representatives from the trans-gender community attended in the program.

Five social business plans were presented in the program. They are Akhoni.com Social Business Project which would like to be a platform for buying and selling social business products presented by Mr.  Shameem Ahsan, CEO, Akhoni.com, Homestead Rubber Cultivation SB Project presented by Major Md. Murad Ali Khan, Ex-director of BFIDC, Social Business Tech which is an IT company that would aim to help disabled persons gain training and employment presented by Mr. Tamim Daiyan from Grameen Solutions, Grameen Shikkha English Learning Centre presented by Mr. Kazi Nazrul Huq from Grameen Shikkha and Coming out of Smuggling Practices through social businesses presented by Mr. Fakir Shawkot, Chief Editor, the Daily Probhat Ferry, Jessore. After the presentations, there was a question and answer session. Five business plans were intensively discussed in five groups announced. Each group came up with necessary recommendations. Each project gave its time-line for implementation. Finally the participants selected one Project Bondhu ("Project Buddy") for each project to act as a mentor in finalizing the plan.

প্রেস রিলিজ: “বিশ্বের সর্বোচ্চ সম্পদশালী ব্যাক্তিবর্গের সম্মেলনে প্রফেসর ইউনূস ও ওয়ারেন বাফেটকে সম্মাননা প্রদান”

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pmy-buffetবিশ্বের দুই শতাধিক সর্বোচ্চ সম্পদশালী ব্যক্তিবর্গের সম্মেলনে গত ৫ জুন ২০১৩ তারিখে জাতিসংঘ ভবনে প্রফেসর মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস ও ওয়ারেন বাফেটকে আজীবন সম্মাননা পুরস্কার এ ভূষিত করা হয়।

জাতিসংঘের মহাসচিব বান কি-মুন উপস্থিত সম্মানিত অতিথিদের স্বাগত জানান এবং দারিদ্র নিরসন , স্বাস্থ্য সেবার উন্নয়ন ও পরিবেশ এর মত বৈশ্বিক বিষয়গুলোতে ভুমিকা রাখবার জন্য তাদের প্রতি উদাত্ত আহ্বান জানান। জাতিসংঘে বিশ্বের সম্পদশালী ব্যক্তিদের এই সমাবেশ এর আয়োজন করে বিশ্ববিখ্যাত ফোর্বস ম্যাগাজিন। ফোর্বস ম্যাগাজিনের চেয়ারম্যান স্টিভ ফোর্বস বলেন, এই সম্মেলন কক্ষে উপস্থিত ব্যক্তিবর্গের সম্পদের পরিমাণ তিনশত বিলিয়ন ডলারের বেশী।

মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস বিশ্বের সর্বোচ্চ বিত্তশালী ব্যক্তিবর্গকে বিশ্বের সামাজিক ব্যাবসায় অংশগ্রহণের আমন্ত্রণ জানান। প্রফেসর ইউনূস প্রস্তাব করেন যে, এই ফিলানথ্রোফি সম্মেলনে যারা অংশগ্রহন করছেন , তাদের দানের অর্থের দশ শতাংশ প্রতি বছর তারা যেন সামাজিক ব্যাবসায় বিনিয়োগ করেন।

ওয়ারেন বাফেট ছাড়াও এই সম্মেলনে উপস্থিত ছিলেন বিল গেইটস , বিল এ্যাকমেন, বোনো, রে চেম্বারস, পল টিউডর জোন্স, পিটার জি পিটারসন, সোয়ার্স ম্যান, এবং জেফ স্কল প্রমুখ।
রবিনহুড এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা পল টিউডর জোন্স এবং ই-বে এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা জেফ স্কল ও প্রফেসর মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস প্লেনারী সেশনে বক্তব্য রাখেন।

Transcript of Introduction by Steve Forbes, for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, Recipient of the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship

June 5, 2013, During the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy
The United Nations, New York City

my-forbesThank you, I am Steve Forbes. And I think we all will agree this has been a stirring day. Tonight we’ve got several things in store. We are giving out two awards tonight. And I think we’d also agree that what happened today is simply the beginning – a catalyst, not a culmination.

And I think that what one of our award winners tonight, Muhammad Yunus said, that you begin things with a small step and that leads to big things. And that’s one reason why we focused on Liberia, a country that was shattered, but anyone who was at lunch today was inspired and can see that when people come together and want to make positive things happen, positive things will happen.

And I think we also can take to heart what Bono said during his session about commerce, about free enterprise being a huge poverty reducer. It enables people, as Lincoln put it, to improve their lot in life. But, as we all know, even vibrant free markets don’t always operate at the pace and have the reach that we would like. So clearly, government can’t do it alone, NGOs can’t do it alone, free enterprise can’t do it alone, although it can do a lot. And philanthropy, private philanthropy, can only do so much. But you bring these tools together and amazing things will happen.

Yunus, AfDB launch 'Social Business'in Africa

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Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus said no one should be unemployed, no problem can remain unresolved. Africa is one of the regions with the highest potential for Social Business.

He expressed his hope that Africa would be future source of food and energy for the whole world. There is no reason for Africa not to pick up the double digit growth rate across the whole continent.

Dr Yunus was speaking as the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon for governors of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) during the 2013 annual meeting of the Governing Board of the AfDB in Marrakesh, Morocco recently, said a press statement.

Prof Yunus was invited by the president of the AfDB there.

Earlier, Mr Yunus was a keynote speaker at a high level seminar on 'Social Business' organised by the Human Development Department of the AfDB. The seminar was moderated by Richard Attias, founder of The New York Forum. Over 600 participants attended the seminar.

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