Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICC) organised a CSR exhibition in Islamabad titled, “Impactful Journey: OICCI CSR Exhibition”. The purpose of the event was to showcase the impact of CSR activities of OICCI member companies across the country and their alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The OICCI, and its members, are committed to these goals and consider it their responsibility to contribute to the economic and social development of Pakistan.
President Dr Arif Alvi who was the chief guest at the event, in his address commented, “It is great to learn about the huge impact of foreign investors in social upliftment across the country and about their efforts to improve the lives of our fellow countrymen, the ones who are not as privileged as others.”
The President added “it is important that the private sector joins hands with the government to develop the marginalized communities of the country and in this respect I am thankful to the OICCI member companies who have demonstrated their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility projects that are helping our communities”.
Shazia Syed, President of OICCI thanked the President of Pakistan for his encouraging remarks and stated, “CSR is a part of OICCI members’ DNA. Our member companies are committed to the improvement of the communities in which we operate. It is not a buzzword, it is an integral part of the way we do business. Some of our member companies are functioning in Pakistan since the foundation of the country itself and have initiated a large number of CSR projects that have changed the lives of millions of people over the last several decades.
She highlighted the ‘OICCI Women’ initiative, launched in 2017, which aims to bring all the OICCI members under one umbrella in order to make concerted efforts to achieve inclusion and diversity. The ‘OICCI Women Empowerment Awards’ was launched in 2018 to recognize the top performing OICCI members.