Commitment of Ananta is to make workplace disability Inclusive

Mr. Mahfuz Hossain Jewel-Director, Compliance along with Mr. Walidur Rahman-DGM, HR attended a seminar titled “Making Workplace Disability Inclusive:  Developing Employers’ Network” on Saturday, the 17th December 2016 at BEF. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the newly set up “Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN)” to the employers who are currently employing  or willing to employ persons with disabilities in order to highlight the social and economic benefits of disability inclusive industries for promoting inclusive growth and productivity. The workshop also discussed on the composition, criteria for membership and functioning of BBDN following the guideline of the ILO Charter of Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN). The event was divided into two sessions where there were detail discussions on the inclusive business policies of the entrepreneurs which tended to bring out disability from the shadow of charity to a better business policy. Good number of employer organizations, NGOs, chamber leaders, journalists, representatives of persons with disability were present in the ceremony. Mr. Mahfuz Jewel gave a joint presentation on behalf of Ananta, Bitopi and Shin Shin on the programs on going in these three companies on disability inclusion in mainstream workforce in collaboration with ILO. These 3 companies are providing a good number of people with employment in the factories which was much appreciated by the attendees. In this event, the criterion on joining the BBDN network and the employers guideline to disability inclusion at the workplace was revealed officially. The seminar ended up with a joint announcement to carry forward the network and bring it into a formal shape within short time.

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