Meet the winners

for 2023

Meet the Winners

Meet the winners of Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023

Sustainability excellence in Education

Bata Childrens’ Program

Sustainability excellence in Environment

Plastic Circularity by Unilever Bangladesh Ltd

sustainability excellence in Community Engagement

Integrated support in Chhatak Community by LafargeHolcim

sustainability excelence in Healthcare

Ashulia Women and Children Hospital by Shanta Holdings Ltd

sustainability excellence in disaster Response

Early Warning System by Banglalink

sustainability excellence in Financial Inclusion

GP Accelerator & GP Academy

Young Humanitarian of the year

Md. Arifur Rahman, Bhalo Kaajer Hotel

Young Humanitarian of the year

Arian Arif, Mojar Schol

Young Humanitarian of the year

Lamea Tanjin Tanha, TransEnd

Sustainability excellence in Education - Bata Childrens’ Program

Nominated by: Bata Shoe Company (Bangladesh) Ltd
Project Initiation: 2019

Project Summary

Bata Children Program is a global sustainability project of the company. Through executing this Bangladesh, they brought improvement in the Ashraf Textile Mills High school located at Tongi, Gazipur near Bata Bangladesh corporate office.

Impact

  • 1,000 students and their 4,000+ family members are benefitted
  • USD 104,944 is invested since 2019

Sustainability excellence in Environment - Plastic Circularity by Unilever Bangladesh Ltd

Nominated by: Unilever Bangladesh Ltd
Project Initiation: 2021

Project Summary

As the first and biggest public-private partnership for plastic recycling in the country, Unilever partnered with Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chattogram city corporations and the NGOs UNDP, YPSA and Garbageman to build capacities of waste pickers and drive up collections of thousands of tonnes of recyclable plastic waste per year.

Impact

  • 1200+ workers trained in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Chittagong
  • 5 independent collection centers set up
  • 1,630+ extra tonnes of plastic collected in one year, that would go into landfill

sustainability excellence in Community Engagement - Integrated support in Chhatak Community by LafargeHolcim

Nominated by: LafargeHolcim
Project Initiation: 2001

Project Summary

LafargeHolcim’s Community Development Centre (CDC) is located beside its integrated cement plant at Chhatak in Sunamganj, which is the hub of all its community development activities as a part of their CSR activities.

 

Impact

  • 350,000 people got healthcare services
  • 6,500 students have completed primary education
  • 950 local community people got skill development training

sustainability excellence in Healthcare - Ashulia Women and Children Hospital by Shanta Holdings Ltd

Nominated by: Shanta Holdings Ltd
Project Initiation: 2004

Project Summary

The project was designed to provide high-quality healthcare services with empathy, while maintaining affordability to the ready-made garment (RMG) workers and their families living in Ashulia, Savar, and Gazipur, as well as to the neighboring communities, with a special emphasis on underprivileged women and children.

Impact

  • Directly served approximately 20 lac individuals since inception
  • Hospital was constructed with a total investment of Tk. 100 crore

sustainability excellence in disaster Response - Early Warning System by Banglalink

Nominated by: Banglalink Digital Communication Ltd
Project Initiation: 2019

Project Summary

Banglalink Community Resilience Building Initiatives are aimed at empowering people during crises with reliable communication, support, and inclusive relief efforts. At the core of the initiative are the toll-free emergency numbers that serve as a crucial lifeline, enabling individuals and communities to access essential services, including emergency blood donation and assistance.

Impact

  • provided aid and support to over 250,000 families
  • 1 million individuals are benefitted through these emergency response initiatives

sustainability excellence in Financial Inclusion - GP Accelerator & GP Academy

Nominated by: Grameenphone
Project Initiation: 2013

Project Summary

Empowering people is what Grameenphone believes in and has been working to do that for the last two decades. Therefore, back in 2015, Grameenphone Accelerator has started working closely with the startups, developers and innovators with the resources they need to build, grow and exceed possibilities! As a result, Sheba xyz, CMED Health, Dhakacast, Cramstack, Doctorkoi, Airwork, iPage, Onnow, Barikoi and many impactful startups came through the GP Accelerator platform. The project is launched to bridge between academia and industry by reducing the skill gaps prevailing in the market. Free learning contents and promoting diversity are the core of this program.

 

Impact

  • Sponsored more than 50 businesses to grow over the last 9 years
  • 70,000 students are enrolled in 1.5 years
  • 31,600 e-certifications have been given till date

Young Humanitarian of the year - Md. Arifur Rahman, Bhalo Kaajer Hotel

Project Name: Bhalo Kaajer Hotel
Work Initiated on: 2009

Project Summary

Bhalo Kajer Hotel is a social initiative that provides meals for good deeds to the homeless, helpless, and rootless people in Bangladesh. The initiative was started in 2009 by a group of volunteers who wanted to help the needy and inspire them to do good deeds for the society.

Impact

  • feeding 1000-1200 homeless people each day
  • Till date since inception has successfully distributed 1 million+ meals

Young Humanitarian of the year - Arian Arif, Mojar Schol

Project Name: Mojar School
Work Initiated on: 2013

Project Summary

Arian Arif, is the Founder & Executive Director of Odommo Bangladesh Foundation also known as Mojar School (মজা র ইশকু ল). Established in January 10, 2013, near Dhaka University’s Suhrawardy Udyan, Mojar School began with 13 street children and has now grown to 2300 students across 20 branches as of 2023. Mojar School’s goal is to ensure a Bangladesh free of street children and has a good ecosystem to reach this vision based on the street children’s lifestyle.

Impact

  • 23,000+ regular beneficiaries (Children)
  • 7,00,000+ meals have been distributed
  • 7,500+ volunteers (Nationwide)
  • 20+ branches in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Bhola, Cox’s Bazar
  • 200+ employment for adults
  • 8 Million+ (86,01,100) beneficiaries in 11 years

Young Humanitarian of the year - Lamea Tanjin Tanha, TransEnd

Project Name: TransEnd
Work Initiated on: 2018

Project Summary

Lamea Tanjin Tanha is the co founder and CEO of the non-profit organization TransEnd. The organization works with the aim of bridging the gap between the transgender, hijra and gender-diverse community and the mainstream community through education, training, healthcare, employment and entrepreneurship.

Impact

  • 735+ marginalized hijra people got skilled
  • provided more than 2500 unprivileged, jobless hijra people
  • Government declared 5% TAX rebate for the corporate companies who will hire transgender employees

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