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Build Back Better: a Sustainable Future for South Asia

GRI to host sustainability summit for the South Asia region
Press Release

July 14, 2020 /3BL Media/ - How can the rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic be approached in a way that alleviates the growing economic, societal and environmental pressures in South Asian countries?

Tailoring Insurance Products for All Income Levels in Bangladesh

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Pragati Life Insurance is helping minimize healthcare access inequality in Bangladesh by delivering diverse and affordable insurance products to rural and urban low-income earners.

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Pragati Life Insurance is helping minimize healthcare access inequality in Bangladesh by delivering diverse and affordable insurance products to rural and urban low-income earners.

Unique Retail Chain Provides Affordable and Nutritious Food to Low-Income Workers in Bangladesh

Press Release

DHAKA, Bangladesh, June 30, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Bangladesh-based Direct Fresh Ltd has made a renewed inclusive business commitment to Business Call to Action (BCtA) aiming to provide 1 million low-income factory workers with quality produce and essential goods at lower than market price through a unique base of the pyramid (BoP) retail chain by 2022 and hoping to reach an additional 3 million over the next five years.

Changing Habits Around Menstrual Hygiene in Bangladesh

Company Sokhipad is educating women and girls across Bangladesh about sanitary pads and creating a market for the traditionally taboo product
Press Release

DHAKA, Bangladesh, June 19, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Menstrual hygiene manufacturer Sokhipad has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) by pledging to create awareness about menstrual hygiene management among 100,000 low-income women throughout Bangladesh by 2021. The company also commits to delivering sanitary pads to 720,000 low-income women in Bangladesh by 2021.

Tailoring Insurance Products for All Income Levels in Bangladesh

Pragati Life Insurance is helping minimize healthcare access inequality in Bangladesh by delivering diverse and affordable insurance products to rural and urban low-income earners
Press Release

DHAKA, Bangladesh, June 18, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Bangladeshi insurance provider Pragati Life Insurance has joined Business Call to Action with a commitment to provide health and life insurance to 1.5 million garment factory workers, as well as to 2 million rural and 1 million urban low-income earners in Bangladesh by 2021.

The VF Foundation Donation Supports Thousands of Families Affected by Factory Shutdowns in Bangladesh

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  • As many as 2.27 million workers — the backbone of the garment industry in Bangladesh — could be out of work as a result of factory shutdowns amid the worldwide COVID-19 health crisis.
  • In response to an acute need for aid, The VF Foundation recently donated $100,000 toward COVID-19 relief efforts in Bangladesh through its partnership with GlobalGiving. As a result, more than 5,500 households struggling with basic needs received a cash stipend from local partner BRAC to help them buy food and other necessities.
  • VF also is working with its suppliers in Bangladesh to ensure that workers in the company’s supply chain are paid as soon as possible for work they’ve already done.
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  • As many as 2.27 million workers — the backbone of the garment industry in Bangladesh — could be out of work as a result of factory shutdowns amid the worldwide COVID-19 health crisis.
  • In response to an acute need for aid, The VF Foundation recently donated $100,000 toward COVID-19 relief efforts in Bangladesh through its partnership with GlobalGiving. As a result, more than 5,500 households struggling with basic needs received a cash stipend from local partner BRAC to help them buy food and other necessities.
  • VF also is working with its suppliers in Bangladesh to ensure that workers in the company’s supply chain are paid as soon as possible for work they’ve already done.

Unlocking Benefits of Sustainability Reporting in South Asia

Deeper engagement with capital markets is helping GRI reach companies across region.​
Article

An engagement program with stock exchanges and regulators in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh is enabling GRI to support more listed companies to improve how they report on their sustainability impacts.

The program, with support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has been running since 2017. It aims to deliver training and support for companies to encourage them to use sustainability reporting through the GRI Standards as a tool for contributing towards sustainable trade and development.

Building a Sustainable Mung Bean Farming System in Bangladesh

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Grameen euglena provides farmers in Bangladesh with opportunities for increased income and contributes to increased food security of Rohingya people through a mung bean distribution initiative in collaboration with the World Food Programme.

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Grameen euglena provides farmers in Bangladesh with opportunities for increased income and contributes to increased food security of Rohingya people through a mung bean distribution initiative in collaboration with the World Food Programme.

From Program to Possibility: Lily Akter, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Gildan

For International Women’s Day, Lily describes the importance of professional development opportunities at work and how they have supported her as a woman in Bangladesh
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Lily joined Gildan in 2010 as a Quality Inspector and has since advanced her career, growing into her current position as Quality Assurance Coordinator. Today, she shares the impact that one of Gildan’s professional development programs has had on her and discusses the importance of supporting women’s development in Bangladesh.

“At Gildan, I was able to participate in an amazing development program with about 10 other women, where I gained skills to help me flourish in my role. Now, I have more confidence at work because I have the tools to excel as a professional in my field.

Xylem Watermark Provides Funds to Address Urgent Water Needs of Refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Since August 2017, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Among the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees now residing in the overcrowded camps and settlements in Cox’s Bazar district, 55% are children under the age of 18 and 52% of adults are women.

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