KARACHI – Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFCL) organized Pakistan Leadership Conversation (PLC). The event was organized in collaboration with Planning Commission (PC) Government of Pakistan, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) and Corporate Social Responsibility Centre Pakistan (CSRCP) to discuss alignment of business strategies with SDGs and reporting business contribution in meeting SDGs. The event was themed on “Food and Agriculture” and “Use of Sustainability Reporting data for Voluntary National Review (VNR)”.
In the first panel discussion on aligning business strategies with SDGs focusing on food and agriculture, Mr. Ibrar Khan- VP Corporate and Economic Affairs from Jazz Pakistan as a key note speaker discussed how businesses can align their strategies in order to materialize the business opportunities offered by the global goals. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion where eminent corporate leaders shared their views on the benefits offered by the SDGs and emphasized on the need to create enabling environment by creating public private partnerships to reach milestones offered by SDGs. The panelists for the session included eminent corporate leaders Mr. Umer Malik – Policy Analyst, Development Policy, UNDP; Mr. Fawad Soomro – Head of Engro Foundation and Mr. Ashraf from UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Mr. Sohail Bangash, Head of Strategic Support Unit, Hashoo Foundation moderated the panel discussion.
In the second session, Mr. Muhammad Imran, Director Projects and Training, CSRCP as the keynote speaker shared a case study from Columbia on using sustainability reporting for Voluntary National Review (VNR). He discussed the prevailing trends in corporate responsibility reporting at global, regional and national level and also highlighted the efficacy of using GRI-UNGC Business Reporting on SDG guides. Later followed by the panel discussion Mr. Shahid Naeem – SDG Chief Planning Commission, Ms. Raeda Latif, General Manager – PSX and Ms. Nausheen Ahmad, Company Secretary – ICI Pakistan shared their views on slow uptake of reporting practices in Pakistan and the need for proliferation of sustainability reporting for transparency and trust among stakeholders which ultimately benefits the companies. Mr. Aamir Ijaz Khan, Executive Director, Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) moderated the panel discussion.
The event was attended by a large number of corporate leaders and other leading companies working on sustainability.