CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY

We are committed to sustainable development by creating long-term value – value for our stakeholders, value for the environment and value for the community

IDLC is signatory to few local and international initiatives promoting sustainable business practices to CSR activities.
Although these initiatives are voluntary in nature, compliance is mandatory as per globally acceptable standards pertaining to CSR:

some of our CSR initiatives

IDLC organized Voluntary Blood Donation Program

IDLC Finance Ltd. organized a “Voluntary Blood Donation Program” in IDLC as a part of our 25th Year Celebration on December 27, 2010. The blood donation program held at the Corporate Head Office where around 18 employees voluntarily donated this blood to Bangladesh Thalassaemia Hospital.

IDLC arranges vaccination for its employees and their family members

"IDLC Group arranged a vaccination program on December 14, 2011, for its employees and their family members, for the prevention of Hepatitis B and Cervical Cancer. Hepatitis B is an infectious disease of the liver, caused by the Hepatitis B virus. Transmission of the virus results from exposure to infectious blood or body fluids, saliva, tears etc. Acute illness causes liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice and ultimately death. Worldwide every 1 out of 3 people are infected by this virus, and 10-30 million more people become infected every year. An estimated 1 million people die each year from Hepatitis B and its complications, i.e. approximately 2 deaths each minute are caused by Hepatitis B. Cervical Cancer is a very common type of cancer of the uterus, occurring most commonly in women over the age of 30. As per an estimate of WHO (World Health Organization), at least 200,000 women worldwide die of Cervical Cancer each year, whereas many more are diagnosed with it. The vaccination was arranged at IDLC’s Corporate Head Office as part of our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees and their families. Follow-up sessions will also be organized at IDLC premises to facilitate easy access of the recipients. Health Aid Diagnostic Centre, a service provider for GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, was the vaccine provider in the event. Earlier an awareness session had also been arranged at IDLC to inform the employees of the causes and prevention measures of these diseases."

IDLC supports SEID Trust for the development of underprivileged and disabled children

"IDLC Group has recently handed over a cheque for Taka 353,000 to SEID Trust – a voluntary organization working since 2003 for the underprivileged children with intellectual and multiple disabilities, including autism. On behalf of IDLC Group, Ms. Bilquis Jahan, Head of Human Resource Department, was present at the simple function held on October 13, 2011 in this regard. Ms. Dilara Sattar Mitu, founder director of SEID Trust, was also present in the event. In our society, people with physical or intellectual disabilities are almost always neglected and humiliated, and often abused and deprived of their basic rights. In most cases, the mothers are blamed for the conditions of the children, and have to go through physical and psychological torture by their family members. SEID Trust helps these children live a near-normal life by providing them education, therapy, healthcare, recreational facilities and vocational training, while helping their families recognize their potentials. Moreover, the mothers of these children are also trained to develop entrepreneurial skills to help them earn a sustainable livelihood that will naturally have an impact on the lives of these children. SEID Trust is currently managing four centers in Dhaka with around 450 children. IDLC is proud to be a regular contributor to SEID Trust, helping them spread the benefit of their initiative, and we will continue to offer this support in the years to come."

IDLC partners with LEADS to educate underprivileged primary school children

"The IDLC Group is partnering Livelihood Education and Development Service (LEADS), an institution working for the education of underprivileged children enrolled in different government primary schools, in initiatives that aim to reduce dropouts and improve the overall development of these children. On behalf of the IDLC Group, Mr. Selim RF Hussain, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited, donated a variety of items facilitating improvement of education, health and hygiene for the children and their families at a simple function held on 20th Sept., 2011 at LEADS’ Dhanmandi premises. Mr. Md. Shahabullah, Secretary & Member Socio Economic Infrastructure Division, Planning Commission; Mr. ASM Kabir, Chairman, LEADS; and Mrs. Romina Dewan, Executive Director, LEADS, were also present at the program. Among the items sponsored were computers, school bags, dictionaries and other stationeries, story books and sports items for the children, and water filters and first-aid boxes for their families. In addition, a cheque for Tk. 50,000.00 was also handed over to purchase school uniforms, shoes and raincoats for the children to facilitate regular school attendance. IDLC is proud to be partnering LEADS in its efforts to improve the lives of these underprivileged children. It may also be mentioned here that IDLC had earlier arranged an interactive session with these children at its Head Office and a number of employees subsequently made personal contributions to support LEADS."

IDLC partners with CRP in helping out Ibrahim

"IDLC Group designed and sourced its Eid greeting cards of 2011 in cooperation with CRP (Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed). The theme of this year’s greeting card was a mouth-painting by Ibrahim – a vocational trainee at the Savar-based CRP. 26-year old Ibrahim had both his upper limbs amputated after he suffered a spinal injury caused by falling from a height while at work. CRP provided him treatment and rehabilitation, and is helping him earn his own livings by training him in mouth-painting, with help from one of the faculties at the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The purpose of IDLC’s initiative was to help Ibrahim generate livelihood for himself, while tell his story to a broader group of people who may help CRP in their cause. Established in 1979, CRP is the first organization of its kind in Bangladesh, committed to create an accessible and enabling environment for disabled people by focusing on a “Rights-based” approach to their treatment, training and rehabilitation. To know more about this organization and their activities, please visit www.crp-bangladesh.org"

IDLC Finance Limited organized two blood donation programs

"IDLC Finance Limited organized two blood donation programs on July 25 and July 28, 2011, at its premises in order to aid the treatment of the patients of Bangladesh Thalassaemia Hospital. We are delighted to announce that 42 bags of blood were collected during the two day campaign from both IDLC employees and also our clients. Thallasaemia is a blood-related genetic disorder. Patients with this disease require regular blood transfusion to live and lead a near-normal life. The hospital, an initiative of Bangladesh Thalassaemia Samity, treats on average 15-20 patients per day by providing them with fresh blood at a very low cost. The hospital mostly collects blood through such campaigns from the general public. IDLC Finance Limited is proud to have extended its support for this noble cause."

Inauguration of 16 crore tree plantations and 1,000 tree plantation at Dhaka University

"IDLC Finance Limited has recently sponsored the event “Inauguration of 16 crore tree plantations and 1,000 tree plantation at Dhaka University”, initiated by Mr. Musa Ibrahim, first person ever from Bangladesh to conquer the Everest. The event formally inaugurated the project to plant 160 Million saplings of local varieties in different parts of Bangladesh, with the aim of ensuring 25% forestland in the country, while creating awareness among the people, especially the youth of Bangladesh, regarding the benefits of planting trees. The program will also discourage people from planting species like Acacia, Eucalyptus, Mangium etc. that are harmful to the environment. The event took place on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Mall Chattar, University of Dhaka. It was organized by the Everest Foundation, and assisted by United Nations Students Association Bangladesh, Green Channel and the Circle. CFO and General Manager of IDLC Finance Limited, H.M. Ziaul Hoque Khan, represented the sponsor organization at the event. Honorable Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, was present there as the Chief Guest. Among others, noted botanist Mr. Dwijen Sarma; renowned bird specialist Mr. Sharif Khan; noted journalist and novelist of the country Mr. Anisul Hoque; Ex-captain and selector of Bangladesh's Cricket Team, BCB Habibul Basher Suman; Professor of Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, and Caretaker-in-Charge of Arboriculture Department Dr. Mihir Lal Sen; Chief Inspector of Colleges under University of Dhaka and poet Mr. Bimal Guha; noted botanists Mr. Mrityunjoy Roy and Mr. Mokaram Hossain were also present in the event. Under IDLC’s sponsorship, a total of 1,000 trees were planted in the University premises – re-enforcing our commitment to develop a greener environment. We congratulate Mr. Musa Ibrahim for this bold initiative, and are proud to be a part of this. We wish him every success, and look forward to many such initiatives in the days to come."

Sustainability Practices of IDLC: Member of UNEP FI as First Signatory from Bangladesh

"UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative), a voluntary organization for promoting sustainable environmental practices among financial institutions all over the world, welcomes IDLC Finance Limited as its first Signatory from Bangladesh. IDLC Finance Limited is a multi-product financial institution, established in 1985 in collaboration of reputed multilateral development agencies such as International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, Korean Development Leasing Corporation (KDLC), South Korea Kookmin Bank, South Korea, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), and German Investment and Development Company (DEG). Over the last 25 years, IDLC has evolved as one of the leading non-bank financial institutions of the country, offering a wide range of products and services to offer complete financial solution to both our corporate and individual clients. As its commitments towards sustainable financing, IDLC incorporates detailed risk assessment in its financing decisions, with emphasis on mitigating negative environmental impacts resulting from operations of projects financed by us, as well as limiting our investment in polluting industries. In addition to this, IDLC makes it a point to practice equal opportunities for all its employees by ensuring a transparent recruitment and appraisal process, promoting gender equality, zero-tolerance policy against corruption within the organization etc. Moreover, IDLC is very actively involved in corporate philanthropic activities through regular donations and charities. In its pursue to become a truly responsible organization, IDLC has recently signed up with United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) – thus having the honor of becoming the first signatory from Bangladesh to this prestigious initiative that incorporates sustainable environmental practices in over 200 financial institutions representing a wide range of countries. Through peer-to-peer networks, research and training, UNEP FI carries out its mission to identify, promote, and realize the adoption of best environmental and sustainability practice at all levels of financial institution operations. Moreover, IDLC is a member of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2007 – an organization trying to promote sustainable and responsible business practices by incorporating ten universally accepted principles in the area of environment, labor, human rights and anti-corruption, while catalyzing achievement of broader UN Goals including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). With over 7,700 members all over the world, including business entities and associations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, public sector organizations etc., it is the largest voluntary initiative of the world to work in the area of sustainable business practices. UNGC mainly relies on public accountability, transparency and the enlightened self-interest of its members in pursuing the objectives upon which the Global Compact is based. IDLC is also a member of CSR Centre, an initiative of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) that assists local organizations in incorporating the principles of UNGC in their operations. True to its commitment, IDLC is continuously developing new strategies and incorporating different policies and practices to structure its operations in a better way and in the process becomes a truly responsible and sustainable organization of the country."

IDLC partners Musa Ibrahim in country-wide campaign for the youth

"As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, IDLC is sponsoring a country-wide campaign of Mr. Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest. The campaign, with the slogan “Bangladesh is marching forward: Let’s visit the country on Bicycle 2012”, is jointly being organized by the Everest Academy and Prothom Alo Bondhushava, while IDLC is the Green partner. The Daily Star is the co-arranger of the campaign. Mr. Musa Ibrahim and his team of twenty cyclists will cover 250 schools in 50 districts across the country on bicycles over 25 days. The agenda is to create awareness among school children regarding green education, better environmental practices, action against drug abuse, war of independence of Bangladesh, and adventure for the youth, while planting trees in the school premises. A press conference was held at the University of Dhaka on Sunday, December 2, 2012, to launch the campaign. Dr. A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique, honorable Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, was present there as the Chief Guest. Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Founder Director of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (World Literature Center); Mr. Md. Nizamul Ahsan, Director (Marketing), Meghna Group; and Mr. H.M. Ziaul Hoque Khan, Deputy Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited, was present as Special Guests in the event. The group will start their journey from Shaheed Minar, University of Dhaka, on Monday, December 3, 2012."

IDLC arranges blood donation program in Sylhet

"IDLC has recently arranged a blood donation program at its Sylhet branch, in participation of its employees, clients and other stakeholders. A total of 104 bags of blood were collected through this event held on October 13, 2012. IDLC has been a regular partner of both Bangladesh Thalassasemia Hospital and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the beneficiaries of this event. The program at Sylhet was one of a series of blood donation events arranged by IDLC."

IDLC assists Shishu Bikash Chhaya

"IDLC is assisting Shishu Bikash Chhaya, a residential centre providing better education and healthcare facilities to underprivileged children. The centre, located at Old Dhaka, houses fifteen children, mostly orphans or from broken families in the slum areas. The children have been enrolled in different government schools, and the centre makes every effort to nurture their talents at home. IDLC is sponsoring the centre for one month, and accordingly a cheque was handed over through a formal ceremony on October 09, 2012. Besides this residential facility, Shishu Bikash Chhaya also has plans to start a school for underprivileged children in near future."

IDLC 's first environmental awareness session at Udayan

"IDLC and LEADS have conducted the very first environmental awareness session at Udayan Higher Seconday School. The half-day program consisted of presentations, workshops and team-based activities, in participation of the students from classes four and six, where the students themselves identified the causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, and came up with solutions to mitigate these problems. Specific tasks were also assigned to them, aimed at creating awareness and introduce better practices among their family members and fellow students. Moreover, IDLC provided special stickers with messages for responsible utilization of electricity and water, and different color waste bins to start the practice of source-separation of waste materials. A follow-up visit will be conducted a month later to get updates of the tasks assigned to the students. The session at Udayan was one of a series of environmental awareness campaigns that IDLC will undertake in different schools across Bangladesh. An agreement was signed in this regard with LEADS, a social organization of TRK Consultancy Services, on September 16, 2012."

Discussion session on 'Partnership for Sustainable Development'

"IDLC has recently arranged a discussion session on “Partnership for Sustainable Development”, targeting skills development of the underprivileged people and their subsequent placement in different industries. The target sector in this regard was the Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sector, the largest foreign-currency earner and one of the largest employment providers of Bangladesh. The session brought together stakeholders from both public and private sectors, including representatives from different RMG companies interested to work in this area, with the objective of addressing various issues relevant to devising a sustainable skills development model that will be beneficial for all. The session was held at the Forum, Radius Centre, on September 26, 2012."

IDLC starts environmental awareness campaign in schools

"IDLC has recently partnered with LEADS, a social organization of TRK Consultancy Services, for conducting environmental awareness campaign in different schools. The campaign will target primary school children, mainly from classes four, five and six, with the objective of creating awareness among them regarding various environmental issues, such as pollution control, efficient resource utilization, responsible practices etc. An MoU was signed in this regard between IDLC and LEADS on September 16, 2012. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited, and Mrs. Romina Dewan, Executive Director, LEADS, represented their respective organizations at the signing. Mr. Hussain said, “Today’s children will lead the nation tomorrow, and it is time we embed in them values and better practices for a better future”. Mrs. Romina Dewan said, “LEADS is happy to be partnering with IDLC in such a noble initiative, and we hope many more private organizations would come forward with such commitment for a better environment and community”. Under this campaign, the first event is to take place at Udayan Higher Secondary School."

IDLC undertakes tree plantation initiative at Mirpur DOHS

"IDLC has recently undertaken a tree plantation program at Mirpur DOHS (Defense Officers’ Housing Society), as part of its commitment towards neutralizing the company’s annual carbon footprint. The program is one of a series of plantation initiatives IDLC has been undertaking in different locations of the country in line with its overall environmental management plans. Mirpur DOHS is the newest and largest DOHS area in Bangladesh and IDLC is the first private organization to involve this DOHS in environmental awareness and management programs. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited, and Brig. General Sohail S. Sabir, ndc (Retd.), President Mirpur DOHS Porishod, represented their respective organizations at the program launch event, along with other officials. Mr. Hussain said, “IDLC is happy to be partnering the Mirpur DOHS Porishod in such a commendable environmental initiative and we look forward to many such initiatives in future aimed at a better environment”."

IDLC develops and launches a dedicated website for LEADS

"IDLC has recently developed a dedicated website for LEADS (Livelihood Education and Development Services) – an NGO working for the education and healthcare of underprivileged children. The website was designed and developed by IDLC’s IT Department, while the contents were prepared by the CSR Department, as part of IDLC’s Employee Volunteering program. The website is the first step for LEADS to reach a wider group of people both home and abroad, thus enabling them to find partners who can assist them in their cause. To view the website, please visit www.leads-bd.org"

IDLC undertakes community tree plantation initiative at Satchari National Park

"IDLC signed an MoU with Satchari Nishorgo Sangastha on July 18, 2012, to undertake a community tree plantation initiative at Satchari National Park, Habiganj, Sylhet. Under this arrangement, IDLC will sponsor the plantation of 7,500 seedlings of local varieties in 500 rural households surrounding the Satchari protected forest area. IDLC is the first private organization to undertake such an initiative at Satchari, which is essentially aimed at reducing the neighboring community’s dependence on forest resources and providing them alternative livelihood options. IPAC (Integrated Protected Area Co-Management) Project of USAID will facilitate this project. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited; Mr. Ram Sharma, Chief of Party of IPAC Project; and Mr. Md. Wahed Ali, President of Satchari Nishorgo Sangastha, represented their respective organizations at the event, along with other officials. Mr. Hussain stated, “IDLC is delighted to be part of this initiative, which is in line with the Group’s CSR commitment for environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood generation for underprivileged people”. The plantation is scheduled to be completed by August 2012."

IDLC partners with ABC Radio for CSR Initiatives

"IDLC Finance Limited has partnered with ABC Radio, one of Bangladesh’s leading FM Radio Stations, in sponsoring and organizing various environmentally and socially responsible initiatives. The partnership was formalized by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on July 1, 2012. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited, and Mr. M. Sanaullah (Lablu), Chief Operating Officer, ABC Radio, represented their respective organizations at the signing. Mr. Sanaullah commented, “ABC Radio was looking forward to this partnership as it would enhance its own CSR initiatives”. Mr. Hussain stated, “The IDLC group is delighted to be working with a media partner who shares the same values to develop a better environment and community”."

IDLC sponsors 10 specially-challenged children

"IDLC has recently signed an agreement with SEID Trust to sponsor 10 specially-challenged children for one year. SEID Trust is a voluntary non-government organization that works for the rights and social inclusion of underprivileged children with physical and mental disabilities, including autism. IDLC has been a regular contributor to SEID Trust for more than 6 years. “We are privileged to be able to support 10 specially-challenged children. We believe that our initiative will make a difference in their lives by helping them pursue their educational goals and develop the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace”, said Mr. H.M. Ziaul Hoque Khan, Deputy Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited. Ms. Dilara Satter Mitu, Director, SEID Trust was also present in the event."

'Green' wishes to everyone on 'World Environment Day' !

"IDLC celebrates the 40th anniversary of World Environment Day by distributing pot plants to its clients with the message “Let’s Make a Greener Planet!” Our CEO and Managing Director, Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, has also been invited by ABC Radio as guest speaker on a special talk show on CSR and World Environment Day. World Environment Day this year is being celebrated with the theme ‘Green Economy: Does it include you?’– urging every individual to play their part by doing even the smallest things like planting trees, turning off the light when leaving a room, using water responsibly, using less paper etc. Together, even these small changes can build an economy that is low in carbon emission, is energy and resource efficient, and an economy that cares for the people. So, let’s all remember to do at least one thing this year to make our planet cleaner and greener!"

IDLC has published its first Annual Sustainability Report in May 2012

"IDLC has published its first Annual Sustainability Report on May 3, 2012. The report titled “Annual Sustainability Report 2011” communicates IDLC’s responsible policies and practices in 2011, while marking a clear distinction between Corporate Philanthropy, and Corporate Social Responsibility, also termed as ‘Sustainable Business’. The report also covers the Group’s future strategies for sustainable development by creating long-term value for its stakeholders, environment and the broader community. In Bangladesh, IDLC is one of the very few organizations to publish a dedicated Sustainability Report. The report has been prepared following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines – the internationally accepted standard for sustainability reporting. The report acts as a tool for IDLC to remain accountable to its stakeholder groups, while adding to the company’s reputation and image as a responsible and trusted brand."

Carbon Footprint Analysis of IDLC Branches, our commitment to environmental sustainability

"IDLC signs agreement with Waste Concern Consultants on January 22, 2012, to conduct Carbon Footprint Analysis of three IDLC branches, as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited, and Mr. Iftekhar Enayetullah, Managing Partner, Waste Concern Consultants, represented their respective organizations in the signing ceremony. Carbon footprint is a measure of the Green Houses Gases (GHG) emitted through day-to-day human and organizational activities. Considering IDLC’s nature of operations as a financial institution, eight major sources have been identified for IDLC that are responsible for GHG emission: electricity, gas, diesel, octane, CNG, paper, organic waste and air travel. The emission data will be calculated in tons per year, and based on that, per capital GHG emission for IDLC employees will be determined. Accordingly a carbon neutral program will be developed, detailing measures aimed at direct reduction within the organization, supplemented by green projects or initiatives outside the organization that can further neutralize IDLC’s carbon footprint. Waste Concern Consultants is a leading consultancy firm based in Bangladesh, offering consultancy services and project assistance for capacity development with regard to environmental sustainability through better prevention, control and management approaches. The project is due to start from February 07, 2012."

IDLC stands by winter-affected people

"IDLC Group steps into 2012 by strengthening its resolution to stand by the underprivileged people in our community. On January 4 and January 5, 2012, IDLC distributed warm clothes and blankets among the ultra-poor segments affected by the bitter cold in a total of 22 locations at Bogra, Jessore, Sirajganj, Natore and Gaibandha. Employees in IDLC’s Bogra branch and the newly-established Jessore branch enthusiastically volunteered in the distribution program, while employees of IDLC Group extended their support by donating warm clothes for the poor. The distribution program was arranged in cooperation with BRAC – the largest and most noted NGO in Bangladesh. Mr. H.M. Ziaul Hoque Khan, Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Zahid Ibne Hai, Head of SME, were present at the event at Jessore, and the event at Bogra was preceded by Mr. Md. Mohidur Rahman, AGM, SME. It may be mentioned here that IDLC donates a large quantity of warm clothes and blankets through its Bogra branch every year to the winter-effected people in North Bengal."

IDLC generates permanent employment for 20 marginal people from North Bengal

"IDLC, under its CSR project titled “Skills Development and Sustainable Livelihood” following a public-private partnership approach, has generated permanent employment for 20 marginal people from the most impoverished regions of North Bengal. The project provides 3-month training to marginal people from North Bengal targeting employment in RMG sector as machine operators. Fareast Knitting and Dyeing Industries Limited, one of IDLC’s corporate clients, is providing employment to these people; TVET Reform Project of ILO Bangladesh, and Gazipur Technical School and College under the Directorate of Technical Education, are providing the training; CARE Bangladesh and Shiree are sourcing people from North Bengal; while IDLC is in overall management and coordination of the project. It is jointly being funded by Fareast and IDLC, while the training machineries were provided by EU. The first batch of 20 joined Fareast on October 1 as machine operators (at various grades depending on their efficiency). They will be drawing minimum basic salary as per industry practice. A certification program was held on October 6 at Fareast factory, awarding the trainees for their accomplishment, while the second batch of 23 trainees was formally inaugurated, who are currently undergoing the training program. This has been a significant milestone for IDLC in contributing to community empowerment through sustainable livelihood generation. IDLC hopes to replicate this model across other regions as well to leverage more from the success of this project."

IDLC joins hand with Mirpur DOHS for a greener environment

"IDLC is sponsoring plantation of 1,000 saplings at Mirpur DOHS (Defense Officers’ Housing Society). This is part of IDLC’s on-going campaign consisting of initiatives such as regular plantation activities, environmental awareness creation among various stakeholder groups, and increasing focus on green financing opportunities, with the objective of reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to a greener environment. The sponsorship amount was handed over at a formal ceremony arranged at IDLC on July 31, 2013. Brig. General Sohail S. Sabir, ndc (Retd.), President Mirpur DOHS Porishod, and Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC, represented their respective organizations in the event. Mirpur DOHS is the newest and largest DOHS area in Bangladesh and IDLC is the first private organization to partner with DOHS in such environmental initiatives. IDLC had conducted another plantation activity at Mirpur DOHS in September 2012 as well."

IDLC partners with LEADS for providing better opportunities to underprivileged children

"The IDLC Group is sponsoring fifteen (15) underprivileged children of the Livelihood Education and Development Service (LEADS) for six (6) months. The sponsorship amount includes expenses for education, healthcare, food and other associated services for these children. A cheque was handed over to LEADS through a formal ceremony at IDLC. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC, and Mrs. Romina Dewan, Executive Director, LEADS, represented their respective organizations in the event. LEADS is the social organization of TRK Consultancy Services, working for better education of the underprivileged children enrolled in different government primary schools. The main objective of the initiatives is to reduce dropout rates of primary school children, provide better educational facilities to these children and contribute to their overall development. IDLC has been a regular partner of LEADS since 2011. IDLC is also conducting environmental awareness programs across different schools jointly with LEADS."

IDLC undertakes Model Village Project at Sadarpur, Pairabond, Rangpur

"As part of the Model Village Project undertaken jointly with VSO Bangladesh, IDLC conducted a number of activities at the target village of Sadarpur village, Pairabond, Rangpur, on Friday, June 28, 2013. A day-long session was arranged for 30 members of the village Youth Club, on basic accounting and book-keeping practices. The session was conducted and the training materials were developed by members of IDLC’s Finance and SME Departments, as part of their Employee Volunteering activities. At the end of the session, more than 300 saplings of local varieties of fruit-bearing trees were distributed to 50 marginal households of the village. Over the next 2-3 years, the proceeds from these trees are expected to increase their income generating capacities. Moreover, an IT Centre has already been set-up in the village Youth Club, with computers donated by IDLC, for better accessibility of the youth to computers. A guideline for basic computer operations was provided by our IT Department to help the users develop their skills. IDLC had signed an MoU with VSO Bangladesh in March 2013 for a year-long Model Village Project, targeting youth and community empowerment, sustainable livelihood generation, environmental management, and primary healthcare awareness through various activities. A health camp for the villagers had earlier been arranged in May 2013. Pairabond Jono Kallan Unnayon Sangstha (PJKUS), a local NGO, is also working in close collaboration with VSO Bangladesh for overall management, implementation and monitoring of the project activities. To view the pictures, please Click Here ."

IDLC spends a day with "Families for Children"

"IDLC’s Consumer and CSR Department have jointly arranged an event at “Families for Children”, an orphanage based in Uttara. The day-long program was full of fun-filled activities, in participation of the children and IDLC representatives. The day was marked by cultural programs performed by the children of the orphanage, followed by indoor game competitions with the games and sports items provided by IDLC (Table Tennis Set, Carom Boards, Chess, Football, Cricket Set etc.) so that the children can enjoy their spare times. Books were also provided to the winners and participants of the competition. Later on, lunch was provided to all the children and staff of the orphanage. The children actively participated in all activities and also took pictures with the members of IDLC. “Families for Children” is a Canadian-funded orphanage housing 150 orphan children of varying ages, providing them education, healthcare, livelihood support, and the much needed care and affection for them to lead a better life. IDLC is very pleased to be a part of such an initiative and plans to arrange similar initiatives with children from different orphanages, to bring a smile on their faces and make this day special for them. However, IDLC’s commitment does not end in this one day only; rather we will continue to be associated with these children in future as well. To view the event pictures, please Click Here ."

IDLC signs MoU with VSO Bangladesh for Model Village Project

"IDLC has recently signed an MoU with VSO Bangladesh for undertaking a Model Village Project at Sadarpur village in Rangpur, North Bengal. Under this project, IDLC will conduct various initiatives in areas such as youth and community empowerment, sustainable livelihood generation, environmental management, and primary healthcare awareness, over a period of one year. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited, and Ms. Shahana Hayat, Country Director, VSO Bangladesh, represented their respective organizations in the MoU signing event today at IDLC CHO. Mr. Sukamal Sinha Choudhury, GM, SME and Special Programmes Department, Bangladesh Bank, was also present as the Special Guest in the event. VSO Bangladesh is an UK-based development organization fighting poverty and social injustice in developing countries worldwide. At present, they are working in 30 villages across Bangladesh under this approach. International volunteers are placed in these model villages to combine their expertise and knowledge with the local community volunteers. At IDLC’s target village, two volunteers from Kenya and Romania have been placed for overall support and coordination."

IDLC sponsors 15 specially-challenged children

"IDLC is sponsoring 15 specially-challenged children from SEID Trust for one year. A cheque was handed over to SEID Trust through a formal ceremony on February 19, 2013. IDLC has been a regular partner of SEID Trust for the last seven years. Initially we started by sponsoring 3 children and that number has now reached 15. SEID Trust is a voluntary non-government organization working for the rights and social inclusion of underprivileged children with physical and mental disabilities, including autism. At present, they are operating four centers in and around Dhaka with over 450 children, aided by both individual and institutional sponsorships."

Environmental awareness session at Jhigatola and Dhaka Residential

"In line with its ongoing environmental campaign across different schools, IDLC and LEADS have recently conducted similar sessions at Jhigatola Governtment High School and Dhaka Residential Model College, on February 11 and February 14, 2013, respectively. The half-day sessions consisted of presentations, workshops and team-based activities with 50 students, focusing on causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, while the students came up with feasible and easily adaptable solutions to mitigate these problems. They were also assigned the task to share this knowledge with their families, relatives and friends, and each student nominated a friend to participate in a follow-up session and share updates of these activities. Moreover, special stickers with responsible messages, and tri-color waste bins were also provided to the schools authorities. Similar sessions had earlier been conducted at Udayan Higher Secondary School , Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and Bangladesh International School and College ."

IDLC arranges blood donation program in Chittagong

"IDLC has recently arranged a blood donation program in Chittagong, on Sunday, February 10, 2013. The program was organized by IDLC’s Agrabad branch, and the joint beneficiaries were Bangladesh Thalassaemia Hospital and Lions Club of Chittagong Karnaphuli. IDLC officials, along with regular donors of Lions Club, donated blood in this event."

IDLC's conducts environmental awareness session at BIS&C

"IDLC and LEADS have recently conducted an environmental awareness session at Bangladesh International School and College, Mohakhali. This was the third session in a series of similar programs to be conducted across different schools. The half-day session consisted of presentations, workshops and team-based activities with 50 students from Classes Six and Seven of school. The session focused on identifying the causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, while the students came up with feasible solutions to mitigate these problems through awareness creation and minor alterations in our everyday life. After the session, each of these 50 students will impart this knowledge with one of their friends, who will participate in a follow-up session to be conducted after two months. Special stickers with responsible messages and different color waste bins for source-separation of waste materials were also provided to the school authority for use in the school and create awareness among other students as well. IDLC and LEADS had earlier conducted similar session at Udayan Higher Secondary School and Viqarunnisa Noon School and College ."

IDLC's conducts environmental awareness session at Viqarunnisa

"IDLC and LEADS have recently conducted an environmental awareness session at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College. This was the second session in a series of similar programs to be conducted across different schools. The half-day session consisted of presentations, workshops and team-based activities with 50 students from Classes Six and Seven of school. The session focused on identifying the causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, while the students came up with feasible solutions to mitigate these problems through awareness creation and minor alterations in our everyday life. After the session, each of these 50 students will impart this knowledge with one of their friends, who will participate in a follow-up session to be conducted after two months. Special stickers with responsible messages and different color waste bins for source-separation of waste materials were also provided to the school authority for use in the school and create awareness among other students as well. IDLC and LEADS had earlier conducted a similar session at Udayan Higher Secondary School on October 1, 2012."

IDLC extends its support to the marginal people this winter

"As part of its commitment towards the underprivileged section of our community, IDLC distributes blankets and warm clothes every year among the marginal people in North Bengal, suffering under extreme cold. This winter as well, IDLC has distributed around 5,000 blankets, along with warm clothes donated by its employees, among the extreme poor community in different areas of Bogra, Natore, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, and the char areas of Nilphamari and Kurigram, as well as in Jessore. Mr. S.M. Ferdous Hossain, DGM, SME and Special Programmes Department, Bangladesh Bank, was present as the Special Guest in the distribution program at Nilphamari. Senior management officials from IDLC were also present in these events. Different phases of the distribution were organized in cooperation with various NGOs, including BRAC."

IDLC arranges Employee Vaccination programme

In December 2012, IDLC has successfully completed full vaccination course for its employees. IDLC started this program back in 2011, arranging vaccination for its employees and their family members against Hepatitis B and Cervical Cancer. Subject to completion of the first phase, IDLC is initiating the second phase of vaccination in January 2013 for employees who could not participate earlier.

IDLC & LEADS Organizes Environmental Awareness Poster & Recycling Competition for School Children

"In continuation of the environmental awareness campaign titled “Our Environment Our Resource” across different schools, IDLC and LEADS jointly organized a 3-day poster and recycle competition and exhibition on November 14, 15 & 16, 2014, at the Public Library Premises, University of Dhaka. More than 500 students from 12 leading schools of Dhaka participated in the competition – reflecting their learning from the campaign on issues such as environmental pollution and mitigation; efficient resource utilization; and adopting the 3R principle of reduce, reuse and recycle. Renowned artist and television personality Mr. Mustafa Manwar honored us by selecting the winners in the poster and recycle categories. Mr. Md. Maududur Rashid Safdar, Director (Joint Secretary), Department of Environment, and Project Director, 3R Pilot Project, was present as the Chief Guest, and Mr. Anisul Hoque, prominent writer, renowned columnist, and Deputy Editor, the Daily Prothom Alo, was present as the Special Guest on the closing and prize-giving ceremony. Mr. Selim R. F. Hussain, Managing Director and CEO, IDLC Finance Limited, and Mrs. Romina Dewan, Executive Director, LEADS, were also present in the program, along with other officials from their respective organizations. Dhanmondi Government Girls’ School and Viqarunnisa Noon School and College won the 1st prizes (Group) respectively under the Poster and Recycle category. Udayan Higher Secondary School won the “Highest Communicator Award” (Individual) for conveying awareness messages to the maximum number of people. The other winning schools were Dhaka Residential Model College (Poster-2nd Prize), Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (Poster-3rd Prize), Udayan Higher Secondary School (Recyle-2nd Prize), and Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt. Anwar Girls’ College and Dhanmondi Government Girls’ School (Recycle-3rd Prize, joint winners). Also consolation prizes were given to groups from Azampur Government Primary School and Motijheel Governtment Girls’ School. Students from different schools also shared their experience on how this campaign has made them more conscious and responsible in terms of better environmental management. With this 3-day program, the Phase 1 of the campaign has been completed. IDLC and LEADS will begin the next phase from February 2015 – in participation of new student groups from these schools, while also approaching new schools in Dhaka. To view the event pictures, please Click Here ."

IDLC signs agreement with Winrock Project for Homestead Tree Plantation

"IDLC, with support from the CREL Project of Winrock International (an USAID project), has sponsored a homestead tree plantation project in Chittagong Hill Tracts. A total of 3,750 saplings of fruit-bearing trees will be planted across 250 marginal households from 10 villages in the project area. Dudpukuria Co-management Organization, a voluntary co-managed organization endorsed by the forest department and under the network of CREL Project, is acting as the implementing body for this plantation program. This project not only contributes to better environmental management by reducing dependency on forest resources by these households, but also allows income generation by selling proceeds from the grown-up trees. IDLC, as part of its environmental responsibility, undertakes tree plantation programs every year. In addition to this project, another plantation program is currently underway at Trishal, Mymensingh, in partnership with Jatio Kobi Kazi Nazrul Islam University, and Toru Pallab, a voluntary organization managed by renowned environmentalists in Bangladesh."

IDLC conducts blood donation program in Bogra

"IDLC has arranged a blood donation program in its Bogra branch on Thursday, June 12, 2014, together with Bangladesh Thalassaemia Hospital. This is the second program this year arranged by IDLC in its branches. A total of 24 bags of blood was collected through the wholehearted participation of IDLC’s clients and staff in Bogra. A third program will be conducted later this year in IDLC’s Gulshan branch."

IDLC continues Environmental Awareness Campaign across Schools

"In continuation of the environmental awareness campaign across different schools, IDLC has conducted sessions in Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Bir Uttam Saheed Lt. Anwar Girls’ School and College, Rayer Bazar High School, and Dhanmondi Government Girls’ School in May and June 2014. The sessions, jointly conducted by LEADS and IDLC and sponsored by IDLC, consist of presentations and team-based activities focusing on issues such as environmental pollution and mitigation measures; responsible resource consumption; adoption of the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle etc. The activities are designed to help them reflect upon their learning and come up with feasible and easily adaptable solutions for better environmental management."

IDLC and Fareast generates employment for 19 marginal women from North Bengal

"IDLC has completed training of the 3rd batch under the skills development project, jointly conducted with Fareast Knitting and Dyeing Industries Limited, ILO Bangladesh, Directorate of Technical Education, Gazipur Technical School and College, and CARE Bangladesh. The 19 trainees of Batch 3 were provided with completion certificates and appointment letters at Fareast as Machine Operators through a formal ceremony on May 20, 2014. Mr. Selim R.F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director, IDLC, and Mr. Asif Moyeen, Managing Director, Fareast, represented their respective organizations, along with other high officials from the partner organizations. The project, developing capacity of marginal women from North Bengal and subsequently employing them as machine operators in Fareast factory, has been in place since June 1, 2013. Till date, the partners have completed training and arranged employment for 47 women. These women, who had little / no income, are now earning Taka 7,000 – Taka 13,000 a month – which has significantly improved their social and economic status, allowing them to afford education for their children and contribute to family savings. The first phase of this project will provide training to a total of 12 batches. Currently, 14 trainees in Batch 4 are undergoing institutional training at Gazipur."

IDLC sponsors sporting gears to the Bangladesh Cricket Association for the Physically-challenged

"IDLC sponsored sporting gears for the Bangladesh Cricket Association for the Physically-challenged, to help them prepare for the T-20 Tournament to be held in Agra, India, in June 2014. The items were handed over to the team through a formal event at IDLC on May 5, 2014. A 23-member team of physically-challenged players will represent Bangladesh in the event. They will play five one-day matches the Indian Physically Challenged Cricket team in the 3rd week of June."

IDLC publishes its 3rd Sustainability Report, following the GRI Guidelines

"IDLC has published the ‘Sustainability Report 2013’ – the 3rd publication of the company highlighting its policies, initiatives and achievements in the fields of CSR and Sustainable Business. IDLC continues to remain the first and only member in the banking and financial sector of Bangladesh to publish a standalone Sustainability Report, following the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines – thus taking its sustainability disclosure and accountability to a whole new level. This year as well, the report conforms to the application level “B” of the GRI-G3.1 Guidelines. Going forward, IDLC will take its disclosure one step ahead by conforming to the latest GRI-G4 Guidelines, while consider availing external assurance to add credibility to its disclosures. Please Click Here to view the report."

Environmental Awareness Session at Rajuk Uttara School & College

"In continuation of the environmental awareness campaign across schools, IDLC conducts 2014’s second session at Rajuk Uttara School & College, Dhaka. The sessions, jointly conducted by LEADS and IDLC and sponsored by IDLC, consist of presentations and team-based activities focusing on issues such as causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, and simple measures in everyday lives to manage or mitigate those. Tri-color waste bins and stickers with environmental messages are also provided to create more awareness across the entire school. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, due to many factors including its geographic location, low level of awareness among the people, and lack of compliance to laws and regulations. The very first step to address these issues is mass awareness creation, and we believe that children are the best medium for such awareness creation considering their natural ability to learn fast and reflect on their learning. With this objective, IDLC and LEADS plans to conduct at least 20 such sessions this year across different schools. In 2013, similar sessions were conducted in Udayan Higher Secondary School, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Bangladesh International School, Agrani Girls’ High School, Dhaka Residential Model College, St. Joseph School and College, Jhigatola Governtment High School, and University Laboratory School."

Environmental Awareness Session at Azampur Govt. Primary School

"In continuation of the environmental awareness campaign across schools, IDLC conducts 2014’s first session at Azampur Government Primary School, Uttara. The sessions, jointly conducted by LEADS and IDLC and sponsored by IDLC, consist of presentations and team-based activities focusing on issues such as causes of environmental pollution and wastage of resources, and simple measures in everyday lives to manage or mitigate those. Tri-color waste bins and stickers with environmental messages are also provided to create more awareness across the entire school. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, due to many factors including its geographic location, low level of awareness among the people, and lack of compliance to laws and regulations. The very first step to address these issues is mass awareness creation, and we believe that children are the best medium for such awareness creation considering their natural ability to learn fast and reflect on their learning. With this objective, IDLC and LEADS plans to conduct at least 20 such sessions this year across different schools. In 2013, similar sessions were conducted in Udayan Higher Secondary School, Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Bangladesh International School, Agrani Girls’ High School, Dhaka Residential Model College, St. Joseph School and College, Jhigatola Governtment High School, and University Laboratory School."

IDLC provides better opportunities for children with multiple disabilities

"IDLC has sponsored 15 specially challenged children from SEID Trust for one year. A cheque was handed over to SEID Trust through a formal ceremony on February 03, 2014. Mr. Ziaul Hoque Khan, Deputy Managing Director of IDLC and Ms. Dilara Satter Mitu, Managing Trustee of SEID Trust was present on behalf of their organizations. IDLC has been a regular partner of SEID Trust for the last eight years. Initially IDLC started by sponsoring 3 children and that number has now reached 15. SEID Trust is a voluntary non-government organization working for the rights and social inclusion of underprivileged children with physical and mental disabilities, including autism. At present, they are operating four centers in and around Dhaka with over 450 children, aided by both individual and institutional sponsorships."

Blood Donation Program at IDLC Sylhet Branch

"IDLC as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and commitment to contribute towards greater environmental and social sustainability organized a Blood Donation Program on Saturday 21 November 2015 at its Sylhet Branch, with the assistance from IDLC Consumer Division. IDLC regularly arranges blood donation program across its branches in partnership with the Bangladesh Thalassaemia Samity & Hospital, whereby both IDLC staff and external stakeholders donate blood for the treatment of Thalassaemia patients. Thalassemia is a blood disorder which is passed from parents to children through genes. It causes the body to make fewer healthy red blood cells and less haemoglobin than normal. According to Bangladesh Thalassemia Foundation, there are more than 10 million carriers in the country. The Chief Guest at the occasion Dr. Md. Murshed Ahmed Chowdhury, Principal M.A.G. Osmani Medical College and Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology stated that Thalassemia can be prevented by raising awareness. He sincerely appreciated IDLC`s efforts in both raising awareness and donating blood for such a cause and hoped other corporate houses would come forward with more initiatives. On behalf of IDLC Finance Limited, Mr. Nasar Hassan Khan, GM & Head of Consumer Division; Mr. Ifham Siddiqui, AGM Consumer Division; Mr. Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, Head of Sylhet Branch and other officials from both IDLC Dhaka and Sylhet office were present. Also to facilitate the blood collection and registration, a six-member team from Bangladesh Thalasaemia Samity & Hospital was present at the program. Total 103 blood bags were collected and subsequently donated to the Bangladesh Thalasaemia Hospital."

Environment Awareness Campaign - Competition & Award Ceremony

"IDLC Finance Limited in collaboration with partner LEADS (Livelihood, Education and Development Services) a social organization, organized a poster, slogan and recycle competition on 30th & 31st October, 2015 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. More than 350 students from schools of Dhaka City participated in the competition under four categories Poster, Slogan, Recycle and Highest Communicator. The competition arranged for the students to understand their learning and understanding from the campaign which has done for the 2nd time this year, on issues such as environmental pollution and mitigation and efficient resource utilization by adopting 3R principal of reduce, reuse and recycle. The competition entries were judged by veteran artist Professor Mustafa Manwar, renowned artist and academician Dr. Muhammad Enamul Haque, and Mehbuboor Rahman, Manager Green Banking Desk of IDLC Finance Limited. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. M. Jamal Uddin GM & Head of Corporate of IDLC Finance Limited on 30 October 2015. On 31st October, a prize giving and cultural ceremony was held, where Dr. Md. Anwar Hossain Howlader, Director (Joint Secretary), Department of Environment was present as Chief Guest. Mr. M. Ataur Rahman Chowdhury, DGM & Head of Operations of IDLC Finance Limited distributed was present during the award ceremony. Also present at the occasion was Ms. Romina Dewan, Executive Director of LEADS along with other officials from IDLC Finance Limited and LEADS."

World Mental Health Day 2015 Observed

"IDLC Finance Limited as part of its CSR initiative, sponsored an event organized by Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation (IWM) to commemorate the World Mental Health Day 2015. A mass gathering to celebrate the World Mental Health Day which was organized by IWM on October 09 from 4 PM to 6 PM at Dhanmondi Robindro Shorobor, Dhaka. The theme for this year?s Mental Health Day was ?Dignity in Mental Health?. Significant positive response was received from a wide section of the community to express solidarity with the movement for Mental Health. Dignitaries, academicians, celebrity, artists, students and activists were present at the occasion to express solidarity. Mr. Ziaul Hoque Khan, DMD of IDLC Finance Limited and other officials were present to reinstate IDLC?s commitment towards raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. Among others, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, Chairman, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, DU, Prof Shaheen Islam and Vice Chairman of Rangs Group Mr Amanullah Chowdhury, Director Finance of Bangla Vision and Md. Ashraf Uddin Ahmed, FCA were present. Also, Cricketer Habibul Bashar and Taskin Ahmed and Singers Haidar Ali and Krishnokoli and her Band attended the occasion."

Pilot environment awareness initiative at Chittagong

"""Sustainable Business"" is at the core of IDLC`s strategies and operations, with particular focus on responsible environmental practices. IDLC is engaged in several internal and external initiatives coordinated by the CSR and Green Banking teams. The environment awareness initiative is one such initiative facilitated by the IDLC CSR department. The broad objective of this initiative to create awareness among children outside Dhaka city on topics related to the environment, its conservation and preservation. In line with this objective five sessions were conducted at Chittagong at four schools; St. Placid?s, Goshaildanga Ramkrishna Mission High School, Chittagong Collegiate School and Khaja Ajmeri High School from 8 to 11 August whereby total 435 students actively participated. IDLC associated with Karnafuly Leo Club of Chittagong Division and Youths Voice Foundation, a local volunteering club to ensure the effective execution of the campaign. Both organizations supported the event by providing volunteers and logistic facilities. Mr. Mohammed Kamal Hossain, Professor of Natural Resource Management, University of Chittagong was the lead facilitator of the session. Apart from the usual communication tools, animated audio-visual clippings followed by rapid round of quiz session was held to explain the facts to the children and ensure they absorbed the information properly. Students who gave correct answers were rewarded with toys and stationeries, in appreciation of their attention to details. IDLC CSR team specially thanks Ms. Ruhi M. Morshed, Head of CSR, and BSRM, senior officials of LIONS Club and Bank Asia who were present during different sessions, as their presence not only encouraged the students but also inspired the IDLC CSR team to plan more sessions including follow-ups in the future."

IDLC extends assistance to the National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (NIBPS) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)

"IDLC as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and commitment to contribute towards greater environmental and social sustainability, recently extended assistance to NIBPS by purchasing a blood culture machine and relevant accessories at DMCH. The burn unit of DMCH is currently the largest facility in Bangladesh to treat burn victims and provides treatment to 400-500 patients at a time on a given day. A major reason of casualty among burn victims is infection and to prevent this the burn patient?s blood needs to be examined on a regular basis. Due to absence of such facility in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the blood samples are sent to other hospitals, which is both costly and time consuming. With in-house facility, the Burn Unit can provide faster and much better service to the burn patients and reduce casualties. Upon consultation with the Department of Microbiology and National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery (NIBPS) of DMCH, IDLC purchased an automated blood culture equipment and relevant accessories for DMCH Burn Unit. The equipment will be installed and operational at the DMCH by 1st week of July 2015. On 23 June 2015, a small event was held at IDLC Corporate Head Office to handover the work order for procurement of the machine to the Head of Department of Burn and Plastic Surgery and Project Director of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery, DMCH Prof. Md. Abul Kalam. Selim R. F. Hussain, CEO and Managing Director of IDLC Finance limited along with the Management Committee were present at the handover ceremony."

IDLC creates opportunities for the underprivileged women of North Bengal

"IDLC in collaboration with Far East Knitting and Dyeing Industries Limited, ILO Bangladesh, Directorate of Technical Education, Gazipur Technical School and College (GTSC), and CARE Bangladesh has been implementing a skills development project for marginalized women from North Bengal since 2013. As part of the ongoing project activity, GTSC students of batch 5 and 6 completed their training and were assessed and awarded certificates on June 01, 2013. A total number of 21 trainees were awarded certificates and appointment letters at Far East as Machine Operators. Mr. Ziaul Hoque Khan, Deputy Managing Director, IDLC, and Mr. Asif Moyeen, Managing Director, Far East, represented their respective organizations, along with other high officials from the partner organizations. Till date, the partners have completed training and arranged employment for 112 women. These women, who had little or no income, are now earning Taka 7,000 to Taka 13,000 a month which has significantly improved their social and economic status, allowing them to afford better education for their children and contribute to family savings. The first phase of this project will provide training to a total of 12 batches. Currently, 14 trainees in Batch 7 are undergoing institutional training at Gazipur."

IDLC Stands by Storm Affected Victims of Bogra

"IDLC as a part of its CSR activities, coordinated a housing rehabilitation initiative for the storm affected people in Bogra. A destructive cyclone struck Bogra and adjacent areas in late April 2015. Many families became homeless among which 13 families suffered the worst fate as their houses were absolutely demolished. IDLC stood by theses 13 families by rebuilding their houses and giving emergency relief fund to one of the residents, who happened to be a pregnant female. The entire team of IDLC Bogra team was actively engaged in the entire process."

IDLC Signs MoU for enhancing Infant Care Skills of Female Garment Factory Workers

"IDLC Finance Limited recently signed a MoU with BGMEA, BSRM Group of Companies and TAHN (Training and Assistance for Health and Nutrition) Foundation at BGMEA to initiate a project titled Enhancing Infant Care and Breastfeeding Skills of Female Garment Factory Workers in Chittagong. The project aims to enhance infant care and breastfeeding skills of female garment factory workers by developing community-based peer counselors and support systems. IDLC Finance Limited and BSRM Group of Companies will be partial sponsors of the project. The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Atiqul Islam, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Also present at the event were Reaz Bin Mahmood, Vice President BGMEA (Finance), Mr. Ali Hossain Akbar Ali, Chairman and Ms. Ruhi Murshid Ahmed, Head of CSR from BSRM Group of Companies, Mr. Selim R. F. Hussain, IDLC Finance Limited and Dr. Rukhsana Haider, Chairman TAHN Foundation. As per the MoU, TAHN Foundation will provide training and development to community peer counselors and supervisors who will be engaged in creating awareness and educating female RMG workers and influential members of their families. Each counselor is expected to spread awareness among 50 households."

IDLC partners with SEID for promoting income generating activities of adolescents with autism, intellectual and multiple disabilities through livelihood training

"IDLC extended its long-standing partnership with Society for Education and Inclusion of the Disabled (SEID) and facilitating the organization for conducting further vocational skills development of the adolescents with disabilities. This extension of partnership was materialized through signing of a MoU by both organizations on 25 May 2016. The aim is to facilitate SEID to equip these adolescents with the relevant skills and understanding which would enable to engage in income generating activities and eventually rehabilitate them into mainstream society. After receiving the training for one year in 2015, among the 30 beneficiaries, 10 have reached a level whereby they can be enrolled in vocational training institutions and remaining 20 are ready to receive the in-house advance training at SEID. Therefore, as per the MoU, SEID will provide extended vocational training opportunities for selected adolescent and youth with disabilities, advanced vocational training and also establish linkage with outsourcing agents, buyers and job providers to place the graduates from this training and for exhibiting their hand-made products. It is expected that upon completion of this project, 10 adolescents with autism, intellectual or multiple disabilities will be involved in income generating activities, 50% of the adolescents with disabilities will be incorporated in extended vocational trainings and 80% family will be more supportive towards self-independency regarding their adolescent with disabilities. The signing was chaired by Mr. Arif Khan, CEO & Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited and Mr. Ranjan Karmakar, Chairperson, SEID. Senior officials from both the organizations were also present at the signing."

IDLC Partners with IWF to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing at High School Level

"IDLC as part of its Corporate Responsible Practices partnered with Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation (IWF) to pilot the development and implementation of mental health and wellbeing programs in high schools with an aim to enhance the human capital of the country. As per World Health Organization (WHO), globally 450 million people suffer mental illness; depression is the second leading cause of disability and suicide is the second leading cause of death among the population aged between 15 to 29 years. According to national survey conducted by WHO and The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the year 2003-2005, in Bangladesh 18.4% children and 16.01% adults suffered mental illness. Mental health of children is at risk for poor parenting, academic pressure, bullying, substance abuse sexual abuse etc. Mental illness is still highly stigmatized and early detection and treatment of the problem is often hindered. Moreover in Bangladesh, there is one mental health professional for 200,000 people. Considering the limited resources and environmental factors an effective mental health promotion and mental illness prevention program targeting high school students is crucial to ensure a productive and healthy future generation. Thus, IWF conceived this program aiming at promoting health program at school level and document the process for replication in other schools by the Ministry of Education, development partners and civil society organizations. The Government of Bangladesh has introduced mental health component in Grade IX and X under Physical Education and Health. Accordingly, IWF facilitated Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) lite course with 180 High School Teachers including Head Teachers from Potia, Bashkhali, Swandip and Chittagong City Corporation area, Dhaka Metropolitan city and Netrokona District. From the initial facilitation, it was observed that teachers lack adequate knowledge on mental health issues of adolescents. As a result, the SSC curriculum which covers the mental health module, may not be able to achieve its goal entirely. The IDLC-IWF pilot project will provide lessons learned for policy advocacy to strengthen teachers? capacity to manage mental health issues of the vulnerable groups. Under the MoU signed between IDLC and IWF, among others IWF will conduct a baseline survey, review MHFA for youth international training materials, translate and adapt for Bangladesh context, design and print Instructor kit, training manual and workbook, provide training to teachers on MHFA, develop educational materials for field testing and implement the program in collaboration with selected schools. The signing was chaired by Mr. Arif Khan, CEO & Managing Director, IDLC Finance Limited and Ms. Monira Rahman, Executive Director, Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation. Senior officials from both the organizations were also present at the signing. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized training program currently implemented in 24 countries including Bangladesh. MHFA was originally developed at the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University in Canberra. MHFA England invested its human and financial resources to develop and train Bangladeshi nationals for adapting internationally accredited MHFA course appropriate for the nation. IWF is the sole license holder for developing socially and culturally appropriate MHFA program for Bangladesh."

IDLC supports Badal Miah's Familys

"Badal Mia, a railway staffer of Bangladesh Railway, saved a little girl's life from a train accident on 27 January 2017. While saving the girl's life, Badal Miah lost his own. Not everyday do we find people who are willing to sacrifice their own lives to save another. Nothing we do can bring Badal Miah back to life but the least we can do is to support the bereaved family. IDLC Finance Limited, the largest financial institution of the country salutes the departed soul of the valiant Badal Miah and as a tribute to his heroic act, IDLC is going to appoint his son Shohag Miah (18) as a support staff at its Mymensingh Branch. This was just a small contribution to the family under IDLC's CSR activities to ensure sustainable livelihood for the family. IDLC wishes the best for Shohag Miah's new journey."

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