Karachi: Bestway Cement, together with Pakcem, was honoured for its efforts in contributing positively to sustainable development, when it bagged four awards at the prestigious award ceremony held in Islamabad on 14 January. Bestway won the coveted awards in the categories of Green Energy Initiatives, Community Development & Service, Education & Scholarship and Employee Engagement & Volunteering.
The Waste Heat Recovery Power Plants, Health & Safety in Schools campaign, Community Development, and Education &Scholarship initiatives were selected from over 100 nominations received this year. The participants of the awards were the leading local and multinational firms of Pakistan who are in the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts in Pakistan. The awards are yet another milestone for Bestway Cement in its endeavour to strengthen lives.
Organised by the National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH), the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards are an annual affair that recognize best practices and excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility in sustainable business. The awards aim to showcase innovative corporate initiatives which are part of a comprehensive sustainable strategy and address the most pressing environmental and social challenges. The finalists are selected by an independent jury who evaluate the participants on their performance in the past and their ongoing projects in the CSR realm.
Through its green energy initiatives such as the installation of waste heat recovery power plants, Bestway recognises the importance of minimising environmental externalities and contributing to the country’s power generation capacity. The company plays an active part in the socio-economic development of local communities such as improving access to health services and education, taking part in urban development and environmental conservation programs, and helping create businesses and jobs.
“We at Bestway are honored by this recognition. This is testimony of our commitment to realise our company’s purpose of building on strength across the country. To date we have contributed nearly Rs100 million through programmes in the field of education, health and hygiene awareness. Our work does not stop here – we remain devoted to strengthening lives in every way that we can; be it through our products or our sustainability programmes”, said Irfan Sheikh, Chief Financial Officer and Director Finance, Bestway Cement and Pakcem.