Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) has been honored with the “Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards” in recognition of its remarkable contributions in the Environment category. The accolade, bestowed by The Daily Star and CSR Window Bangladesh, acknowledged the exemplary efforts of Unilever and other corporate entities and individuals for their impactful projects benefitting society and the environment.
Syed Manzur Elahi, Chairman of Apex Group and Chief Guest at the event, presented the award to Shamima Akhter, Director of Corporate Affairs, Partnerships and Communications, UBL, along with Ruhul Quddus, Supply Chain Director, and Sumaiya Tabassum Ahmed, Manager of Sustainability, Partnerships, and Communications at UBL.
UBL’s plastic circularity initiative has received acclaim for establishing a circular model for plastic waste, enhancing the informal value chain, improving livelihoods, and engaging the community. The project, in partnership with Chattogram City Corporation and Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), has facilitated the collection of 10,000 tons of plastic waste since 2022, benefiting over 2850 waste workers and reaching more than 1 million people through awareness campaigns across all 41 wards of the city. UBL, through this initiative, manages 10% of Chattogram City Corporation’s plastic waste.
Aligned with Unilever’s global sustainability framework—the Unilever Compass—the company has set clear strategic goals for its Climate Transition Action Plan, aiming for zero emissions in its operations by 2030 and net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2039. Unilever is transitioning to renewable energy, exploring low-carbon ingredients, expanding its plant-based product range, and developing fossil-fuel-free cleaning and laundry products. Globally, Unilever is actively working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, including plastic waste management.
Digital Media Workshop in PR Department Observed
In Dhaka, a workshop titled ‘The Role of Digital Media in the Department of Public Relations’ was organized by the Digital Media Forum, hosted by the renowned University. The event featured a workshop, certificate distribution, and a panel discussion.
On Friday, March 1, at 2:00 PM, the workshop was organized at R C Majumdar Auditorium, Kola Bhaban, Dhaka University. The Private University Public Relations Officers Association-PUPROA collaborated as event co-organizers.
The chief guest at the event was Jafar Wajed, the Director-General of the Press Institute of Bangladesh. Despite his absence at the workshop, he conveyed his congratulations to the organization for its success through a message. In his message, he extended appreciation to all the guests, participants, officials from the Department of Public Relations of various private universities, and sponsoring organizations.
Special guests at the event included Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Vice-Chancellor of Jagannath University, and Professor Robaet Ferdous, from the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University.
Distinguished journalists and media personalities graced the event as guests of honor, including Syed Ishtiaque Reza, CEO of Global TV, Lutfor Rahman Himel, Editor of Daily Swadesh Protidin, Rajeeb Khan, Digital Head of Channel 24, Ruhul Amin Roni, Senior Manager (Lead) Business Development at Prothom Alo, Saroj Mehedi, Lecturer in the Journalism Department at Green University, Nahid Jahan, Head of Media at Pran RFL Group, Mobarak Apu, Business and Growth Lead at Adfinix, Zakaria Hossen Joy, Assistant General Manager at NewsBangla, and Benjir Abrar, CEO of Excellence Bangladesh, among many others.
The workshop had various sponsors, including Qcoom as the title sponsor, G and M Gadget and Mobile Care as the gadget partner, Tenision as the gold sponsor, Texort as the IT partner, Nutriplus as the nutrition partner, Studio Velvet as the content production partner, Limerence Creations as the creative partner, and co-sponsored by The Premium Homes Limited and WeSellBD. The knowledge partner for the workshop was JCI Dhaka West.
The workshop consisted of five sessions led by experienced professionals in the media and corporate sector of the country. Abdul Wadud, the Business Lead at Purple Patch, took the lead in facilitating the workshop. He delivered his presentation using a projector, showcasing various informative content. Wadud emphasized the crucial role of the Public Relations Department, likening it to a mirror for an organization. According to him, the department’s proficiency directly influences the organization’s progress, and there’s no alternative to skillfulness.
In the second session, Tithi Chowdhury, the Client Partner Lead at Meta Aleph Lead, shared insights into social media usage. He stressed the importance of understanding social media dynamics to effectively utilize the platform. Chowdhury highlighted the need to know which medium can rapidly deliver the message to the audience, aligning advertising strategies accordingly. He emphasized that mastering such technical aspects, including data analysis, is essential. Throughout his presentation, he used slides to convey information and conducted training on data-related topics.
During the workshop, Md. Faruk Khan, the founder of Khan IT, shared his insights, stating, “The organization of this event on digital media is highly relevant. It will help everyone develop a clear understanding of digital media usage. By becoming proficient, we can ensure the perpetual relevance of such events.”
He further emphasized the significance of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) marketing for businesses of any scale, saying, “For small or large businesses, SEO marketing is crucial. It works to create your business brand, which is the primary goal in this era of digital marketing.”
Palash Mahmud, the Head of the Online Department at Daily Kalbela, delivered the fourth session’s speech at the workshop. Expressing the importance of self-promotion, he mentioned, “Everyone wants to promote themselves. However, the key is how effective your promotion is. Traditional ways won’t make a lasting impact. You need to think differently to catch people’s attention. It requires thoughtful consideration and visible results.”
Rajeeb Khan, the Digital Head of Channel 24, expressed his thoughts during the event, stating, “The progress of the Digital Media Forum in a short period is remarkable. The workshop on ‘The Role of Digital Media in the Department of Public Relations’ was a precursor to such initiatives. These events will bridge the gap between media and university, creating a strong connection.”
Ruhul Amin Roni, Senior Manager (Lead) Business Development at Prothom Alo, shared his thoughts during the workshop. He mentioned, “The workshop on ‘The Role of Digital Media in the Department of Public Relations’ is a well-organized initiative. Such workshops are crucial in the present time. The more the professionals in the Public Relations Department of universities know about digital media, the more adept they will become in utilizing this medium.”
Lutfor Rahman Himel, Editor of Daily Swadesh Protidin, expressed his sentiments, saying, “There’s no end to learning. As days go by, the thirst for knowledge increases. If you’re not updated, even if you’re young, you’ll fall behind. I hope such educational workshops by the Digital Media Forum continue.”
At the beginning of the workshop, Abu Sadat, the General Editor of Private University Public Relations Officers Association (PUPROA), offered an introductory speech. He extended his greetings to all the guests and participants in the workshop, expressing gratitude to the sponsoring organizations.
Sadat emphasized the significance of adapting to the digital era, stating, “The current era has become smart by embracing digitalization. If we cannot keep up with the pace of time, we will be left behind. Hence, the organization of this workshop by the Digital Media Forum and the Private University Public Relations Officers Association is a timely initiative. Such initiatives will propel us forward towards building a smart Bangladesh.”
Syed Ishtiaque Reza, the CEO of Global TV and a prominent journalist, highlighted the challenges faced by those in public relations, emphasizing the importance of crisis management in the digital media age. He encouraged participants to understand and effectively utilize digital media for creating a positive organizational image.
At this moment, Professor Robaet Ferdous, in his special address, expressed the tremendous success of the Digital Media Forum’s workshop. He emphasized the bridging of gaps between universities and media through the collaboration of the Public Relations departments. Professor Ferdous urged the organizers and collaborators to continue conducting such workshops.
As the main guest, former Vice-Chancellor and current Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman of Jagannath University, delivered the keynote address in the absence of the chief guest, Jafar Wazed, the Director-General of the Press Institute of Bangladesh. He extended his greetings to the workshop participants and the staff of the Public Relations departments of various universities.
Dr. Mizanur Rahman stated, “Differentiation is essential; otherwise, one might go unnoticed. Without uniqueness, one is lost in the crowd. With the abundance of content on platforms like YouTube and Facebook, why would people choose to watch yours? People will seek what sets you apart. In a market with 75 brands, if yours is number 76, there is no gain – you will lose.”
The professor further emphasized, “Language is not a barrier; what’s crucial is distinctiveness and quality. Only then will your brand stand out. The more updated you are, the more value your brand gains in the market. You cannot afford to lag behind.” He supported his point with various examples and congratulated the success of the Digital Media Forum’s workshop.
The President of DMF, Delowar Hossain, expressed gratitude and appreciation to everyone present. He highlighted the research and exploration conducted by DMF in the digital sector since its establishment. Delowar mentioned the importance of such workshops in providing training to experts in the sector, ensuring continuous efforts in organizing similar events. He acknowledged that due to time constraints, they couldn’t allocate sufficient time to many distinguished guests, expressing regret. Delowar recognized the potential of today’s workshop to contribute to the vision of a Digital Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He thanked the co-organizer, Private University Public Relations Officers Association (PUPROA), and expressed gratitude to the sponsors. Delowar urged everyone to maintain such collaborative efforts for the development of a Smart Bangladesh.
Phoenix Insurance Hosts Successful Branch Manager’s Conference
Phoenix Insurance Co. Ltd. recently conducted its Branch Manager’s conference in Dhaka, featuring the esteemed presence of the company’s Chairman, Mohammed Shoeb. The conference commenced with Shoeb inaugurating the event and acknowledging the outstanding performance of Branch Managers and other officers, rewarding them for their excellence.
During his inaugural speech, Chairman Mohammed Shoeb expressed contentment with the company’s performance over the past year. He extended gratitude to the Branch Managers and the entire management team for contributing to the steady growth of Phoenix Insurance Co. Ltd. Managing Director and CEO, Md. Jamirul Islam emphasized the importance of continued dedication to the company’s development in his address.
The event also saw the participation of Vice Chairman Manzoorul Haque, Independent Directors Javed Hosein and Iftakharul Islam, Advisor Lieutenant General (Rtd.) Sajjadul Haque, Consultants AFQM Serajul Islam and Md. Manirul Islam, Addl. MD & Company Secretary Md. Rafiqur Rahman, and other executives, all of whom shared insights and perspectives during the occasion. Branch Managers and Senior Executives from the Head Office were also in attendance.
Daraz Set to Cut 500 Jobs This Week: sources
Daraz Bangladesh is set to lay off over 500 employees this week, representing at least a 35% headcount reduction, according to company sources.
The e-commerce platform, while not officially disclosing the number at a town hall meeting, released a statement on its website. James Dong, the Group CEO, stated, “Reluctantly, we will bid farewell to many valued members of the Daraz family.” The decision was attributed to the need for a more streamlined and agile structure, with the company struggling to meet financial targets despite efforts to manage costs and improve operational efficiency over the past couple of years.
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