Lahore: CEOs and Directors of major business enterprises gathered at the Pearl Continental Hotel for a two-day workshop organized by WWF – Pakistan’s Green Office Programme, and conducted by WWF Finland officials. In a move to involve major businesses in the movement for conservation of environment, WWF’s Green Office Programme engages with the business community and enlightens them about the environmental impacts of their work, and how they can effectively be more environmentally proactive. The programme is successfully being implemented in various countries, including Pakistan, India, Vietnam and Turkey.
WWF Finland’s Helka Julkunen (Head, Green Office Initiative, WWF Finland) and Maiju Sirvio (Green Office Expert) trained participants from Mobilink, Packages, Servis Industries, Descon, Haleeb Foods, ICI Pakistan, UMT, Berger Paints, Qarshi Industries, Tetra Pak, ACCA Pakistan, and Sialkot Dry Port Trust. Arif Masud Mirza, head of ACCA Pakistan and Ishaq Butt of the Sialkot Dry Port Trust were some of the participants of the workshop, which collected major corporates under one roof.
Speaking at the occasions, Rizwan Mehmood, Manager Disaster Response in Pakistan, said, “the Green Office Initiative will not only fulfill the environmental commitment of companies but will also generate eco friendly employees, who are more environmentally conscientious. The aim of the programme is to reduce the carbon footprint of companies and also reducing resource consumption in offices.”
Julkunen informed the participants that by joining the Green Office initiative, companies become a part of a global network of more than 200 international organizations that have been certified as Green Offices by WWF. They receive support and further training and information by the international Green Office intranet, an Environment Monitoring System and several other privileges.
Mustafa Ahmad of Packages shared a presentation about the success story of Packages as an early adopter of the Green Office Programme.
Some of the companies, corporations and educational institutes that are already supporting and participating in the Green Office Programme are Engro Fertilizers and Corporation, and its subsidiaries like Engro Foods, Polymers, Powergen, Unilever Ltd, Packages Ltd, IBA Sukkur, Tetra Pak Ltd, Qarshi Industries and Irfan and Irfan Law Associate.
About WWF - Pakistan
World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan was formed in 1970 to address the growing environmental and conservation issues in Pakistan that not only affected the flora and fauna, but were also affecting the human population. WWF – Pakistan is a non-profit organisation, working to preserve, conserve and save our environment and natural resources. Today, WWF - Pakistan works through 31 offices with a team of approximately 340 dedicated staff members. We have our Head Office in Lahore, regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.
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