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CELEBRATING 10th INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL BUSINESS DAY-2020

The International Social Business Day, like the previous years, was celebrated worldwide on 26 to 28 June 2020. The 10th Social Business Day was held as the Summer of Purpose at Messe Munchen, Munich, Germany. Due to the Current Corona situation quite a few people couldn't participate physically, so participants from different part of the globe joined the conference through online platform. The conference was live-casted worldwide. Renowned people from various backgrounds such as politicians, businessmen, scientists, sports persons and influential cultural figures joined the program. The theme of the program was No Going Back to the world that we left behind before the Corona crisis. The role of Social Business in solving existing social problems around the world, providing healthcare during the COVID 19 pandemic, useful implementation of social business in facing COVID  19 related crisis, young entrepreneurship program and creating entrepreneurs were also the topics of discussion at the conference.

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus played the central role in this discussion in Munich, virtually. Each of the three days was focused on a specific topic with top-class international partners. Participants from all over the world registered to join this discussion.

Professor Yunus advocated a firm policy of "No Going Back" to the old world in his speech on 26 June 2020. He focused on how to redesign the world economy in the post-COVID  19 world.

He said, Corona virus gives us all a common opportunity to reflect and think about how to redesign the whole system and get into action. The old world brought us almost at the last stage of our existence on this planet through global warming, wealth concentration and massive unemployment that is being brought about by growing practice of incorporating artificial intelligence in workforce. The world should not go back to where it came from before the corona virus. We must not go back to where we were. It was a terrible world that we are coming from. So, we want to go to another direction, a new world, so that all those terrible things do not exist.

Professor Muhammad Yunus called for unification of the world to make the Covid-19 vaccine a globally common product, with no patent rights belonging to anyone. A total of 111 influential international personalities including 19 Nobel Laureates, 32 former heads of states, political leaders, artists, and head of international development organizations showed their solidarity by signing the resolution. On the eve of his 80th birthday, on 28 June 2020, Professor Yunus was greeted by important international personalities and representatives from various organizations.

 



The 6th annual Social Business Day organized by Yunus Centre held today, May 28, 2015 with the theme of We Are Not Job-Seekers, We Are Job-Givers Turning Unemployment into Entrepreneurship at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka. The event hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was attended by more than 1600 participants, among them over 250 international participants from 30 countries. Professor Muhammad Yunus gave the keynote speech. In his speech Professor Yunus emphasized on breaking the curse of poverty and unemployment by using creative power of youths and scientific knowhow. There was a Social Business Marketplace which showcases the products and programmes of social business. As a highlight, there was a special Mela or fair of Nobin Udyokta's (new entrepreneurs) products which displayed at the marketplace. There was three plenary sessions including Meet the Nobin Udyoktas, Sharing Experiences in Social Business around the World, and the Road Map Forward, with speakers from around the world giving their insights and programmes in discussions moderated by Professor Muhammad Yunus. There was a special panel on Social Business in Greater China. This year about 90 participants attended from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. These panel sessions covered concept and best practices, present status, future plans of social business around the globe and enabled a rich interaction among speakers. The Social Business Day is observed every year on June 28. This year because of Ramadan the date has been shifted forward to May 28. Next year, also for the same reason, the Day will be celebrated on May 28, 2016.

 



The 5th Social Business Day was observed at Hotel Radission in Dhaka on 28 June 2014.The premier discussion started at 9.15 am. The session was chaired by Dr. Mohammad Yunus himself. In this event some stall were set to project the social business activities that the companies and institutions were promoting. The stalls were set by Grameen Health Care Services Ltd, Grameen Bank, Yunus Centre, Grameen Dannone, Grameen-BASF, Grameen Veolia water, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Nursing College, Grameen Shakti and few more.

 



The 4th Social Business Day was observed at Hotel Radission in Dhaka on 28 June 2013.The premier discussion started at 9.30 am. The session was chaired by Dr. Mohammad Yunus himself. In this event some stall were set to project the social business activities that the companies and institutions were promoting. The stalls were set by Grameen Health Care Services Ltd, Grameen Bank, Yunus Centre, Grameen Dannone, Grameen-BASF, Grameen Veolia water, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Nursing College, Grameen Shakti and few more.



The Third Social Business Day was observed at Gonoshasthaya Kendroa in Savar on 28 June 2012. The theme of day was Transforming Societies Through Social Business. The premier discussion started at 9.30 am. The session was chaired by Dr. Mohammad Yunus himself. In this event some stall were set to project the social business activities that the companies and institutions were promoting. The stalls were set by Grameen Health Care Services Ltd, Grameen Bank, Yunus Centre, Grameen Dannone, Grameen-BASF, Grameen Veolia water, Grameen Kalyan, Grameen Nursing College, Grameen Shakti and few more. The presenter tried to understand the visitors how their projects can solve the social problems which will alleviate and eventually eradicate poverty. GHS, a social business initiative, was present with a stall and provide eye examinations to the visitors which they are arranging in a regular basis at the villages for the poor.



The second Social Business Day was observed at Pan Pacific Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka on 28 June 2011. The theme of day was achieving millennium development goals by social business. The premier discussion started at 10 am. The session was chaired by Dr. Mohammad Yunus himself. In this event some stall were set to project the social business activities that the companies and institutions were promoting. The stalls including GHS were of Grameen Bank, Yunus Centre, Grameen Dannone, Grameen-BASF, Grameen Veolia, Japan Kyushu University, Grameen Nursing College, A solar energy from India, Grameen Shakti and few more. after the premier program, Dr. Yunus visited the stalls and gave time to listen their ideas of projections.GHS provide free eye care services to visitor in this event.

 

 

On the 28th June, 2010, the first Social Business Day's daylong program was held at the Pan-Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. The whole place was buzzing, and the buzzword was social business. Stalls were set up by various Grameen Social Businesses and other partners right outside the Ball Room to provide visitors with information on how their projects are making the social impact necessary to alleviate and, eventually, eradicate poverty. GHS was present with a stall where free eye examinations provided by GC Eye Hospital (focused on treating easily curable eye diseases, namely cataracts) - visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the services of existing social businesses themselves!