Grameenphone made a contribution of Tk 25.99 crore to the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation Fund to support the workers. The contributing amount is reckoned at 10 percent of the Workers Profit Participation Fund (WPPF) 2022 of the company.
A delegation led by GP’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Sayeda Tahya Hossain, handed over the cheque for Tk 25.99 crore to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Begum Monnujan Sufian, in a ceremony held in the ministry’s conference room on Tuesday.
Also present during the ceremony were Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi, Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment; Grameenphone’s Head of Industrial Relations and HR Strategy, K. M Sabbir Ahmed; Senior Industrial Relations Expert Muhammad Tawhidul Islam; and Industrial Relations Expert Md. Harun Ur Rashid.
GP’s CHRO Sayeda Tahya Hossain said, “We are equally dedicated to nurturing a future-ready skilled workforce, contributing to the vision of a smart Bangladesh, and standing with our employees during challenging times in collaboration with the Bangladesh Government.”
The telecom operator emphasizes ensuring a safe and decent work environment for its employees. Moreover, it is driving numerous initiatives, focusing on digital inclusion and upskilling the youth with FutureNation, which is a project with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) and BIDA (Bangladesh Investment Development Authority) to enable 1 million youth with economic opportunities. GP Academy and GP Accelerator programs are also working to build skilled young entrepreneurs, which won the prestigious 2021 Digital Bangladesh Award.
Under the Bangladesh Labour Act, domestic and foreign companies contribute one-tenth of 5 percent of their profits to this fund at the end of the year.