When he started in 1969, Al-haj Sufi Mohamed Mizanur Rahman had a vision to do social goods via business. Nearly a half-century later, his magnum opus, the PHP Family has become a model of how businesses can flourish and uplift the communities in which they operate. They are an enterprise of 20 companies that entail operating sectors of aluminum, textiles, agriculture and most prominently steel and float glass. The name PHP stands for Peace, Happiness & Prosperity and these are the very staples that Rahman had continually dedicated to witness. Donating 150 million Tk annually towards CSR practices, the family created a united front for a conglomerate, which strives for the betterment of the society and a better Bangladesh.
The company believes that CSR starts with improving the quality within ones’ self, thus, they have adopted policies and procedures in various areas of operations. Compliance with these terms is upheld by their Internal Audit Department. The Board of this department ensures that all activities are compliant with laws and regulations. As of 2010, PHP family has integrated Oracle ERP so their financial transactions and records are more transparent. Last year they revised their Financial Authority Matrix to empower managers of different levels in the active participation of numerous aspects of decision making.
The PHP Family knows that employees are the foundation of any successful organization and they take care of them on a personal and professional level. They have 10,000 permanent and casual positions. They zealously work to improve the knowledge and skills of their employees so they can perform efficiently in the specific fields of their designation. Additionally PHP Family makes the health and safety of their employees a priority; they conduct programs to improve the health and safety of their employees. They have more than 30 in-house training programs that aptly ensure that employees prepared for any situation; these programs include:
• Training on Fire Service & Civil Defense
• Training on First AID
• Training on Occupational Diseases
• Training on Strategic Role of Marketing and Branding in Corporate Success
• Training on Communicative English
• Workshop on Operation, Distribution & Management.
A Solid Foundation
As a corporation, they feel a personal responsibility towards bettering the quality of life of their employees and the community they reside in. In this context, they have created the Sufi Mizan Foundation in order to support nutritional needs, education, healthcare, humanitarian services, development of infrastructure, and HR development. The activities of the foundation include arranging the cost of Hajj, sponsoring a local event, medical facilities for all employees, combating harassment, and remunerations for former employees and scholarships for the meritorious children of employees.
Problems & Solutions
The Sufi Mizan Foundation has taken their conquest further with the creation of the “fact finding team”. It consists of a number of professionals who investigate and evaluate the imperative requirements of the community. Subsequently, the foundation aids the respective cause with financial, material, manpower and any other form of support required. The team also conducts monthly follow-ups of the project. The foundation enlists the appropriate measure to alleviate it, once they identify any problem.
The PHP Family has established the University of Information, Technology & Science (UITS) with the belief that education is the cornerstone towards a prosperous tomorrow. The university has already gained noteworthy recognition. It provides scholarships in order for the underprivileged students to gain the benefits of a sound education free of cost or of nominal cost. The company insists that education is a right of every citizen and not just a privilege. In this regard, they have significantly invested in creating a new campus with state of the art laboratories, equipment, and classrooms.
Health is wealth
The PHP Family consider healthcare to be a necessity instead of a luxury. The ‘Pediatric ICU Unit’ at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) was inaugurated by the honorable Mayor AJM Nasiruddin on October 29th, 2015. The project aimed towards helping the future shapers of the community was completely funded by the PHP Family. The company felt an immediate need to address the matter when it had come to their attention that 15 to 20 children die on a daily basis because their parents cannot afford healthcare. Additionally, the Sufi Mizan Foundation has arranged funding for the Chattagram Lions Charitable Eye Hospital. The hospital provides optical care for those who cannot afford it and their success has allowed them to restore the eyesight of over a 100 patients on a monthly basis.
More than a family
Many children of our nation are not fortunate enough to have experienced the joys of having a proper family. These orphans require extra attention in order to be provided with the benefits that every child deserves. The PHP Family supports a number of orphanages that house about 6,500 orphans. The company provides the children with meals, shelter, medical treatment, clothing, and education. If these provisions are given to these unfortunate children, they will become upstanding contributors to our society.