AKPBSP selected finalist for Business Ethical award
KARACHI: Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan’s (AKPBSP) Building and Construction Improvement Programme (BACIP) is one of ten finalists for the United Kingdom based Ethical Corporation’s 2015 Responsible Business Ethical Awards under the new category of Best Social Enterprise. The prestigious international award goes to an organisation that addresses existing social and/or environmental challenges. Winners will be announced on September 25, 2015 at a ceremony in London. Now in its 6th year, the Responsible Business Awards recognise and celebrate responsible business practice from around the world. Previous winners include: Santander Brazil, Turkcell, Mars Incorporated, Itaú Unibanco, Interface, Roshan, Diageo and many more.
In 1997, AKPBS,P introduced the BACIP to improve energy efficiency and comfort in homes, and simultaneously counter deforestation by reducing the usage of wood. The programme was first implemented in the remote Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC) regions of Northern Pakistan, where homes are cold and smoky in the harsh winters, and when large amounts of wood are used for heating and cooking. That overuse of wood contributes to deforestation and leads to increase environmental damage from land erosion, which in turn causes flooding. The ripple effect of such damage is increased vulnerability to people living in GBC as well as the low lying areas of coastal Sindh, where AKPBS,P has also replicated BACIP.