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Majid Al Futtaim brings smiles to young cancer patients in Lahore

Monday, February 3, 2020

 Carrefour employees volunteered to engage with over 300 cancer patients and survivors at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

Lahore, 3rd February, 2020: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, brought smiles to young cancer patients at Lahore’s Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) during the hospital’s Annual Children’s Mela held on 1st February, 2020. A team of 10 volunteers representing Carrefour, which is operated in Pakistan by Majid Al Futtaim, hosted a range of different activities and games which were thoroughly enjoyed by the young participants. The special activities immersed the young ones in a world of smiles and laughter, which included sports competitions such as bowling, fishing etc. and for those who had a preference for creativity, an opportunity to express their ideas through colours. The team also arranged special gifts and prizes for all the young participants which made them even more excited.

Carrefour Pakistan volunteers at SKMCH


A model institution, SKMCH&RC aims to ease the suffering of cancer patients through modern curative and palliative therapy regardless of patients’ ability to pay. As such, Carrefour Pakistan aligns closely with the hospital’s mission, as the brand places corporate social responsibility at its core.

Jean Marc Dumont, Country Manager of Carrefour Pakistan at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, commented: “Majid Al Futtaim believes in giving back to the society it operates in, and SKMCH&RC’s cause aligns with our philanthropic ambition to bring joy to those less fortunate by engaging with individuals directly. Not only do such activities create a meaningful impact in the lives of people fighting against life-threatening illnesses, they also instil a heartfelt sense of responsibility at the organisational level.”

Carrefour Pakistan is driven by its belief in operating in an inclusive, sustainable, and socially responsible manner while supporting underserved communities in the country through its various social support programmes.

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Team Jubilee Insurance won the 4th edition of the Indus Hospital Golf Tournament in the “Net” Category

Monday, February 10, 2020

Karachi: For last 4 years, Indus Hospital has been successfully organizing an Annual Golf Tournament. Leading corporate, businessmen and executives actively participated to show their commitment of CSR in support of its mission to provide free of cost quality healthcare to the under-served community.

E.Team Jubilee Insurance won the 4th edition of the Indus Hospital Golf Tournament


The Indus Hospital (TIH) organized the 4th successful edition of its annual golf tournament under the name of “4th Indus Golf Tournament” which was inaugurated by renowned cricketer Mr. Muhammad Yousuf and Indus Hospital’s beneficiary Ms. Ayesha Noor who were the guests of honor at the opening ceremony of the tournament.

Team Jubilee Insurance comprising of Mr. Nasrullah Sheikh and Mr. Abdullah Nasir won the 4th edition of the Indus Hospital Golf Tournament in the “Net” Category on Sunday. This tournament is organized every year to raise funds to provide free quality healthcare services to the underserved. Jubilee Insurance is always at the forefront in supporting worthy causes like these.



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Talking with teenagers about online safety

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Online safety is an important conversation that you can share with your teenaged kids, where both parents and teenagers have roles to play.

For parents, it’s a good idea to set limits for teenagers on how much time they can spend online – not least because there’s a lot of good fun activity that’s important to their development, like sports, music and play.

But even with their online limits agreed, you still have to be sure that it’s time spent well and viewing content that’s interesting, engaging and most importantly, safe.

Tips from Facebook’s Parent’s portal on ensuring your teenager’s online safety can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/safety/parents/tips.

Here are some steps you can take to ensure your teenager’s online experiences are positive ones and to help you have that conversation:

Start early: Teenagers are growing up in an online world. Take the time to introduce them to privacy and security protocols so that from an early age they know what’s safe and what’s not.

Keep a hand on the controls: Teenagers are curious by nature and will start to explore as they get older. Parental controls can be installed on phones, tablets and laptops as well as your broadband connection. They can block or filter content but also control how much time is spent online.

Set boundaries: Let teenagers know the time they can spend online and the websites, apps and activities they can engage with. Boundaries should cover behavior when gaming, chatting or messaging too. ‘Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t do in person is a basic rule. It can be useful to remind teens that potential employers and colleges often check social media profiles and online content can be hard to remove.

Be positive: The Internet is an amazing resource for education and learning. Encourage your teenagers to show you the websites they like and what they do there.

And realistic: Acknowledging that sometimes teenagers might come across inappropriate content by accident will make them feel comfortable bringing it to your attention.

Make a deal: Find the right time to deliver your advice and set your ground rules. The day your teenager gets their first phone or tablet can be the day you draw up some easy-to-follow guidelines for online activity that you can stick by.

It’s your responsibility: It’s your parental responsibility to protect them wherever they are, and that includes online. When old enough, make sure a parent friend them or follow them on other social media. You may face resistance, but make it one of the conditions for allowing them access.
Be consistent: Try and follow the same rules. That might mean no devices at the breakfast or dinner table or no texting after a certain hour. Or at least explain why some of the rules are different for adults.

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Mondelēz Pakistan Ltd. recognised as Country Certified Top Employer 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mondelēz Pakistan Ltd. has been officially recognised by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer 2020 in Pakistan.

Organisations certified as Top Employers dedicate themselves to providing the very best working environment for employees through their progressive ‘people-first’ HR practices. Mondelēz Pakistan has been ranked high in leadership development, cultural and organisational progress, and exceptional talent strategy.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink said, ‘To become recognised as a Top Employer, an organisation will have to prove that the implementation of their people strategies enriches the world of work of their employees. The certified participants are a shining example of a dedication to people practices as they continuously commit to empowering their employees for a better world of work. Congratulations!’

E. Mondelēz Pakistan Ltd. recognised as Country Certified Top Employer 2020

‘Being recognised with this award is a significant honour for us. Our HR practices and work culture are testament to our success not just in terms of talent acquisition but also in our business strategy that continues to place an intense focus on people development, ‘said Narmeen Khan, Mondelēz Pakistan Manager Director while speaking about this achievement.

Mondelēz Pakistan is among the three organisations to be awarded this year from Pakistan.

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US Ambassador to Pakistan visits Mondelēz Plant

Friday, February 21, 2020

The U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Paul W. Jones recently visited Mondelēz Pakistan Ltd.’s confectionery plant in Hub, Balochistan as part of his official visit to Karachi and Hub.

He was accompanied by the embassy staff and the organisation’s senior leadership that apprised him of business operations and the significant contribution to the country’s economy as a result of the investment and revenues being generated on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.

Narmeen Khan, Mondelēz Pakistan Manager Director presenting a memento to Paul W. Jones, U.S

“It’s heartening to see Mondelēz International operating in Pakistan for so many years, while its economic markers and payments of taxes have been significant,” said Paul W. Jones, “Meanwhile being able to create employment opportunities, especially in Balochistan can undoubtedly be regarded as achievements that have positively impacted all stakeholders.”

Narmeen Khan, Mondelēz Pakistan Manager Director further briefed the U.S. Ambassador about plant operations and introduced him to company employees during the visit. “Mondelēz Pakistan has had a profound local footprint not just in economic terms but also through its commitment to corporate social responsibility. In the fiscal year 2019 alone, our contribution to the national exchequer in terms of annual direct tax contribution was recorded over USD 1.6 million (over PKR 250 million) while investments in excess of USD 33 million have been made till date at the two manufacturing plants in Hub, Balochistan. Our diligent workforce comprising of 385 employees throughout Pakistan ensures remarkable market growth. Furthermore, the country’s high upward mobility creates room for future opportunities as well.”

Mondelēz International is an American company that employs approximately 80,000 employees globally while empowering people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. It holds the number 1 position globally in biscuits, chocolate, and candy, as well as the number 2 position in gum.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Lahore, February 29, 2020: OLX, Pakistan’s number one marketplace, launched yet another initiative to provide convenience to its customers through its first offline facilitation center along with CarFirst at Packages Mall in Lahore. A special ceremony marked the official inauguration of this facilitation center on Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Packages Mall in Lahore, attended by top officials from OLX Pakistan, CarFirst and Packages Mall as well as a crowd of mall visitors who felt delighted to having a nearby one-stop solution to fulfil their needs of buying and selling cars, as well as the convenience to get updated about other OLX offerings.


The facilitation center will host well recognized and trusted facilities such as OLX CarPro’s inspection area, a car inspection service launched by OLX which helps buyers in making the right decision before buying a car, and CarFirst’s Purchase Center where sellers can sell their cars without hassle and get paid instantly. The very best of trained mechanics will conduct car inspections at par with customer expectations and present their assessment reports within 60 minutes, which will save a lot of time and hassle for the customers. Whereas, in case of any queries, customers will also have the option of interacting with OLX team directly at all times.

While talking about this initiative, Country Manager of OLX Pakistan, Bilal Bajwa stated, “While online growth is highly scalable, offline channels have great utility as well, since they provide an in-person customer connect. The center will also serve as a transparent and safe exchange point whereby buyers and sellers can meet to transact and enjoy hassle-free facilities such as instant payments in a safe and secure environment.”

Commenting on the opening of OLX’s Facilitation Center and CarFirst’s Purchase Center at Packages Mall, Head of Purchase Operations of CarFirst, Mahrukh Naim Mirza, said, “Convenience and catering to the demands of customers is at the core of everything we do at CarFirst and to that end we are happy to open our doors in Packages Mall. We’ve previously hosted multiple successful Car Galas in Packages Mall, and we receive a high traffic for our services from that region. CarFirst’s Purchase Center at Packages Mall will have all our trusted services, including Foree Payment which provides our customers with a quick, convenient and secure way of selling their car. Our customers at Packages Mall will be able to have their cars inspected, priced, and sold under one roof and also drive away with the full payment for their car, all within an hour!”

The offline facilitation center by OLX Pakistan is a reflection of its commitment towards facilitating its customers in every possible way with innovative solutions and offerings where many more of such initiatives will follow in future.

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WWF-Pakistan and The Coca-Cola Foundation join hands for World Without Waste at The Panda Challenge 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

WWF-Pakistan and The Coca-Cola Foundation collaborated to host the finale of ‘The Panda Challenge 2020’ school competition organized at the Ali Institute of Education in Lahore on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The event was graced by the presence of chief guest Minister for Provincial Assembly, Sumera Shams who distributed medals, shields and certificates to all the winners in the presence of top management officials from WWF Pakistan and Coca-Cola. This grand finale was the third and final stage of the school engagement program, prior to which orientations and activities took place in schools involving over 30,000 students who competed to be shortlisted as semi-finalists and finalists.

E. Panda Challenge

The Panda Challenge is an interschool activity which brings together students from grade 1 to 8 from different schools. The 2020 Challenge was organized to not only help raise awareness about the environment but to create a platform that helps the youth in honing their public speaking abilities, mental faculties, artistic endeavors and creative writing capabilities around the theme of plastic pollution. The event’s aim was to promote healthy competition and to rouse the academic curiosity of students through activities like quizzes, rapid-fire rounds, masking posters, creative writing, speeches and debates. Prior to the Lahore event, the finales of Islamabad and Karachi were organized on 12th and 19th of February respectively.

Following the success of The Panda Challenge 2019, The Coca-Cola Foundation collaborated with WWF-Pakistan through its World Without Waste initiative, that spreads the message of action against plastic pollution across 100 private and government schools around the nation; about how plastic can be used responsibly and that the solution to mitigate plastic pollution requires collective effort.

Fahad Qadir, Director Public Affairs & Communications at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation for Pakistan & Afghanistan regions stated, “Coca-Cola has partnered with WWF to create awareness around safe segregation and disposal of plastics to mitigate the impact of plastic pollution. Our youth is the torch bearer and through initiatives like The Panda Challenge, we want to reach out to over 100 schools and hundreds of families to disseminate helpful information around plastic waste management since educational awareness has an exponentially positive impact on our society. We are excited to be part of this journey with WWF and we aim to reduce, reuse and recycle our packaging waste by 2030.”

Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan added, “It has always been our prerogative to engage in educational pursuits that not only enlighten but impart knowledge and help the youth gain a fresh perceptive on the importance of the environment and its conservation. The idea behind such an all-inclusive inter-school event was to make the younger generation cognizant of key environmental issues and challenges through a host of activities so that they not only know but grow up to be enlightened citizens heralding in change that we so desperately need. We’re very proud of hosting and organizing such events and will continue to do so to spread the message of a clean and safe environment.”

Through this challenge, the environmental education program of WWF-Pakistan brought together students on one platform to expand their academic horizons by focusing on environmental issues and for giving them an opportunity to express their concerns, focusing on solutions and getting a fresh perspective through interaction and discourse.

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