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Corporate
Social
Responsibility

United Commercial Bank Ltd. has a long history of associating itself in different spectrum of social responsibility and there are numerous glaring instances in which we can take pride. Over the past 30 years, UCB has rendered extensive financial assistance for benevolent purpose. As a responsible corporate body, we have adopted CSR practices in a formal, structured manner in line with our organizational vision to help the disadvantaged population of our country by taking socially responsible initiatives.

The "social contract" between the corporation and the community is of critical importance for United Commercial Bank. CSR is ingrained in our corporate culture and it is a part and parcel of what we do. UCB has incorporated CSR activities into its core strategic business planning and translated it into action across different areas and community of the country. The Bank has organized its CSR activities around seven main areas:

Eduction

Expanding literacy
Development of education
Fundamental urgency

Expanding literacy and development of education is the fundamental urgency to go for a prosperous Bangladesh. We always consider education to be the strongest apparatus for the sustainable development of our country. We also believe that education is to be always aligned with creative and resourceful activities like debates, art competitions, science fairs etc. Accordingly we always put emphasis on extra-curriculum activities apart from conventional education. Our activities in educational sector include:

  • Initiatives to enhance the capability of extra-curriculum involvement of school-college-university students.
  • Scholarship for poor and brilliant students.
  • Financial support for education for underprivileged children.
  • Extensive literacy programs.
  • Educate the next generation of consumers in our markets on how to save, spend, borrow and manage money wisely.
  • Donation to Educational Institutions for educational development purpose.
  • Initiatives on debate programs, knowledge-enhancement seminars, career fairs, art competitions, essay writing competitions, educational fairs, science fairs, donation to student re-unions etc.

Health

Health hazards
common in a country
like ours

Health hazards are very common in a country like ours; sometimes in contagious, sometimes in non-contagious and sometimes in epidemic form. We are in high need to develop more hospitals and medical colleges where destitute will get easy access. Moreover, it’s also important to patronize non – profit NGOs to work in this sector. Whatever the form is, UCB is determined to help build up a healthy Bangladesh. Over the years UCB contributed to different projects for improvement of health sector in Bangladesh. Some of these are improvement in medical education, survival and healthy development of children, health and well being of women, disability reduction and the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles etc. Our activities in Health Sector include:

  • Financial Assistance to poor and destitute for their health issues.
  • Donation to Non-Profit organizations for working on child health, disability, underprivileged children etc.
  • Donation to Non-Profit organizations who give free treatment to the destitute.
  • Social awareness during outbreak of Epidemic, plague or other severe contagious diseases.
  • Awareness on survival and healthy development of children.
  • Initiatives to create awareness about health and well being of women.
  • Public awareness on maintenance of healthy lifestyles etc.
  • Donating to different health-care institutions.

Disaster Management

most discussed issues
in today’s world

Disaster Management has become one of the most discussed issues in today’s world. Specially, for a county like Bangladesh it is even more important since our environment is so prone to disasters. Our geographical location and other factors have made us a country prone to natural calamity. Not only the lives of people but also economy is effected by natural disasters. Whenever the country is struck by any disaster, UCB always takes quick steps to help the affected people by assisting government and non-government bodies who work on disaster management. Our initiatives include:

  • Financial support to government and non-government relief & welfare funds for victims of natural disasters like storm, flood, earthquake, severe winter etc.
  • Creating awareness for effective intervention and mitigation of disasters in Bangladesh.

Environment

Bangladesh is a
major victim of
environment degradation

Global warming and environmental degradation is now a burning issue all across the world. Though not responsible that much, yet Bangladesh is a major victim of this environmental degradation. To fight against this menace, we have to look forward towards a green atmosphere along with creating mass attention. UCB has always been a strong stakeholder to participate in activities to protect our environment. A pollution-free and sustainable environment is absolutely necessary for the continuation of human race on earth. But our negligence towards environment is clearly apparent in the continuous degrading of environment. Thus awareness raising campaign is very significant in relation to environment. At the same time strengthening community mechanism is also needed to enhance the local capacity to fight against environmental degradation. UCB believes that it’s high time to take effective measures for sound environment through proper mitigation and adaptation process. Our activities in this sector include:

  • Initiatives / Donation to activities to protect climate/environment.
  • Create awareness regarding climate change and environmental degradation (tree plantation, seminars on ecological balance, disaster management initiative/ support etc).
  • Efforts to go towards a greener atmosphere.
  • Drawing attention to general & specific problems of our environment and also to educate common people on such issues.
  • Initiatives towards Less Fuel consumption and energy saving.

Sports

Bangladesh is a
sports loving country

Bangladesh is a sports loving country. Over the last couple of decades our sports sector specially cricket has improved a lot. UCB has always been a great patron of development of sports. For a past couple of years, UCB has been tremendously supporting the growth of "Football" and "golf" sector. Our main activities include:

  • Patronization on sports and youth development especially at rural and sub-urban level.
  • Financial support for development of major sports like football, cricket and golf.

Arts & Culture

strong medium
to uphold
the rich heritage

Arts & Culture is a strong medium to uphold the rich heritage and tradition of our country. Regular cultural programs are a must to keep our tradition moving forward. Believing so, UCB contributes in arts & culture throughout the year. We also support any kind of endeavors to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage. Our initiatives are taken mostly from grass-root level so that the talents and skills may come from rural and district level. Our activities in "Art & Culture" include:

  • Financial support to different cultural groups and associations.
  • Financial support to poor artists.
  • Donation to institutions/ associations who work for development of art & culture etc.
  • Organizing art competition, photography completion etc to provide opportunity to children to blossom their latent talent.
  • Arranging and supporting different classical cultural events.
  • Promotion and support to local cultural traditions.
  • Awareness on preserving rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
  • Financial support and Scholarship to young and budding talents.
  • Initiatives taken for the purpose of study /exploration of our socio-cultural evolution.

Socio-economic Development

strength of
entire
socio-economic structure

The status of a country is determined by the strength of entire socio-economic structure of the country. In that regard, UCB works on different arenas like community development, SME entrepreneurship, textile sector, women empowerment, tourism etc to construct a happy and prosperous Bangladesh. Though government is the paramount mechanism for the development of country, yet sometimes non-government organizations are contributing in their own limits for the socio-economic development. They are working in many diversified areas like poverty alleviation, human rights, child rights, women empowerment etc. UCB is always supporting them to patronize and also physically intervening to the socio-economic development of Bangladesh. Our activities in this arena include:

  • Financial support to non-profit organizations who work with poor and destitute to improve their financial condition.
  • Financial support to organizations who work on human rights, child rights, labor rights, women empowerment etc.
  • CSR awareness among employees and Employee involvement in social and voluntary works.
  • Deve nloping the tourism industry in the country.
  • Support for development of textile sector in the country.
  • Support and development for SME sector.
  • Encouraging women entrepreneurship.