Contribution of Philip Morris Pakistan Limited and Pakistan Tobacco Company in Social Sector
Contributions by Philip Morris Pakistan, Limited (PMPKL) Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC) in the Social Sector under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives are summarized hereunder:
Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (“PMPKL”), an affiliate of Philip Morris International (“PMI”) works with local NGOs to rehabilitate burn victims, fight against child labor, provides vocational training to women from low-income households, sets up medical camps for vulnerable communities and works on social inclusion for women with disabilities.
Brief details about our CSR projects are as follows:
- Empowering Women: PMPKL has partnered with Kashf Foundation to help 700 female entrepreneurs who are interested in setting up new businesses or expanding already existing ones, and want to augment their skills set through vocational trainings nationally.
- Fight against child labor: PMPKL has partnered with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi (ITA - a local NGO) organizes summer camps in local government schools. The main purpose of summer camps is to prevent farmers’ children from working in the tobacco farms during their summer holidays. In 2017, the Summer School Program was conducted in 21 schools in two districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), catering to more than 1700 students. In 2018, the project was conducted with same number of schools however the number of kids increased to 1952. Under this program, educational activities and Literature Festivals were held to encourage children to read. Further, school upgradation projects are being undertaken in Kotri, Sahiwal and KPK to uplift their infrastructure and install solar panels.
- Medical Camps: PMPKL has partnered with Paiman Alumni Trust to provide basic medical care and health awareness to more than 6000 individuals through community mobilization by Lady Health Workers, medical camps and health awareness sessions in Kotri, Sahiwal and 2 districts of KPK. Of this, 4073 were based in KPK province in tobacco growing areas.
Social inclusion of women:
- Reaching out to domestic violence affected female victims by funding reconstructive surgeries for 48 women, along with psycho-social support and vocational trainings for them across Pakistan.
- Enhance the socio-economic inclusion of 300 women with disabilities by forming community-based groups, building capacity of stakeholder groups for advocacy of their rights and sensitizing general community on issues faced by these women.
PMPKL is committed to continuing with its sustainable charitable programs to benefit local communities and increase employees’ engagement in various initiatives in the coming years.
* Mobile Doctors Units (MDU): PTC runs two MDUs in Punjab province and five in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. In last five years these MDUs provided basic health care to over 400,000 peoples.
* Learning Resource Centres: (LRC) : PTC has one LRC each in Buner, Mansehra,
Yar Hussain, Shergarh, Jhelum,Hasan Abdal and Akora Khattak Factory; another is in Akora Khattak Town especially for women.
* Afforestation: In 2011 PTC planted over 2.8 million saplings in Pakistan. More than 6,00,000 trees are being planted on the 153 Kilometers of Motor Way (M-1) from Peshawar to Islamabad.
* In 2013, PTC was awarded National Excellence Award by CSR Association of Pakistan and also by National Forum for Environment and Health and by Global Compact Network.
* Supporting Communities: In the summer of 2014 devastating floods hits the Country. PTC launched its emergency relief response affirming our commitment to society. An emergency Medical Camp initiative was launched through deploying our Mobile Dispensary Units. We were able to provide free medical assistance to over 5,000 people in the flood hit areas in less then 10 days. We delivered food packages and Tents to more then 40,000 flood affected people.
Source:- Multinational Tobacco Companies.