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Selima Ahmad won Oslo Business for Peace Award 2014

selima-saluteLeading businesswoman Selima Ahmad has won the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award 2014 for her responsible and ethical practices in business.

Selima, vice chairperson of Nitol Niloy Group and founder of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI), is the second Bangladeshi and first Asian businesswoman to win the international award.

In 2012, Latifur Rahman, chairman and chief executive officer of Transcom Group, achieved the award, the highest form of recognition given to individuals for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society.

“We congratulate you with the exceptional appreciation you have thus been given by the Award Committee, and are truly proud to have you in the exclusive group of Business for Peace Honourees,??? the Business for Peace Foundation said in a letter to Selima Ahmad.

Other honourees of the award this year include Ouided Bouchamaoui of Tunisia, Sir Richard Branson of the UK, Kesha Kumari Damini of Nepal, Adnan Kassar of Lebanon and Marilyn Carlson Nelson of the US. They have been selected out of 120 candidates from 50 countries.

The selected honourees are business persons who through their own actions and commitments promote socially responsible and ethical business practices in an outstanding way and stand out as examples to the world.

An independent award committee, consisting of Nobel winners in peace and economics, selected the victors. They will be presented with the awards in an award giving ceremony on ay 15 in Oslo City Hall.

With this recognition, Selima Ahmad is included in the group of exceptional business personalities like Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Group in India, who got the award in 2010, and Jeffrey R Immelt, CEO of General Electric in the US, who won it in 2009.

“I am deeply honoured for having this prestigious award which was selected by the Nobel Laureates. This award recognises the strength, sincerity, integrity, intelligence, commitment and competence of Bangladeshi women in business??? Selima Ahmad said in her instant reaction, according to a statement issued by the BWCCI.

“I continuously work with all my dedication not only to grow my own business with value and ethics but also work equally to see women entrepreneurship and private sector grow with the same aspirations,??? she added.

Congratulating Selima Ahmad, Nitol Niloy Group Chairman Abdul Matlub Ahmad said, “Selima deserves this great award as she relentlessly worked to develop BWCCI as a voice for women in business.???

Her passion to excel through ethical processes has helped Nitol Niloy Group to grow into one of the finest organisations in Bangladesh, he said.

“Her business integrity, commitment and contribution to society are a beacon of pride and joy for all women of Bangladesh,??? said BWCCI President Sangita Ahmed, congratulating Selima Ahmad.

Selima has been working for the private sector development for last 28 years and actively involved in developing more than 7,000 women entrepreneurs.

Nitol-Niloy Group is one the reputable leading business houses having 26 companies. Of them, six are joint venture and three public companies, which include automobiles, cement, paper, real estate, electronics and financial services.

The Business for Peace Foundation, formed in 2007 to promote relationship between business and peace, has been awarding businesspersons from across the globe every year since 2009.

The partners of the Business for Peace Foundation are The International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Global Compact.

Source: Daily Star

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