Yunus Centre will organise the fifth annual Social Business Day at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka tomorrow.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus will host this year's event on the theme of “We are not job-seekers, we are job-givers—turning unemployment into entrepreneurship”.
Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights, will be the keynote speaker at the opening of the programme, which this time will focus on tackling youth unemployment through social business.
The gathering is an opportunity to meet, discuss and collaborate with the global social business community with the purpose of developing effective solutions to society's most pressing problems, Yunus Centre said yesterday.
The event will also be attended by more than 1,000 participants, including 275 international participants from 31 countries.
Andrea Jung, president and CEO of Grameen America, two delegations comprising 46 members from China, a 43-member delegation led by Danone Communities from France, a 15-member team led by Grameen Credit Agricole, a 30-member delegation from Taiwan, high-level representatives from NABARD, Tata Steel, Bajaj group from India are also scheduled to attend the event.
A social business design lab session will be held during the event where social businesses from five countries will be presented. There will be a Social Business Marketplace showcasing social businesses from around the world.
A highlight of the day will be special circus performance by Phare Social Business Circus from Cambodia which trains street children to become modern circus artists.
On July 2, additional events will be organised, including Social Business Academia event by Dhaka International University, Social Business and Youth by Eastern University and Social Business Youth Summit by Social Business Youth Network.
Professor Yunus will be the keynote speaker of these events, according to the statement.