Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) and UNICEF Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12th September 2017 to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and offer opportunities for the private sector to play a role in improving the welfare and well-being of children in Iran.
In the signing ceremony, UNICEF Iran Representative, Dr Will Parks, highlighted the significant role that Chambers of Commerce around the world are playing to advance child-focused Corporate Social Responsibility and said: "UNICEF can provide expert knowledge on how business affects children and offers opportunities for the business sector to mitigate negative impacts and yield positive results for children and their families.”
UNICEF Iran’s Representative also presented an overview of past and current UNICEF support provided to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Board of Representatives and Board of Directors of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Parks described the joint areas of cooperation between the Tehran Chamber of Commerce and UNICEF Iran and referred to: “Developing and strengthening technical expertise, fostering introduction of innovative solutions to address the needs of children in Iran, developing criteria for establishment of a National Award for companies with CSR activities, and growing philanthropic interest to support children,” as some areas of this partnership.
For his part, the Secretary General of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Dr Bahman Eshghi, stated: “UNICEF-TCCIMA partnership heralds a new era of private sector involvement in addressing the social problems affecting children in Iran.”
Dr Eshghi touched upon economic and social issues that threaten children, adding: “TCCIMA, as the representative of the private sector, makes efforts to fulfill its Corporate Social Responsibility and encourage public and private enterprises to pay due attention to children’s issues.” The MoU lays the groundwork for TCCIMA to link the private sector to UNICEF and thereby further assist children in Iran.