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Indian social entrepreneur bags UN honor for corporate sustainability initiative

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

United Nations, June 27 (UITV)- Zubaida Bai, a Chennai-born woman social entrepreneur has been named along 10 “champions and pioneers” by UN Chief Ban Ki-moon under the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that calls on companies to align with universal principals of human rights, environment and anti-corruption.

Ban announced 10 pioneers at the Global Compact Leaders Summit this week. The UN Global Compact is the world largest corporate sustainability initiative, supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with 10 principles of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Zubaida Bai founded ‘ayzh’, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide, based on the belief that every woman has the right to a safe birth as well as affordable and dignified healthcare.

Ayzh also develops and distributes low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women and health institutions in low-resource settings, targeting the time around childbirth.

Congratulating the honorees, Ban said that he counts on their “strong commitment and engagement” to help businesses seize the opportunities of the SDG era.

“All of you are leaders in the campaign for a world without poverty, a thriving planet, a vibrant and inclusive global economy and a life of dignity for all. This is the vision of the Sustainable Developments Goals, agreed upon by the Member States of the UN in September last year,” Ban said at the summit.

On receiving the honor, Bai said: “I’m honored to be a part of the inaugural class of 2016 Local SDG Pioneers and wish to thank the UN Global Compact for this prestigious recognition.”