Social Business Event

28th June, 2014
Venue: Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel,
Airport Road, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka-1206


General Information

What is the programme schedule for Social Business Day 2014?

Please click here for a tentative programme schedule for Social Business Day 2014.

The programme schedule is subject to change.

What is the Yunus Centre?

The Yunus Centre is the one-stop resource centre for all social business related activities both globally and in Bangladesh. It monitors the progress of social businesses and helps remove bottlenecks. It keeps the spirit of the global social business movement very high through various events, social media, publications, and websites.

The Yunus Centre also helps forge lasting, productive relationships among all social business institutions around the world.Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the Chairman of Yunus Centre and its Executive Director is Ms. Lamiya Morshed.

Find out more about Yunus Centre from its website

What is the purpose of Social Business Day?

Social Business Day is organized to discuss and celebrate the groundbreaking idea of social business, a non-dividend company created to solve a social problem.

The objective of this event is to teach people about social business by sharing the experiences of social business entrepreneurs and experts in the field. The event also creates an opportunity for participants to engage in various interactive panel sessions and workshops to broaden their understanding in their specific areas of interest.

Finally our ultimate purpose is to make you join the social business movement to create a world without poverty!

What is Social Business?

A social business is a non-dividend company dedicated entirely to achieve a social goal. In social business, the investor gets his/her investment money back over time, but never receives dividend beyond that amount. The sole purpose of the business is to solve a predetermined social problem in a sustainable way.

The 7 principles of Social Business are:
1. Business objective will be to overcome poverty, or one or more problems (such as education, health, technology access, and environment) which threaten people and society; not profit maximization.
2. Financial and economic sustainability.
3. Investors get back their investment amount only. No dividend is given beyond investment money.
4. When investment amount is paid back, company profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement.
5. Environmentally conscious.
6. Workforce gets market wage with better working conditions.
7. it with joy.

What are the existing Grameen social businesses in Bangladesh?

1. Grameen Bank
2. Grameen Danone
3. Grameen Veolia
4. Grameen Uniqlo
5. Grameen Intel
6. Grameen Green Children Eye Care Hospital
7. BASF Grameen
8. Grameen Yukiguni Maitake
9. Grameen Distribution
10. Grameen Fabrics & Fashions
11. Grameen Shakti Social Business
12. Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing

Who will be speaking on Social Business Day 2014?

The highlight of the event will be a lecture from Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus. On top of that, we will also have a very diverse group of speakers who will be discussing the implications of social business in their own respective fields. 

Please refer back to the programme itinerary to find the complete list of speakers in the weeks to come.  

Who should attend this event?

If you are interested in finding out how a business model can sustainably fight social problems, interested in learning how the concept of social business can help generate lasting solutions this event will surely be something you would want to attend.

Why should you attend Social Business Day 2014?

Social Business Day is one of the most important events for the social business movement as it brings together on one platform those who know the concept the best and those who practice it in real life. The event will give you the opportunity to learn what doing social business really means from our social business experts. You will also get an opportunity to be a part of highly focused discussions on very specific social problems when you participate in our workshops and panel sessions. Ask questions and get them answered from those who know from experience at home and around the globe. Network and make connections. Engage and be a part of the movement to fight social problems and build a better world!

Is it just a one-day event?

Social Business Day 2014 organized by the Yunus Centre is itself a one day event but follow up sessions continue to the following day. Local universities conduct various activities around the theme of social business. You will find more information on those events closer to the date.

We have made arrangements for field trips to some social business project sites prior to Social Business Day and also after the event. For participating in the field trips you would need 2 days for Field Trip Package One and 3 days for Field Trip Package Two.

Click here for more information on the field trips and the packages we offer.

How can I participate in Social Business Day,2014?

To participate in Social Business Day 2014 please register online. Click here for registration details.

Will I need a visa for coming to Bangladesh for this event?

Visa procedures for applicants vary from country to country so please contact your nearest Bangladesh High Commission to find out about the visa procedures.

How can I attend the panel sessions and workshops?

All panel sessions and workshops will take place simultaneously during the day's event. Registration will take place on the morning of June 28th, 2014, right before the event kicks off Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhaka. 

How will I know which panel session/workshops to attend?

We will post all necessary information regarding the workshops and panel sessions in the weeks to come. Hopefully, that will help you match your interest and decide which sessions will be most beneficial for you.

Will there be a printed conference volume available onsite?

Yes, your conference volume will be in your conference bag. Please collect your conference bag at the check in counter at the entrance of the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel.

What is the best way to get updates about the Social Business Day 2014?

Our website will contain all updates relating to our event so do keep an eye on it! If you need further information, please feel free to email us at

Do you collect feedback about the conference?

Yes. All participants attending Social Business Day 2014 will be requested to complete a short online survey after the event. Please feel free to share your thoughts and let us know how we can make it better.

Will there be any field visits to social business project sites?

Yes. We will be organizing field visits to social business project sites.
Click here for more information on the field visits.

What are the dates and locations for future conferences?

Our next Social Business Day will also be on June 28th in Bangladesh, so save the date for the 6th Annual Social Business Day,June 28th, 2015!

Another big event in the world of social business is the Global Social Business Summit (GSBS 2014) organized by the Grameen Creative Lab (GCL) which will be taking place from 13th-14th November, 2014 in Mexico City,

Click here for more information on the Global Social Business Summit

Event Details

When is Social Business Day, 2014?

Social Business Day 2014 will take place on June 28. The event is held every year on the same date: June 28th!

Where is Social Business Day 2014 taking place?

Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel,
Airport Road,

What time does the event start and end?

Gate opens at 7.30am. Please prepare to arrive early so that your conference check-in procedures are completed by 8:30am at the latest. The ceremony will kick off at 9.00am sharp!

Do I need to check in for the event?(Event-Check-In)

Yes. Please check-in at our check-in counters located at the entrance of the Grand Ballroom on the second floor of the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel. Signs and layout maps will be there to guide you. Also our conference volunteers will be able to answers any questions you may have.

What documents do I need to carry?

Please carry a printout of the email confirmation you would receive as a proof of registration. Please note that there will NOT be any new registration at the door.

If you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration, please contact us at


How do I register for Social Business Day, 2014?

You can register online at:
Please note that the registration process can only be completed after paying the registration fee.  

What is included in the registration fee?

The registration fee includes your access to the whole day’s event (timing); the plenary sessions, workshops, panel sessions, the Social Business Marketplace and also your lunch for the day.

How much is the registration fee?

For international participants the registration fees for corporate $300 and students $100 .

For local participants the registration fees for corporate TK. 3000 and students Tk. 500

Please bring your student ID card along with a printout of your email confirmation on the day of the event to present at our check-in counters.

What are the criteria for student registration?

Currently registered students of schools, colleges and universities can participate in the event through the student registration process. Please bring your student ID to the event.

What are the registration deadlines?

Registration begins on March 1 and will continue through to June 20, 2014.

The last day for registration will be June 20, 2014 Please ensure you are registered by the deadline. There will be no new registration at the gate. If the maximum number of allowable participants is reached before the deadline an announcement will be made on our website. It is advisable to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

How do I know I have successfully registered?

Upon completing the entire registration (including payment), you will receive a confirmation email to the email address that you provide in the online registration form.

You must bring a printout of that confirmation email to the event as it serves as your entry pass. If you do not receive the confirmation email, first check the email address that you provided in the online registration account and the problem still persists than please write to us at to notify us of the problem.

Can I register at the door?

There will be NO new registration at the door. Please ensure you are registered for Social Business Day 2014 before the deadline: June 20, 2014.

Accommodation & Transportation

Are there any special accommodation arrangements for event participants?

Yes, we have made special arrangements with the following hotels for the purpose of our event. Our registered participants will get special rates at these hotels.

Will you provide transportation for participants attending Social Business Day 2014?

Unfortunately we will not be providing transportation for participants. All transportation related matters will be the responsibility of attending participants.