Square has launched a program “Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Lecture for Developing Excellence” for the university students in Bangladesh. Objective of this program is to inform and develop understanding of the students on advancement and current trend of business, technology and science. The first event of this program was held on 4th May, 2013 at Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University. Square professionals delivered audio-visual presentation to the students on solid dosage packaging and packaging equipment. The program was much appreciated by the faculty members and students of the department.
“SQUARE”, the leading corporate house of Bangladesh has attended the “Job Incubator- 2013” on 11 & 12 March, arranged by BRAC University.
Mr. Rezaur Razzak, Director of BRAC Business School inaugurated the 2- day long ‘Job Fair’.
Experience HR personnel of SQUARE has counseled students on career planning, CV writing and interview technique.
This job fair helps to exchange views and information between national and multinational companies with govt. & private university students & job seekers.
Square Knit Fabrics Limited has been selected as one of the best environmentally compliant factories to receive the prestigious “Award of the Environmental Compliance Program’’ jointly organized by BGMEA, IFC, UK Aid & Norad.
A jury board comprised of BGMEA, IFC-SEDF and environmental experts reviewed the findings of a survey conducted for long 2-years on the wet processing 250 factories (Composite Fabric, Yarn, Dyeing & Washing) in Bangladesh and selected our factory among others for the award. The ceremony held on 19 February, 2013 at 11:00 am at Ball Room, The Westin, Gulshan-2, Dhaka.
Mr. Ghulam Muhammed Quader, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Commerce attended as the Chief Guest of the ceremony. Mr. Md. Ghulam Hossain, Chairman, NBR attended as the Guest of Honor; Mr. Carel Richter, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Netherland to Bangladesh, Mr. Andrew Barnard, Chargé d’ Affaires, European Union Delegation to Bangladesh, Mr. Kyle Kelhofer, Country Manager, IFC-SEDF have also attended the ceremony as the Special Guests. The event chaired by Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam, President, BGMEA.
Ms. Sanchia Chowdhury, Honorable Director, Square Knit Fabrics Ltd. received the award in the ceremony.
The Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference took place at the ball room of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel on Saturday, 26th January 2013. The topic of discussion at the conference was ‘Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry and Current Issues.’ Square Pharmaceuticals arranged this conference in honor of the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry pioneer; entrepreneur and Founder Chairman of Square Group the late Samson H Chowdhury. The Chairperson of the Trustee Board of Anita Samson Foundation and Square Foundation Mrs. Anita Chowdhury inaugurated the proceedings. Many notable representatives of the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry attended this day-long conference.
The Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference was segmented into four sessions. The first session was on ‘Current Trends and Future of Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Industry.’ The Keynote was presented by the General Secretary of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and the Managing Director of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited Mr. Abdul Muktadir. The session was moderated by Professor Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar of the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. The second session revolved around the issue of ‘Importance of Monitoring of GMP in Daily Practices.’ The keynote speaker for this session was Dr. Suggy S. Chrai, from Chrai Associates Inc. in New Jersey, USA. Professor A.B.M. Farouque, of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka acted as the moderator of this session. The third session was on ‘Bio Equivalence Study and Preparedness of Industry.’ The keynote presenter was Dr. Ravishankar Santhanam, the Director of Quality Insurance at GVK Bio Science India Ltd. The moderator was Ms. Lutfe Ara, the Head of Clinical Governance and Systems, icddr,b. The last session of the Samson H Chowdhury Memorial Conference 2013 focused on the ‘Expected Framework for Industry and Academic Relationship.’ The keynote speaker for the final session was Professor A.B.M. Farouque, of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Dhaka. This session was moderated by Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar, from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka.
It should be noted that Samson H Chowdhury was one of the most successful trailblazers of the Bangladeshi Pharmaceutical Industry. His contributions and dedication has helped the Bangladeshi pharmaceutical industry come a long way over the past years. He put Bangladesh on the map as one of the nations that export pharmaceutical products. He left his worldly concerns behind on 5th January, 2012. He was 86 years old at the time of his passing. He had also achieved remarkable success in fields such as textile, toiletries, health care and media.
Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has donated 02 Haemodialysis machines (complete set up) with 02 specialized hospital beds in fond memory of the founder Chairman Mr. Samson H Chowdhury to NHFH&RI, Mirpur, Dhaka. The inauguration program was held on 21st January 2013 at NHFH&RI auditorium. Around 300 participants were present in the program.
Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Mr. Tapan Chowdhury was present in the program. National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik along with Vice Presidents of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh Mr. S M Al-Hussaeni and Profesor R K Khandaker thanked SQUARE for this contribution.
Human Resource is the key to success for any modern organisation. Though the importance of good HR policies and practices are well accepted in the global context, but till date human resource management and development issue has not received proper and due importance in Bangladesh. On the contrary, Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been recognised to be one of the rare exceptions in Bangladesh regarding the apathy towards a good HR practices.
In appreciation to that Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has been declared as the “Best Employer of 2012” in pharmaceutical category by the online job application organisation bdjobs.com. This has been based on the perception survey participated by 3873 bdjobs.com users.
During the survey session, each of the participants were asked to state their opinion on their best employer regarding the following criteria: work environment, management culture & practice, career prospects for its employees, competitive salary & other benefits, and brand image of the company. A total of 1341 organisations from 10 sectors had taken part in the survey.
In response to this great achievement, Managing Director of Square Pharmaceuticals Mr. Tapan Chowdhury said, “Square sees its employees as partners in progress who can think best on the growth of its business. The tie-up between us is like well knit family where we work for each other towards betterment”.
Square Pharmaceuticals remains proud of this achievement and is committed to uphold good HR practices for years to come.
“The Annual Sales & Marketing conference 2012” of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Square Herbal & Nutraceuticals Ltd., & Agrovet Division of Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. was held at Hotel Sea Palace, Cox’s Bazar on December 20, 2012. The Chairman of Square group Mr. Samuel S. Chowdhury, Managing Director Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, Management Coordinator Mr. Eric S Chowdhury along with all high officials & Medical Promotion Officers were present in the conference. The overall performances of 2012 as well as the action plan for 2013 were discussed in that conference. Besides, the best performers were rewarded. The conference was finally wrapped up through a cultural program in the evening.
The visiting Prime Minister of Belarus His Excellency Mr. Mikhail V. Myasnikovich visited Square Pharmaceuticals’ state-of-the-art Dhaka Plant on the 13th November, 2012. Belarus’s Deputy Minister for Health, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and high officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit. Upon arrival Chairman of Square group Mr. Samuel S Chowdhury and Director Mr. Anjan Chowdhury received the guests in the company premise.
The visiting Prime Minister Mikhail was impressed seeing first-hand a world-class pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. He was particularly attracted to the Plant’s adoption of the latest technologies in manufacturing and quality assurance. The manufacturing units of Square have been built in conformance with the North American and European regulatory requirements. During the course of the Plant visit, at a discussion, he expressed his willingness to expand relations in pharmaceuticals between Belarus and Bangladesh. It is to note that Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical manufacturing hubs in the world and Square is leading the Bangladesh pharma market since 1985. Square has signed a Memorandum Understanding with Belarus on export of finished pharmaceuticals, evaluation of investment in pharmaceutical sector and on sharing of technical know-how to Belarus.
Sabazpur Tea Company Ltd., a sister concern of Square group, has been internationally declared as an organic garden certified by LACON GmbH, Germany on 1st October, 2012.
As a result, Sabazpur Tea Company Ltd. has enlisted itself not only as an organic tea grower in Bangladesh but also made its foot step in global arena. It has taken long 3 years of actively participation of the garden employees and certified authority to ensure this success.
Lacon GmbH is accredited as an international institute offers a wide range of certification services for production, processing and handling of organic agricultural products as per International Featured Standards (IFS). This certificate demonstrates all aspects of our organic production, processing, and export within the framework of a system that does not allow for commingling or contamination of organic products with non-approved substances.
Sabazpur Tea Garden uses natural pest & controls weed manually. It only employs renewable resources and maintains the soil\'s fertility. These practices demonstrate the garden\'s commitment to protect both human health and wildlife.
Physically challenged or disabled person in other ways has the same rights and they require a holistic support from their families and the society, in which they live in. To increase the awareness about this amongst the youth, the Bangladesh Systems Change Advocacy (BSCAN) organized an inter school and college debate competition on 7th and 8th September 2012. The competition was sponsored by Square Pharmaceuticals Limited and was supported by Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Chittagong Society of Dhaka, and Siddiqui’s International School. The main slogan of this competition was, “Wake up youth; we want a society for the physically challenged people, UNIMPEDED.”
The chief advisor of BSCAN, Professor Dr. Shubhagoto Chowdhury, Director, Laboratory Services, BIRDEM, presided over the meeting. Eminent writer Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Head of the Department, Computer Science and Technology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology was present as Chief Guest.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Limited and SQUARE Cephalosporins Limited have achieved the prestigious TGA approval, which is the regulatory authority of Australia for therapeutic goods.
An award is not just a trophy. It means recognition of innovations, an inspiration that will make some local businesses confident to compete with global giants. So said the winners of Bangladesh Business Awards 2009, given by The Daily Star and DHL Express.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the leading and the largest pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh has won the crown of \'best enterprise of the year 2009\'. The award recognizes the $164 million-a-year-turnover company for its successful entry to overseas markets.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman, who gave away the awards, saluted the private sector, saying that they are driving the economy towards global standards. Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, Director, Square Pharmaceuticals Limited received the award on behalf of Square on 17th April 2010.
By winning this highly prestigious award Square Pharma has proved once again to be a business enterprise with good corporate governance, manufacturing excellence and business ethics.
Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) on Tuesday gave away awards to 111 sports personalities for the last seven years- 'Kool BSJA Awards 2002-2008'- at a colorful function at the NSC Tower.
It turned into a get-together for the sports personalities at the NSC Tower on occasion of the Kool BSJA Awards. Star sportsmen, coaches, organizers, sponsors are among others were present to attend this colorful function.
Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad graced the function as chief guest while State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker and Managing Director of Square Toiletries Anjan Chowdhury were also present as special guests.
The chief guest, Minister of Information and Cultural Affairs Abul Kalam Azad remarked that the award will motivate players, coaches, organizers and sponsors to give more to the development of sports in the country.
"I hope you will take this recognition as a motivation to raise our flag high in the international sports arena," Azad urged the awardees.
Besides, State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar said, "The players should give all their efforts according to the capabilities." He said that the government will give all out support to the players.
As special guest, Anjan Chowdhury said his organization has been sponsoring sports at different levels for a long time and sponsoring of this function was a continuation of our efforts in the field of sports. For patronizing sports at the national level Square Group won the "Kool- BSJA Sponsor Award-2003" and Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, MD, Square Toiletries Limited was also awarded for "Kool- BSJA Organizer award-2004". Mr. Anjan Chowdhury, on behalf of Square Group received the award.
A minute's silence was observed prior to the start of the prize giving ceremony in memory of players, sports organizers and those who were killed in the sad BDR Headquarters incident on February 25. The function also marked the 21st birthday of national all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who was nominated for the sportsman of the year 2008.
One of the leading Men's grooming brands of the country - Kool, a popular brand of Square Toiletries Ltd, was the title sponsor of the award giving program.
In 2001, SQUARE Consumer Products Ltd started its operation as an individual company. Within a very short span of time SCPL has drawn the attention of the consumers by providing quality products and preferred services.
A Six member team of Board of Directors of Asian Development Bank visited Square Pharmaceutical\'s State of the Art manufacturing facilities at Kaliakoir on June 19 last. ADB Country Director Ms. Hua Du also accompanied the team.
The sprawling site currently houses three manufacturing facilities which are Solid Dosage, Cephalosporins and SVPO (Small Volume Parenteral and Ophthalmic). SQUARE Pharmaceuticals received UK MHRA (United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) certification of its solid dosage facilities in February 2007 which was the first for a Bangladeshi company. First shipment of products from the facility to UK was made in September 2007.
The visiting Board Members of ADB were from Germany , Korea , United States , Australia , Netherlands and India . The visitors were briefed on the Square pharmaceutical\'s Domestic and International business followed by a tour of the manufacturing facilities. The Board of Directors was impressed by the progress Bangladesh achieved in Pharmaceuticals. Square\'s use of state of the art manufacturing facilities for pharmaceutical production and it\'s on going works to enter into the pharmaceutical markets of Europe and North America received admiration from the visiting ADB Board of Directors.
Photograph: Visiting ADB Board of Directors, ADB Country Director Hua Du and Square Pharma officials.
SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants) - an apex body of SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) awarded Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the "Merit Certificate" for the year 2006 in the Manufacturing Sector of "SAFA Best Presented Accounts Awards Competition 2006". The SAFA committee honored Square based on its evaluation of published annual report of the company on improvement, transparency, accountability and governance.
SAFA as a forum of professional accountancy bodies is committed to positioning, maintaining and developing the accountancy profession in SAARC Region and ensuring its continued eminence in the world of accountancy; in the public interest and towards broad economic development of the region.
Mr. Kabir Reza, Director (Accounts & Finance) of the company received the award on behalf of Square from Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka in a presentation ceremony at New Delhi on 12 January, 2008.
SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd. the leading and the largest pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh has been accorded Gold Award as an \"Achiever of Industrial Excellence\", amongst the SAARC countries for the year 2007 by CNCI.
This award was conferred to SQUARE at a grand presentation ceremony attended by the dignitaries both from the SAARC and other foreign countries at the Grand Ballroom of Colombo Hilton Hotel on the 6th of July, 2007 in Sri Lanka.
The \"CNCI Special SAARC Regional Country Award\", is accorded to the best business entities in the SAARC countries which have achieved the Highest Industrial Excellence in their home countries and have also gained international prominence in conducting business in the most professional and ethical manner.
By winning this highly prestigious award Square Pharma has proved once again to be a business entity with superior management practices, product excellence and business ethics.