Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000): Blessing in Disguised

 Faiez Hassan Seyal | June 2002 Introduction: Like ISO[1] 9000 and ISO 14000, now the fever for SA-8000 certification is catching up corporate sector in Pakistan. The major brands[2] in the west and in the North America are exerting tremendous pressures on their southeastern suppliers to get their manufacturing facilities SA-8000 certification. Failing to comply[…]

United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Islam[1]

Faiez Hassan Seyal | September 2003 Introduction On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration[…]

Success Story of Wal-Mart Inc. – A Guideline for Pakistani Businessmen

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Authored in 1991 Introduction[1] This brief article is an extract from my research paper written during my master’s degree in the United States. During my initial research to find a success story, I read in a magazine about the world’s 50 richest people. On that great list, there was a name[…]

Towards a Green Pakistan: A Behavioral Approach

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Presented at “4th International Energy and Environment Conservation Symposium 1996 organized by South Asian Cooperation in Energy and Environment held at Islamabad, Pakistan from December 15-17, 1996 Introduction Environmental degradation, ozone depletion, pollution, deforestation, green-house effect, global warming and acid rain – these are some of the words and phrases used by[…]

Social Security – Problems and Solutions

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Authored during M.A. (Public Economics) degree between 1987-1989 Introduction Social Security-officially called old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI), is the biggest social welfare and Insurance program of the United States. It was begun in 1935. In the beginning, this program was like a private insurance system. In which individual would[…]

Foreign Debt and it’s impact on Developing Economies

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Authored during M.A. (Public Economics) degree between 1987-1989  Introduction In this age of rapid growth and development in every walk of life, it is very difficult, rather impossible for a country to finance all of its development expenditures with its own resources. Therefore, to cover up the gap between its expenditures[…]

Effect of Retailing Industry & Wal-Mart Inc. on American Economy (1973-1982)

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Authored during M.A. (Public Economics) degree between 1987-1989 Introduction Macroeconomic variables keep on changing and these events constantly make news. Price, interest rates, output and employment rise and fall. The economy can face either the inflation or the recession or the combination of both known as stagflation. Eleven times in this[…]

Urban Transportation Problems in Pakistan

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Authored during M.A. (Public Economics) degree between 1987-1989 Introduction Urban transportation has become a major concern of Pakistani’s life and public policy. There is no doubt that Pakistanis are becoming urban people, more and more people are migrating towards urban areas. The roads of Pakistan have become over populated and congested.[…]

Peace from the Inside Out: Building a Culture of Peace through Character, Public Service, Family and God

Faiez Hassan Seyal | Presented at “Character, Family and Public Service: Building a Culture of Peace” organized by Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace at Lahore, Pakistan from November 24-26, 2000. No matter where you live, every morning newspapers bring several incidences showing the unrest and lack of peace in the society. Incidences of suicides,[…]

Motivating People – The Practice through Ages

Faiez Hassan Seyal | August 2000 In this time of mergers, acquisitions, right-sizing, technology, restructuring, etc.  one of the biggest challenges, corporate leaders are facing is the motivation of their troops i.e. workers, staff and management. According to an estimate, in the past four years only, more than 10000 people were laid off from corporate[…]