By establishing high standards of integrity and professional excellence, Sayyed has helped in transforming the business ethics in Pakistan.
One of the features of this transformation is inculcating the belief in the business circle that the more privileged you are, the more responsibility you have to contribute to the society.
Throughout its lifespan Sayyed has contributed towards various humanitarian and socioeconomic causes which include:
Sayed Ajmal Hussain Memorial Society, named after the founder and first Managing Director of Sayyed Engineers (Private) Limited, has been working for the promotion of literature, arts and culture with a special focus on Punjab. The society has been motivated since its inception by a keen sense of responsibility to ameliorate the effects of historical neglect of the great literary tradition of Punjab. It has organized research relating to the celebrated works of our classical poets, and it continues its efforts to bring out authentic texts with responsible annotation. The works that have been published so far are as follows:
- Kafis of Bulleh Shah
- Baits of Sultan Bahu
- Saiful Maluk of Mian Muhammad Bakhsh
All three works have been edited with comparative textual annotations and glossaries by the well known scholar of Punjabi language and literature, Mr. Muhammad Sharif Sabir. Mr. Sabir, before undertaking the above works, had earned his place in the history of Punjabi studies by his edition of “Hir of Waris Shah”. He is currently working on “Sohni Mahinwal of Mian Muhammad”, which the society hopes to publish. The society is also actively supporting publication of modern Punjabi works of poetry, drama and criticism. Those assisted in various ways by the society include theatre groups, painters, photographers and musicians. The society has also rendered assistance to some pioneering efforts in Punjabi journalism.
Sayyed’s team of volunteers including its top management have been amongst the first to reach and provide relief to people on a small scale and in a humble way, during periods of flood and the recent earthquake in NWFP/Azad Kashmir.
Sayyed Engineers helped set up a dispensary in Inayatabbad a small village in Muzzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir. The dispensary brought about a major improvement to the health of the community. Previously, people had to travel more than 20 miles over difficult terrain to reach the nearest medical facility. With the new dispensary the villagers had the luxury of having a decent medical facility in their own vicinity. The Managing Director personally visited the site for dialogue with the local community in setting up the dispensary. The entire community participated in the designing construction and operation of the dispensary. The villagers were mobilized to contribute labor services and their savings so that they felt a sense of achievement in setting up their own dispensary. Sayyed and its suppliers provided the rest of the funds. Sayyed also helped train two of the community members in running the dispensary, and also provided financial support for hiring a doctor.
Sayyed Engineers made a major contribution to the Punjab government’s Punjab Rural Support Program (PRSP).
Dr. Akmal Hussain, the Managing Director, served as the Vice Chairman and Honorary Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he helped to establish about 1,100 community organizations in rural Punjab, and developed management teams, in eight divisions of the province during 1998. Sayyed Engineers made available its management resources for this program and its Managing Director and executives traveled far and wide to ensure the program’s successful implementation.
UNESCO/Government of Pakistan’s Restoration Project for the Lahore Fort
Volunteers from Sayyed Engineers (Private) Limited, together with the Managing Director, Dr. Akmal Hussain and his family participated in the citizens initiative which was organized by Karvaan as part of the UNESCO/Government of Pakistan’s Restoration Project for the Lahore Fort. The volunteers cleaned the walls of the Lahore Fort and also took part in various other activities in restoring the Fort.