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Strategic CSR: Linking Socially Responsible Initiatives To Business Objectives

Posted by CSR Middle East on April 13, 2014 at 9:40am 0 Comments

Connecting CSR initiatives with business objectives will create shared value for companies and society, says Jeanette Teh, assistant professor of Business Administration, American University in Dubai

The pervasive use of “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) today is rapidly turning it into a buzzword. While some companies are genuinely interested in helping orphans or reducing their carbon footprint, others are merely engaging in CSR to enhance their corporate image or to appease customers, investors, and other stakeholders.

Despite corporations’ increasing involvement in CSR, however, these initiatives are generally unconnected to their organisational business strategy. This means that companies…


Omantel launches its second Sustainability Report 2013

Posted by CSR Middle East on April 10, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Omantel, the leading integrated communication services provider issued its annual "Sustainability Report" 2013 under the theme 'Your World, Your Oman'. The report reflects Omantel transparency and commitment towards different stakeholders and highlights the economic, social and environmental activities and efforts carried out by the Company during 2013.

The report, which is the issued for the second year to coincide with the Annual General Meeting of the Company, provides a comprehensive overview of the achievements made by Omantel over the past year.

Commenting on the launch of the Sustainability Report 2013 , Laila Mohammed al Wahaibiyah, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Omantel said "The launch of the second…


SABIC wins GCC-CSR’s top social responsibility performer award

Posted by CSR Middle East on April 9, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) received the 2014 GCC-CSR Award for being the best performing corporate social responsibility (CSR) company in the Gulf region, reflecting the company’s long experience in community service and its commitment to conduct business ethically. 

The award was presented to SABIC during the Second GCC-Corporate Social Responsibility Conference 2014 in Abu Dhabi on April 1, with the support of Sheikha Fatmah bint Mubarak, chairperson of the General Women's Union and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, minister of culture, youth, and social development, opened the conference.

SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Mohamed Al-Mady expressed his pride over this recognition,…


Viva Kuwait sponsors KREATE Initiative

Posted by CSR Middle East on April 5, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Viva Kuwait has announced its sponsorship of the KREATE initiative's activities, organized by Bayt Lothan. Viva said it will also be participating in Bayt Lothan's activities in 2014. The multidisciplinary exhibition showcases different talents from various artistic fields, from painting and graphic design, and from artisan jewelry to photography. Bayt Lothan organized the KREATE initiative as part of its ongoing community projects aimed at highlighting local entrepreneurs and supporting the local Kuwaiti art scene. Viva's sponsorship falls under its corporate social responsibility strategy of supporting all youth-related activities. 

Drive encourages business to donate to education

Posted by CSR Middle East on April 3, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

A new campaign encouraging businesses to commit 20 per cent of their global corporate social responsibility (CSR) spend on education by 2020 was launched at the Global Education Skills Forum in Dubai on Monday.

As part of the Business Backs Education campaign, which comes in partnership with Unesco and the Global Business Coalition for Education, the private sector will be challenged to double its CSR spend on education initiatives to reach $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) by March 2015, prioritising countries and groups most in need. The campaign also aims to establish a more robust baseline on global corporates donating to education and a sharper analysis of where the spending is going in terms of countries and education areas that benefit.

“It is not about the business image, it is about the future as global companies depend on the workforce and finding the right people is a key…


Badawood wins top CSR award

Posted by CSR Middle East on March 31, 2014 at 8:13am 0 Comments

Ibrahim Badawood, managing director of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) has won the “Top Corporate Social Responsibility CEO” award instituted by CEO Middle East magazine.

Yousuf Jistiniah, Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ) director in Riyadh, received the award on behalf of Badawood during a ceremony held at Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh recently to recognize the top 16 CEOs.

The event, organized by CEO Middle East, was attended by an elite cadre of business and CSR sectors in the Kingdom and the region.

Badawood was nominated for the award in recognition of the excellent achievements made by ALJ Community Initiatives and its effective contribution in serving the community, as well as the important role played by Badawood in transforming ALJCI into a productive organization.

Badawood thanked the organizers of the award for selecting him from among the elite CEOs in different sectors. 




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