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CSR Middle East's Blog – December 2011 Archive (47)

Dewan joins United Nations Global Compact initiative

Dewan Architects & Engineers, one of the region's leading architectural and engineering consultancy firms, is pleased to announce that it joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative in November.…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 29, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

RAK FTZ sees record 2011

The Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone, popularly known as RAK FTZ, is looking ahead confidently to achieve record growth this year and moves into 2012 on strong positive note, its top official said.

The free trade zone recorded 28 per cent year-on-year growth in first three quarters of 2011 and registered 1,953 companies by December 20, exceeding the annual…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 29, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

National Geographic Al Arabiya and 1001 Inventions unite to promote Middle Eastern scientific and cultural heritage

National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine and the internationally renowned educational initiative '1001 Inventions' have formed a strategic alliance to raise awareness of the Middle East's scientific and cultural heritage, through the development of a number of high quality…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 28, 2011 at 11:14am — No Comments

Aramex releases First Carbon Footprint Report

Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, released today its first Carbon Footprint Report, in line with its long-term strategy to environmental sustainability

The report for 2010, which has been developed using the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol calculates, measures and presents Aramex’s global greenhouse gas emissions. The data,…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 28, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Branching out to youth

It is barely lunchtime and six students from Rawafed Private School have already watched millions of dirhams flash before their eyes.

For the past few months, Emirates NBD has been inviting a handful of prospective university students to its branches to spend a few hours getting to know what it takes to work in a bank.

The…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 27, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Khidmah contributes to CSR goal with Ewa'a service

Khidmah is to offer a year’s worth of planned preventative maintenance (PPM) services for two offices of the women and children’s shelter, Ewa’a, in Abu Dhabi, as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy.

Its PPM offering to Ewa’a, an organisation dedicated to stamping out gender-based violence, includes AC and ventilation systems, electrical systems, water and drainage systems, pest control, lawn care and cleaning.

Abdulla Al Qamzi, MD of Khidmah,…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 27, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Dubai Chamber presents CSR Label to three Dubai-based companies

During their third round of the CSR Label awarding ceremony, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured three Dubai-based companies for their contribution to adopt and lead best corporate social responsibility and sustainability practices in their organisations.

du, QBG and the Nail Spa are the three companies which were bestowed with the Dubai Chamber CSR Label during a special…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 25, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Best CSR practices vital for transparency, sustainability

Best practices are key for businesses in promoting transparency and sustainability and gaining of confidence of investors and stakeholders, according to top global and local corporate governance experts.

Global experts outlined promising features of excellence at the latest Dubai Dialogue, a leading biannual conference that promotes CSR, which was organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Centre for Responsible Business.

With its aim to find the way…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 25, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

BMW Group and UNAOC Honor Ten Cutting-Edge Initiatives

First "Intercultural Innovation Award" at UN's 4th Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Doha



The "BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation in cooperation with the Alliance of Civilizations under the auspices of the UN" was bestowed upon ten initiatives from around the world at the fourth UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum on December 12. Jorge Sampaio, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Konstanze Carreras, Head of Corporate Social…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 25, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

BankMuscat supports physically challenged citizens

BankMuscat, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, donated 200 mobility aid equipment, including wheelchairs, to physically challenged citizens through Oman Association for the Disabled (OAD). The gesture benefiting citizens with special needs is aimed at helping them overcome challenges and integrate themselves with the mainstream…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 25, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Yalla Shammer Initiative Launches Cleaning Campaign

Around 60 members from Jabal Natheef community gathered today to clean the streets surrounding their homes, schools and work area. This cleaning campaign was launched as part of the" Yalla Shammer" Initiative, organized by Ruwwad's Youth and supported by the British Council.

"The Jabal is not clean due to simple math. There are 62 garbage bins in Natheef used by almost 75,000…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 25, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

Abu Dhabi Airports Company and DFS launch major Haiti initiative

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and DFS Abu Dhabi have introduced a major initiative that is set to benefit industry charity Hand in Hand for Haiti. The companies called the move “an industry first for duty free”. 



It involves a new dedicated raffle programme with all proceeds being donated to the project, and all costs are being covered by ADAC and DFS. This will…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 22, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

AccountAbility names Gilbert Rustom Regional Head for Middle East, Africa and Asia

Gilbert Rustom has been appointed by AccountAbility, the international corporate responsibility organization, to serve as Regional Head for the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In his new role, Mr. Rustom will be responsible for client management and business development within…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:56pm — No Comments

'Think Local' to help farmers...

A supermarket chain has launched a new drive to support local farmers.

Alosra Supermarket on Budaiya Highway is partnering with Bahraini farmers through its "Think Local" initiative.

It will offer produce from local farms, supporting their business and the economy in the process.

The scheme also has environmental benefits, since it reduces the need for foreign…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:56pm — No Comments

US$50 million Lebanon Growth Capital Fund launched

Under the patronage of the Lebanese Prime Minister, His Excellency Najib Mikati, Cisco, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Riyada Enterprise Development (a member of the Abraaj group) jointly announced today the launch of the US$50 million Lebanon Growth Capital Fund which will provide long-term capital and institutional support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Lebanon.

The announcement was made yesterday at a high-profile ceremony in Beirut attended by the business…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Grameen-Jameel Is Strengthening Microfinance in the Middle East

Alex Counts is president, CEO and founder of Grameen Foundation, and author of several books, including Small Loans, Big Dreams: How Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus and Microfinance are Changing the…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Abu Khader Automotive launches BMW 'Stay Alert. Stay Alive' road safety campaign in Jordan

Abu Khader Automotive, the exclusive importer of BMW Group vehicles in Jordan has launched a 'Stay Alert. Stay Alive.' road safety campaign for the first time in Jordan. Supported by the Central Traffic Department, Mazaj FM, and Mood 92, the campaign aims to help raise awareness…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Emirates Foundation and Gulf Capital conclude agreement to fund and boost public school curriculum innovation programme

The Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy signed an agreement with Gulf Capital of Abu Dhabi, a leading regional alternative investment firm, to support the Foundation's "Public Schools' Curriculum Innovation Grant Project."…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Oman LNG Development Foundation in the offing

Oman LNG is all set to establish a Development Foundation following approval from the Ministry of Social Development. The purpose of Oman LNG Development Foundation is to ensure the sustainability of Oman LNG’s successful and extensive Social Investment Programme (SIP) that is funded by its shareholders dedication of 1.5 per cent of the company’s annual net income after tax (NIAT).

With the approval, all the company’s social investment activities will, in future, be…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Dubai Chamber conference discusses status of corporate governance

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Centre for Responsible Business organised the latest Dubai Dialogue: Good Governance 2011 at the Emirates Towers hotel on Tuesday. With top global and local corporate governance experts in attendance, the conference discussed the…

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Added by CSR Middle East on December 20, 2011 at 11:50pm — No Comments

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