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Dubai Chamber’s CSR Al Youm newsletter highlights the role of SMEs

Latest issue given a new look and more information to better support the business community

The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has released the latest edition of its CSR Al Youm newsletter, which focuses on how SMEs can better implement corporate social responsibility.

The latest edition has been redesigned to give it a new look and now includes additional content in order to better support the business community.

The special report on SMEs highlights their important role in Dubai’s business community and explains how these companies can implement corporate social responsibility and sustainability schemes in order to benefit their operations as well as the environment and the local community in which they operate.

It also includes a report on the use of social media in the promotion of organisational CSR, a feature on case studies linking CSR to innovation and the date for the next Dubai Dialogue event, which will take place on December 11, 2011.

“CSR Al Youm is an important tool for us to communicate our messages about the importance of CSR and sustainability to the business community. And as part of that we decided it was time to update its look and increase its content to provide a higher value,” said Dr Belaid Rettab, Senior Director, Economic Research and Sustainable Business Development Sector, Dubai Chamber.

“We also decided to focus this issue on the importance of SMEs and how they can better implement CSR and sustainability schemes to the benefit of themselves and the wider community. SMEs constitute 90-95% of all businesses in Dubai, employing about 61% of the total workforce and contributing 30-35% to gross domestic product (GDP). As such their impact is huge and they have the ability to lead real change within Dubai’s business community,” Dr. Rettab said.

“As always, the newsletter contains a round-up of the latest CRB news and events as well as announcements of future conferences and seminars. We hope it continues to be a must-read for Dubai professionals everywhere,” he added.

CRB was established in 2004 by Dubai Chamber to foster corporate integrity and to promote Dubai as the region’s gateway for global commerce by promoting transparency and rule of law. It is the leading centre of expertise in business ethics and corporate social responsibility in Dubai.

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