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Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, wrapped up the Year of Giving after a host of corporate social responsibility initiatives that aimed to support community development and deliver social and environmental impact. Over the year, EGA employees recorded 2,790 hours of volunteer work whilst participating in multiple companywide CSR schemes.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, declared 2017 as the Year of Giving around three key pillars; Corporate Social Responsibility, volunteering, and serving the nation.
Ten employees from EGA were sponsored by the company for a seven-day climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Together the team raised Dhs210,000 for Al Jalila Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides medical education and research. The money will be used to support individuals in the UAE with missing limbs.
Volunteers from EGA also contributed to the construction of reading zones for schoolchildren in Salma Al Ansariya School and Dubai National Charity School. During construction, EGA employees mentored a group of students on simple project management skills, graphic design, technical and administrative support, team building, and donating books. In addition, the company recently donated a bus to transport students with special needs to and from the Rashid Centre for The Determined Ones for specialised therapies and education services.
Ameera Al Marzooqi, a graduate trainee at EGA who was part of the volunteer team for the construction of reading zones, said: “At EGA, we know we are always encouraged to volunteer for good causes and it is a matter of pride to be part of a company that puts such a high priority on CSR. This year many of us have been given the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of others in a meaningful way. We look forward to next year and the chance for EGA employees to be part of new initiatives.”
Some 1,436 volunteers from EGA took part in various activities during the course of 2017.
As part of its environmental protection activities, EGA made Earth Hour a weekly event earlier in the year and saved 24,395 kWh in three months by switching off non-essential electrical devices for an hour every week.