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Sustainability Network expands to over 50 members

With a new member, AGL Coca-Cola joining in, the Sustainability Network’s membership has gone up to 51 companies. Two of the members – Tristar and Majid Al Futtaim Properties – who have recently produced Sustainability Reports talk about the challenges and benefits of reporting on their company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and share their reporting journey in this issue.

As a Sustainability Network member, the Chalhoub Group is featured for its Gift of Giving Campaign during Ramadan when the company distributed 12,000 plus backpacks made of 100% recycled plastic bottles to 6,000 plus underprivileged students in the UAE and region reinforcing the link between education and environmental responsibility.

In its ‘Sustainability Network Interview Series’, the newsletter features Mr. Simon Webb, Managing Director of AF Carillion who talks about his company’s strong commitment to health and safety and its impact on the quality of people’s lives as well as their approach to embedding responsible business practices.

The newsletter covers Engage Dubai’s new community partners including Growing Leaders Foundation (GLF), Skyline University College and Stepping Stones while the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Directory shares the story of a Sustainability Network member (National Bank of Abu Dhabi) and company (BiteRite) working together to deliver healthy meals at the Bank.

Also, the newsletter covers the Climate Change seminar which the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) organised in collaboration with EWS-WWF and carries an article on Marketplace Leadership in the Dubai Chamber CSR Label framework as well as new case studies from the CSR case study bank. CRB established in 2004 by Dubai Chamber, fosters corporate integrity promoting 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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Sustainability guidepost: Chamber’s CSR Awards

Eight major Dubai-based companies have been awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label for their efforts to become leading businesses in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Canon Middle East, Abela & Co, Emrill Services LLC, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, and ABB were awarded the Dubai Chamber CSR Label at a ceremony at the Chamber’s head office recently.His Excellency Hisham Al Shirawi, 2nd Vice Chairman, Dubai Chamber, presented the CSR Label certificates to the receiving companies, saying that they were pioneers in the region.”I would like to congratulate all the companies today who have received the Dubai Chamber CSR Label. They are leading by example and are a source of inspiration for the entire business community,” he said.”Dubai Chamber launched the CSR Label initiative in 2010 and has had an overwhelming response from the business community. The CSR Label gives companies a clear framework to help them implement CSR and sustainability initiatives, promote them amongst staff, and then have their efforts recognised publicly.

“The receiving companies today send a signal to Dubai’s business community that regardless of the type or size of the organisation, CSR can be incorporated across all operations to the benefit of the business,” Al Shirawi added.

Developed by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business, the Dubai Chamber CSR Label is part of a learning programme which promotes CSR and sustainability. Through the CSR Label, companies are given access to toolkits, networking seminars and training workshops to help them adopt and implement their own CSR schemes.

Canon Middle East
Anurag Agrawal, Managing Director, Canon Middle East, said: “At Canon, we measure success based on our ability to improve the lives of our customers, protect the environment and support community development. In this regard, corporate social responsibility plays a very important role in our business strategy as Canon not only seeks to empower creativity and innovation in the workplace and at home, but also aims to contribute to the sustainable development of society through eco-friendly products and socially responsible business practices.

Receiving the award, Agrawal added, “Canon Middle East is honoured to be recognised by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business for its holistic approach to sustainability. This award further strengthens our commitment to ‘kyosei’ – Canon’s corporate philosophy of living and working together for the common good.

We are inspired by our corporate philosophy of ‘kyosei’ which emphasises living and working together for the common good. This philosophy is central to our belief that a sustainable business integrates the interests of society with consideration for the environment.”
Hesham Ali Mustafa, Senior Director of Gas Marketing at ENOC and General Manager of Emirates Gas, said: “It gives EMGAS great pride to receive the CSR Label for the second consecutive year. We are pleased that our initiatives have been recognised as a perfect fit to the sustainable development commitment of the Government of Dubai, and as positive contributions towards a safer and greener community.”
HSBC Bank Middle East
Abdulfattah Sharaf, CEO of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, said: “At HSBC, we believe that being a truly sustainable organisation spans financial, social and environmental responsibility for our customers, our staff and our stakeholders. Our desire is to create long-lasting customer relationships, for our staff to act with courageous integrity in doing the right thing for our bank and our communities, to achieve sustained profits for our shareholders, and to manage the social and environmental impact of our business. We believe that acting responsibly in all these areas is, quite simply, good business.
“The Dubai Chamber CSR Label is a wonderful way for us to share with our wider community the successes we have had and also our sustainability priorities for the future,” he added.
In a statement, Intercoil said its CSR programme was aligned with the company’s mission to educate users on healthy sleep and to be the main reference and guide on information related to healthy sleep and orthopaedic sleep systems.”In essence, the objective is to highlight how healthy sleep can lead to a healthy life. Intercoil has incorporated CSR in its core ideology, and its goal is to maintain and develop a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship with the members of the wider community where it operates,” the statement said.”Intercoil’s social responsibility centres on the ambitious goal to be proactive in serving the consumer, the society, the environment and the nation. Being a leading manufacturer of orthopaedic beds and mattresses in the Middle East region, using the latest innovative industrial technologies, Intercoil has committed itself to promoting healthy sleep and increasing consumers’ awareness of its importance in contributing to a healthy life.”Abela & Co

In a statement, Abela & Co, said: “We are delighted to achieve the Dubai Chamber CSR Label. Our commitment to our community, employees, marketplace and environment will be even stronger now.”
The Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business offers a variety of educational, professional training and consulting services that are designed to increase a company’s capacity to implement broad CSR programmes including business ethics, sustainability reporting and corporate governance.


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International Green Awards brings road show to Dubai

In order to mark the launch of the global awards in the Middle East, the events team provided industry experts from both the public and private sector with a platform to present case studies to learn from, pitfalls to avoid, and obstacles to overcome, regarding sustainable business practices, development projects, operations and management across all sectors.

The International Green Awards, launched in 2006, were set up to recognise strategies that use creativity in an engaging and effective manner, leading to more sustainable outcomes.

The awards team take their search beyond its original British borders to find global leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying worldwide sustainability success stories that can inspire and motivate others. The day-long summit on Tuesday marked one in a series of city summits happening around the world to recognise local organisations for their sustainability excellence and prepare them to enter the awards’ programme taking place later this year.

Iain Patton, CEO and founder of the International Green Awards, said: “The continuing success of the International Green Awards, the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation underlines how important CSR and environmental engagement has become to business.

“Our global platform plays a crucial role in promoting the principles of environmental responsibility to a wider commercial audience. Awards have always been well placed to act as beacons of innovation and leadership as experts recognise organisations who are paving the way for a more sustainable future.”

In 2011, the awards team received the largest number of global submissions ever, according to Patton, who expects this year to set industry standards as case studies for businesses and NGOs to follow.

The event was organised in association with Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Istidama and Industry RE, hosted at Dubai Chamber, known for being a pioneer in driving energy efficiency within its premises.

“Our LEED-certified head office, which is the first existing building in the Arab world to receive this accreditation, has created a comfortable and healthy environment for staff and our energy and water saving initiatives. (The capital costs) have been paid for through our normal operations budget, (and) have saved us well over $1.90m to date,” according to Hamad Buamim, director general of Dubai Chamber.

“We understand the need for all businesses to be more sustainable and think that today’s event will help generate significant awareness about its benefits, which are not only social but financial too.

“We know that in order to implement change in society, you have to lead by example, and so we are consistently adopting and implementing different CSR schemes ourselves. At the same time we are helping our members become more sustainable through the work of our Centre for Responsible Business,” he added.


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