14 Arabia CSR Awards presented to 40 ‘green champions’ in the Middle East

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  • 2021 edition of the prestigious award, regarded as the ‘Green Oscars of the Middle East’ celebrates the corporate social responsibility practices of the winners 
  • Winners were adjudged on a stringent set of criteria based on international benchmarks such as the UN Global Compact principles, Global Reporting Initiative Standards, the European Foundation for Quality Management model and the UN Sustainable Development Goals  

Dubai, UAE: Under the patronage of H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salim bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi and in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Majid bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, Vice Chairman of ST Group LLC and Vice Chairman of CADD Emirates, the winners of the 14th prestigious cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards were honoured by the Arabia CSR Network (ACSRN) in the UAE yesterday. 

Regarded as the ‘Green Oscars of the Middle East,’ the awards recognised the corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles and implementation strategies of 40 green champions from across the region. The winners were representing both the public and private sectors from 9 Arab countries and under 13 diverse categories. They were adjudged on the basis of international benchmarks such as the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Mrs. Habiba Al Mar’ashi, President & CEO of ACSRN in her opening speech said, “We are at a point in time when we truly have the most important choice to make – to continue living and operating our businesses in an unsustainable way – or to embrace the sustainable development goals and create a better and more resilient world for ourselves and our children and their children. There is a real risk today that because of COVID-19, the existing inequalities in our societies will be further exposed and will increase significantly. We cannot and should not let this happen.  Long-term and sustainable recovery requires concerted efforts, comprehensive strategies and both public and private investment”.

She further added that “Young people need to become the driving force for change after COVID-19. They are the leaders of tomorrow that can help build a more equitable and resilient world. Yet, today, our policies make them a vulnerable group. We have to target the young, the low-skilled and other vulnerable groups with support, education and training to address the challenges of tomorrow.” 

The winners in the various categories are:

  • Small Business: 

Winner – Sanabel Landscape Architecture | Urban Design & Planning

1st Runner Up – Al Dhafra Recycling Industries LLC 

2nd Runner Up Acer 

  • Medium Business:  

Winner – Emirates Taste Catering Services LLC

1st Runner Up (TIE) – 1) Farabi Petrochemicals Company and 

2) CANPACK Middle East One Person Company LLC (FDI)

2nd Runner Up SEDCO Holding

  • Large Business

Winner – Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC); 

1st Runner up – Tristar Group

2nd Runner up – Accenture Middle East

Special Recognition (TIE) – 1) Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)  

                                                              2) Saudi Telecom Company (STC)

  • Public Sector: – Large Size Organisations

Winner – Dubai Police

1st Runner Up (TIE) – 1) Sharjah Electricity Water and Gas Authority

                                      2) Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

2nd Runner up (TIE) – 1) Dubai Health Authority

                                                    2) Dubai Municipality

  • Public Sector: – Medium Size Organisation

Winner – Community Development Authority

1st Runner – Ministry of Economy

  • Partnerships & Collaborations

Winner – Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC); 

1st Runner up – Ministry of Economy – UAE

2nd Runner up (TIE) – 1) National Developmental Housing Corporation

                                       2) Sanabel Landscape Architecture – Urban Design & Planning

Special Recognition (TIE) – 1) ADEEB GROUP

                     2) Dubai Police

  • Social Enterprise Category

             Winner – Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

             1st Runner – SALAM Social Enterprise

  • Energy Sector Category 

Winner – Masdar

1st Runner up – Petroleum Development Oman

2nd Runner up (TIE) – 1) ENGIE – INTERNATIONAL POWER SA (Dubai Branch)

                                       2) Shaybah Producing Department – Saudi Aramco

  • Financial Services Category 

Winner – BANK OF AFRICA BMCE GROUP

1st Runner up – Zurich International Life

2nd Runner up – National Bank of Bahrain

  • Hospitality Sector

Winner – Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha 

1st Runner up – Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

  • Construction Category

Winner – China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (L.L.C)

  • Healthcare Sector Category 

Winner – Aster DM Healthcare

1st Runner up – Mediclinic Middle East

  • Automotive Sector

Winner – Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer & Sons Est.Co.

The 14th cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards was exceptionally significant due to the fact that post recovery strategies from the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic saw businesses and industries promoting and supporting sustainable development and addressing issues that challenge the very existence of human race. 

The Awards was sponsored by: Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (Diamond Sponsor), SIPCHEM (Gold Sponsor), McDonald’s UAE (Silver Sponsor), and Al Sayer Group (Silver Sponsor). The official Communications Partner was ASDA’A BCW.  Climate Control Middle East was the Media Partner.  The event was a carbon neutral event courtesy of Farnek. 

The Arabia CSR Network invites organisations in the Arab Region to be a part of the prestigious awards in its 15th Cycle to be launched in January 2022.

About the Arabia CSR Network:

The Arabia CSR Network is a professional multi stakeholder organisation established in the UAE in 2004. It is devoted to advancing the principles and practices of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in the Arab Region. It facilitates networking, learning and sharing experiences and knowledge in matters of CSR and Sustainability. The Arabia CSR Network was the first GRI certified training partner for the Arabic speaking Middle East countries. The Arabia CSR Network promotes, encourages and recognises responsible business practices through a bunch of services and offerings, including trainings, research and best practice, advisory services, third party assurance and a Pan-Arab acclaimed award initiative known as the Arabia CSR Awards as well as a biennial intellectual platform to discuss on the latest in the sustainability arena known as the Arabia CSR Forum.