18 organisations receive the coveted Arabia CSR Award
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: ME NewsWire: On the 20th of October a grand gala was organized in Dubai to felicitate the winners of the 2016 cycle of Arabia CSR Awards. The awards were organized under the patronage of League of Arab States (LAS) for the third consecutive year and in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the same duration.
The Awards are globally well recognized as having one of the most rigourous criteria on CSR and sustainability. Based on the UN Global Compact Ten Principles, the GRI framework and the EFQM model, the criteria represents global benchmarks and standards that set it apart from other awards of its kind. Although a Pan –Arab initiative, the Arabia CSR Awards combine the best elements of global standards and local best practice.
In 2016 there were in all 103 registrations from 87 organisations from various part of the Gulf, Levant and North Africa. 68 applications submitted by 46 large, small and medium; public and private organisations were shortlisted for jury evaluation. Some of the most well-known players across industries and sectors can be found on this list, including Oil and Gas, telecommunication, utilities, construction & real estate, banks, hospitals, and many more. The awards are annually conferred across nine categories, – Public Sector, Large Business, Medium Business, Small Business, Energy Sector, Financial Services Sector, Social Enterprise Sector, Partnerships & Collaborations and New Business. This year awards were presented in 7 categories, two categories were withheld because the applications failed to live up to the expected standards of the awards. All applicants were presented with mounted certificates in recognition of their effort along with a detailed feedback from the awards jury. The Climate Neutral event was attended by a galaxy of leaders and dignitaries from various sectors, government and private in the Arab world.
Speaking at the function was Habiba Al Marashi, the President & CEO of Arabia CSR Network, said, “Organisations across the Region are viewing CSR and sustainability from the lens of social value creation and stakeholder needs. This is a very welcome development and one that will be very impactful for the Region as we move to the Sustainable Development Goals era and the 2030 Arab Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Other supporting organisations were myclimate and its partner Farnek, DNV-GL, Emirates Environmental Group, and a host of media supporters including 7 Days and Gulf News.