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20 sustainability champions win “Green Oscars” in Mideast
Twenty sustainability champions in the Middle East win the 13th Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards – aka “Green Oscars.” The winners were honored in the first public event in the UAE after the COVID-19 outbreak.
The ceremony was held under the patronage and in the presence of H.E Eng. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Aviation Department and member of the Executive Council of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah.
The winners were selected in accordance with a number of criteria, including 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.
Competitors from nine Middle East countries were vying for the awards which covered 34 fields, including the automotive industry which was launched last year.
Meanwhile, Habiba Al Mar’ashi, President & CEO of Arabia CSR Network (ACSRN) said, “the Arabia CSR Awards has – since its launch in 2008 – sought to lay down the foundation and accelerate the growth of best CSR and sustainability practices in the region. It has been a glorious journey of exploring, commending and sharing the best practices nationally, regionally and globally.”
“As we address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and seek coping with the new reality, the Arab region has showed its persistence to launch and promote CSR initiatives to meet social commitments, protect the environment and realize economic growth.”
“These efforts are indispensable nowadays. Therefore, the efforts exerted by different institutions to enhance CSR should be saluted.”
The 20 winners of the awards include the Etihad Energy Services Company, Transworld Group, and Acer in the small businesses sector.
Can Pack Middle East LLC also won the award for small business sector, while the Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC), Alsayer Group Holding Co.; and Accenture Middle East got the awards of the big businesses.
As for public sector, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry copped the awards of this category.
Meanwhile, Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC), GPIC and Tristar Group; and SEDCO Holding and ACWA POWER MAROC snatched the awards for Partnership and Collaboration category.
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) won the award for energy sector, Bank of Africa BMCE Group for financial services category, Aster DM Healthcare for health care category and AVIS Rent-A-Car LLC for automotive category.
Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha and Two Seasons Hotel won the awards for hospitality category.
This year, United Nations has called for collaborative efforts from public and private sectors around the world to address the impact of COVID-19 and work on recovery strategies to move ahead towards the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
About the Arabia CSR Awards:
The Arabia CSR Awards is the Arab region’s premiere CSR and Sustainability accolade. It boasts the most rigorous and comprehensive criteria which has been designed to integrate the inherent principles and frameworks of the Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and EFQM Excellence Model.
Over the course of 12 years the Awards have mobilized hundreds of businesses from diverse sectors and industries and created positive impacts of immense magnitude on the region’s sustainable development.
The Awards have been supported by the United Nation’s Global Compact since its inception in 2008 and from 2014-2016 it was held under the auspices of the League of Arab States for three years consecutively and in collaboration with UNEP in the wake of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in October 2014 outlining the Award’s role in the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab world.
Two valuable outcomes of the Arabia CSR Awards are the Arabia CSR Awards Forum and the Best Practices Publication, both which have served to educate and inspire sustainable practices amongst public and private organizations across the Arab world.