CSR Summit in Dubai celebrates 10 years of promoting regional

CSR Summit in Dubai celebrates 10 years of promoting regional

09.05.2013: Partnership key to improving CSR effectiveness among Middle East Organisations, says expert - CSR development and innovation

Partnership key to improving CSR effectiveness among Middle East Organisations, says expert

- CSR development and innovation

Caption:    The United Nations World Food Programme delivers food globally to where it is needed most, saving the lives of victims of war and natural disasters.

A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expert from the world’s largest humanitarian organisation fighting hunger worldwide has stressed the importance of partnerships to an organisation’s CSR initiatives, highlighting its recent regional collaborations as examples of best practice.

Ashraf Hamouda, Head of Partnerships and Business Development at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that partnerships bring greater value and visibility to a company’s CSR cause, emphasising that they are not a philanthropic model, but a business model. 

“Partnerships with aid organizations offer corporations both credibility and a sense of belonging to communities where they are involved,” said Hamouda, a speaker at the 10th CSR Summit, taking place from 20-23 May at The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina.

“Being the world’s largest humanitarian agency, we believe that hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem, and only through creating meaningful partnerships can this be possible.”

“For example, our partnership with PepsiCo supports our School Meals programme in Egypt, while our campaign with Harley Davidson for the past two years in 15 Middle Eastern countries helped reach 50,000 beneficiaries. We’ve even had Skydive Dubai donate 80 dives through Groupon to support our operations in Yemen.”

Through partnerships with private and government entities, WFP collects between US$3.5-4 billion annually. Hamouda said that in times of emergencies, fifty US cents is enough to feed a person for a day.

He added: “With 25 cents per day, we can provide a meal to a child as part of our school feeding  programmes, which benefit more than 22 million kids every year in more than 40 countries.

“Our School Meals programme is a great success story. In countries where it is implemented, school enrolment rates have increased by 25% on average, while contributing to freeing girls from household commitments and discouraging early marriage.

“WFP’s daily school meals combined with take-home family rations provide families with the means to send their sons and daughters to school and allow kids to focus in class. Even ex-child soldiers in some countries are benefiting from our programmes to re-enter society.”

First established in 1961, WFP delivers food globally to where it is needed most, saving the lives of victims of war and natural disasters. Dubai is home to the world’s main emergency response hub, which is managed by WFP.

The CSR Summit is celebrating ten years of promoting development and innovation of CSR in the Middle East, attracting a high profile line-up of more than 30 international and regional CSR experts sharing their latest developments, challenges, and success stories of impactful Corporate Social Responsibility.

Eman Al Madani, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a panelist at one of the sessions at the four-day summit said: “Dubai Chamber has been actively participating in the CSR Summit in the past years as it provides us an important platform to share our experiences of applying responsible business practices in our organisation with Dubai’s business community.

“The meeting also allows us to communicate our CSR strategy with businesses and to encourage them to act in a responsible and sustainable manner by balancing their economic, ecological and social goals.”

Among the many highlights of CSR Summit in its 10th anniversary include the results of a Middle East CSR and Sustainability survey, presented exclusively by consultancy firm Mercer; and an exclusive case study on CSR in Sport from the Asian Football Confederation.

Ten university students from across the UAE will also present the results of five special CSR group projects as part of the CSR in Action campaign, an initiative  lead by 10th CSR Summit and Al Ahli Holdings.

Other organisations with a big involvement in the 10th CSR Summit this year include Strategic Partner, Etisalat; Platinum Sponsor, Henkel; and Silver Sponsor, PepsiCo.

Saad Abdul Latif, CEO of Pepsico Asia Middle East and Africa commented: “At PepsiCo we leverage Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) as a competitive business advantage. It fuels innovation, strengthens our reputation and fosters engagement within internal and external communities worldwide.

“Just take a look at some of our 2012 achievements: We improved our executive female representation to more than 27 per cent; we broadened our ‘diversity’ focus to include local representation targets in Saudi, UAE and China; we created inclusive possibilities for the hearing impaired in Saudi and Egypt; we strengthened the fortitude of our female associates in India through customized D&I workshops; and in in the UAE we are partnering with local universities to provide work placement programmes for UAE citizens.”

The Middle East’s foremost CSR event begins on Monday 20 May with Pre-Summit CSR Master Classes, followed by a two-day conference, before concluding with two Post-Summit Master Classes on Thursday 23 May.


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09.05.2013 / MaP

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