The launching of the report was announced Tuesday at the “Second Arab Forum for Social Responsibility” organized by the Arab League’s Arab Organization for Business Administration Development in cooperation with the Social Responsibility Council of Riyadh Chamber Of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Governor of Riyadh Region.
Arabcsr.org, the first Arab initiative of its kind to promote the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept, was launched at the First Arab Forum organized in Sharjah, UAE in 2009.
“The report is the first frame which identifies the strategies of governmental and non-governmental Arab Social Responsibility” said Buthaina Hasan Al-Ansari, ArabCSR chairman “Its importance and benefit deprive from its ability to entrench the values of CSR in the Arab region, which in its turn will support the national attitude of the countries seeking to accomplish the millennium goals.”
The report reveals the continuous growth of SR initiatives achieved by the business sector in the Arab countries shows the increasing number of companies belonging to the UN Global Compact and provides examples which prove that SR programs are a major source of financing development.
“The report demonstrates the increasing importance of SR to nation leaders, PM, and first ladies. It is considered an important link in the chain of effort of the encyclopedia to promote SR concept in the Arab nations, through objective and transparent methods”, Al-Ansari added.
According to the report, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pays special attention to SR, as social responsibility activities are supported by their majesties.
According to the Executive Summary of the Report, Qatar has made a significant progress in the above regard, as was corroborated by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, before world leaders recently, that the State of Qatar has attained most of the Millennium Development Goals, and is on course to sustain these achievements until 2015. It is equally vital to recognize Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad’s efforts as she joined the United Nations’ high-level international team and took on the assignment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals including the fight against world poverty. Within this framework, the State of Qatar has launched the first Arab network dedicated to social responsibility providing services in three different languages.
Commenting on the aforementioned, Buthaina Al-Ansari stated: “National Institutions in Qatar are a model for social responsibility application, and an example of synergy, efficiency and integration. Subsequently, it is safe to say that Qatar’s National Vision 2030 has succeeded in establishing both essential and workable linkages with the principles of the United Nations Charter.”
The report also clarifies that SR concept in UAE gained an increasing importance during the last five years. This was clearly expressed by adopting SR within the strategic view of the federal government, and using that concept as a priority in UAE’s national strategy 2011-2013, and to be one of the pillars in the national view 2021.
The report praises Egypt for enhancing SR, and it monitors the partnership among the government, private sector and civil society in this field. It also highlights on launching Egypt CSR Index in March 2010, to position Egypt as the first Arab and African country implementing this index.
Qatar is accomplishing huge development in adopting SR concept, the report mentions. The country recently launched the first CSR network of its kind in the Arab world providing its content in three languages.
In Syria, the report indicates an unprecedented attention of SR concept supported by launching CSR Syria network, the first of its kind in the republic. CSR Syria aims to highlight on the plans and developing strategies of the corporations, institutions and organizations, as well as following the national policies and programs targeting the community.
The report also observes the leaders’ and decision makers’ attitude in the country towards SR, including adopting and supporting related activities, in addition to publishing documents, official speeches, lectures and workshops highlighting social responsibility.
According to the report, CSR concept has witnessed a great progress in the Arab countries in 2009, as seen in many fields such as education, healthcare, environment, special needs and human rights. However, SR concept has gained in some countries the consideration of highest figures including presidents, PMs, First ladies, Ministers and so.
It is worthy to mention that 7 out of 22 Arab countries were not covered in the report, due to a lack of information and sources.
The report also encourages the promotion of CSR concept and urges VIP and decision makers to adopt and support all initiatives aiming to activate this process.
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