British Orchard Nursery, UAEs largest, most established and only ISO certified nursery chain won 1st place in the Small Business category of the 2014 Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.
The nursery chain bagged the award amongst many contenders in acknowledgement of its excellent pursuit of CSR, sustainability and community service. Arabia CSR Awards are considered the most credible and prestigious awards in the Arab world recognizing the champions of sustainable projects and initiatives across the Middle East and North Africa.
Ms. Vandana Gandhi, CEO and Founder of British Orchard Nursery received the award, expressing her sincere gratitude saying “I am honoured and thankful to the UAE Government, Arabia CSR Award Forum, Arabia CSR Network and the visionary rulers of UAE for this recognition. As a pre-school catering to the extended community, we focus a lot on CSR activities, charity programmes and sustainability at all levels and such awards and recognitions inspire us to do better.”
“It’s part of our DNA at British Orchard to create awareness about sustainable living. We ensure that sustainability be embedded in all daily routines and within the curriculum thereby empowering our children to take responsibility. I think early childhood educators have a powerful window of opportunity to play an active and significant role in assisting young children and families to understand sustainability issues, concepts and practices. Our children understand that sustainability means ‘to save the world for later’. Young minds are most adaptive and the importance of the years from birth to six has been recognised as crucial learning years for child development. In fact, we are sometimes amazed with the amount of interest and intense engagement the children display on recycling sessions. It feels as if the children are on a mission,” concluded Vandana.
About British Orchard Nursery’s CSR efforts:
British Orchard Nursery (BON) is unique among its peers, contributing 1% of every child’s tuition to charity causes in UAE and other part of Asia. BON takes part in regular community events through sponsorships at various ministry events, Red Crescent, etc. BON’s motivated staff also participates actively in Breast Cancer Awareness programs, school fetes and has taken pride in supporting community members and loved ones in recent disasters such as the Philippines floods. BON’s Environment Policy encourages responsible procurement of green products from its suppliers and environmental initiatives through the 4Rs, health & safety, disaster management training, regulatory compliance, etc. British Orchard Nursery has received two conservation and a main award by DEWA for preserving the environment by reducing water and electricity consumption. British Orchard Nursery shows continuous improvements in these areas through ongoing measurements and implementation of innovation.
British Orchard Nursery is also the first pre-school in the middle-east to be ISO Quality certified and to receive the Dubai Quality Award and Dubai Human Development Award. British Orchard Nursery has branches across the UAE and has pioneered the concept of corporate franchising by forming partnerships with many Government institutions and corporate across the UAE to have work place nurseries, thus helping working women, young mothers and Emirati women students.