Fourteen companies were honoured in September by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their fulfilment of their corporate social responsibility commitments.
“We are very encouraged by the growing number of honourees that we meet each time we host this ceremony, as it demonstrates the label’s ability to encourage others in the business community to adopt responsible practices,” said Dubai Chamber Chairman Majid Saif Al Ghurair, according to a Dubai Chamber press release.
At the ceremony for the chamber's acknowledgement, Al Ghurair explained that the CSR Label is important because it is both inspiring and acts as a symbol for recognition, which has enabled many companies to improve their CSR strategies.
The Dubai Chamber CSR Label was presented to Emirates Gas for the seventh time, Alpen Capital (ME) Limited for the sixth time, while Six Construct and Union Cooperative earned the label for the fifth time.
HORECA Trade received the label for the fourth time, and TIME Hotels for the third time. ASGC Construction L.L.C., Centena Group, Dulsco, RSA Logistics and Dar Al Tawreeq were awarded the label for the second time, whereas Al Tayer Insignia, NMC Hospital – Dubai Investment Park and Xpress Money were recognised for the first time.
After accepting the award on behalf of his company, Centena Group Chairman Sanjay Raghunath told the Khaleej Times that receiving recognition for the second year in a row is encouragement enough to move forward with the company's CSR commitments.
"We have been consistently working towards achieving our CSR goals, which is a part of our guiding principle and a key value to which we assign great importance. Our main focus this year has been to enhance the sustainable initiatives through various community-related programs," said Raghunath.
Alpen Capital (ME) Limited Executive Chairman Rohit Walia was at the ceremony to accept the label for his company for the sixth time in a row.
“CSR is a very important part of our corporate strategy,” said Walia. “We feel it is very important for us to look at the concept holistically, be it employee wellbeing, employee engagement, community work, market outreach or environment conservation. We find the framework of the Label very helpful in structuring our CSR and Sustainability outlook for the year as well as measuring our successes in the area.”
The Dubai Chamber CSR Label has provided a Diagnostic Model and learning and development tool that helps companies define and improve their CSR strategies, policies, and management practices.
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