The inspiring initiatives of UAE’s Year of Giving

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It has been a year since the President of UAE, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced that 2017 is the ”Year of Giving” with focus on giving back to the community, encouraging volunteerism and fortifying the loyalty to the country. The announcement came just two months after the UAE had been named the 10th most generous country in the world, according to the CAF World Giving Index. The UAE National strategy for the ”Year of giving” includes over 1,400 initiatives and includes more than 100 government and 400,000 private bodies across the UAE. 

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Yalla, time for collaboration, big problems-solving and action!

Guest writer: Nicolas Delaunay

SDGs_logoIf I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” (Albert Einstein). Well, after 55 minutes … and 43 years of dilly dallying, between the moment it was first formulated in Stockholm [1] in 1972 until last month in New York where a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted… world leaders have finally got down to business to solve “the most complicated problem the world has ever faced” [2] : how to ensure prosperity for all (not for some) in an ever expanding world population and world economy in a finite planet with ever shrinking natural resources. read more…

Why Your Organization Needs A Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)

CSO - Chief Sustainability OfficerOrganization charts normally have boxes for lots of chiefs – whether it’s chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), chief operating officer (COO), or even chief technology officer (CTO) – to indicate positions of senior responsibility for large areas the organizations’ day-to-day and strategic operations. However, organizations that are making an explicit commitment to more sustainable business practices have not yet granted the same seniority to the person in charge of those sustainability initiatives. There are a growing number of chief sustainability officers (CSOs) out there – DuPont appointed Linda Fisher as CSO as far back as 2004 – but for many organizations, sustainability is seen as being part of other strategic responsibilities such as compliance or environmental health and safety, corporate affairs, marketing, community relations, which precludes the creation of an entirely separate division. read more…

How much will Sustainability Cost my Company?

Sustainability CostThe decision to consider how sustainability can positively impact your business can be prompted by many factors. You may be personally committed to running a business that is more eco-friendly, your competition may be taking steps to becoming a more sustainable business, your suppliers may demand compliance with international sustainability frameworks (UNGC, GRI), or your customers may be starting to ask about your business practices and the extent to which you are committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Whatever the motivation, every business ultimately looks at the bottom line for any new initiative. What is this going to cost me in terms of the initial capital investment, what resources are required and any ongoing expenses to modify my business practices? read more…

Greenwashing – Nothing to do with laundry!

greenwashingIn the free market the consumer is king! Companies compete for the loyalty of their customers in an effort to retain their market share and profitability. We, as consumers, care about the practices of companies in relation to the environment and society and the way they produce their products. We love companies that want to make a change and do good! We love companies that have environmentally friendly policies, a sustainable supply chain, disclose their sustainability performance and goals. read more…

Meaningful CSR? Engage your stakeholders (Part 2)

Why companies should engage with their stakeholders?

A well prepared and implemented stakeholder engagement strategy is an effective risk management tool and creates value for companies. It guides a company to make informed business decisions and avoid practices which can be detrimental to its operations, brand image and reputation. read more…

Meaningful CSR? Engage your stakeholders (Part 1)

Most companies today regard stakeholder engagement as a vital part of their business strategy, their journey towards sustainability and building a sustainable business.

Who are your stakeholders and what is stakeholder engagement?

Most companies and organizations, are mature enough to identify their stakeholders. read more…

Add value through training: Choosing your training provider

9747383-trainingIn an ever-changing global business environment, individuals need to stay informed with the latest developments. Education is not a process which ends with a University degree! It is a lifelong process through which, individuals can acquire and retain the skills and knowledge necessary, to cope with the growing challenges of demanding professional conditions. read more…