UAE Companies Challenged to Enhance their Environmental Performance as Part of their CSR by TCFOffice123


									         UAE Companies Challenged to Enhance their
      Environmental Performance as Part of their CSR

               CSR Summit 2012 explores best CSR practices

Implementing energy and water initiatives saved Dubai Chamber USD 1.93
million in 10 years

Dubai - May 10, 2012: United Arab Emirates businesses have been
challenged to improve their environmental performance as part of their
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This not only saves
businesses money but it also contributes to the vision of the UAE’s leaders
and provides significant social and environmental benefits according to the
Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Chamber will be one of the organisations taking part at the 9th CSR
Summit 2012, from the 10 to 13 June at the JBR Movenpick Dubai, where
the chamber will discuss how it is locking CSR into its core business.

Between 1998 and 2008, Dubai Chamber employees used their regular
operations and maintenance budget to implement a number of initiatives
which reduced water and energy consumption by 77 percent and 47 percent
respectively leading to savings of around USD 1.93 million. In 2009 it
became the 1st LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
certified existing building in the Arab world, demonstrating that buildings in
this region can be greened without major investments. Since then it has
renovated its offices to the latest green building standards which has led to
much further energy and water savings. It has also doubled productivity per
square meter and helped increase staff satisfaction from 72% on the old
floors to 93% on the new floors.

“We have been working hard to improve the environmental performance of
our head office since 1998. Originally, we were focused on water and energy
efficiency but in 2007 we began focusing on waste management and
recycling, and in 2008 we decided to extend our efforts to include green
transport and purchasing. Since 2009 we have been renovating our building
and introduced the latest green building standards. We encourage other
organisations to enhance their environmental performance for the benefit of
their bottom line and employees as well as the environment and the broader
community,” says Annelies Hodge, CSR Manager at Dubai Chamber.

The summit provides a unique platform for CSR professionals to learn and
network alongside key stakeholders to develop and advance CSR in the

Ms. Hodge will highlight why and how they implemented globally recognised
certifications like LEED for green buildings and candidly share the challenges
and benefits it has brought Dubai Chamber.

Other speakers include Maria Conceicao who will share her inspiring story
about the Maria Cristina Foundation. Also presenting will be Rania Tayeh,
Branding and CSR officer for Dubai Aluminium Company, Huw Gilbert, Senior
Director of Corporate Affairs-Asia MEA for PepsiCo, the events Official CSR

10 percent of all delegate fees at the event will be donated to the Dubai
Autism Centre as part of IIR Middle East, the event organisers CSR initiative.

About CSR

The 9th Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit is the Middle East’s premier
event for all CSR professionals and brings attending delegates face to face with the
leading regional and international figures in CSR. The event is an opportunity to
learn how CSR can become a strong reputation and risk management tool and a
source of greater financial growth. The event will have cutting-edge debates and
discussion on key issues affecting the industry which include ‘Why is CSR critical to
Business Sustainability’, ‘Embedding CSR in the Culture of your organisation’, ‘how
to develop a CSR Strategy’, ‘Developing a CSR model in the GCC’. This year’s
summit will have more case studies, discussions, workshops, presentations and
networking opportunities. The highlight of the summit is the PepsiCo Youth Forum
to be held on the June 10, 2012. The open forum targets youth from the ages of 16
– 25 and will focus on how best can youth empowerment change situations. Key
speakers for the Summit will include Maria Conceicao, founder of the Maria Cristina
Foundation, Ibrahim Al Zubi, head of CSR, Majid Al Futtaim, Belinda Scott senior
manager of corporate responsibility National Bank of Abu Dhabi, UAE and Ahmed
bin Shabib and Rashid bin Shabib founders of The Shelter. For more information,

Phone +971 (4) 4472501
P.O. Box 29764
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fax +971 (4) 447 2505

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