Dubai, UAE: In keeping with its on-going commitment to raise awareness and encourage best practices in CSR and sustainability, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted the International Green Awards Sustainability Summit at its premises on June 5, 2012.
This event, held as part of World Environmental Day celebrations, launched the global awards in the Gulf/Middle East region and showcased some of the local organisations who are already demonstrating best practices in CSR and sustainability.
The International Green Awards, launched in 2006, were set up to recognise strategies that use creativity in an engaging and effective manner, leading to more sustainable outcomes.
The awards team searches the globe every year to find influencers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying worldwide sustainability success stories that inspire and motivate others. Today’s event was one of a number of city summits happening around the world to recognise local organisations for their sustainability excellence and prepare them to enter the awards’ programme taking place later this year.
H.E. Hamad Buamim, Director General, Dubai Chamber , said: “ Dubai Chamber is thrilled to be hosting the International Green Awards today. We understand the need for all businesses to be more sustainable and think that today’s event will help generate significant awareness about its benefits, which are not only social but financial too.
“We know that in order to implement change in society, you have to lead by example, and so we are consistently adopting and implementing different CSR schemes ourselves. At the same time we are helping our members become more sustainable through the work of our Centre for Responsible Business,” he said.
“Our LEED-certified head office, which is the first existing building in the Arab world to receive this accreditation, has created a comfortable and healthy environment for staff and our energy and water saving initiatives, which have been paid for through our normal operations budget, have saved us well over AED 7 million to date,” H.E. Buamim said.
The Centre for Responsible Business was established in 2004 by Dubai Chamber to foster corporate integrity and to promote Dubai as the region’s gateway for global business. It is now the leading centre of expertise in business ethics and CSR in Dubai and offers a range of educational and professional training and consulting services.
Mr. Iain Patton, CEO and Founder, International Green Awards, said: “The continuing success of the International Green Awards, the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation underlines how important CSR and environmental engagement has become to business.
“Our global platform plays a crucial role in promoting the principles of environmental responsibility to a wider commercial audience. Awards have always been well placed to act as beacons of innovation and leadership as experts recognise organisations who are paving the way for a more sustainable future,” he said.
“The International Green Awards were established to recognise stellar best practice and sustainable innovation through inspiring and creative approaches. In 2011 we received the largest number of global submissions ever from which we have selected the crème de la crème to showcase internationally. The winning organisations in 2012 will be those deemed to have embraced sustainability effectively and these case studies will then set the industry standard and benchmark whilst providing a clarion call for others to follow,” Mr. Patton said.
The International Green Awards have been organised in association with Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Istidama and Industry RE.
Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favourable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.
Originally published on Zawya.