In order to mark the launch of the global awards in the Middle East, the events team provided industry experts from both the public and private sector with a platform to present case studies to learn from, pitfalls to avoid, and obstacles to overcome, regarding sustainable business practices, development projects, operations and management across all sectors.
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 take their search beyond its original British borders to find global leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, identifying worldwide sustainability success stories that can inspire and motivate others. The day-long summit on Tuesday marked one in a series 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.
Iain Patton, CEO and founder of the 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.”
In 2011, the awards team received the largest number of global submissions ever, according to Patton, who expects this year to set industry standards as case studies for businesses and NGOs to follow.
The event was organised in association with Majid Al Futtaim Properties, Istidama and Industry RE, hosted at Dubai Chamber, known for being a pioneer in driving energy efficiency within its premises.
“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. (The capital costs) have been paid for through our normal operations budget, (and) have saved us well over $1.90m to date,” according to Hamad Buamim, director general of Dubai Chamber.
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“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 added.