Experts gather to tackle transformation of CSR into sustainable business practices
Apr 26, 2015

Dubai, 25 April 2015: The region’s foremost CSR experts will come together next month to tackle the transformation of corporate social responsibility into a truly sustainable business practice.

Experts from the Community Development Authority - Dubai Government, the United Nations World Food Programme, Emirates Foundation, Jumeirah Group, Zayed University and DP World will share their ideas and opinions on how to renovate CSR ideas and agendas in the Middle East at the 12th edition of CSR Summit, brought to you by Etisalat.

Running from 18-21 May at The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina, the summit will act as the platform for new details to be revealed by the UN World Food Programme’s Sustainable Development Goals initiative, which is set to form the basis of the NGO’s future CSR activities.

Ashraf Hamouda, Head of Partnerships and Government Relations at the United Nations World Food Programme said: “CSR has developed over the years from a philanthropic concept to a business model. And in turn, consumers have become smarter and are able to turn public opinion towards a corporation or a product if they are perceived as ‘doing good’ or ‘doing bad’.

“It is imperative, therefore, that the CSR programme is both beneficial and impactful to all stakeholders, shareholders and the local community as well as employees. During my presentation at this year’s CSR Summit, I will outline the difference between the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and its Sustainable Development Goals, but most importantly will identify how to make CSR programmes much more impactful than they currently are.”

The opening day of the CSR Summit will feature a government key note address by H.E. Andrés Franco, Deputy Director at UNICEF, who will discuss its CSR business approach when working with companies in the CSR arena.

More than 30 international and regional experts will be speaking at the event, including H.E. Shaima Al Zarooni, CEO of the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, Manish Tiwary, Managing Director at Unilever Gulf, Clare Woodcraft-Scott, CEO at Emirates Foundation, and Ayman Mokhtar, General Manager - Gulf Countries & Yemen at SANOFI .

The four-day event will also include speed networking sessions, live interactive voting for the best social initiative, an NGO-focus hub and CSR boot-camps to transfer learning into actionable strategies.

The CSR Summit is supported by Strategic Partner; Etisalat, Gold Sponsor; PEPSICO (Asia, Middle East and Africa), and Silver Sponsors; Unilever and Canon.

About Informa CSR Series
Running for 12 years, Informa’s CSR summits are designed to share CSR and sustainability excellence to help drive social and economic development throughout the Middle East and North Africa. These summits are developed by working closely with key stakeholders including government, corporate and the CSR community to ensure a sustainable future for the region in focus areas such as youth engagement, education, community development, employment, development of women, human rights and entrepreneurship

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Caption: The 12th CSR Summit is being held from 18 until 21 May at The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina.

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