Date: 21 – 23 May, 2012
Arabia CSR Network – an organization whose primary objective is to actively engage companies in the region on corporate responsibility issues – conducted its fifth training on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Framework in May at the Millennium Plaza Hotel in Dubai.
“As the first body certified by the GRI headquarters in The Netherlands to offer training services to organizations and individuals in the MENA region, Arabia CSR Network has relied on its long experience of promoting sustainable development through its various programs to design and deliver its training course in such a way as to ensure that participants receive optimal benefit from the course” said Habiba Al Marashi, President of Arabia CSR Network and the UN Global Compact GCC Network.
“The Arabia CSR Network is very well placed to provide this training to build the capacity of organizations and businesses in the region, mainly because it is a regionally rooted organization that has acquired an in-depth understanding of the benefits and challenges faced by organizations in their efforts to meet their Corporate Social Responsibility within the region’s unique limitations and possibilities.”Ã‚Â she added.
The training is one of many programs the Network offers. Its newly-launched “CSR Strategy and Leadership” training course will focus on how to incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility into the company strategy in an innovative way. The training course will be the first step in the cyclical journey towards a sustainable business. The GRI training aims to help companies take the next step of reporting on the results of their CSR strategy. The Arabia CSR Awards, which will be receiving applications till the end of June, represent the final step in the cycle and aim to evaluate, promote and improve on the achievements of companies in the area of sustainable development and CSR.
The GRI training is open to organizations from all sectors including Transportation, Accounting, Human Resources, Health, Supply Chain, Banking, Hospitality, Government and many more.
“The GRI Framework is about more than simply writing a sustainability report. Reporting is the end result of a long process of examining, modifying and developing a comprehensive internal system which enables the organization to incorporate sustainability into their core operations,” emphasized Al Marashi.
Thirteen participants from important public and private sector organisations from Egypt, UAE, and KSA participated in the training. Previous trainings were held in February and March of this year. The Arabia CSR Network has facilitated valuable networks between the training participants through a LinkedIn group.
The GRI has emerged as the leading reporting framework designed specifically for companies that wish to report on their sustainability strategies and initiatives. It complements the traditional business practice of developing financial reports. The GRI also address the non-financial aspects of economic, environmental, and social performance of organizations.
Arabia CSR Network is the first GRI certified training partner in the Arabic speaking Middle East countries. To date, we have trained almost 50 CSR professionals and managers to better communicate their organization’s sustainability performance using the most popular reporting standard in the world.