GRI Certified Training, Muscat

Date: 20 – 22 March, 2012

Spreading the spirit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) throughout the Arab world, the UAE- based Arabia CSR Network recently conducted the first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) training in Muscat, Oman.

The GRI training, hosted by Tawasul – a civil society organization based in Oman – was attended by 14 participants from government, NGOs, and private organizations such as Oman Chamber of Commerce, Oman Oil Company, Bank Muscat, Bank Sohar, Sohar University, Information Technology Authority, Salalah Methanol, Environmental Society of Oman and The Research Council, Oman.

The Arabia CSR Network, with its vast experience of working with various organizations to improve their CSR) reporting, is very keen to build the capacity of organizations and businesses in the entire region. There is immense potential of enhancing CSR practices in Oman, as there are several organizations – public and private – that are already implementing innovative strategies for sustainable development.

At the training Ms. Habiba Al Marashi, President of the Arabia CSR Network stated, “This training will also serve as a valuable platform for organizations to be equipped with valuable tools for the 5th Cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards which will be rolled out in April this year.”

The GRI is very useful in improving sustainability practices and enables our organization have a more positive impact to society. Khalid Al Haribi, co-founder of Tawasul

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.

It has been a very informative course that gives a clear roadmap towards implementation. And it has surely been one of the best workshops I have attended. The region is in great need for such workshops.Fatima Salim Al Riyani, Director Operations Excellence, Information Technology Authority