Sharjah Chamber unveils ‘Social Responsibility’ platform to drive business environment

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) has launched the “SCCI Social Responsibility Platform” in order to promote sustainable business practices in the Emirate of Sharjah.

According to the statement, it also intends to raise awareness of the concept of social responsibility, and increase private sector participation in government-led initiatives.

This came during a ceremony held at the SCCI headquarters, attended by Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, board members, Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, Director-General, SCCI, and Maryam Saif Al Shamsi, Assistant Director-General of the Support Services Sector, SCCI.

Abdullah Sultan Al Owais
Abdullah Sultan Al Owais
Chairman – SCCI

“The platform will be a trademark through which the role of private sector companies making tangible change in the society and environment via social sustainability programs will be evaluated. It will also serve as a development tool for companies to implement best practices of social responsibility business and discover weaknesses and strengths in their practical directions to manage the effects of their business activity on the environment and society.”

Ms. Noha Mohamed Safar Al Harmoodi, Director of the National Fund for Social Responsibility, has emphasized the role of the National Fund for Corporate Social Responsibility, which aims to raise community awareness of social responsibility, activate public-private sustainable development partnerships, encourage companies to set a general policy for concessions, and regulate the contributions of the companies towards community development projects.

Mr. Jassim Al Balushi, Head of Institutional Excellence at Sharjah Islamic Bank, has stated that Sharjah Islamic Bank is committed to its social responsibility towards the community and to support voluntary initiatives, activities, and institutions.

Ms. Hind Abdul Hawaidi, Director of Awareness Programmes at Bee’ah, highlighted the strategic alliance between Bee’ah and the SCCI, which is based on constructive cooperation to promote social responsibility values.

Furthermore, Ms. Aisha Saleh from the Chamber’s Social Responsibility Department gave a presentation on the most important advantages offered by the SCCI Social Responsibility Platform to its members.

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