The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry won the best Corporate Social Responsibility Project at the World Chambers Competition on the final day of the 8th World Chamber Congress in Doha, Qatar. Fifteen years of commitment and leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility in the Middle East has brought international acknowledgement and recognition for the DCCI. The biennial global Congress organised by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the theme ‘Opportunities for All’ was a first in the region and saw an assembly of the global community and their business leaders from more than 12,000 Chambers of Commerce from over 100 countries sharing, learning and building new networks of opportunity in the wake of common challenges faced by the leading business facilitators of the world.
DCCI’s area of focus is to ensure a healthy, prosperous and secure environment for building responsible business in the future. Such businesses succeed in reducing costs and enhancing efficiency, while attracting and retaining top staff and customers.
Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s CSR expertise is manifested in 4 core areas:
Work Place: DCCI recognizes that employees are the strongest asset and work hard to provide one of the best working environments in Dubai. This includes everything from work-life balance, to competitive pay packages and conditions, opportunities for learning and development, a dynamic and multicultural working environment to safe and vibrant working areas that have been constructed according to the latest standards in environment, health and safety.
Marketplace: At the core of DCCI is to develop Dubai’s business community by delivering products and services designed to represent, support and protect their interests both now and in the future. One way DCCI does that is through their Centre for Responsible Business, which assists Dubai businesses in acting responsibly and adopting high social, environmental and ethical standards. The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Business Award is another way in which they seek to support and encourage excellence and responsible business practices among their members.
Environment: Dubai Chamber recognises that resource scarcity and pollution issues such as climate change are serious challenges and that there is a great opportunity to better manage resources and decrease waste across all organisations, concomitant with reducing costs and enhancing competitiveness.
Since 1998, the Dubai Chamber has undertaken a number of steps, particularly in terms of energy and water use, to improve its environmental performance. They have reduced water and energy consumption by 77% and 47% respectively, saving AED 7.1 million or USD 1.93 million in a decade. In 2009, the DCCI became the 1st existing building in the Arab world and 4th outside of North America to achieve the coveted LEED certification for Existing Buildings. Since then they have applied the latest standards in green building and are pioneering new initiatives such as using grey water for flushing our toilet systems.
Community: DCCI takes up community work such as fundraising and supporting various causes, working to support special needs, chronically ill children, disaster victims, our local labourers, job skills, entrepreneurship and sailing community. Their employees engage in various activities like giving gifts, donating blood, charity souks, selling raffle tickets, and sharing knowledge on sustainability.
Their biggest contribution to the community remains their ongoing support to the University of Dubai which was founded in 1997 to develop local business talent. This includes providing 47 student scholarships, a campus and other facilities to assist this institution in developing hundreds of individuals each year.
During its participation in the Congress, organised by International Chambers of Commerce’s World Chambers Federation (WCF) from April 22 to 25 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Dubai Chamber won the award for demonstrating a positive impact on the environment, through its green building initiatives, the University of Dubai, the establishment of the Centre for Responsible Business and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award Program thus covering excellence in various areas of economic and social importance.
The Chamber was pitted against the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce.
The 2013 competition, organised by the ICC World Chambers Federation, is the only international event of its scale that recognises innovative projects undertaken by Chambers of Commerce and industry from around the world. It received entries from 65 Chambers of Commerce and Industry from 42 countries for the five projects as 25 finalists from each project presented their innovative projects to an international judging panel during dedicated Congress sessions.
“Dubai Chamber ‘s winning of the Best CSR Project reflects its commitment to its vision of becoming one of the best chambers in the world. We implement green initiatives in our work environment and lead by example for other companies and organisations to follow suit.” — Hamad Buamim, Director General, Dubai Chamber and Deputy Chairman of WCF