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Dubai Chamber champions green corporate practices

Chamber of Commerce and Industry will take place from the 10th to 13th June at JBR Movenpick Dubai

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging UAE businesses to include green initiatives as part of their CSR programmes.
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging UAE businesses to include green initiatives as part of their CSR programmes.

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is challenging businesses in the United Arab Emirates to improve their environmental performance as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The Chamber will be one of the organisations taking part at the 9th CSR Summit 2012, from the 10th to 13th June at the JBR Movenpick Dubai, where the chamber will discuss how it is locking CSR into its core business.

Environmental performance improvements can not only save businesses money but also contribute to the vision of the UAE's leaders and provides significant social and environmental benefits, according to the Chamber.

Between 1998 and 2008, Dubai Chamber implemented a number of initiatives which were designed to reduce water and energy consumption by 77% and 47% respectively leading to savings of around $1.93 million.

"We have been working hard to improve the environmental performance of our head office since 1998. Originally, we were focused on water and energy efficiency but in 2007 we began focusing on waste management and recycling, and in 2008 we decided to extend our efforts to include green transport and purchasing. Since 2009 we have been renovating our building and introduced the latest green building standards. We encourage other organisations to enhance their environmental performance for the benefit of their bottom line and employees as well as the environment and the broader community," says Annelies Hodge, CSR manager at Dubai Chamber.

In 2009 the Dubai Chamber became the 1st LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified existing building in the Arab world, demonstrating that buildings in this region can be greened without major investments.

Since then it has renovated its offices utilizing green building standards, which has led to further energy and water savings. It has also doubled productivity per square metre and helped increase staff satisfaction from 72% on the old floors to 93% on the new floors.

The summit is designed to provide a platform for CSR professionals to learn and network alongside key stakeholders to develop and advance CSR in the region.

Speakers include Maria Conceicao who will share her inspiring story about the Maria Cristina Foundation. Also presenting will be Rania Tayeh, Branding and CSR officer for Dubai Aluminium Company, Huw Gilbert, senior director of Corporate Affairs-Asia MEA for PepsiCo, the events Official CSR Partner.

Ten percent of all delegate fees at the event will be donated to the Dubai Autism Centre as part of IIR Middle East, the event organisers CSR initiative.

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