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ACSRN conclude certified CSR training for 2020

The participants joined from prominent organisations

ACSRN conclude certified CSR training for 2020

The national, regional and global platforms have reiterated the crucial sectoral roles towards the growing demand of urgent climate action and the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. With the recent call of climate emergency by the UN Secretary-General, the countries need to pick up on their national agendas to achieve carbon neutrality faster.

The Network has been at the forefront to deliver specialised training and build capacity on the critical areas of CSR and sustainability since its inception in 2004.  Arabia CSR Network held the last two CSR training of the year 2020 to equip entities in the Arab Region with the urgent requirement to deliver on the global goals and strengthen the sustainability practices. It conducted the CSR Strategy and Leadership training and CSR Advanced training from 22nd till 29th December.

The participants joined from prominent organisations from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including Alpin Limited, Emirates Global Aluminium and Napco National. They were also introduced to reporting frameworks such as Global Reporting Initiative – (GRI Standards), UN Global Compact – UNGC Communication on Progress (COP), Social Responsibility ISO 26000, etc.

In her opening remarks, Mrs Habiba Al Marashi, President  & CEO, said that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had drawn immense attention, especially in the context of inclusive recovery post-COVID-19. Therefore, to reach environmental and economic sustainability, public, private, academia, and the NGOs need to align their businesses, activities and operations with specific and relevant SDGs.

The SDG no. 17 in particular calls for multilateral collaborations to find linkages and build critical tools to achieve the overall SDGs. The Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance convened by the UN Secretary-General has developed significant resources such as COVID-19 bond issuance, RRR (Renewed, Recharged and Reinforced) report and also introduced ‘Sustainable Development Investing’ (SDI) definition to help the public and the private sector to move effectively towards long term investments for sustainable development.

Mrs Al Mar’ashi briefly presented the sustainability context to the participants to set the tone for the training, followed by a combination of lectures, discussions, and case studies to illustrate how organisations are leveraging their sustainability performance to contribute to their sustainable development businesses and that of their countries.

2021 is a year of breakthrough. Global engagements will focus on the post-COVID-19 phase, deliberate the innovations and policies, and implement the research-based solutions for inclusive recovery. It has, therefore, become increasingly clear for entities to make CSR and sustainability a higher priority.

Looking ahead to 2021 and committing to widen its reach further, the Network has scheduled a year packed with training and workshops. The registrations for January and February training are open and have already started filing up. ACSRN urges companies to step up efforts to embed the latest sustainability approaches and tools in their core operations and businesses.

“There cannot be more delay in internalising and taking actions to contribute to 2030 Agenda. Take your organisation two-steps further in achieving carbon neutrality and hold firm to climate ambition in the year 2021 and beyond”, added the President & CEO of ACSRN.


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