So­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity not just do­na­tion

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - ZAINAB AL NASSRI MUSCAT, OCT 11

The Omani Fo­rum of & So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Wed­nes­day un­der the of Shaikh Mo­hammed al Kal­bani, Min­is­ter De­vel­op­ment.

It was at­tended by from the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lish­ments.

Or­gan­ised by Al Roya news­pa­per, the fo­rum was held for the first time in the Sul­tanate with the theme, ‘To­wards a Na­tional Char­ter for So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity’.

It was aimed at cre­at­ing an in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment to look at the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity projects in the coun­try and find so­lu­tions to make them sus­tain­able.

Ha­tim al Taei, ed­i­tor-in-chief of Al Roya news­pa­per, said the fo­rum seeks to set an ac­cu­rate def­i­ni­tion of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for pri­vate sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions. “There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and vol­un­tary and char­ity work. Through this event, we hope to in­crease aware­ness of the im­por­tance of such ini­tia­tives by high­light­ing en­trepreneurs and out­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in this field.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent of Cap­i­tal Part­ner­ship be­gan on aus­pices bin Said of So­cial top and of­fi­cials pri­vate Mar­ket Au­thor­ity, Shaikh Ab­dul­lah al Salmi em­pha­sised the need to un­der­stand the con­cept of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. “It is not just money or do­na­tions given as char­ity, but it is the in­sti­tu­tional con­cept and cul­ture that comes as part of op­er­a­tional strate­gies.”

Al Salmi said this con­cept goes in line with in­sti­tu­tional def­i­ni­tions for the Global Re­port­ing Ini­tia­tive, which re­lies on spe­cific mea­sures and pro­ce­dures for so­cial projects.

“His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos had called at­ten­tion to the is­sue more than 27 years ago when he met mem­bers of Oman Cham­ber for Com­merce and In­dus­try in 1990. He had called for spread­ing aware­ness among busi­ness­men and those work­ing in dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries to co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment to fund de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes. He had ex­horted them to boost their con­tri­bu­tion not just in econ­omy, but in so­cial de­vel­op­ment as well,” he said.

From the view of the League of Arab States, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s en­voy for hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief, Shaikha Hessa bint Khal­ifa al Thani said so­cial ini­tia­tives are “hu­man in­stincts” such as help­ing neigh­bours or rais­ing do­na­tions for peo­ple we may not even know. “Al­though there are many ex­pla­na­tions for so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity set by cor­po­rates all over the world, they are all about “com­mit­ment of busi­nesses own­ers to con­trib­ute to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment by im­prov­ing the liv­ing stan­dards of peo­ple,” she said.

On the side­lines of the fo­rum, an ex­hi­bi­tion was launched with the aim of in­tro­duc­ing pi­o­neers in the field of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

ONA

Shaikh Mo­hammed bin Said al Kal­bani, Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment with Shaikha Hessa bint Khal­ifa al Thani and Ha­tim al Taei. —

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