x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

'Good' firms recognised

The country's most responsible corporate citizens have been recognised during the first ceremony of its kind.

The country's most responsible corporate citizens have been recognised during the first ceremony of its kind in Dubai. Organised by the Dubai-based Emirates Environmental Group, the Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Awards shortlisted nine companies out of more than 50 candidates. The firms were recognised for their commitments to customers, employees, suppliers, their communities, and the environment, and not simply focusing on profit.

Dr Michael Hopkins, a consultant and one of the three jury members, said that external audits were just one way of ensuring that a company implements its promises. He admitted that few local companies opt for such audits. Winners at the ceremony, which took place at the Burj Al Arab hotel on Sunday, included engineering giant, ABB Industries and Oman LNG, in the large- and medium-sized companies categories, respectively.

Al Marzouqi Bin Salem Firefighting Coatings and the Environment Centre for Arab Towns, were jointly awarded the first prize in the small organisation category. vtodorova@thenational.ae