The Kingdom's premier event dedicated to building the effectiveness and positive impact of CSR – by ensuring that it not only supports economic development, social welfare and environmental sustainability but is also aligned with business strategy.
CSR Saudi Arabia 2013 is part of the CSR series. The flagship event is held annually in Dubai. For the past 10 years the CSR Summit in Dubai has been bringing, corporate social responsibility experts from across the region and the globe to discuss the challenges faced and plan for the development of CSR in the region. This year we are bringing the same high-level of expertise with a local focus to Saudi Arabia, addressing the specific challenges encountered by CSR professionals in the Kingdom.
"The Saudi Arabian government is working hard to build a competitive and sustainable economy for the welfare of its people. Changing the culture of CSR in Saudi Arabia from event sponsorship and philanthropy to building public private partnership is the key challenge to do CSR work. True partnership will provide opportunities for corporations and the private sector to contribute to the local economy in many ways and means, other than the standard CSR activities. With the right partnership and focus on government priorities, CSR in Saudi Arabia will have a greater impact on social and economic development. We can leverage the knowledge and experience of many countries in enabling CSR work to serve as an engine for development. I'm very optimistic that the CSR Saudi Arabia 2013 will highlight the importance of this CSR cultural change and focus on better alignment and partnership between the public and private sector for higher levels of impact of CSR activities in Saudi Arabia."
- Dr. Mamdouh Najjar, Deputy GM, CPE and Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft Arabia
"Most companies perceive Corporate Responsibility in the form of dedicating an amount of money at the end of each year for philanthropic projects, charity, community service, or a department to look after these projects. Companies in Saudi Arabia should conquer that limitation in the understanding of Community Responsibility as an act, and start believing in it as a culture that they live with. This event is the perfect incubator to spread such ideas out."
- Dr. Walid A. Fitaihi, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Medical Centre
"Be the leader of the sustainability agenda
that works for your organisation. Ask yourself
questions on how your organisation can do good,
rather than how to be less bad"
- Daan Elffers, Founder, EMG
"A great platform to network with CSR
practitioners, share experience and best
practice in the region."
- Mariam Farag, MBC Group