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Leveraging corporate social responsibility for women s progress

Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility for Women's Progress

WISE Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July 2009

Building capacity connections and credibility
Building Capacity, Connections and Credibility Progress

  • More then 75 training programs globally

  • Regional summits: 2010 in Asia and MENA

  • Global Leadership Awards

Mepi vital voices public private partnership program
MEPI- Vital Voices Public- Private Partnership Program Progress

  • Forums for public-private partnership in Bahrain, Jordan, and Algeria

  • Conferences highlighting best practices in PPP from the region and the US

  • Unique partnership with the Family Justice Center to provide technical assistance in Jordan and Bahrain

  • “Making it Our Business”- Workplace Awareness program on Breast Cancer

What is corporate social responsibility csr
What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Progress

The CSR Initiative at John F. Kennedy School of

Government defines CSR as encompassing not only what

companies do with their profits, but also how they make

them. It goes beyond philanthropy and compliance and

addresses how companies manage their economic, social,

and environmental impacts, as well as their relationships in

the workplace, the marketplace, the supply chain, the

community, and the public policy realm.

Making the business case
Making the “Business Case” Progress

Corporations are focused on results. In today’s economic

environment, a critical part of “selling” CSR potential partners is

learning how to present the business benefits of the initiatives.

Companies have both moral and financial reasons to practice CSR.

  • Stronger financial performance and profitability through operational efficiency gains

  • Better position in the marketplace (i.e., more business)

  • Stronger relationships with communities and enhanced license to operate

  • Improves image and branding which leads to increased trust and understanding

  • Enhances employee relations that yield better results with respect to recruitment, motivation, retention, learning and innovation, and productivity

Making it our business program
Making It Our Business Program Progress

  • Getting Started: The Concept

    • An Internal Awareness and training program

  • Next Step: Getting companies on board

    • CSR related to women’s issues

    • What is in it for them?

Making it our business training
Making it Our Business: Training Progress

  • Develop a training and a Master Trainer

  • Conduct a train-the-trainer program

  • Give them the necessary resources

Companies engaged in miob to date
Companies Engaged in MIOB to Date Progress


  • Al Tayer Group

  • BurJuman

  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • Dubai Holding

  • Dubai World

  • Easa El Saleh Al Gurg Group

  • Emaar Properties

  • FedEx

  • General Electric

  • General Motors

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Microsoft ME


  • Jordinvest - Nestle

  • Toyota - Aramex

  • Intercontinental Hotel - CitiBank

  • Team Y Rubicam - Zain

  • Arab Tech Jardaneh - Rubicon

  • HSBC Bank Jordan

  • Siniora Foods

  • Umniah Telecommunication

  • Saraya Development Group

  • Ernst & Young

  • Orange Telecom

  • Hoffmann-La Roche

  • City Mall

  • JOSWE Pharmaceuticals

  • Imperial Palace Hotel

Lessons learned
Lessons Learned Progress

  • Many companies want to engage with the community but they do not know how to.

  • It is important to explain the benefits of CSR and partnership as it relates to your work.

  • You need to get buy-in from the top.

  • Interaction between companies leads to innovation, collaboration and healthy competition.

  • CSR creates opportunities for a long term relationship.

Questions? Progress

Shireen Zaman

Director, MENA

Vital Voices Global Partnership

[email protected]