Founder of Souk El Tayeb
Social impact consultant at Elevate
Founder of The Nawaya Network
Founder and CEO at Riyada for Social Innovation
“The role of education in fostering social entrepreneurship and innovation”
Mona Itani is an engineer,, educator,, and social entrepreneur . She worked as a professional in multinational telecommunications companies from 2006 until 2011.. After earning her Masters in Engineering Mana gement degree,, she joined the Engineering Management program and the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut where she served as a lecturer and researcher since 2011.. She is a published author on entrepreneurship,, women,, ethics,, and engineering education.. She is the chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity G roup Lebanon Section and has co – founded several social initiatives that aim to promote women in technology such as She Develops Hackathon and Girls got IT which hosted more than 14 00 girls so far from all over Lebanon . She also acts as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and as a consultant on entrepreneur ship educatio n,, and social entrepreneurship and is often invited as a mentor in hackathons and student competitions all over Lebanon.. She won the Inspiring IEEE Women in Engineering Member of the year honorable mention award in 2016,, IEEE Lebanon section most active memb er award for 2015,, and was a finalist in the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders award for 2015.. She is the F ounder and CEO of Riyada (AArabic for entrepreneurship)) for Social Innovation , a social enterprise that aims to provide the youth with practice – b ased online social entrepreneurship education to develop solutions for real problems with the creation of technology.. She is expecting to complete her PhD degree from the University of Leicester’s School of Management,, UK in 2018.. Her thesis topic is about women entrepreneurs in the technology domain in Lebanon..
PhD Candidate and Member of CASM Research Team
Lecturer of International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and member of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) research cluster at Cologne Business School (CBS). Mr. Mello possesses significant international experience into cross-culture interaction. A MBA concluded in 2007 at Fundacão Getúlio Vargas (FGV) – Rio de Janeiro, and a MA concluded in 2014 at CBS – Cologne, addresses his academic background. While professional experience in reputed multinational corporations such as: Anheuser-Busch InBev (Brazil) and Lanxess (Germany) approaches the business experience. Currently, Mr. Mello is a PhD candidate at Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. The program focuses on the “Global Mindset” relevance to master intercultural competences into the new challenging environment of international business.
Dr. Shadi Saleh is Founding Director of the Global Health Institute, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Professor of Health Systems and Financing at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Dr. Saleh currently leads the operationalization of AUB’s new Vision on Health, Health 2025. In his previous role as Chairperson of the Health Management and Policy Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB, he founded the Collaborative for Leadership and Innovations in Health Systems (CLI) and the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA). Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Saleh served as a professor of health care finance at the State University of New York at Albany; where he also served as Director of Certificate Programs.
Dr. Saleh’s areas of expertise are in health care financing policy and reform, economic evaluations of innovative health care interventions, and building a business case for quality and health care access and equity. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and commissioned reports and serves on the editorial boards of leading health systems journals. He serves as a World Bank, WHO and UN advisor for health care financing policy and system strengthening projects.
Shadi Saleh holds a PhD in Health Policy (minor in health care finance) from the University of Iowa and an Masters of Public Health (health services administration) and a BS from AUB.
Cedrus Bank aims to achieve a more balanced gender distribution and equality between all employees: Women and men are treated equally, have the same opportunities specially in reaching high-ranking positions.For now we have 140 employees in total, 74 are males and 66 are females.
Strong institutions mean strong Governance. Cedrus Invest Bank (Mother Company) recently won CFI.CO’s Best Bank Governance- Lebanon 2017 in recognition of its commitment to implement the best corporate governance practices at every level within the bank to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders – (Attached is CFI.co’s editorial).
We, at Cedrus Bank believe that innovation is one of the main pillars that will separate “the best from the rest”. This is why we are working on a new omnichannel platform that will create a cohesive interaction experience for all our customers. The first phase will be launched next month and the complete one will be finalized by Dec 2017.
HST Co. is committed to supporting the less fortunate by providing yearly donations in the form of clothing and financial contributions.
HST Co. believes in the importance of creating positive environments for people to flourish. As such the company have embarked on several renovation programs in the hopes of making a difference. HST Co, has rehabilitated the dental clinic at the Lebanese public school in Ras El Nabeh, as well as the garden, playground and classrooms at the School for the Blind and Deaf in Hadath. Additionally, customized school uniforms were provided to public school students to begin the year with a fresh start.
HST Co. is a firm believer in gender equality, operating within a framework of equal employment opportunities and salary criteria, regardless of gender.
HST Co. was established in 1973 and has continued to grow and expand ever since, despite fluctuating economic situations. The company has created countless job opportunities throughout the years, providing a stimulating and safe work environment that promotes open communication at all levels.
The HST Co. recruitment process provides physically challenged candidates with the opportunity to find suitable employment options based on each respective case.
HST Co. is committed to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. The company has adopted a green policy by ensuring the use of environmentally friendly products, recyclable material and energy saving equipment across all its outlets.
Minister of Education
H.E. Marwan Hamade serves as a Director of Credit Libanais SAL. H.E. Hamade is a Member of the Strategic Council of St Joseph University, Beirut. He served in various capacities in different cabinets in Lebanon, including Minister of Telecommunications, Minister of Economy and Trade, Minister of Tourism, Minister of Health and Minister of the Displaced. He started his career as an Economic and Political Columnist in an-Nahar and L’Orient-Le-Jour daily newspapers before serving as an-Nahar Group President and Director. He also served as Member of the Higher Council of the Lebanese Press; Consultant for the World Organization of Health for the Middle East and Member of the International Committee of Bioethics at UNESCO.
ITG gives equal chances when hiring people regardless of Religion, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, race, or color does not affect hiring, promotion, development opportunities, pay, or benefits.
ITG is strongly committed to fair treatment of employees based on merit not other categories
ITG offers equal chances to women, by giving them access to positions that are traditionally reserved for men o ITG signed the “Women in Boardroom” initiative, from the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), which seeks to push women empowerment further in Lebanon and to increase the number of women on their Board of Directors
22% of managerial positions at ITG are held by women (General Managers and head of departments at group level).
28% of ITG Staff are women and 11% of the women are engineers. o ITG posted several ‘Gender Equality’ messages on our social media platforms, to raise awareness
ITG is against any form of discrimination, as stated in the ITG Employee Handbook o Held a WORKSHOP ON THE INCLUSION OF DISABLED PEOPLE AT THE WORKPLACE
ITG’ HR Department has an open door policy, in which any employee can address any complaint
Smoking is prohibited in some areas within ITG sites, without exception and at all times.
Medical insurance plan for the employees and their direct dependents (Spouse, Children) o Life insurance plan
ITG provides job opportunities for fresh graduates as well as senior profiles, in order to ensure diversity in its workforce o In 2016, we recruited a total of 116 employees.
Encouraging our employees continuous education: provides universities special discounts (10-25%) for staff in AUST, USEK, Antoine University o Employees have constant training and courses through “ITG Academy” programs (156 employee were a part of this program)
ITG sponsored Arduino day at AUST where students from different schools need to create a robot that follows light and avoids obstacles using arduino.
SDG 17 Collaborates with universities & employees involvement
ITG organized a 2 days’ workshop at ULF-Université Libano-Francaise, about Project Management
ITG sponsored “Girls Got IT” event that had young 400+ girls with technology related hands-on activities to encourage young girls to select scientific career options to bridge the gender gap in technology-related fields.
INTERNSHIPS PROGRAMS with the successful interns are later interviewed by the Recruitment dept. for a possibility to become an ITG employee.
ITG and the Antonine University Faculty of Engineering, organized a symposium under the title “From Academia to Professional Life”
ITG & USEK signed a partnership to facilite the exchange of expertise among professors and students
ITG organized a symposium in collaboration with NDU-Notre Dame University, under the title “Preparing yourself for job hunting”
ITG & AUST signed an agreement for students placement and expertise sharing
ITG participated in the MARATHON 2015: PARTICIPATION WITH “MY SCHOOL PULSE”
Contributes in part to its employees children’s tuition fees: Up to 1,000,000 LBP per year per child at school and 1,500,000 LBP per year per child at uni (for the first two years only)
ITG held a CHRISTMAS 2015 ACTIVITY: FOOD DONATION WITH “FOODBLESSED”
Held a BLOOD DONATION ACTIVITY IN COLLABORATION WITH “DSC LEBANON”
In November 2016, ITG supported the local apple farmers during their ongoing distribution crisis
ITG Green Headquarters: use of Solar Photovoltaic system saving CO2 emissions, 25 trees, liters of oil and kwh o The building architecture includes external skin (metal panels), on all the façades, allowing to manage the sun light
Lighting Management & Shading solutions with a strategy to optimize energy usage o 7,12,17 In 2015, ‘460 The Multimedia Store’ the ITG group retail store, collaborated with ‘Beeatoona’, an NGO supportive of green environment, to launch a technology recycling initiative encouraging everyone to recycle their old technology items, and help reduce electronic waste.
Greenery plantations for more shading and less heat (bamboo and tree planting)
Recycling Initiatives: PAPER RECYCLING In cooperation with ‘Terre Liban’, ITG gathered 41,650 Kgs of paper in 5 years = 1,103,641 litres of WATER and 708 planted TREES
Offers biodegradable plastic bags
Offers bins for plastic, glass, nylon with ‘L’Ecoute’, an NGO that finances their projects through recycling to serve handicapped people.
Conducted awareness training sessions to staff regarding Reduce /Re-use /Recycle habits o SPONSORING ‘EARTH HOUR LEBANON 2016’ (using photovoltaic to have carbon neutral events) o JOINING THE ‘LEBANON CLIMATE ACT’ INITIATIVE (LCA) (climate change engagement to become more ecofriendly)
SIGNING THE GREEN PLEDGE OF ‘LEBANON OPPORTUNITIES’ (to inform and enable the business community on ways to become environmentally friendly in an economically feasible manner)
Works on reducing poverty by enabling women to work and helping them find decent jobs and therefore allowing financial independence and double income for families.
Works on ending hunger by giving healthy free meals to the children at the association.
By supporting Queasine, a kitchen that delivers food, Fernand Hosri is able to try and feed as many children as possible with every meal that is bought from Queasine. The food is also aimed at being healthy and nutritious to improve the well-being of those consuming it.
Supports EYWA Association which educates young women and empowers them to become active members in the society. Offering them education and matching them with jobs as well as well-developed.
Supports young women and girls and empowers them though their internship programs and by allowing them to achieve financial independence. Works to empower all women by providing equal employment opportunities.
They make sure to have a full loop in promoting economic growth by having the profits from Queasine go to the EYWA Association which supports gender equality through employment opportunities.
Started the Unleash your creativity to support the youth and give them opportunities
100% of paper, cartons, cans and plastic go to recycling. Moreover, 100% of ink and computers also go to special companies for recycling.
Tricom does not employ any children in their organization and stands firmly against child labor.
The work force is composed of 50% male and 50% female, of which almost 10% is disabled people.
Tricom’s employees are given their individual rights of freedom, expression, and opinion. They even have created their own syndicate.
RMF has been operating for the past 26 years, and has implemented numerous development projects across Lebanon in sectors like Education and Human Development, Economic Development, Health and Social Care, Agriculture and Rural Development, Local Authorities and Decentralization.
The below figures cover the period from 2006 till 2015 where numerous projects were implemented across Lebanon.
Education & Human development
– Extracurricular activities to 39,019 students
– Rehabilitation of 120 public schools
– 5,000 small producers receiving publications on available micro financing opportunities
– Job orientation for 6,500 women and girls
Health & Social Care
– 100,000 beneficiaries per year from RMF’s mobile clinics
– 93,092 beneficiaries from WASH – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects
Agriculture and Rural Development
– 10,000 families benefiting from RMF ‘s fixed agricultural facilities
– 9,600 farmers given needed agricultural guidance
Local Authorities & Decentralization
– 2,010 municipal development committees formation
– 672 municipal capacity building
PiDRAYA: The publisher of HOME Magazine and CSR.
PiDRAYA provides CSR workshops with international certifications to help raise awareness on this topic as it is primarily a social enterprise.
HOME Magazine, published by PiDRAYA, is made of FSC-approved papers to help preserve the environment and the natural resources
It also contributed to a fundraising event that aims at helping children in need. HOLDAL decided to pursue “Everyone deserves a Christmas thought” initiative in the last quarter of the year. We have collected 54 boxes this year, full of clothes, toys, shoes, accessories, bags, canned food and love!
HOLDAL and Food & Design offered 1,000 meals to deprived families and to the Lebanese Food Bank (LFB).
In 2016, and for the 4 th consecutive year, more than 30 colleagues from HOLDAL participated to Donner Sang Compter (DSC) initiative: 13 blood units were collected!
For the 2nd consecutive year, LRC Basic First Aid Training was offered to all our colleagues.
HOLDAL has now gathered a team of 91 rescuers. In addition, we have installed First Aid kits across our offices, warehouses and stores.
Donated For Life Campaign to support Children Cancer Center (CCCL) for the 3rd consecutive year, and ran the Donate for Life campaign in all its retail stores in partnership with Children Cancer Center of Lebanon. It was able to collect $2,000 and sponsored the CCCL Couture Bazaar in 2016
Kipling fans and clients supported Teach for Lebanon (TFL) during September with the purchase of Kipling’s signature monkey puller. All proceeds were donated to TFL.
HOLDAL Recycling Program has been running for 6 years. This year, it launched a new partnership with Arc En Ciel to improve our recycling of paper, plastic and aluminum. It will be adding organic and glass waste recycling in the near future.
It partnered with Beeatoona over electronic waste recycling. Through this partnership, it will becom a Zero Waste Company soon
HOLDAL organized its 1st Social Community Day at Domaine de Taanayel, Arc En Ciel. We had over 114 colleagues attending our annual gathering. The main focus this year was on keeping our country Green and learning the fundamentals of Recycling.
8.2 Tons of paper, 1.9 Tons of plastic and 100 KG of aluminum were recycled
HOLDAL Group is proud to have taken part
– in collaboration with Fattal Group
– in the Environmental Championship Program organized by Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) and ECO Consulting. A unique summer camp! 14 children of Holdal and Fattal employees discovered the Lebanese Eco System and got to know some facts about our environment. They have learned so much about our country and about waste management, recycling, up-cycling and many more…
34 NGOs supported by HOLDAL
HOLDAL and Food & Design offered 1,000 meals to deprived families and to the Lebanese Food Bank (LFB) and fransabank.
Collaborated with Donner Sang Compter (DSC), Lebanese Red Cross, the Lebanese
Breast Cancer Foundation, Arc En Ciel, Children’s Cancer Center Lebanon,Teach for Lebanon and Bassma, Dar Al Amal, Orphan Welfare Society, Himaya and Paradis d’Enfants, Fattal Holding, and Beeatoona.
Les Affichages Pikasso is OHSAS 18001:2007 certified which ensures a safe, suitable and healthy work environment for all its employees by specifying requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system and enabling an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance.
Les Affichages Pikasso is certified and in compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards which shows its commitment to the continuous improvement and excellence of Out Of Home Industry, while implementing and maintaining a Quality, Safety and Environmental Management System based upon the requirements and respect of urban environment, laws and regulations, and other requirements of the Outdoor Advertising.
Les Affichages Pikasso strives, through its QSE Policy, to prevent and minimize pollution and promote environmental awareness in the purpose of developing Community Involvement and engaging companies and society to have a responsible behavior.
All HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) hazards are well identified and their impacts are evaluated and measured according to Hazard aspect identification risk impact assessment. Once analyzed, control measures for every hazard are implemented in order to manage all risks (i.e.
Substitution, Elimination, and Engineering controls measures and Administrative Controls).
Furthermore, and since 2002, Pikasso has worked hand in hand with different organizations to ensure an environmentally appropriate waste management system, one where all its recyclable remains are correctly disposed of as part of Pikasso’s zero waste programs.
As part of their environmental initiatives in all the regions where their panels are located, they have coordinated with municipalities and developed a recycling program with the aim of protecting the environment. In fact, they have a dedicated team whose sole task is to remove all waste and clean the area within a set timeframe of 48 hours following the dismantling of a campaign.
Their used flexes are recycled to produce attractive fashionable beach and shopping bags. These are distributed at environmental awareness events or during campaigns held for recycling or re-use.
Pikasso acquired an E-Lampinator to recycle the light bulbs and tubes used to illuminate their advertising panels.
The glue used with the posters is eco-friendly made from non-chemical potato based material and is biodegradable and non-harmful to the environment. It is without toxins or odors and causes no soil contamination if in contact with the ground.
80% of wastes were controlled and recycled in 2016.
Les Affichages Pikasso has developed an Anti-Corruption Policy which is applicable to all employees and everyone we do business with, including agents, representatives, consultants, independent contractors and anyone acting on behalf of Pikasso.
They worked with a renowned designer in order to produce bags and accessories for underprivileged children throughout Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Algeria. These bags and accessories were manufactured by people with special needs and women related NGOs.
Fattal’s employees’ health condition and safety is yet another important priority. Consequently, they regularly invest in long term health centered programs such as the ‘Proactive Spinal Care Awareness Program’ intended to help our people better manage physical strain. Similarly, they offer occupational safety programs aimed at raising awareness and protecting their employees against injuries. In this context, they launched in 2015 the YASA ‘Driving Improvement Program (DIP) and in 2014, the ‘First Aid Program’ which they carry out in cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross.
In 1987, Our Lady of Hope Foundation was created on an initiative of the Fattal Group in order to help students with very limited financial means access proper and steady schooling. It has been since, and still is the pillar through which they impact the community the most, interacting with educational institutions all across the country providing grants and varied educational support without discrimination. In 2014-2015 and through our Foundation, we boosted fundraising initiatives, developed further new activities, involved more donors and engaged more volunteers. They also partnered with several institutions serving the same cause as them. Today, Our Lady of Hope Foundation is more than ever actively fostering education, giving access to education to hundreds of children who happened to be born in less advantaged communities. In 2014, the total amount of schooling fees contributions was in excess of 300$K Collaboration with AVSI gave Fattal access to public schools whereas Our Lady of Hope Foundation deals generally with private schools.
To empower women, Fattal sponsored the AIWF (Arab International Women’s Forum) yearly networking event and offered their own recreational premises for the event. AIWF is a unique network linking Arab women with their international counterparts serving as their voice and showcasing their development, ability and competence in business, professional and public life.
Fattal is also active in reducing energy consumption and in offsetting their expansion plans especially when building new offices and warehouses, with large planted areas.
In 2014-2015, a total of 90 university students enrolled in their internship program which they run each year during the months of July and August. Every year, a handful of interns end up proudly working for Fattal once they graduate.
Fattal have put in place several projects to help them act in that direction. In this respect, managing company waste such as office paper, warehouse cardboard, promotional material, IT supplies, plastic and nylon remains are at the heart of their everyday green initiatives.
In 2014 -2015 Fattal saved the equivalent of 4,528 trees (266 Tons of paper/cardboard) via their paper recycling program put in place in 2012.
In 2014-2015, Fattal collected through their workforce, 1.4 tons of plastic bottle caps. In 2014-2015, Fattal delivered to local recycling companies, more than 150 pieces of hardware including old computers, screens, printers, scanners, UPS and other computer accessories.
In 2013, Fattal accomplished a leap forward in reducing paper usage through their accounts receivables department by shifting from printed account statements to a computerized interface, allowing clients to check their dues online. In 2014-2015, this initiative led to a reduction in paper usage worth of nearly 150 reams of A4 paper (375 KG), not to mention the reduction in the consumption of ink cartridges and related hardware.
Fattal’s frequent participation in 2014-2015 to miscellaneous fairs involving Karcher cleaning devices is a typical case whereby they make use of old warehouse pallets and worn tires to furnish their booths, hence conveying to the community a strong ecofriendly message.
Fattal’s concern to maintain a high ratio of built versus green areas throughout their past, current and future expansion plans, has become a full-fledged practice of their sustainable growth culture. At their headquarters in Lebanon, employees and visitors benefit from an outdoor tree shaded area pretty much similar to a small park often used for recreational activities and outdoor lunch break. Similarly, green areas have been taken into account to a large extent at their warehouses in Nahr Ibrahim (North of Beirut) and in their premises in Erbil – Iraqi Kurdistan.
In 2015, they issued the second edition of the Group ‘Code of Ethics and Business Conduct’ responding to an evolving business world characterized by their own expansion across the MENA region and the evolution of the digital technology. The document states the Group’s obligation to abide by the law and by business ethics. It also states its firm commitment to preserve the environment, empower the community, and protect people’s rights.
Collaborated with Arcenciel to recycle plastic bottle caps. Fattal is proud as well, to be partners to a handful of associations and NGOs whom they sponsor regularly by backing up their causes, ranging from education, drug abuse and help to the elderly, up towards gender equality. Supports ‘Skoun’ in its mission to spread awareness about drug abuse prevention by sponsoring its annual events but also and most importantly by cooperating together in delivering customized awareness sessions to the children we help through our foundation dedicated to education.
Fattal sponsored the AIWF (Arab International Women’s Forum).
Supported LMTA and Jouzour Loubnan associations to support Lebanon’s environment and natural heritage.
Partnered with Donner Sans Compter (DSC).
Partnered with Beirut Marathon Association, for 2 consecutive years, around 400 Fattal Group employees, their family members and friends participated to the 10 KM run for fun race and to the kids’ itinerary with over $20,000 raised annually.
Partnered with AVSI (NGO) for children education.
ABC’s Mission Pink annual campaign aims to create awareness about breast cancer and help engage in the cure of women in need. In 2016, ABC took “Mission Pink” outside its own boundaries to reach a wider target audience- promoting it on a national level and hence creating a larger positive impact within the community. 109,000 USD were donated to NGOs as a result of their Mission Pink activities to date. Primarily, this program has allowed ABC to promote its staff’s health and safety through providing opportunities for women to take mammograms, which in turn decreases their chances of getting breast cancer.
On June 16th, 2015, ABC launched an unprecedented sustainable eco-friendly project in Lebanon that employs photovoltaic energy to generate electricity. The new photovoltaic plants are expected to reduce energy consumption at ABC stores by 21% with a yearly CO2 offset of 366 tons. This is equivalent to planting 97 trees per year and saving 155,250 liters of oil. With this first photovoltaic plant in place, ABC avoided a total of 716.57 tons of CO2 emissions in 2016 alone. In 2015, their solar power plant in Achrafieh covered 31% of the Department Store demand.
ABC is also promoting and supporting Lebanese young designers by offering them free space at ABC to sell items of their own design and creation. ABC thus empowers local Lebanese talent through providing opportunities for exposure and success. ABC is committed to supporting its employees and ensuring their professional development and growth. Trainings are regularly customized to meet individual employee needs and often include higher learning certificates such as CMA, CFA, and CIA. ABC has a Talent Academy targeted towards enhancing its staffs skills and improving their retention rates; it is done in collaboration with Phi Management Group. Their second development program “ABC Advanced Management Program”, was created in partnership with “Ecole Superieure des Affaires de Beyrouth” (ESA). This program has been developed and tailored specifically for ABC in cooperation with the ABC operations team and targets mainly floor managers and the buying team. ABC is committed to progressive performance management, to help their talent in growing to their real potential.
Reduced Inequalities ABC is dedicated to hiring, engaging, and retaining a diverse and talented workforce.
ABC has defined measurable environmental, social and governance performance indicators based on our strategic priorities. An example of such is in relation to ABC’s photovoltaic plant and waste management initiatives; ABC carefully tracks how much waste is segregated and how much energy is saved. They monitor their generated and recycled waste. Their Waste Management Program recycled more than 250,000 Kg of recyclable material during a one-year period.
ABC has assigned clear responsibilities for environmental issues within the organization. As part of the training department, every year they make sure to conduct regular trainings to all their employees to promote awareness of the importance of social and environmental responsibility. They are thus increasingly mindful of their environmental footprint and trying to manage it proactively through awareness raising and internal and external initiatives. ABC, in collaboration with Zero Waste ACT, launched its waste management campaign “Join the cycle” in 2015. The campaign aims to lead positive change in the Lebanese community, minimize the mall’s waste, including those of its employees, tenants and customers, and shed light on a crucial CSR subject while acting as a role model for other corporations and the Lebanese community as whole. Phase 1 of the waste management campaign was targeted at school students and customers to help expose them to environmental awareness and recycling. Phase 2 consisted of seminars with specialists and the general public to help make them into more environmentally conscious citizens. ABC’s campaign is promoting good waste practices among the Lebanese by implementing in parallel a series of awareness raising initiatives within its malls. These include: introducing recycle bins, distributing educational materials, conducting educational games for children as well as setting up promotional platforms on the importance of recycling. The company has also distributed waste sorting tote bags to its customers in order to elicit sorting as a habit, thus individually contributing to the dissolution of the waste crisis. ABC’s efforts towards environmental sustainability were widely recognized through being an early pioneer signatory of the Green Pledge by Lebanon Opportunities.
ABC has recently adopted an explicit Code of Ethics and Conduct, which formalizes their commitment to the highest ethics standards in dealing with their internal and external stakeholders, including fostering professional conduct, promoting a positive work environment, ensuring quality, acting responsibility and promoting reciprocal respect and security. ABC has also adopted a progressive CSR Policy, to formalize the principles of its sustainability engagement. precautionary principle and appreciation of the limits to growth of the ecosystem around us, and their valuing of the principles of continuous reporting and improvement. In 2012 ABC launched its own anti-smoking campaign and banned smoking on all of its grounds, with the exception of specifically designated outdoor locations. They have also put in place progressive HR policies that promote Human Rights, Anti-Corruption and competitive compensation and benefits. Their CSR policy outlines their commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits, their respect of the
ABC has collaborated with over 40 local NGOs working in various fields to help advance relevant social causes with greater impact. Some of ABC’s most notable partners include the Children’s Cancer Center, Ajialouna, Tamanna, the Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation, Braveheart, Himaya, and Small Bear Big Heart (SBBH), and SOS Children’s Villages. Since 2011, cumulative fundraising done by ABC amounts to over $774,000 donated to 44 NGOs. ABC routinely works with Boecker, a certified food inspector, to ensure the safety and quality of the food served at its premises.
METS respects and advocates human rights to all and has a ZERO tolerance policy for any form of corruption, extortion and bribery. It also trains staff on policies covering corruption, bribery and coercion/conflicts of interest and how to report any improper business and behavior.
It works towards prioritizing innovation to create cost-effective products that alleviate suffering and builds resiliency in developing communities.
METS ENERGY employs more than 500 employees
Created its POWERMET network in 13 different countries and it also promotes diversity as it has an almost even number of female employees as it does male.
METS ENERGY is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for its employees, customers and anyone else who works or visits the factory. It also conducted fire safety evacuation training and such other trainings in order to secure the safety of our staff and their wellbeing while on the job.
Reminds staff to turn off lights and air conditioning units when facilities are not used to save energy. Moreover recycling bins are placed throughout the offices and factory floor.
Solar panels and a wind turbine are used to decrease carbon emissions and power parts of the offices.
MEA has facilitated the travel of Lebanese citizens suffering from chronic diseases to get medical treatment abroad.
In line with their commitment to educational development, MEA supported École Supérieure des Affaires (ESA) in Lebanon to develop a high- tech hall in its “La Tour du Grand Liban” Building to attend to the learning needs of its executive students (EMBA class). This project aims at providing the best learning environment for the region’s elite.
MEA also strives to ensure equal opportunity in all aspects of their employment. In specific, female employees constitute 15% of top management, 34% of middle, management, and 81% of front-line management.
In line with their environmental responsibility, MEA is the main sponsor of the Blue Gold project- a National five-year water plan optimizing the Lebanese Government’s water strategy. One of its main goals includes increasing the water availability and quality throughout Lebanon.
MEA is a key platform for developing the knowledge economy and for providing employment opportunities for Lebanese in this promising field, given Lebanon’s high level of human capital and strategic geographic location. As the nerve center of the Lebanese Economy, we aim to contribute to continued economic growth and revitalization, by contributing to the Lebanese GDP and taxes, creating new jobs and employment opportunities, and through our Aviation Academy and Simulator Center that serve the aviation training needs of Lebanon and the Middle East. Through their Aviation Academy and Simulator Center, MEA pilots will receive high-level training with the best technology available, all of which aim to further bolster safety for their passengers. In mid 2016, MEA launched a huge recruitment campaign that was aimed at increasing and enhancing their current workforce and bring some new talent to the team. By supporting the Blue Gold project, another goal that it is pushing for is providing job opportunities and boosting the economy.
The aviation sector in which they operate makes contributions to other sectors and industries by facilitating their growth and supporting their operations. Accordingly, MEA is cognizant that their success within the aviation sector in Lebanon will have a spillover effect on other sectors and stakeholders whose operations are dependent on theirs, including: aviation fuel suppliers, suppliers of sub-components used in aircraft, construction companies, and a wide variety of business service providers such as customer service, call centers, information technology, and financial and accounting services.
Mitigating the environmental impact of aviation is achieved through an ongoing investment in fleet modernization using new engine options, which aim to reduce fuel consumption through flight operations by optimizing their flight profiles, including speed and altitude.
The cabin uses durable and environmentally responsible products to reduce waste and create weight savings on board aircraft, while enhancing onboard comfort. MEA is in the process of developing their first green building for MEA’s Head Office. This building is going to be built while taking sustainability issues into consideration including waste minimization, and water and energy conservation. Some of the main features that this building exemplifies in addition to its innovative design include water efficiency, energy conservation, materials recycling and resource efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.
For MEA’s 70th anniversary, they began an initiative to plan 70 cedar trees in the reserves and called the newly planted area in the Shouf cedar reserve region “MEA Cedar Forest”. In 2016, this project was taken a step further when MEA planted 7000 cedar trees and 7000 local trees. MEA constantly supports the UNDP’s program for a Greener Lebanon.
MEA has a dedication and commitment to the highest ethical standards in business and the guide to the expected behavior of their employees are outlined in their Code of Conduct, which highlights various rules, regulations, and personnel policies that are instrumental in fostering a culture of trust, workplace discipline, fairness and efficiency. Their Flight Safety Department has developed a Code of Safety, which includes the necessary safety standards and procedures that provide and maintain a systematic approach in identifying safety hazards and managing risks.
As part of their commitment to the development of youth in Lebanon, MEA partnered with Kidzmondo to provide children with a highly interactive training program that seeks to introduce kids to the thrilling world of aviation. The program serves to educate children interested in pursuing a future in the airline industry. MEA collaborated with Airbus to hold The Little Engineer workshops, a series of robotics workshops to promote science and technology among local youth. The workshops were held at the Continuing Education Center of the American University of Beirut. Through this partnership and others, they seek to encourage creative thinking among the youth, develop their skills, and expose and inspire them about the fields of science and technology. MEA supported CIO Lebanon to launch its yearly conference on “Trends and Innovations in Technology” which aimed at introducing the latest information and technological innovations. They also support various CSR conferences, for example in 2014 and 2015, they supported the 4th and 5th CSR Lebanon Forums.
Diploma in Medical Law
Diploma in Procedural Law
Diploma in Construction Law
Master in International Trade
European universities. The new program is in the field of traffic safety.
The main goal of ‘Girls Got IT’ is to promote digital literacy amongst young girls by introducing them to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and developing their digital skills, thus bridging the gender gap.
Medco promotes recycling for a cleaner planet. In partnership with Arcenciel, some stations are collection points for recycling. Medco also fights soil pollution by collecting waste oil from Customers and stations to ensure it is disposed according to best environmental practices.
Medco serves its community by backing up 58 NGOs through its Sharing Program. Medco’s Sharing loyalty Program helps NGO friends and families to collect points when filling at Medco and donate them (in cash) to their favorite NGO.
Medco aims to reduce CO2 emissions by supplying the Lebanese market with its Medco Propellgasoline. Medco Propell is an advanced formula of Unleaded Gasoline 95 and 98 Octane, improved with Additives that saves on consumption, cleans the engine and protects the environment. Medco Propell reduces consumption by up to 5%. If all Lebanon uses Medco Propell, we would spare our environment almost 60 thousand metric tons of CO2! Which is equivalent to removing 13,000 cars off the street.
Good health and well being is not only about palpable food and medication for the body. Music and Arts are food and medication for the soul.
Ayadina Association provides a service no one else is giving; a service which addresses the social well being of our community:
– Children and youth are offered art classes because there’s no therapy like art. Art allows them to imagine new possibilities, to embark on a personal journey of self‐discovery and to develop into creative problem solvers in
their own, unique way. They are inspired to dream and grow into positive role models in their community.
In the academic year 2016-17, we served 162 students who enrolled in one or more of the following areas: Visual arts (22); Dance (90); Drama (24); and Music (51).
– Senior citizens are offered a full psychosocial program that embraces their basic needs and provides them with the opportunity to socialize and feel a sense of belonging.
This year, 52 senior citizens benefited from our services, ongoing since 2004.
We believe that by truly touching one person, a positive ripple effect is created, and an entire community is moved. By opening up opportunities at the center, hope trickles outward nourishing every home in every corner of the community.
Quality education goes beyond math and literature.
– Arts education is not a luxury; it’s a right for everyone. And while the Lebanese official curriculum emphasizes on the importance of arts: Drama, Visual Arts and Music… This curriculum remains however not implemented in most governmental and even private schools. Ayadina Association takes on the mission of compensating for this ongoing neglect.
– Quality education is a tool towards reaching a sustainable quality of life. Ayadina Association provides courses specifically tailored with the goal to empower socioeconomically marginalized women and youth through skills building, consequently expanding their access to educational and employment opportunities.
A six weeks basic numeracy and computer literacy intensive course for youth took place at Ayadina Association, in collaboration with AVSI, Unicef and the Fellowship of the Least Coin.
A new “Women Empowerment” program in collaboration with MEPI is due to be launched in October 2017, aiming towards providing courses for young Lebanese women in the following areas: English and computer; embroidery; cooking; makeup. This program will provide tools for these women to become economically self-sufficient.
At Ayadina Association, everyone is welcome and is treated with dignity and respect.
– Beneficiaries of Ayadina Association’s services come from different communities and nationalities: Lebanese, Syrian, Armenian, Kurdish, Iraqi, Russian, and Ukrainian… All sharing together the same courses, the same activities. We set an example of acceptance and tolerance.
– Children and youth from different socioeconomic background benefit equally from the same services. We are proud to build bridges and lifelong friendships between those who are fortunate and those who are underprivileged.
A “sponsor a child” program was set, allowing donors to secretly sponsor the education fees of our most needy students, for as low as 20$ per month.
– Through our Senior Citizens Program, and our Women and Youth Empowerment Program, we target the most vulnerable members of the society; providing them with social and economic inclusion and support.
– Insuring financial inclusion by reaching unbanked and rural areas
– Striving to offer women equal access to banking and financial services
– Implemented a full Emergency Response Plan to ensure the health and safety of employees
– promoting financial education through content published on our websites and social media platforms as well as during roadshows and the Business Power Sessions (trainings for entrepreneurs)
– providing education loans subsidized by the Lebanese Central Bank to insure education for all
– providing employees with educational loans at very low rates to give them the opportunity to pursue their education all the while working at BLC Bank
– Investing in education for employees’ children through yearly allocated tuition fees
– First bank in MENA to join and chair the Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA), to sign the UN WEPs principles and join the UN WEPs Leadership Group.
– First bank in MENA to launch a program dedicated to women’s economic empowerment that tackles all stakeholders (staff, clients, suppliers, etc.)
– Equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their gender at all stages of their journey within the bank (recruitment, promotion, retaining, training)
– Committed to develop environmentally friendly products and encourage the spreading of renewable energies by providing green loans that cover a wide range of eco-friendly possibilities
– Striving towards a more diverse and inclusive workplace free of any kind of discrimination
– established a set of policies insuring employees a safe workplace (whistle blowing policy; grievance policy…)
– Encouraging management communication with staff and employee engagement: Active syndicate of 7 employees liaising with management and a Club of 10 employees organizing events and activities to promote employee well-being.
– Offering clients a state of the art and innovative services and products in an effort to meet their expectations and needs: First network of smart ATMs, innovative internet and mobile banking solutions…
– Creating groundbreaking programs dedicated to serve and empower untapped segments of the Lebanese economic ecosystem: We Initiative, SME program, Brilliant Lebanese Awards, Business Power Sessions…
– Making new and old branches accessible to all.
– Establishing a set of procurement policies aiming to protect the environment, empower women and Lebanese SMEs and deal with likeminded suppliers.
-BLC Bank’s Credit Lending policy restricts BLC Bank from financing any company suspected of money laundering, child labor, weapon traffic or any illegal activity that is not in line with the respect of human rights.
– Developed a Corporate Environmental Policy to help fight climate change
– BLC Bank Head Office was the first commercial building in Lebanon to undergo a green retrofit and implement the 4Rs approach
– BLC Bank plays an active role in the reforestation efforts of local NGOs
– Collaboration with Jouzour Loubnan through continual funding and support and through the organization of reforestation days. This project also includes the drip irrigation, maintenance and guardianship of replanted areas
– Helping the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) in its efforts to protect the ecosystem and native trees. BLC Bank helped APJM establish an equipped laboratory in vicinity to its existing nurseries. This facility will provide a space to clean process, store and treat seeds and will enable the association to increase germination rates by improving germination protocols
-Abiding by very strict anti-corruption regulations
-Implemented the AML-CFT policy against money laundering and the funding of terrorist and criminal activities
– Conducting continuous trainings and awareness sessions for the employees on fighting all forms of corruption.
Partners with various NGOs to help achieve their green and ecological goals.
National Representative of GCNL, Professor of Management, Kamal Shair Endowed Chair in Responsible Leadership, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Dr. Dima Jamali is Professor of Management and Kamal Shair Endowed Chair in Responsible Leadership in the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. She holds a PhD in Social Policy and Administration, from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. Her research and teaching revolve primarily around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Entrepreneurship (SE). She is the author and/or editor of three books (CSR in the Middle East; SE in the Middle East; and CSR in Developing Countries), and over 50 international publications, focusing on different aspects of CSR and SE in the Middle East all appearing in top journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly and British Journal of Management. She is the winner of the 2010 Shoman Prize for best young Arab researcher and a member of the Eisenhower Fellows, a global network of leading professionals committed to collaborate for a more prosperous, just and peaceful world.
Dean of Olayan School of Business, AUB
Steve Harvey, PhD, a recognized scholar in management and human resources, is currently the dean of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Dr. Harvey was the dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, which is ranked by both the Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek amongst the best business schools worldwide.
Dr. Harvey’s areas of expertise include: organization staffing, management, human resource management, organizational behavior, occupational stress and wellness, and organizational conflict and negotiations. As dean, he has experience in introducing innovative new programs in both regular and executive education. In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. Harvey has served as a consultant to the private and non-profit sectors. He regularly presents his work at international conferences and has published in diverse journals.
President of the American University of Beirut
Fadlo, R. Khuri, MD, is the 16th president of the American University of Beirut. He was elected in March 2015 and assumed office in September 2015. Dr. Khuri was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, and holds the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research. He also served as Deputy Director for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Dr. Khuri was also appointed Executive Associate Dean for Research of the Emory University School of Medicine.
An AUB trustee and AUB former student, he has been a member of Naef K. Basile Foundation Board of Trustees since 2005, and a member of the Atlanta International School Board of Trustees since 2009. Dr. Khuri has chaired the AUB Medical School International Advisory Committee since 2010. He served as chair of the education committee of the Atlanta International School board of trustees.
“PRME – 10 years on. What has been achieved? What is to come in the era of the UN Sustainable Development Goals?”
“What is the role of Chapters in this?”
Carole Parkes is Professor of Management – Global Issues and Responsible Management at Winchester University Business School – a PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Champion School and has both a business and academic background. In addition to being Chair of the PRME Regional Chapter UK & Ireland, Carole is a member the PRME Advisory Group, an editor of publications for the Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education PRME Working Group, Chair of the UK Sustainability Literacy Test Group. In 2012/3, Carole was invited to be the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics at Dominican University in Chicago and in 2015, a ‘Researcher in Residence’ at PRME in New York.
Carole was previously Director of Social Responsibility & Sustainability at Aston University, where she developed and led ethics, responsibility and sustainability, first in the Business School and the Aston MBA and then across all schools in the University.
In July 2017, at the 10th Anniversary PRME Global Forum UN Reception, Carole was presented with a PRME Pioneer Award ‘for her leadership and commitment to the development of PRME’ and her appointment as ‘Special Advisor to the UN PRME initiative (for Chapters) was announced. Carole is also an Inaugural Fellow of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and on the Editorial Board for Greenleaf Publishing. In 2016, she was invited to be the Guest Editor for a PRME 10th Anniversary Special Issue of the International Journal of Management Education (launched at the 2017 PRME Global Forum) and is now an Associate Editor for the Journal. Carole regularly speaks, publishes and participates in academic and practitioner events, locally and globally and also works with a range of business and community groups.
Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Sagesse University, President of The World Economics Association in Lebanon, Full Professor of Business & Economic Strategy, and an Economic Strategist
“The Sagesse Business School: A Sustainable Success Story”
Dr. Rock-Antoine Mehanna is the Dean of the School of Business at Sagesse University, President of The World Economics Association – Lebanon Chapter, and Full Professor of Business Strategy. He has previously taught at major universities in the United States, where he has received his graduate studies and professional training. Dean Mehanna still lectures at major American, French, and Lebanese universities. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Strategy (with High Distinction), an MBA in Finance (with Academic Excellence Award), and a B.S. in Business and Economics. Dean Mehanna’s consultancy, research, and teaching experiences are in business and economic strategy, international business development, international trade, economic development, and doing business in the Middle East. He is the author of ten books and has published a large number of articles in international refereed journals, as well as presided over numerous sessions at international conferences. He is frequently cited and interviewed for his expert opinion by such media outlets as the Associated Press, CNBC, and CNN, among others. He serves on the editorial boards of several international refereed journals published in the U.S. and Europe, as well as a consultant to a number of business corporations, non-governmental organizations, and multinational agencies, including, The World Bank and The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dr. Mehanna gives lectures and consulting advice in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, among others. He is the recipient of the “2007 Best Business and Economic Researcher in the Middle East” and the “2013/2014 B-School Asian Leadership Award”.
Professor of Practice at the Business School, and Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business, The American University in Cairo (AUC)
“Gerhart Center and the role it is playing in promoting responsible business, civic engagement and philanthropy”
Dr Awni teaches operations management courses at the undergraduate and MBA level. His areas of research are in applications of operations management in Egypt, and for SMEs in particular, operations and supply chain innovations for base of the pyramid, upgrading of operations for Egyptian exporters, and suppliers’ selection and evaluation. He teaches operations and supply chain management courses for EMBA and executive education at Egypt, Romania, and Germany. As a director of the Gerhart Center, he led the transition of the center to the School of Business, including the addition of responsible business theme.
Prior to joining the AUC Awni was the Head of the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) Unit, at the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Government of Egypt. Awni was the Partner-in-charge of supply chain consulting services at KPMG Hazem Hassan in Egypt, where he guided and directed the successful completion of various projects in supply chain diagnostics, process design and performance improvement in operations and business logistics for clients in food, consumer products, industrial, apparel and pharmaceutical industries. Awni has extensive management consulting, software systems development, and operations research experience in the USA focusing on supply chain management and business logistics improvements.
Ali Awni holds BS in Computer Science & Statistics from Kuwait University, MS in Systems Science from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from North Carolina State University.
Managing Partner, Beyond Reform & Development (BRDI) Group
Senior Partner, Beyond Consulting & Training
World Fellow ‘08’, Yale University
Lecturer, Université Saint Joseph (USJ) on Social Entrepreneurship
Senior Advisor, Kuwait Minister of Commerce and Industry
“Social Entrepreneurship: A Vehicle for an Alternative Development Model”
A strategy advisor, a leadership consultant, and a social entrepreneur, Gilbert has dedicated his work, for more than two decades, to meaningful transformation through policy innovation, institutional strengthening, and capacity development for more than two decades.
Gilbert is a Founder and Managing Partner of Beyond Reform & Development (BRDI) Group, a social enterprise and a consulting firm working to establish innovative, inclusive, and participatory policies and institutions in twelve countries in Middle East and North Africa region. Most recently, he has been appointed the advisor to the Minister of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait, Building the capacity of the Nepalese Prime Minister’s Office and Parliament, and coaching senior public officials in Saudi Arabia. He was recently appointed as the advisor to Minister of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait. He is working as well on building the capacity of the Nepalese Prime Minister’s Office and Parliament, and coaching senior public officials in Saudi Arabia.
His conviction that social entrepreneurship could be a mechanism for economic inclusion and political stability in a fragile and turbulent MENA region, he has been invested in developing the ecosystem and fostering collaborating with all different public, private and international stakeholders. Most recently, he worked with the European Union in developing the ecosystem strategy for six countries on the South Mediterranean, he helped set up the first Master program at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Carthage (IHEC) in Tunisia, a first graduate diploma at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon and an undergraduate curriculum with the International Labor Organization for all universities in Yemen.
Gilbert is a founder and senior partner of Beyond Consulting & Training (BCT), a 15 year-old management and training firm specialized in leadership and organizational development serving multinational and large companies across the MENA region. Training over 5,000 global leaders in the last five years, he is sought after for his experiential and dynamic training skills.
Gilbert facilitates a leadership course at Yale University within the Masters of Advanced Management at the School of Management and the pre-MBA program at the Yale Center in Beijing.
He is a lecturer at Universite Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, teaching courses on Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship.
He is a World Fellow (2008) at Yale University, a member of the American Society for Public Administration, and a founding member of both Injaz Lebanon a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, a non-governmental organization promoting leadership and entrepreneurship amongst youth in schools.
Gilbert has published numerous articles on leadership, political transition, social entrepreneurship, economic development, and youth empowerment. He is a regular contributor to CNN Arabic and Huffington Post, and his work has been featured in Sada-Carnegie Endowment, Stanford Innovation Review, BBC, the Washington Post, Al Arabia, LBC, Annahar, Assafir, and Libya Herald. His writing has been influenced by years of political activism, including his work in civil society campaigns to fight sectarianism, corruption, and undemocratic practices.
Dean of the School of Education at the Lebanese International University
“LIU’s and Al Gadd’s target to Sustainable Development Goals – From Challenges through Engagement to Empowerment!”
As a fully qualified teacher with 32 years of varied experience in schools and 12 years at university, Dr. Anwar Kawtharani has been serving as the Dean of the School of Education at the Lebanese International University since 2010. Results-oriented, high-energy, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishments in the education field, training, assessment, and communication have been part of his profession with students and instructor. He is the Head of the English Language coordinator at AMJAD High School since 2000. Dr. Kawtharani serves on the Executive Board of Assessment for the Lebanese Official Exams committee of English Language for secondary classes at the Ministry of Education in Lebanon since 2001. He also serves on the Higher Committee for Curriculum Development of the Lebanese National Center for Educational Research (NCERD) since 1998 and regularly conducts in-service training in schools and universities in Lebanon. He is involved in curriculum design and professional development in 9 Arab countries (Sudan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Oman Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Qatar) and 4 in Europe (England, Slovakia, Spain and Slovenia). He is also an advisor and reader for PhD candidates in the field of Education and TEFL at the Lebanese University since 2013. He is an AdvancED team evaluator and certified eleot – observer for effective leaning environment observation tools, 2017. He is one of International School Award Ambassadors for the British Council in Beirut since 2005 overseeing global concepts in education integrated into teaching curricula. Dr Kawtharani has now been appointed as a permanent member on the Arab Council of Universities on Quality Assurance as of 2017. Not to forget, Dr. Kawtharani has coauthored academic books and contributed to research articles in the field of Education and TESL leaving him as a well-rounded educational figure.
– Collaborated with schools and universities to raise awareness about autism.
– LAS is organizing monthly parent support group sessions to support the families and guide them.
– LAS supported “Zumba for Autism” event: an initiative that combined Zumba and good cause; the instructor of the class handed the proceeds to LAS.
– Hotel 1866 and LAS came together to support local families with children with Autism in an event called “Your Day Away”.
– Partner with schools and universities on a regular basis to lecture and present to them about autism and raise awareness about it.
– Focuses on specialized educational programs for the different needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.
– LAS launched an integration project in 2009 in an English speaking general education setting (CCA-En).
– The Center for Autism Research and Intervention- LASCAIR had 44 students enrolled in its program catered by 37 professionals.
– The “Consultancy and Training Department” focused on training professionals in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide students with skills in behavior analysis.
– LAS welcomed the team of Deloitte Middle East’s Digital Youth Program where 2 laptops pre-loaded with “e-Learning For Kids” educational courseware were donated to the children of LAS, and members were trained on using the program.
– The Lycee Abdel Kader Hariri-foundation project had 24 students registered for the school year 2015-2016 catered by 31 professionals.
– LAS offers school integration program to the high functioning students with Autism in College du Sacre-Cœur Gemmayzeh and in Adduha High School in Shatila.
– Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, and LAS held the Art exhibition, “Flowery Autism Happening” by Ali Tlais, the Artist with Autism.
– LAS initiated the Lycee Abdel Kader Hariri-foundation, a pioneer project ensuring the integration of Children with Autism in a general education setting.
SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals:
– LAS collaborated with Souk El Akel to raise awareness about autism, support LAS and the services it provides.
– Collaborated with HSBC, Beirut Marathon, GATA event and various educational institutions in order to achieve LAS goals and raise awareness about autism in Lebanon.
– Organized an opera recital with Matteo El Khodr and proceeds went to LAS.
– Hotel 1866 and LAS came together to create an event
– TV stations held a segment on Autism for Autism Awareness month on Future TV, LBC, LBC SAT, Sky News Arabia, Al Hurra and NBN, and Future TV.
– LAS involved Lebanese youth through their educational institutions in the WAAD Campaign. CIS hosted Blue Day, Lebanese University’s Engineering and Science Society collected funds by selling bracelets in support of Autism, Hagazian University’s sports team wore blue for LAS and Collège du Sacré-Coeur and Adduha High school students showed their support for Autism!
– Light up in Blue Campaign event: some of the participating buildings in Lebanon included: Chateaux Rweiss, Le Vendome Hotel, Phoenicia Hotel.
– Lawenha Bethoun event: initiative for a More Colorful Country was done with the collaboration of Bee Creative, an advertising and marketing agency.
– Collaborated with Deloitte and Touche Training.
– Alfa managed by Orascom Telecom and LAS held the Art exhibition, “Flowery Autism Happening” by Ali Tlais, the Artist with Autism.
– Marathon 2015: A team of 1210 LAS runners showed enthusiasm and positive energy in spreading Autism Awareness in this sportive event and participated in the marathon.
– LAS took part of NDU’s Family Psychology Class to spread LAS’s message to students.
– Collaborated with Hotel 1866, Deloitte, Lycee Abdel Kader as well as Alfa Telecom, Dar Al Handassah, College du Sacre-Cœur Gemmayzeh and Adduha High School.
To promote the health and well being of all employees and to maximize safe working environment, smoking is prohibited in all of the areas within Nasri Karam And Sons site.
At the management level, gender equality is respected in number of positions occupied and salaries.
Their internal Regulation is approved by the Ministry of Labor compliant with Lebanese Labor Law and applicable international conventions.
Recycled materials include paper, nylon, cartons and plastic bags (approx. 10%)
Materials are handled according to their Material Safety Date Sheets to ensure emergency procedures and to prevent and address accidents affecting the environment and human health.
For air pollution control, plants are equipped with suitable filters. For waste monitoring, nylon, cartons and plastic are recycled regularly.
They have an official audit function audits the financials and procedures of the business in order to make sure there is no corruption in the workplace. The Human Resources department has an open door policy. If any abuse is reported, appropriate measures are taken according to each case.
Reduced Inequalities: By extensively working on pro bono cases, the firm works towards reducing inequalities in the society since it is providing legal services to everyone in need of them and not just to those who can afford them, making sure that everyone has the right to be represented fairly, since there are a lot of honest cases but no one to defend them.
Responsible Consumption: the firm works towards becoming more environmentally friendly at the office by partnering with recycling companies to make sure that they are reducing the consumption of especially papers at the office.
Peace Justice and Strong Institutions: through their pro bono work, the firm has increased the sense of responsibility within the firm.
Programs and management systems implemented to achieve a healthy and balanced workplace and workforce
No Gender Discrimination
Adel Metni Foundation launched 5 projects in parallel during the last two months, tackling road safety development on the local level.
Committing to Achieve SDGs, and especially in the area of Sustainable & Safe Cities (Related to Traffic Safety & Development), and also applying my registered model entitled LERS (Local Empowerment for Road Safety) which works on improving road safety management at the municipal level in parallel to community empowerment in executing & endorsing traffic safety programs, “Adel Metni Foundation” is proudly executing this program with 4 Municipalities up till now, including Beirut, Sin El Fil, Furn El Chubak , Roumieh and Mansourieh.
Delivering exceptional and comprehensive quality care to patients
Establishing Centers of Excellence and specialized clinical services and units
Pioneering in medical procedures and technologies
Recruitment of top-caliber, highly specialized, and accomplished faculty
Providing excellence in education and training
Offering many residency training programs
Redesigning the Faculty of Medicine curriculum
Offering Master’s and PhD degrees in biomedical science and biomedical engineering
Providing training and medical education to healthcare providers
Leading the way in innovative research
Standardizing and improving the ethical standards of human subject research in alignment with the improvement of interdisciplinary and interfaculty research initiatives
Increasing partnerships and research collaborations
Establishing five basic and translational research Centers of Excellence
Quality Education via partnership with AUB on the Steup Program, educating and preparing adults with intellectual disabilities to be ready as a work force.
Reducing Inequality by several activities with social and schooling inclusion as a main purpose.
Partnership for the goals with our GCNL stakeholders and advocating with other partners.
Children with disabilities health Since 1976, SESOBEL, pioneer, leading institution for the welfare of children with disability, took all possible steps to implement a coherent and monitored service of assisting these children and to accompany their families as partners in facing life’s challenges. More than 1200 children suffering from intellectual and/or motor disabilities or from autism are taken care of in terms of medical, social, educational, rehabilitation, and human assistance. They come from every region in Lebanon and abroad and are welcomed regardless of community, religion or ethnic backgrounds.
Work on the SDG through their various programs:
Goal 3: By ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, with projects such as: Young Leaders Change, HIV in the workplace, Awareness Campaign: Raise your voice against drugs, Solutions to a Healthier Life, and Healthy Diets. Five other projects were concerned with the health and wellbeing SDG whereby they focused on either spreading awareness (against HIV and drug use), promoting healthier lifestyles by raising awareness about healthy dieting or conducting talents shows which resulted in collecting medicine for those in need.
Young Leaders of Change
HIV in the workplace
Awareness Campaign: Raise your voice against Drugs
Solutions to a Healthier Life
Goal 4: Elevating the quality of education with a wide range of topics beginning with teaching students robotics to sharpen their critical thinking and understanding of science to integrating living values in education among refugees and orphans and establishing chemistry and computer labs in schools. The Fellows have recognized that education on the school-level needs reformatory acts and worked innovatively to bridge the gaps between public and private schooling.
After School Support Program
Reading is Fun – 2 Stories
Raising Awareness on Human Rights & the importance of education among refugee children
Enhancing civil values among Refugee Children through Storytelling
Improving Communication Skills among Orphaned Children
Teaching Arabic – (illiteracy)
Education in Lebanese Prisons
Integrating Living Values in Academic Education
Establishing the First Computer Lab
Writing Workshop for Refugee Children
They were exposed to the culture in rural areas and refugee-holding schools in order to promote the values of equality and citizenship. The goal was to expose students to their rights, and to focus on women empowerment and rights whereby some projects taught a select group of women self-defense technique, and other projects focused on human rights, social cohesion, and self expression.
Women Empowerment Through Self-Defense
Women Abuse in Lebanon
Job Orientations (Alumni)
Learning How to Manage our Future
Joining Efforts through Student reunions
Students Will Live their Own Dreams
Citizenship, Human Rights and Social Cohesion among refugees in camps
Public Policy Project: Stray Bullets
Garbage sorting, reducing the crisis
Young Leaders of Change
Citizenship, human rights, self-expression, & social cohesion
Acts of Kindness
The Citizen Preschooler
Developing students’ Leadership skills
The Green Demonstration Room is located on the premises of the Center of Research and Development in Jounieh, whereby students from public and private schools from all the regions in Lebanon could visit and get acquainted with the concept of green buildings, the principles of energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental issues. This Project is the result of three collaborating partners:
The Center of Research and Development. (affiliated to the Ministry of Education and High Education)
The Lebanon Green Building Council “LGBC “
The Green Demonstration Room-Educational Project inauguration
The Green Apple Day educational and international event
Initiating and working on Green Clubs in schools
Certifying five Green projects through The ARZ building rating system
Participation as a judge in the MENA GBC GREEN AWARDS
Efficient role in LIBNOR GREEN STANDARDS committee T205, a group of experts working on rules and standards for green buildings in Lebanon
LGBC has been a part of the team who worked on ” The Green Criteria” for building issued lately at the Orders of Engineers and Architects
In Lebanon, Philip Morris actively carries out a number of corporate social responsibility initiatives that seek to provide underprivileged members of the local community with education opportunities where they would otherwise not have them. Working with the Syndicate of Lebanese Tobacco Growers, PMMS has succeeded in supporting the educational ventures of tobacco farmers’ children, and in bringing educational activities to underprivileged regions of the country.
Further to the company’s commitment to sustainable development, at Philip Morris, the priority is to attract, support and hold on to diverse and unique individuals from every corner of the planet – no matter what the age, background, gender, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability. The company’s diverse, multifaceted and multigenerational workforce is its best asset as it fosters a culture of openness and respect for others.
Principle Ten of the UNGC regards anti-corruption practices. Preventing the illegal sales of tobacco products is one of the company’s core business strategies. It is a key element of sustainability since reducing illicit trade is not only good for PMMS’ business, but also important to mitigate the devastating consequences illicit trade has on governments, societies and communities. Illicit trade accounts for 10-12% of consumed cigarettes worldwide and strips governments of tax revenues of up to USD 40-50 billion each year. At the market level, PMMS has actively and continuously collaborated with local authorities to reduce illicit tobacco trade in Lebanon, effectively returning a considerable amount of taxes to the national economy.
On the research and innovation front, and as we understand the millions of current adult smokers who are looking for less harmful, yet satisfying, alternatives to smoking, we embarked on a journey to give them that choice and fulfill that commitment by pursuing our long-term vision for a smoke-free future. Society expects us to act responsibly, and that is why we announced our ambitious goal to lead a full-scale effort to ensure that Reduced Risk Products (RRPs) ultimately replace cigarettes. The company envisions a smoke-free world where RRPs provide a much better choice for adult smokers than conventional cigarettes.
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere; ArabiaGIS started with “Sharika wa Laken – شريكة ولكن “a story mapping initiative to raise awareness around violence against women in Lebanon.
Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
As part of the advocacy campaign “Hamlat Hakki – حملة حقي” around the accessibility of people with disabilities in Lebanon conducted by the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union – LPHU, ArabiaGIS started a campaign by publishing through tahaki platform the Accessibility mapping of polling centers and schools in Lebanon.
ArabiaGIS launched with DOT Lebanon digital opportunity trust “The Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping for Lebanon” in partnership with (UNESCO, Berytech, MakeSense, & Lebanese League for Women in Business).
When it comes to social entrepreneurship, effective technology must be adopted to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs to thrive and interact. We’ve teamed up together in an exercise to map the social entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Lebanon.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Conserve sea and marine resources: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Protect environment and biodiversity: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
ArabiaGIS through tahaki launched in cooperation with Lebanon Eco Movement a new initiative in order to protect the nature from environmental violations and to preserve sensitive and critical areas. The new initiative documents the environmental violations all over Lebanon, so that violations are supported by pictures and then displayed on the geographical map to show the overall situation and give insights about the big picture. The environmental observatory allows volunteers to determine the places of violations and to report them.
The tool is used to monitor all types of environmental violations:
1. Waste, 2. Air pollution, 3. Water pollution, 4. Soil degradation, 5. Infringement of the beach, 6. Infringement of biological diversity, and 7. Infringement of forest wealth.
ArabiaGIS through tahaki started with “Turath Beirut” a campaign named “National Campaign for the Conservation and Documentation of the Heritage and Old Buildings – الحملة الوطنية لحفظ وتوثيق المباني التراثية والقديمة”
The main purpose of the campaign is to document all the old buildings, private, official, educational, places of worship and other buildings.
Anyone can contribute to the campaign using tahaki crowdsource mobile app, by taking a picture of the building, documenting the information, and sending the information about the building. The app will locate the building and send the geographical location of it automatically.
This new technique allows the citizen to be part of the campaign by contributing to the cause and providing information about the heritage and old buildings in Lebanon, and this made the cause more vibrant.
Deputy-President for Research, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK – Lebanon
” Educating responsible managers: a driver for community engagement “
Nehme Azoury is a Professor and Deputy-President for Research at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK. Former Dean of the Faculty of Business, he lectures in the fields of marketing, strategy and Corporate Governance in several reputed universities namely, The Georges Washington University, which presented him with an appreciation award and Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). As part of his research activities, he has to his credit several publications in internationally renowned scientific journals. To promote research in the Arab world, he is founder and editor of “The Arab Economic & Business Journal”. He also serves as a scientific collaborator at HEC Liège. Beyond his academic and administrative activities, Nehme Azoury is currently Managing-partner at Widein, a consulting firm headquartered in Beirut.
University of Dubai, Dubai Business School
“Sustainable Campus Example: University of Dubai”
Dr. Yaprak Anadol is an assistant professor in marketing department at Dubai Business School. After receiving her BA degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey, Dr. Anadol earned an international scholarship to study in the UK and got her MBA from University of South Wales. She returned back to Hacettepe University to get her PhD and graduated in 2007. She worked with multinational companies including Citibank NA. and Daimler Chrysler Middle East over 10 years. Dr. Anadol is one of the PRME team members at the University of Dubai and has taught various courses including marketing channels, service marketing, consumer behavior, service management and business and society. Her research focus includes corporate social responsibility, consumer behavior, marketing strategies and marketing channels. She is one of the founder members of Turkish Business Council in Dubai and has been living in the UAE since 2000.
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, College of Economics and Political Science
Nisar Ahmad is working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Finance Sultan Qaboos University. Before joining the university he worked at Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark as an Assistant and Associate Professor. Dr. Ahmad obtained his PhD degree from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University Denmark. He has published in international peer reviewed journals such as journal of macroeconomics, journal of economic integrations, journal of borderland studies etc. Dr. Ahmad is a member of the College accreditation committee and is responsible for Ethics, responsibility and Sustainability.
Commercial Insurance respects the Universal Declaration of Human rights and environmental protection. Based on their commitment they have set up a code of ethics of their Quality Undertakings. Commercial Insurance is actively involved in the Human Resources and make sure that any violation will be reported directly to the management via our open door policy. Commercial Insurance is against any form of bribery and clearly communicates it. Commercial Insurance anti-corruption complains are directly reported to the management and is supporting the Lebanese Transparency Association.
Commercial Insurance is very transparent on the employment policies and career without any discrimination.
Commercial Insurance communicates a lot by encouraging employees to recycle, reuse and reduce and uses recycled paper.
We promote youth financial education and inclusion through our participation in Global Money Week and through our internship programs and other educational initiatives.
We believe that education should be accessible to all through our educational loans.
We encourage advancement education program for our employees.
We run youth competitions to university students to foster innovation and creativity.
We support local educational institutions in collaboration with partner organizations.
We adopt voluntarism initiatives for promoting financial education among universities and schools.
We foster diversity and inclusion within the Bank.
We support women empowerment through our microfinance program and SMEs loans.
We support women entrepreneurs through our participation in equity funds as per the Central Bank of Lebanon Circular 331.
We care for the economic development through our responsible lending activities.
We promote financial inclusion through our micro credit program and Small and Medium Size financing loans.
We support young entrepreneurs through our role as a lender and financial intermediary.
We help large businesses grow through our financing products and services.
We are an integral part of the economy and society in our role as an employer, client and taxpayer.
We provide forward-thinking working environment.
We offer progressive working conditions for our employees.
Finance renewable energy and energy efficient projects through their sustainable energy loan. They help businesses flourish through their micro, small, medium, and large business financing products and services. Fransabank invests in innovative start-ups in the Lebanese knowledge economy. They assess the environmental and social management risks associated with their lending activities.
We invest in green projects.
We sign memorandums of understanding with different public and private sectors to promote sustainable energy collaborations.
We provide counselling, auditing, and assistance service for clients wishing to adopt green strategies.
We implement an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) in the Bank’s credit processes.
We offer sustainable energy finance loans for businesses and eco-friendly loans for individuals.
Chairman Mr. Adnan Kassar, was selected to represent SDG 13 – Climate Action by BusinessWorthy.org.
We were recognized as a replicable success story in our sustainable energy financing program that the IFC will recommend as best practice in the MENA Region.
We partner with international and local financial institutions for our sustainable energy finance initiative.
We signed four Memorandums of Understanding to promote greener and sustainable environment in Lebanon.
We share and exchange best practices in sustainable energy finance with international financial institutions.
We continuously provide advisory services for our customers and free energy audits.
We work on reducing our ecological footprint through several initiatives.
Workers are provided safe, suitable, and sanitary workplace that is equipped with all the necessary emergency and medical needs of the staff.
Gender is equally respected in the company
20 nationalities and different age groups work together
Waste is monitored. Nylon, carton, and plastic are recycled. Water waste is treated by biodegradable enzymes.
Complies with the international standards and regulations for doing business. They ensure quality and transparency in their business. Auditing takes place by procurement auditor to limit any biases.
Jubaili Bros has created a health and safety committee to control work accidents through ensuring employees’ adherence to rules and procedures. By reducing the number of work accidents and injuries from 87 and 79 in 2014 and 2015 respectively to only 36 in 2016.
Jubaili Bros does not exhibit discrimination on the basis of nationality in terms of employment. Our main aim is to provide opportunities to the Lebanese and non-Lebanese youth by offering internships and most importantly employing our star interns – 3 got employed last year. Inclusion of employees with disability in the workplace, people with disabilities are hired in different parts of the company.
One of our activities related to the community was to collect bottle caps for recycling as a contribution to one of the Lebanese NGOs Arcenciel
Jubaili Bros monitors anti-corruption by tasking our internal audit department and external auditors to perform periodic audits on our financial records in order to ascertain the validity and reliability of information.
One of Al Majmoua’s mission is to alleviate poverty by improving the economic conditions and livelihoods of our beneficiaries. Access to financial services can reduce poverty and its effects in multiple concrete ways including the increasing and diversification of income and the building of economic assets. Financial inclusion also helps the poor access schooling and health care; can provide immediate income transfers or relief to survive; and allows for greater control over financial resources.
Al Majmoua’s aim is to support particularly women in developing sustainable businesses all over Lebanon. It is committed to gender diversity and women’s leadership.
Financial inclusion helps to increase economic growth and also—crucially—to ensure that the growth is pro-poor. Offering a wide range of training sessions, Al-Majmoua makes sure to improve the skills of its beneficiaries as well as its own employees, and facilitates the employment of qualiﬁed people.
Al Majmoua has its own exclusion list to make sure there is no child labor and that children are safe on all scales (mental, physical, educational…). It also offers equal access to its financial and non-financial services to all nationalities and vulnerable population groups.
Al Majmoua’s work also contributes to the achievement of many more SDGs as it facilitates access to health care and schooling through particular loan products (SDG 3 and 4); it endorses various industry initiatives and works with them (SDG 9); it is committed to environmental sustainability Al Majmoua partnered with an Association for recycling paper and plastic (SDG 12 and 13) and rejects projects that affect marine life as well as any project that uses cutting trees or any forest product in a manner that threatens its sustainability and existence (SDG 15). Finally, Al-Majmoua engages with many NGOs and private companies for mutual beneﬁts and for the achievement of the SDGs (SDG 17).
Till date, our social enterprise trained 150 women and youth, and integrated 50% of them in the job market. This enables them to be productive, earn their living and provide better lives for them and their families.
In addition, our healthy food for children program, funded by donors and NGOs, enabled us to provide more than 50,000 free meals to 2,000 vulnerable children and youth
As we aim for women empowerment, more than 80% of our trainees are women
In addition to the job integration of 75 women and youth mentioned in the “1-No poverty” point, our job integration program enabled the integrated persons to move from being “beneficiaries” and relief grant receivers to productive and economic growth actors via being productive in their jobs.
Tinol is the first paint company in the Middle East to obtain the Dual UL certification – SCAQMD & GreenGuard Gold, confirming that the Tinol range of Low VOC paints meets the LEED v4 standards for green buildings, and highlighting the company’s dedication and contribution to the creation of healthier and greener indoor environments in order to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and well-being.
As a leader in the paints industry, Tinol feels concerned about climate change and has taken many pioneering steps over the years to help limit its reduction of carbon footprint emitted by public and private companies by 2030; and was among the first 11 companies to be granted the Climate Change Champion 2017 Award. The company remains committed to finding more ways to reduce its carbon emissions, and to integrating them in its activities, wherever possible.
Tinol strives to promote sustainability, and continually looks for new ways to improve, through its actions, including the relationships it builds. Hence, Tinol is member, partner or certified by:
Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
Lebanon Climate Act (LCA)
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Lebanon Green Building Council (LGBC)
The Green Pledge
Raised awareness and acted on the efficient use of water and electricity by using electrical bicycles, and recycling papers and plastic in partnership with Arc en Ciel
Organized a competition called Environmate in partnership with the UNGC (2016).
Recognized by Lebanon Opportunities’ Green Business Initiative for their commitment to corporate environmental responsibility
Sponsored NGO events. A few examples of 2016: Saradar Foundation, Tareq Sikias, Heartbeat, Red Cross…
Supported different NGOs such as Himaya, Heart Beat, Children Cancer Center and Chance
Participated in an online initiative done by Himaya at the end of 2016 by contributing with a photo showing their support to the children, saying “we’ve got your back”
Showed their support to their only female letter carrier by sending her flowers and thanking her for all her efforts on International Women’s
Women Empowerment stamp and honoring First timers
Partnered with Association G during Christmas season to give orphans and children in need gifts, and engaged in activities with kids from Dar el Aytam el Islamiyat, and Village SOS
Hold among its workforce several people with special needs
Participated in the Beirut Corporate Games of 2016.
Been recognized for their Innovative Daily Life Facilitator Service by Euromed in Malta – March 2016
Won the World Post and Parcel Award – June 2016
Anti-corruption efforts by LibanPost and governmental services
Tamayyaz provides state of the art training services on an ongoing basis for individuals as well as organizations. These trainings cover the following areas: Corporate Governance, HR Services, Talent Development and Young Adult Career Development.
Tamayyaz is currently running a women empowerment program which includes 2 key activities:
In Partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Lebanese League of Women in Business (LLWB), providing training program which prepares women to serve on the board of directors of companies.
Also with the IFC, carrying out a survey which will clearly demonstrate how the presence of women on boards of companies has a direct positive impact on the financial performance of companies (as already demonstrated by a similar survey carried out by the IFC in Jordan).
Tamayyaz works very closely with other organizations to pursue these goals – whether with local companies or NGOs such as LLWB or international organizations such as IFC.
Set and communicate firm policies for fair hiring and recruiting (recruitment policy, remuneration policy, employee handbook)
Ensure skills development program in place under the leadership of the specialized Learning & Development unit within the Human Resources Department (e-Learning portal accessible to all employees at-all-levels with identified annual program per employee, online evaluation system to assess employees’ competencies, indoor/outdoor training and workshops, priority given to internal mobility, induction program in place for a solid integration of new recruits)
Set and communicate principles of Business Ethics & Clients’ Protection (fair treatment of clients and transparency through a set of policies: principles of dealing with the clients, complaints handling, clients’ rights and duties, voice of the clients’ initiativeS).
Reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions through Carbon Footprint and mitigation.
Set targets to reduce carbon emissions in the business as usual activities.
Raise awareness of internal and external stakeholders on climate risks.
Finance the restoration of degraded land for production and/or conservation purposes.
Involve internal stakeholders in the preservation and development of ecosystem through our Employee Volunteerism Program.
EBCO (BITAR) uses eco-friendly material and machinery and energy efficient systems (elevators, AC, etc.)
Being a labor intensive industry, we focus on providing a safe working environment to our employees and workers whereby our construction sites are physically safe and safety procedures are well implemented and maintained aiming towards zero injury target by 2020.
We apply green space in developments and green features such green roofing in our real estate projects. We also assign 0.5% of project value under the discretion of the Project Manager to support and develop the direct communities we work on in.
Bader Young Entrepreneurs Program, co-founder of Speed@BDD (tech startup accelerator).
Grow My Business competition (rewarding SMEs with the best business plan after a workshop).
USD 6.5 million in Scholarships and educational loans at 0% granted to 371 university students.
Published as a CSR case study by Ivey Publishing (Canada).
Mentoring at the UNGC.
Myschoolpulse marathon participation: providing education to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Recognizing teachers with Teachers’ Day celebrations.
Book Donation: 1,385 donated books in 2016.
Bank Audi branch simulator at KidzMondo (for financial literacy and educational entertainment).
Global Money Week: engaging children in learning about financial education and financial inclusion.
Injaz sessions (educates the youth on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy) through the Volunteer Program.
Training and Development:
3,272 participants in Training Academy aimed at enhancing skills of employees on banking topics.
Toastmasters Club (corporate club seeking to develop and enhance its members’ communication and leadership skills).
> USD 1.9 million invested in employee training & development.
286 employees attended trainings on environmental and social topics/issues. 942 training hours were spent on environmental and social topics/issues.
Employing 3,323 employees.
SME business line.
USD 937,000 invested in employees’ development through sponsorship grants and development programs (such as the Corporate Academy, the Branch Management Program and the Advanced Management Program).
Internship program and shadowing for students.
Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage: 1.48.
Human capital turnover: 6.5%.
Policies for anti-bribery, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and human rights.
Compliance culture and processes.
Representing 2.34% of Lebanon’s GDP.
USD 825,990 in economic sponsorships.
BDL Circular 331 disbursed investments: USD 41 million.
Grow My Business competition.
Working with local suppliers.
14% of ATMs and 23% of branches made accessible to rural remote areas.
6,720 kg of apples purchased from 4 different local suppliers. Financial Literacy: Global Money Week and KidzMondo.
Partnership with institutions and NGOs such as the UNDP, the Ministry of the Environment,
Solicar, Microsoft, Green Schools, Green Cedar Lebanon and arcenciel. 286 employees trained for 942 hours on environmental topics/issues.
BDL Energy Incentives – NEEREA loans (financing green energy projects in Lebanon): Bank Audi highest market share (27%).
USD 8.7 million on environmental loans (loans for waste to energy & zero waste solutions, ex: no landfill, subsidized by the Central Bank of Lebanon at preferential interest rates).
“My Carbon Footprint” microsite (allowing students to calculate their domestic carbon footprint).
“Grow Green” Program (recycling).
Greenhouse Gases (GHG) audit.
Earth Day – e-waste recycling: 62kg from employees & 903kg from I.T. Department.
Lebanon Climate Act (innovative platform in developing a climate for a sound Lebanese economy in line with environmental concerns) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and the UNDP.
Throughout the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020), Alfa has launched several awareness campaigns on road safety with Kunhadi, the ISF and the National
Traffic Safety Coucil, as part of its role as a responsible corporate citizen. Alfa family was trained on sound driving rules and Alfa working towards obtaining ISO 39001
Road Safety certification, after putting in place a Road Safety Policy for all its employees and Car fleet.
Encouraged local sports and is the main sponsor of many marathons, tournaments, national Sports teams and leagues to support the development of local Sports teams and shed light on talents.
Alfa sponsors many local festivals to encourage Art and Culture and support local Communities.
Alfa is an employer of choice for people with special needs, exceeding the 3% quota set by the government and providing a friendly and fostering environment to their talents.
Signed an MOU with LPHU (Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union) in (2009)
In addition, Alfa works on providing the best conditions and the wellbeing of its employees and family members.
It extends this commitment to reach the Children in Communication needs by supporting concerned NGOs by providing their students with art therapy to overcome their difficulties, better express themselves and achieve autonomy, acquire independence and sustain themselves as productive members of the community. This program reaches more than 1500 children. Awareness is raised among Alfa subscribers for these causes by calling them to contribute through SMS, app and website.
Supporting less known NGOs
“Alfa and Ericsson” IoT Award Competition for Engineering University Students to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.
Launching of A+ University Offer, a tailor-made offer targeting exclusively the University Students.
Alfa provides benefit supportive plan to its employees who are seeking university studies.
Alfa’s female employees make up 41 percent of the Alfa family.
To encourage the female secondary schools students to pursue careers in technology, Alfa was the first Lebanese company to organize “Girls in ICT” event every year as per ITU directive since 2013, by opening its doors for the young ladies to learn more about the telecom sector and the opportunities available to them and encourage them to pursue careers in the field.
Deployed the latest technologies and brought Lebanon Back on the digital map (first to launch the 3G+, 4G LTE, 4G+ mobile broadband services in Lebanon), the most
important of which is the 4G + project, which covers so far 98 percent of the Lebanese population and about 77 percent of Lebanon's geographical area. It paves the road to 5G. Alfa is proud that its network is being ranked amongst the top 15th worldwide according to international reports.
Put in place the Customer Experience Management and the Voice of Customer Program
Launched the 24/7 Customer Care Support
Launched their social media support channels
Put at the service of the community latest technology in communications to support social causes. (Alfa 4-life donations)
Waste Recycling program in all Alfa premises (papers, cardboard, plastic and metal)
Celebrating Earth Hour on a yearly basis
Green Tips to Colleagues on a monthly basis
A tree is planted for each site going on air
Green bill initiative encouraging customers to resort to e-bill instead of paper
Support to many local NGOs
Member of UNGC and the GCNL steering Committee