Dubai Chamber CSR Label expands categories to raise standards
The Dubai Chamber CSR Label has added four new categories in an effort to recognise a wider range of organisations excelling in adopting the best CSR practices in line with international standards, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced.
The new categories cover four different realms of CSR, namely workplace, community, environment and marketplace, and organisations can apply for one or more of the categories and benefit from the evaluation, developmental review and feedback provided as part of the application process.
Organisations of all sizes and across all sectors including those based locally, regionally or internationally are welcome to apply online, and applicants should be operational for at least two years and hold a valid operating licence from the country where the organisation is based.
Companies applying under the workplace category should demonstrate their effectiveness in addressing issues such as diversity, fair recruitment and promotion practices, and the welfare and happiness of employees.
The community category recognises initiatives implemented by organisations, which support and address the needs of the community through employee volunteering, donations, funding community projects and contributions in kind.
The environment category of the Dubai Chamber CSR Label focuses on CSR actions that organisations can take to increase their positive impact on the environment, including adopting energy, water and material efficiency measures to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving their recycling performance.
The final category, marketplace, covers CSR issues related to managing relationships with suppliers and customers.
Individual Dubai Chamber CSR Label categories have been developed to help organisations that are keen to excel in one or more areas of CSR and strengthen their policies and practices in those areas. Given that each new Dubai Chamber CSR Label category focuses on only one area of CSR, the application process is less extensive than the Dubai Chamber CSR Label and the Dubai Chamber Advanced CSR Label categories.
Among the main benefits of applying for the new label categories include detailed assessments of a company’s workplace social and environmental impacts, appraisal of CSR practices adopted by industry experts, learning and developmental tools for improving CSR programmes, and better recognition for CSR efforts.