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Arabia CSR Awards


Welcome to the 12th cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards. Instituted in 2008, the Arabia CSR Awards marked its tenth anniversary in 2017. Hailed regionally and globally as the sustainability benchmark of the Arab region, the awards have grown and expanded its ambit considerably during the past decade. Through 11 cycles, the Arabia CSR Awards has received more than 1,000 registered applications from over 900 organisations representing 39 industry sectors from 13 countries in three different languages (Arabic, English and French).

Since its inception, the Arabia CSR Awards’ credibility has earned it the trust and recognition of global and regional bodies such as the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Environment Programme and the League of Arab States. This support has ensured that the Awards are well rooted in the region and that it is in sync with the local context and the changes that are undergoing all over the region. This is reflected in the continued and steadily growing interest of organisations from different sectors and sizes to participate from all over the Arab world each year.


Dates & Deadlines


20th January 2020 Press conference launch of Arabia CSR Awards 2020 in Dubai, UAE.
Registrations are open for the 13th cycle
15th April 2020 Arabia CSR Awards 2020 clinic – a workshop to assist applying organisations and those who are interested to apply.

30th June 2020

Deadline for submission of applications
1st July – 15th August 2020 Review of applications by ACSRA Jury panel
End of 1st week of September 2020 Announcement of short-listed Organisations
5th and 6th October 2020 Arabia CSR Forum
Evening of  6th October 2020 Arabia CSR Awards Gala

Awards Timeline


More than 1200 applicants from 14 countries from over 42 sectors cultivated through the 12 years of the Awards

2019

Introduction of a new category: Healthcare
More than a thousand organisations are representing 39 business and industry sector

2018

10 Years of Prestigious Awards
Introducing the CSR Personality Awards of the year
More than a thousand organisations are representing 31 business and industry sector
161 prizes have been distributed to CSR champions in the Arab Region
Award set to 11 Categories

2017

Held under the Patronage of the League of Arab States
31 countries participated representing 29 sectors
3 roadshows were organised in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

2016

Continued under the Auspices of H.E. Mohammed At-Taiwijri, Phd, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs of the League of Arab States
Added 3 categories specific to participants sectors
Total 100 applications were received

2015

Held under the Auspices of H.E. Mohammed At-Taiwijri, Phd, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs of the League of Arab States
A partnership was signed between the Arabia CSR Network and UNEP
Awards were available in 3 languages - Arabic, English and French

2014

Marked the 4th consecutive patronage under His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Group, Chairman, Dubai Airports
External Assurance by DNV-GL was included
An 'Award Clinic' was introduced to help participants
Reached 137 registrations from 12 countries and 26 sectors

2013

The Arabia CSR Awards brought to the platform over 75 companies operating from 11 different MENA countries
The Awards Ceremony was Carbon-Neutral, which was another accomplishment for the already renowned initiative
Awards was open in 6 categories, separate questionnaires were developed for the main categories. Additional scores were offered for Sustainability Report

2012

The 4th Cycle was a significant evolution in many fundamental ways. The changes made in the award were quite transformative
Arabia CSR Best Practices published based on winning entities 2008-2010
Self assessment by participants was included. Interim review opportunity was added, and two new categories were included

2011

Received the patonage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Group, Chairman, Dubai Airports
Application process became online
Received submissions from GCC, Levant and North Africa. 2 categories were added

2010

Continued patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council
2 Seminars organised for participants
The 2nd cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards was built on successes and lessons learned from 1st cycle
Performance section were added to questionnaire, evidence required to be submitted

2009

Received patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council
Questionnaire being streamlined with the Ten Principles of the UNGC GRI Framework and EFQM Model

2008