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Arabia CSR Awards


Welcome to the 14th cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards. A homegrown platform that was instituted in 2008. The Arabia CSR Awards recognises and honours organisations in the Arab Region that demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Hailed regionally and globally as the sustainability benchmark of the Arab Region, the award has grown and expanded its ambit considerably. Through 13 cycles, the Arabia CSR Awards has received more than 1,200 registered applications from more than a 1,000 organisations representing 43 industry sectors under 13 Categories, from 14 Arab countries in 3 different languages (Arabic, English & 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.

The criteria for the awards have been derived from global and regional frameworks and standards, namely, the UN Global Compact 10 Principles, GRI Standards, the European EFQM Business Excellence Model, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and more recently the alliance of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development.



Dates & Deadlines for 14th Cycle


21st January Press Conference Launch of Arabia CSR Awards 2020 in Dubai, UAE
Registrations are open for the 14th Cycle
8th April Arabia CSR Awards Clinic - A workshop to assist applying organisations and those interested to apply.

30th June,
17:00 UAE time

Deadline to submit the Awards application.
  • Please note that late submissions will result in a deduction of one point per day from the total application score given by the ACSRA Jury
  • Registration Fees are nonrefundable.
1st July – 15th August Review of applications by ACSRA Jury Panel
End of 1st week of September Announcement of short-listed Organisations
4th October Arabia CSR Awards Gala

Awards Timeline


2020

Arabia CSR 13th Cycle

The awards introduced a 13th Category (Automotive Sector Category) in its 13th Cycle covering 43 sectors. 20 entities were recognised in this cycle bringing the total awards given to date xxx.

2019

Arabia CSR 12th Cycle

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

2018

Arabia CSR 11th Cycle

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

2017

Arabia CSR 10th Cycle

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

2016

Arabia CSR 9th Cycle

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.

2015

Arabia CSR 8th Cycle

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.

2014

Arabia CSR 7th Cycle

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 Frenc.

2013

Arabia CSR 6th Cycle

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.

2012

Arabia CSR 5th Cycle

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.

2011

Arabia CSR 4th Cycle

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.

2010

Arabia CSR 3rd Cycle

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.

2009

Arabia CSR 2nd Cycle

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.

2008

Arabia CSR 1st Cycle

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.