History of the Awards

The Arabia CSR Awards is the Arab region’s premiere CSR and Sustainability accolade. It boasts the most rigorous and comprehensive criteria which has been designed to integrate the inherent principles and frameworks of the Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and EFQM Excellence Model. Over the course of 12 years the Awards has mobilised hundreds of businesses from diverse sectors and industries and created positive impacts of immense magnitude on the region’s sustainable development.

The platform’s 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. The Awards has been supported by the United Nation’s Global Compact since its inception in 2008 and from 2014-2016 it was held under the auspices of the League of Arab States for three years consecutively and in collaboration with UNEP in the wake of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed in October 2014 outlining the Award’s role in the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab world.

Two valuable outcomes of the Arabia CSR Awards are the Arabia CSR Awards Forum and the Best Practices Publication, both which have served to educate and inspire sustainable practices amongst public and private organizations across the Arab world. The Arabia CSR Forum is the most prestigious and anticipated sustainability deliberation dias in the region gathering a plethora of experts in the field from across the globe. The Best Practices is an annual publication that culminates lessons learned from the experiences of the ACSRA champions and disseminates that knowledge for the advancement of sustainable practices.

To date ACSRA has registered more than 1,200 applications from more than a thousand organizations representing 42 industry sectors from 14 Arab countries.

The award is a Green award too. It has been completely paperless since the past 9 cycles. From registration to results, everything is conducted electronically. This vouches for our sincere efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the awards and make it a true symbol of sustainability. The Arabia CSR Forum and Awards ceremony are both Carbon Neutral events.