Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited, Dubai was the winner of the Arabia CSR Award 2012 in the small organisation category at an awards ceremony held at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai on 24th October, 2012. Bank Sarasin-Alpen has the honour of being the only private bank to be recognized by the Arabia CSR awards since it was launched five years ago. This is the second year Bank Sarasin-Alpen has been recognised with the prestigious Arabia CSR Awards.
Bank Sarasin-Alpen undertakes several activities in the area of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. It has partnered with organisations such as Dubai Cares, UNICEF and Emirates Environmental Group to support initiatives in the areas of children’s education and environmental conservation. Bank Sarasin-Alpen involves staff in its CSR plan and encourages them to take part in the various community related activities.
Rohit Walia, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Bank Sarasin-Alpen Group: “We are honoured to be recognised with the Arabia CSR Awards for the second year in a row. Sustainability is a very important part of our corporate philosophy and we run several initiatives to spread awareness among our clients, our employees as well as our other stakeholders.”
Habiba Al Marashi, President & CEO, Arabia CSR Network and President UNGC GCC Network: “Congratulations to Bank Sarasin-Alpen on this achievement. We are very impressed by the organisation’s holistic view on sustainability and its thorough understanding of CSR and sustainability policies. I encourage them to continue with the good work that is being done and I hope that the award will provide them a platform to communicate more extensively to organisations looking to make a mark in the sphere of sustainability and CSR.”
The Arabia CSR Awards were launched in 2008 and are organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Group, Chairman, Dubai Airports. The awards recognize and honour organizations in the Arab region that demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment in corporate sustainability. Arabia CSR Awards is the only awards framework that is supported by the UNGC (United Nations Global Compact). This year marks the fifth cycle of the Arabia CSR Awards.