Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has underlined its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by winning the CSR Label Award 2014 presented by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry for excellence in undertaking initiatives that make a difference to the community and the world.
Saeed Khoory, Chief Executive Officer of ENOC, said: “We are thankful to Dubai Chamber for honouring us with this prestigious citation. CSR is a core commitment at ENOC, and over the years we have unveiled several campaigns that made a positive difference to the communities we serve. The success of these campaigns has been led by the overwhelming support we received from community members and our partners.
“The CSR Label is an inspiration for us and it will encourage us to continue the community-oriented activities that we undertake. Through our focus on CSR, we strive to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as not only a world-class city but also a city that cares.”
Basma Essa, Senior Manager, Brand and Corporate Communications of ENOC, said: “Continuing on our focus to promote year-round CSR activities, we are rolling out 29 key campaigns this year. These touch all aspects of our everyday life: from fighting hunger in the world to hosting international students on knowledge sharing visits to environmental conservation activities as part of Earth Hour, promoting women empowerment by organising International Women’s Day, and supporting the IPC 2014 Powerlifting World Championship organised by the Dubai Club for the Disabled, among others. We are committed to make a positive difference to the community through these activities.”
ENOC undertakes a diverse array of CSR events covering various facets of sustainable social and economic development. In addition to supporting charitable causes, ENOC has also been at the forefront in promoting environmental sustainability, empowering disadvantaged and underprivileged individuals, knowledge sharing sessions, driving awareness on autism, promoting employee welfare and actively partnering in community-oriented events.
Most recently, ENOC has rolled out “Human Fuel”, its most ambitious CSR campaign, by partnering with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Dubai Charity Association to raise funds to support the activities of the two organisations to address global hunger.
One of the key CSR activities of ENOC is the support it extends to promoting community welfare through various activities undertaken during the Holy Month of Ramadan. ENOC has raised funds for Beit Al Khair Society, The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and Dar Al Ber Society during Ramadan and throughout the year, while Emirates Gas, a subsidiary of the company, has joined hands with Dar Al Ber Society to provide 300 disadvantaged families in the UAE with free LPG refill.
ENOC incentivises its employees to take an active part in CSR activities through TarabuT. As part of TarabuT, employees have raised funds for people affected by natural disasters in other countries, given free First Aid training to the public and held community activities for children with special needs. Another key CSR initiative of ENOC is to raise funds for the construction of a child care centre for Dubai Autism Centre.
ENOC’s highly successful Challenge programme, in partnership with the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre and the Community Development Authority, enrols special needs individuals for an eight-month comprehensive training course. Masiraty, another key activity, trains UAE nationals living on welfare about workplace skills and fosters their potential for job opportunities. National Development Programme is another initiative undertaken by ENOC in line with the Emiratisation goals of the UAE Government. In partnership with UAE universities, ENOC conducts extensive training sessions for UAE Nationals encouraging them to become part of the workforce.
ENOC is also a committed partner in promoting sustainable development. In addition to supporting energy efficiency measures and introducing CNG as a clean and green fuel, ENOC has opened its first ‘green service station’ in Dubai. Another green CSR activity is Tadweer, a laptop recycling project in partnership with Dubai Municipality. The company also undertakes emergency response workshops, conducts environmental competitions among school children to raise awareness among the future generation and annually takes part in the ‘Clean Up the UAE’ campaign.
To ensure that employees enjoy working conditions where they can develop and fulfil their personal potential, ENOC has established various workplace CSR activities including training programmes. ENOC has also set up an ENOC Wellness & Social Programme that fosters a sense of belonging within the ENOC family and promotes social interaction outside the office.
Over the years, ENOC has demonstrated its thought leadership in undertaking innovative CSR initiatives and has won Asia’s top laurel for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices at the Asian Leadership Awards; and The Bizz Award, one of the most prestigious business awards world-wide, for outstanding corporate social responsibility practices.