Arabia CSR Network and Hawkamah sign MoU to Advance Corporate Governance in the Region
Arabia CSR Network and Hawkamah sign MoU to Advance Corporate Governance in the Region
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The Arabia CSR Network and Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing corporate governance and sustainable business practices in the UAE and the GCC region The MoU was signed by Dr Nasser Al Saidi, Executive Director of Hawkamah, and Habiba Al Marashi, President of the Arabia CSR Network on behalf of their organizations. The MoU creates a framework for both organisations to undertake joint programmes targeted at building capacity for and raising awareness of sound environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in the region. Hawkamah and Arabia CSR Network will work together to advance ESG knowledge, expertise and performance among regional businesses through conferences, roundtables, training workshops, award schemes, seminars, and publications. Dr. Nasser Al Saidi, said: “Corporate governance is essentially about sustainability of businesses, and environmental and social aspects play a strong role in sustainability. Taking sustainability into account serves to secure long-term corporate value. In response to changing economic conditions and to the practices that played a role in sparking the current financial crisis, institutional investors are increasingly focusing on long-term risks in their investments, and environmental, social, and governance factors play a significant role in making those assessments. The Arabia CSR Network has done valuable work in promoting sustainable development in the UAE and this MoU represents a strategic partnership that will allow us to share best practices, exchange ideas and experiences; and combine resources to drive our common goal of catalysing ESG development in the region.” Habiba Al Marashi said: “I am proud and happy to sign this agreement with Hawkamah and I look forward to a very fruitful cooperation. There are so many areas in which we can benefit from each other’s expertise and experience and I am convinced that, by combining our strengths, we can make great progress in promoting the principles of responsible and sustainable business practices in the region. Corporate Governance is an essential element of any successful business and a vital part of the wider issue of corporate social responsibility, which the Arabia CSR Network has been advancing in the GCC region. In fact, the Network’s next CSR workshop in May 2010 will focus entirely on transparency and governance and I look forward to closely engaging with Hawkamah on this.” Officially launched in October 2009, the Arabia CSR Network was born out of the Emirates Environmental Group’s (EEG) CSR Network that has advanced the principles of corporate social responsibility since 2004. The Arabia CSR Network offers its members a multi-stakeholder platform to share experiences, network and learn practical ways to implement sustainable policies into their organisations. In addition, the Arabia CSR Network offers companies tailor-made advisory services and can call on a wide network of international, regional and local experts in a variety of CSR related fields. 72 From Left to Right:
  • Dr Nasser Al Saidi, Executive Director, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance
  • Habiba Al Marashi, President of the Arabia CSR Network


  • The certified Board Secretaries Workshop provided by Hawkamah and Dubai Financial Market is an essential course for learning corporate governance, scope and responsibilities of the board secretary and understanding the governance and disclosure requirements of the Dubai Financial Market and the Securities and Commodities Authority. It is a practical course which combined recent best practices and key learning lessons. I would highly recommend it for people involved in corporate governance and in particular in a listed company.

    Omran Al Zamani - Senior Legal Counsel - Dana Gas PJSC

  • Great program! Very well done and very useful information delivered in an excellent manner. The workshop was very inspirational, energizing, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies. Well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in improving their proficiency and core competencies.

    Hassan Murad Agha - Group Head of Compliance & Internal Control - Gulf General Investment Co. (PSC)

  • All companies should promote their boards, executive managers or staffs who have board responsibilities for subsidiary companies to attend corporate governance training. Hawkamah provides the ability for people and companies in the GCC to upskill in the area of corporate governance and directorship through a comprehensive programme teaching international best practice which has been tailored to regional specific governance issues.

    Alastair Mulligan - VP Asset Management - National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED)

  • I am truly honored to attain this certification and I recommend the Compliance Heads of all DFM listed companies to participate and achieve this certification.

    Nabeel Mirza - Senior Director & MLRO - Compliance - GFH Financial Group B.S.C.

  • The workshop has added a level of professionalism to my practice. It addressed and discussed  the right concepts to promote better governance and effective support for business in line with rules and procedures.

    Osama Issaq Al Haj - Head of Legal & Board Secretary - Dubai Islamic Bank

  • A very interesting and informative course which has helped me to adapt my Board Secretary knowledge further to my role as Company Secretary.

    Hamad Al Hosani - Group Company Secretary - Emirates NDB Bank

  • Anyone who wants to enter the world of boards and governance; this is your passport.

    Jehad A. Kazim - Director - Legal Services Dubai Chamber

  • The Directors Development Program was one of the most beneficial programs I attend during my career life. The strength of the program comes from the way it was structured as each part covered very important aspects of the required management role.

    Nada Ishaq Abdul Karim - Manager - The Secretary of The Board of Directors - Bahrain Islamic Bank BSC

  • The DDP offered by the Hawkamah Institute is an excellent course to prepare directors to understand and fulfil their obligations properly as members of the board. I have benefitted immensely from this program and have started to implement some of the best practices taught on the boards that I am involved in.

    Amir Arab - Director - Havenvest Private Equity Middle East Limited

  • The Director Development Program is great way to gain insight and improved understanding in areas such as corporate governance and board functionality. I would highly recommend the program as a foundational step before they begin their board experience.

    Bindu Ann Joseph - Chief Operating Officer - 3W Networks

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