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The change initiative: Will consumers shop for sustainability?

A pioneer in terms of scale and ambition as far as selling sustainability in the Middle East is concerned, an eco-retailer is making a statement that takes us to examine where sustainability is not part of a business’ corporate social responsibility, but becomes the business’ sole responsibility.
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To Be or Not to Be.. Profitable

What exactly is Social Entrepreneurship? Simply put, it’s an income-generating enterprise that aims to have social value. In the 2010 report, Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Toward Sustainable Development for the Next Generation by the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings, the Dubai School of Government and Silatech the term is defined in terms of four central principles: Achievement of positive social impact; Non-conven...
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Cultivating Values: How business schools can plant the seeds of change

Earlier this year, an article titled “Occupy Our Business Schools” was published in Bloomberg’s Businessweek addressing growing concerns about the lack of ‘social consciousness’ in capitalism and the role of business schools. The authors pointed to the inadequacy of business schools in teaching students to think about all aspects of business practices in terms of their social and ethical implications. By relegating corporate social respo...
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Dr. Youssef El Khalil: The Leader  of Microfinance

Dr. Youssef El Khalil: The Leader of Microfinance

Responsible Business talks to Dr. Youssef El Khalil about Lebanon’s unexploited microfinance market, the significance of local sustainable agriculture in terms of health and economics, and how he is giving back to his community through the development NGO, Association for the Development of Rural Capacities (ADR), which he spearheaded 15 years ago.
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CSR in Lebanon: An Industry Emerging on Misunderstood Concepts

CSR in Lebanon: An Industry Emerging on Misunderstood Concepts

Is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) understood in Lebanon? Is it possible to identify a Lebanese institution or corporation which has fully adopted and integrated CSR from the employee level to the supply chain? Were changes applied in the workplace, environment, community, and the marketplace which make the four areas of CSR? If so, was it part of a long-term comprehensive strategy? Were efforts to promote CSR occasional and restricted to i...
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Georg Kell: The UNGC Challenges Middle East to do More : The UNGC: Do Global Standards Fit Local Problems?

Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), gives an exclusive interview to Responsible Business. He discusses the outcomes of Rio +20, the future of the UNGC, progress on sustainability in the Middle East and the challenges and opportunities for businesses seeking to join the UNGC and implement sustainability programs in this region.
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UAE Leading CSR in the Middle East

Sustainability is continuously gaining momentum in the region and there is no doubt that when looking at the present state of sustainability and CSR in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stands out as one of the more active countries. The UAE has been trying to define CSR in its own context, and in many ways, the Emirates is ahead of other countries in the Arab world due to adopting a CSR approach that is regional, organized, and dr...
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