Experts discuss ways of enhancing CSR in Oman

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MUSCAT: The second Oman Partnership and Social Responsibility Forum was held at the Grand Millennium Hotel Muscat under the theme ‘Social Responsibility: National Commitment to Support Sustainable Development’.’

The two-day forum began on Monday under the patronage of H.H. Sayyida Dr. Muna bint Fahd al Said, Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University.

The Opening Statement was delivered by His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Seaid Al Kalbani Minister of Social Development, in which he discussed the role of CSR in developing the economy, especially in helping to improve the local societies.

Professor Angelo Riccaboni, Professor of Management Control Systems at the University of Siena, and Chairman of PRIMA Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, who was the guest of honor of the forum, delivered a presentation entitled ‘Applying the 2030 Agenda…What is the role of business?’

A book titled Corporate Social Responsibility, Best Practices in Oman and the World by Hilal al Salami was launched during the opening session of the forum. Specialists in the field of social responsibility from different countries took part in the event, that included Dr. Nayan Mitra, Dr. Manoj Dash and Anushree Poddar from India, Dr. Harlina Suzana Jaafar and Dr. Nasruddin Faisol from Malaysia, Dr. Mari Kooskora from Estonia, Dr. Naser Alziyadat from Australia.

The book discusses a number of important international models that could represent a road map for some sectors in the Sultanate, notably the logistics sector, private higher education, food security, environmental sustainability and human resources.

The forum included three themes – ‘Mechanisms for the Sustainability of Social Responsibility Programs,’ ‘Challenges of Social Responsibility Management’ and the challenges of reality and prospects for the future in the field of social responsibility; and was attended by a number of ministers, members of the State Council, under-secretaries, experts and officials from the public and private sectors.

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