SABIC highlights commitment to social responsibility push

Updated 05 May 2013
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SABIC highlights commitment to social responsibility push

The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is sponsoring a training course for the Charity Committee for Orphans Care (ENSAN) to help its personnel further develop their skills to render multidimensional services to orphans.
The three-day course in Riyadh covered various important functions including research, social service, fund-raising and sponsorships.
It also touches on enhancing skills in persuasion techniques, diagnosis, building social support, successful marketing, and pressure management.
The committee’s programs and projects and resource development methods were discussed during the course.
A number of agreements are scheduled to be signed by the committee with private companies on the sidelines of the course.
In appreciation of SABIC’s support, the committee honored the company on the opening day of the course.
Yaarob Al-Thenayan, director, CSR, corporate communications, SABIC, received a plaque on behalf of the company.
Commenting on SABIC’s support to the cause, Al-Thenayan said that it is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, and is in recognition of the committee’s dedicated efforts in caring for orphans.
“Our social responsibility programs are diverse in nature and involve collaboration in various sectors. We aim at making a clear difference to society,” he said.


Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

Updated 26 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

  • Kingdom is home to three quarters of region's foundations
  • Combined asets of global foundations is $1.5 trillion

Nearly three quarters of philanthropic foundations in the Middle East are concentrated in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute with funding from Swiss bank UBS, also found that resources were highly concentrated in certain areas with education the most popular area for investment globally.

That trend was best illustrated in the Kingdom, where education ranked first among the target areas of local foundations.

While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to $1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under $1 million. In fact, 90 percent of identified foundations have assets of less than $10 million, according to the Global Philanthropy Report. 

Developed over three years with inputs from twenty research teams across nineteen countries and Hong Kong, the report highlights the magnitude of global philanthropic investment.

A rapidly growing number of philanthropists are establishing foundations and institutions to focus, practice, and amplify these investments, said the report.

In recent years, philanthropy has witnessed a major shift. Wealthy individuals, families, and corporations are looking to give more, to give more strategically, and to increase the impact of their social investments.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have become increasingly high profile — but at the same time, some governments, including India and China, have sought to limit the spread of cross-border philanthropy in certain sectors.

As the world is falling well short of raising the $ 5-7 trillion of annual investment needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UBS sees the report findings as a call for philanthropists to work together to scale their impact.

Understanding this need for collaboration, UBS has established a global community where philanthropists can work together to drive sustainable impact.

Established in 2015 and with over 400 members, the Global Philanthropists Community hosted by UBS is the world’s largest private network exclusively for philanthropists and social investors, facilitating collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Josef Stadler, head of ultra high net worth wealth, UBS Global Management, said: “This report takes a much-needed step toward understanding global philanthropy so that, collectively, we might shape a more strategic and collaborative future, with philanthropists leading the way toward solving the great challenges of our time.”

This week Saudi Arabia said it would provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid in Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The UAE also this week said it had contributed $192 million to a housing project in Afghanistan through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.