LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

The newly launched reusable bags and plastic bags were introduced by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj in a special function at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
Updated 15 September 2019

LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

LuLu Hypermarket, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, has introduced reusable bags and paper bags across its stores in the Kingdom. The initiative is part of the retailer’s environment-driven campaign to reduce plastic consumption and promote environmental protection in line with LuLu’s other social initiatives, coinciding with Saudi National Day celebrations on Sept. 23.
With LuLu’s reusable bags and paper bags, customers now have multiple options in terms of eco-friendly shopping bags.
The newly launched bags were introduced in a special function, by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj, director general of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director — Saudi Arabia, LuLu Hypermarkets, at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
“We are extremely honored to be the first hypermarket in the Kingdom to launch this kind of an initiative that promotes an eco-conscious lifestyle where one can enjoy shopping while caring for the environment. As part of our nationwide campaigns aiming to help the nature to thrive, we believe that these LuLu-branded reusable bags, along with the paper bags, will add a new dimension to retail shopping by sending a message to the public, urging them to be more responsible on saving resources,” said Mohammed, LuLu’s Saudi director.
Besides being well-known for its wide range of products, LuLu has always been a key promoter of social initiatives and environmental sustainability across the globe. Over the years, the retailer has initiated many projects toward these advocacies and says will continue to do the same in the future.
With 175 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
It is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. LuLu is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Updated 21 September 2020

Digital transformation to create 1 million Saudi jobs

Speakers and experts at an international conference revealed that an estimated 1 million jobs are expected to be created in the Kingdom over the next five years, due to the acceleration of digital transformation in several industries and sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, chief executive of the STC Group and head of the Digital Transformation Working Group of the Saudi B20 business group, participated in an interactive session titled “Digital Transformation: The Future After the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was held recently and included the participation of representatives from the B20 business group in 20 countries.

Al-Nasser explained that future jobs will depend entirely on technology and innovation, noting the gender disparity in the field of technology. It is therefore significant to empower women entrepreneurs and work together with governments to create targeted employment programs, designed to involve and qualify women in the technical sector while encouraging their promotion to leadership positions.

“We need to ensure that young women receive training and guidance when they enter the job market or start their own businesses, and the Kingdom has adopted many initiatives and investments to qualify young men and women through education,” he said. “In 2019, the Kingdom allocated SR1 billion ($266 million) to support universities in preparing students for the job market.”

The Saudi B20 and OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) organized a virtual meeting, where a number of key government actors and G20 members presented recommendations and exchanged experiences on future investments, digital transformation, sustainability and 5G-based digital solutions.

The Saudi business group is committed to providing recommendations that promote the implementation of robust policies through transparent dialogue and constructive cooperation with all relevant parties, supported by a group of international organizations that act as knowledge and communication experts. It is the official platform of the business community at the G20 summit, and plays a representative role for the private sector before the group.

Maadad Al-Ajmi, head of the working group of the B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity and Compliance and vice president and general counsel for legal affairs at STC, participated in a session dedicated to compliance and integrity. Nasser Al-Jareed, head of the Workers’ Communication Group of the B20 and director of the Workers’ Committees Support Program at STC, was also a participant.

The Kingdom has taken qualitative steps toward ensuring a speedy development toward digital transformation through the adoption of state-of-the-art telecommunications and ICT technology, thereby facilitating the transformation toward a knowledge economy and e-commerce. These efforts ultimately aim to achieve higher satisfaction rates and quality of living for both citizens and residents, facilitating their everyday lives.