Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact

Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch in Makkah organized The Social Responsibility Forum, themed "Social Responsibility to Serve the Pilgrims," on May 26. (Supplied)
Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch in Makkah organized The Social Responsibility Forum, themed "Social Responsibility to Serve the Pilgrims," on May 26. (Supplied)
Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch in Makkah organized The Social Responsibility Forum, themed "Social Responsibility to Serve the Pilgrims," on May 26. (Supplied)
Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch in Makkah organized The Social Responsibility Forum, themed "Social Responsibility to Serve the Pilgrims," on May 26. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 May 2024
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Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact

Social responsibility forum fosters partnerships for positive impact
  • The forum included development workshops designed to cultivate a culture of social responsibility and foster innovative initiatives geared toward societal advancement and enhancing services for pilgrims

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch in Makkah on May 26 organized a social responsibility forum with the theme, “Social Responsibility to Serve the Pilgrims.” 

The forum featured dialogue sessions covering topics such as developing a social responsibility strategy, introducing a program to assist visitors to the Holy Mosques and identify development opportunities, discussing social responsibility in the private sector, exploring the role of social responsibility in domestic pilgrim companies, and showcasing the Sustainable Camp Initiative.

Kholoud Al Thagafi, a faculty member at King Abdulaziz University, addressed the topic of social responsibility in the private sector by discussing the key priorities for directing initiatives and programs, highlighting the essential pillars of success, and identifying obstacles that hinder the effectiveness of social responsibility programs. 

“Social responsibility in the private sector is not just a duty but a pathway to sustainable success. By prioritizing contributions, focusing on key pillars of achievement, and overcoming obstacles, we pave the way for impactful change and a brighter future for all,” she said.

She also provided insights into companies that have made significant contributions to community service.

The forum included development workshops designed to cultivate a culture of social responsibility and foster innovative initiatives geared toward societal advancement and enhancing services for pilgrims. An accompanying exhibition showcased various best practices in social responsibility, emphasizing their effects in the region. The exhibition also highlighted the efforts of institutions and sectors in carrying out social responsibility initiatives to cater to the needs of the pilgrims.

During the forum, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development branch signed six cooperation agreements with key entities in the private sector, including the General Administration of Social Responsibility and Voluntary Work at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites, the Jeddah Development Authority, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jeddah, Nestle Arabia Company, and Saudi Arabian Marketing and Agencies Company.

These partnerships aim to bolster social responsibility initiatives in various sectors in the region and work toward realizing the objectives of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. 

Abdulrahman Alrefaie, assistant director of human resources at the Ritz-Carlton, shared his thoughts on the partnership agreement with the ministry, saying: “By collaborating with the ministry, we are reaffirming our dedication to making a positive impact on society. This partnership will enable us to align our initiatives with national goals, ensuring that our efforts contribute to the greater good.

“We will be working closely with the ministry to implement and promote sustainable practices within the hotel and the community. This includes initiatives focused on environmental conservation, education, and health and well-being.”

In emphasizing the initiative’s broader impact, Alrefaie expressed a hope to inspire other businesses and organizations to embrace social responsibility, aiming to inspire a ripple effect of positive change throughout Saudi Arabia.

“The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development’s remarkable initiative showcases their steadfast dedication to fostering social responsibility and community development, which is truly commendable. Together, we are paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future through this valuable partnership,” he added.


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Updated 13 July 2024
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Muharram moon visible in daylight hours today

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JEDDAH: The Jeddah Astronomy Society has announced that the moon, in its first-quarter phase for the month of Muharram, will be visible in the sky over the Arab world during daylight hours on Saturday July 13, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The moon will rise at noon local time from the eastern horizon and reach its highest point in the sky at sunset, giving astronomy enthusiasts an excellent opportunity to study its surface. After nightfall, Spica, one of the 20 brightest stars in the night sky, will be visible near the moon.

Majid Abu Zahra, the head of the Jeddah Astronomy Society, explained that Spica actually consists of two stars orbiting each other, but due to their vast distance from Earth, it appears as a single object.

He noted that, during its first-quarter phase, half of the moon is illuminated. This is the ideal time, he said, to observe the moon’s surface with binoculars or a small telescope, as the mountains, craters, and other features are particularly clear, especially along the terminator line, which separates the day side from the night side. “The interplay of light and shadows along this line provides a stunning three-dimensional view,” Abu Zahra explained.

He added that the moon will remain visible until midnight local time, reaching its first quarter phase at 1:48 a.m. Makkah. At this point, it will have completed a quarter of its orbit around the Earth for this month.


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RIYAD: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan hosted Anne-Claire Legendre, the advisor to the French president for the Middle East and North Africa, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.

During the meeting at the ministry on Friday, the two sides reviewed Saudi-French relations, ways to strengthen ties in various fields and the latest regional developments, particularly concerning the Gaza Strip.

The meeting was attended by Prince Saad bin Mansour Al-Saud, director general of the General Department for European Affairs at the Foreign Ministry.


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RIYADH: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center performed three successful heart transplants in Riyadh on Thursday, state news agency SPA reported.

A nine-year-old girl was among the patients who received a successful transplant.

She was suffering from heart muscle weakness and needed a donation urgently.

A suitable donor was found for her in coordination with the UAE’s Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation and the National Program for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue.

The heart was transported from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh by a private aircraft that kept the organ in a stable condition and ensured it arrived safely to the patient.

A second team of medical professionals flew to Jeddah to obtain a donation for a 40-year-old man suffering from heart disease.

The final patient received his donation from Riyadh. The 41-year-old man was suffering from heart failure and was successfully operated on. 

KFSHRC affirmed its dedication to saving lives, overcoming challenges and bringing hope to patients and their families.


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KSrelief distributes 1,200 food baskets in Chad

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RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief has distributed 1,200 food parcels in the Beheira region of Chad, benefiting 7,200 people most in need, as part of a project to support food security in Chad in 2024, the state news agency SPA reported late on Friday.

The assistance is part of a series of humanitarian projects Saudi Arabia implements through KSrelief to help countries and people worldwide.


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KSrelief signs agreement to support Yemen humanitarian fund

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RIYADH: Saudi aid agency KSrelief signed an agreement with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Thursday to support the Yemen Humanitarian Fund, state news agency SPA reported.

The aid agency committed $9 million to the cause, and the initiative is part of KSrelief’s humanitarian aid program in Yemen.

The agreement was signed via video conference by KSrelief Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs Ahmed Al-Baiz and UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Joyce Msuya.