Upcoming Events
22 January 2020
Diversity in business leadership and organisational settings is a commonly praised endeavour, one that many businesses have publicly acknowledged, praised, and implemented to varying degrees. However, when analysing the direct opinions and experiences of women in the workforce, it is found that there is still a long way to go for businesses to support women employees, their careers, and their ambitions. Additionally, it is also revealed that there are many policies and procedures that can be implemented by businesses to facilitate women’s career successes – but these are missing or not employed correctly.

Based on the findings of research undertaken in 2018 by the Pearl Initiative and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, this workshop serves to discuss the ways in which businesses can and should support women employees for holistic business success. It will examine the factors that hinder and facilitate women’s career success, as reported in our 2019 survey by regional residents, and will build strategic solutions to create a supportive environment for women in the regional workforce.

Topics discussed will include:
  • The factors that impact women’s workforce participation,
  • The obstacles to women’s economic engagement, and 
  • Concrete solutions that would support women at all career stages at individual and company levels.
29 January 2020
Diversity in business leadership and organisational settings is a commonly praised endeavour, one that many businesses have publicly acknowledged, praised, and implemented to varying degrees. However, when analysing the direct opinions and experiences of women in the workforce, it is found that there is still a long way to go for businesses to support women employees, their careers, and their ambitions. Additionally, it is also revealed that there are many policies and procedures that can be implemented by businesses to facilitate women’s career successes – but these are missing or not employed correctly.

Based on the findings of research undertaken in 2018 by the Pearl Initiative and NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, this workshop serves to discuss the ways in which businesses can and should support women employees for holistic business success. It will examine the factors that hinder and facilitate women’s career success, as reported in our 2019 survey by regional residents, and will build strategic solutions to create a supportive environment for women in the regional workforce.

Topics discussed will include:
  • The factors that impact women’s workforce participation,
  • The obstacles to women’s economic engagement, and 
  • Concrete solutions that would support women at all career stages at individual and company levels.
12 February 2020
In contemporary society, the pressures for businesses to operate sustainably have become common discourse. However, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the Private Sector are often “bolted-on” as a peripheral element of a business’ core operations. Despite best intentions, this strategy can be short-sighted and limited in its scope.

Through the establishment of Creating Shared Value (CSV), businesses can address and mitigate societal issues, while generating improved performance and impacting bottom-line financials. By pivoting the focus onto Shared Value policies and procedures, organisations can better understand markets & business management, and maximise positive community impact, all without compromising the interests of their shareholders.

To increase the understanding of how the private sector can sustainably and strategically drive impact in partnership with the social sector, we will run a workshop on ‘Creating Shared Value’ (CSV). The CSV framework was launched by Prof. Michael Porter at the World Economic Forum in Davos 2011, and publicised in a January Harvard Business Review article that same year.

CSV can be a powerful tool in prompting businesses to approach social and environmental issues differently. By leveraging the resources and innovation of the Private Sector, organisations can create new solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues by embedding sustainability into the core of their operations. Value creation can be maximised by identifying and strengthening the unmet needs of the community the business operates in, by embedding Shared Value into the core of the business and by recognising its role in the bottom-line of the organisation.

This workshop will convene Executive Managers and Heads of Sustainability and Social Investment Departments across the Gulf Region, and will outline the necessary strategies, methods and structures needed to support the creation of Shared Value.