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2nd Bahrain International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference & Exhibition 2015
2nd Bahrain International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference & Exhibition 2015

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Keynote Speakers

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Ernst Ligteringen has been the Chief Executive of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for over a decade, moving to Amsterdam in 2002 when GRI was established as an independent organization. Since that time, GRI has grown from a staff of 10 to having a truly global presence through the work of its Secretariat in Amsterdam and ‘Focal Point’ offices in the United States of America, Brazil, South Africa, China, India and Australia.

Prior to joining GRI Ernst worked for more than 20 years in the international development field, helping to lead a number of high-profile non-governmental and international organizations. This experience included positions as Executive Director of Oxfam International, Director of Programme Coordination of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Consultant to the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization at the International Labour Organization (ILO).

In addition, Ernst is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business, a member of the international advisory board of the ETHOS Institute of Brazil, and a council member of The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), of which GRI is a founding member, and a board member of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

A Dutch National, Ernst has lived in four continents and speaks fluent Dutch, English and Spanish.

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Keynote Speakers

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Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Potash Company (APC) as well as the boards of the Arab Fertilizers and Chemicals Industries (KEMAPCO), Jordan Magnesia Company (JORMAG), and Jordan Bromine Company since June 2012, and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA) since 31/10/2013, Jamal Al Sarayrah had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in telecommunication, post, transportation, and regulation.

Mr. Al Sarayrah started his career in the private sector in 1980 as Labor Relations Advisor with Aramco in Saudi Arabia, and soon after became Aramco's resident representative and manager for corporate activities in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. In 1989, he was elected to Jordan's Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) for a four-year term, during which he served as First Deputy Speaker. In 1990 he was selected as a member of the Royal Commission for drafting the Jordan National Charter, which defined guidelines for the conduct of political party activity in Jordan, and in 1993 he was reelected for a second term in Parliament.

In 1991, Mr. Al Sarayrah joined the Council of ministers as Minister of Transport and Minister of Post and Communication and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jordan Telecommunication Corporation. In this capacity he managed the design and implementation of the Jordan National Telecommunications Program, directed the corporatization and privatization of the Telecommunication Corporation (TCC), spearheaded the promulgation of Jordan’s first telecommunications law in 1995, directed the creation of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of which he was the first Chairman.

Between 2000 and 2012, Mr. Al Sarayrah was Senior Advisor for Strategic and Business Development in telecom at Reliance-Globalcom (formerly FLAG), a multi-billion dollar Indian investment company.

Mr. Al Sarayrah received his Post-Graduate Diploma in international law and international relations from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and his B. A. in English from Kuwait University.

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Important Dates

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• How CSR has emerged as a business approach for addressing the social and Environmental impact of company activities

• How CSR Culture can be created
• Measuring CSR Effectiveness

• CSR’s potential and limitations for contributing towards wider societal challenges

• Key areas of CSR policies where oil and gas companies are expected to make a positive contribution: improvements in environmental performance, development and governance

• Effective CSR requirements, scope of work, and practical implementation, in accordance with the company’s responsibilities.

• Legislative and regulatory pressures from governments and regulators

• Corporate governance and robust ethical conduct and assurance

• Health, safety and welfare of the workforce including contractors

• Care of the environment with particular emphasis on reducing global warming/climate change impacts

• Supply chain management, particularly in the developing world

• Increasing activist/NGO pressures in an increasingly ‘think global, act local’ Environment

• Sustainable community development and relationships in areas of acute poverty, corruption, and lack of revenue transparency

• Social business and social entrepreneurship
• Responsible supply chain management in MENA region
• Responsible leadership and people management - What does Responsible Leadership mean in Business Practice?

• CSR-Measurement and Reporting using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

• CSR - The business / energy case

• How to obtain management buy in for
CSR activities

• Communication and strategies of CSR

• Legitimation and significance of CSR for
companies and communities

• Responsible supply chain management in
MENA region

• Role of UN/NGO’s in promoting CSR

• Regional CSR networking groups and their activities/achievements

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Advisory Committee

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Organizing Committee

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Workshop No. 1
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has slowly developed to occupy a major place while developing corporate strategy and this filters through in all aspects of management practices, business operations and product development. CSR initiatives help in developing sustainable business practices, opening up new opportunities, promoting customer loyalty and enhancing stakeholder relationships. In the recent past, CSR has now emerged as a key strategic priority for organizations – and this is leading them to find ways to realize the full potential that CSR offers as a strategic management tool. The Arabia CSR Network is organizing this training to help the participants understand how CSR can contribute strategically to an organisation’s comprehensive performance
and learn more about opportunities and benefits that CSR presents by scoping out what corporate responsibility means for their company. If your organization is motivated to adopt CSR principles or build on CSR practices such as enhanced reputation, trust, lower risks, improved organizational efficiencies and employee motivation – then come join this training.

Workshops No. 2 -
Businesses that commit to environmental and social responsibility begin incorporating environmental and social priorities into their
business decisions, including their business plans, purchases and financial investments. In so doing, the business becomes concerned with environmental and social factors, in addition to economic ones when measuring its success and planning for the future. Firms with business plans who are following the path to become more sustainable often begin to incorporate their environmental and social
objectives into their annual and long-range plans. This way they are better equipped to monitor their performance towards their “non-financial” objectives and introduce course corrections as necessary. Since some environmental initiatives require upfront investments in order to achieve environmental goals and realize cost-savings, their costs must be incorporated into financial plans and budgets. In many cases, the financial benefits realized through improved employee morale, increased employee retention and growth in market share
might only be realized over the longer term, and often in very intangible ways, making it difficult to quantify. Firms that incorporate social and environmental factors in their business cases and financial analyses, often incorporate extended timelines in payback cycles, consider supply chain implications, look at end of life or lifecycle issues, and consider additional stakeholder interests.
By applying this wider lens to decision-making, businesses are able to take into account hidden costs and unrealized opportunities in their business, investment and purchasing plans.

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Hotel Information

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The conference and exhibition will be held at the Gulf International
Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Gulf Hotel offers luxurious hospitality. A landmark in Manama,
just 10 minutes away from the Bahrain International Airport and 5
minutes from the City Centre. It offers 366 well-appointed rooms
of gracious style, uncompromising efficiency and thoughtful
technology. The Gulf International Conference & Exhibition Centre
offers exhibition, meeting and pre-function areas with unequalled
state of the art facilities. The hotel houses many of Bahrain’s
leading restaurants.

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10 Reasons why you should attend this Conference

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01- Effectively develop integrated corporate citizenship strategies and program.

02 - Competent meeting place for high level decision makers.

03 - Attract public and private funding to support community projects.

04 - One-on-one discussions that will inevitably lead to extended networking opportunities for sharing knowledge.

05 - Learn through case studies and success stories presented by front-line executives how CSR has become inevitable to successful organisations.

06 - Opportunity to participate in conference workshops that deliver tips and techniques to help you implement innovation and improvement efforts.

07 - Cost and time effective by avoiding expensive trial-and-error learning and exchanging it with proven guidelines for success.

08 - Obtain information critical to your job performance in the shortest possible time.

09 - Be equipped with the thinking, knowledge and expertise to get others in your organization to think about what must be done rather than just act, react and administer.

10 - Be able to stay in constant communication with the people you meet at CSR event via our social media portals and event sites.

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Destinations of Bahrain

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Bahrain, an archipelago of 33 islands, is rich in history and ancient civilizations, and is situated in the Arabian Gulf, off the east coast of Saudi Arabia. The country offers a fascinating blend of Eastern and
Western cultures. The capital Manama is quite a modern cosmopolitan city, which boasts world class restaurants, shopping centers, and tourist attractions. The climate is hot in summer
and mild in winter. From November to April the weather is very pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 24 degree centigrade. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used by most businesses.

1. Bait Al-Qur’an - Located in the city of Manama, Bait Al-Qur’an or House of Qur’an was inaugurated
in March 1990. It is a typical specialized museum consisting of several floors and characterized
by most distinctive Islamic design. The Bait Al-Qur’an houses ancient manuscripts of the Holy
Qur’an that have been collected from the Islamic world in general and from North Africa, Iran, India
and China in particular. It also displays rare Islamic artifacts, jewelry and gold-ornamented glass
utensils, including the great Islamic heritage arts that had an influence throughout the world. The
building also includes a lecture hall provided with sophisticated equipment, a library of scientific,
Islamic reference books, and Arabic calligraphy and the exhibition translations of the Qur’an into
several languages. It is definitely worth visiting as part of Bahrain’s tourist landmarks.

2. Shopping Attractions - Bahrain City Centre is the first and biggest mixed-use development
in Bahrain offering the best shopping, leisure and entertainment
experience to its customers under one roof. Strategically located on
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Highway in the heart of Manama,
Bahrain City Center has introduced a world-class retail ambiance and
hundreds of other ‘firsts’ to the Kingdom including 150 of its over
350 internationally reputed brands making their debut in the country.

The Center’s stunning entertainment offer includes the region’s first indoor/outdoor temperature
controlled 15,000 square meter Wahooo! Water park, Bahrain’s biggest cinema complex Cineco
20, and a family entertainment center for children and young adults, Magic Planet.

3.Grand Mosque - Dedicated in 1988,Al Fateh Grand Mosque is the largest edifice in
Bahrain in terms of volume. With twin freestanding minarets soaring at 70 meters, the mosque has space for 7,000 worshipers.

4. Bahrain International Circuit - The Bahrain International Circuit is a venue used for drag racing, GP2, and an annual Formula One Grand Prix. For the first time in 2006, there was a V8 Supercar race, named the Desert 400, and also a 24 Hour Race. The construction of the Bahrain circuit was a national objective for Sakhir,
Bahrain, initiated by the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The Crown Prince is the Honorary President of the Bahrain Motor Federation. Race organisers were worried that the circuit would not be complete in time for the 2004 Grand Prix and attempted to cancel the event, however Formula One supremo Bernie
Ecclestone refused this request. In the end, the circuit was not quite fully complete, but was good enough for the grand prix to go ahead.

5. Bahrain Fort - The fort is at a distance of nearly 7 kilometers
from the city of Manama and situated at Karbabad, the village well known for its traditional basketry on the North Central coastline.
It is also known as Qal’at Burtughal, or the historical site that had
become the seat of successive civilizations, the last of which was
the Islamic era. The fort was built by the Portuguese in 1522.
The Portuguese added the high walls, the huge square tower and surrounding moat which is still visible to visitors. The Bahrain
Fort occupied a strategic military position and boasted a navigation ammunition depot and a secret passageway.

6. Bahrain National Museum - Situated at the junction of Al-Fateh Highway and Sheikh Hamad Bridge leading to Muharraq, the museum was officially opened in December 1988 to become
one of the latest and largest museums in the Middle East. The Museum consists of several exhibition halls covering the history of Bahrain from the Stone Age, through ancient civilizations and up
to the pre-oil period. A Heritage village has been developed outside the museum and is used for annual national festivals.

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