Apr 29 2012

Golden Peacock Awards for CSR presented in the UAE

Juma Al-Majid and Fatima Al-Jaber conferred IOD ‘Distinguished Fellow’ Award Award offers a worldwide recognition and provides competitive advantage for business Saleh Janeeh: That Dubai hosts the conference and organizes the global motivational award is very important to the practise and future of business in the UAE Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah: An award of this size and international rank adds to the ambition of companies, and infuses more spirit of competition and innovation

The Dubai Global Convention 2012 inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline & Group and Honorary Patron of the Dubai Quality Group (DQG), concluded on April 26, 2012 and included the presentation of the Golden Peacock Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility.

The presentation was held on the sidelines of the 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, organized by the Institute of Directors-India (IOD) in association with DQG.

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the InterContinental hotel, Dubai Festival City. The awards were presented by H.E. Juma Al-Majid, Founder and Chairman of Juma Al Majid Group of Companies, Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, Chairman of the IOD Advisory Council and former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, Mr. Saleh Janeeh, DQG Chairman, Lt. Gen. J. S. Ahluwalia, President of IOD and H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

H.E. Juma Al-Majid, and H.E. Eng. Fatima Obaid Al-Jaber, COO of Al Jaber Group and Chairperson of the Executive Board of Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, were conferred the IOD ‘Distinguished Fellow’ Award, which is IOD’s highest accolade. Distinguished Fellow Awards are awarded annually to members who have sustained a prominent and distinguished career as a director or who have provided outstanding participation and services to the IOD, or made eminent or special contributions to the community or business. Among earlier recipients was former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

There were 2 categories of Golden Peacock Awards – 24 organizations from various sectors of Indian industries from Steel, Banking, Pharmaceuticals, IT, BPO, Oil & Gas, Energy, Insurance and Social Sectors received National Awards, which included among others – DP World, Dubai; State Bank of India, Muthoot Group, Cairn India, Max India Foundations, Vodafone, Schneider Corporation, NTPC, ICICI Lombard, Samsung, Reliance, Jindal Steel, Natco Pharma, Mazagaon Dock, Lanco Infratech, Marg Limited, Tata Interactive.

Global Peacock Awards were also conferred on international companies – San Disk Corporation, USA; Doha Bank, Qatar; Avea, Turkey; and WNS Global Services, India.

Mr. Saleh Janeeh said that the fact that Dubai hosts and organizes this global motivational annual award was very important for the practise and future of business in the UAE. He pointed out the importance of the Golden Peacock Award for CSR, which, he said, raises the prospects of ambition and creativity, and provides businesspersons with the opportunity to examine carefully and benefit from the experience, expertise and potential of the winners. The meet focuses on the most important features of professional, commercial and economic excellence from the pointing of view of improving social responsibility, he added. He said it was everyone’s duty in the business world to bring forward best practices in all aspects of life, since business is no longer separated from other affairs of life.

According to Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, the announcement of the Golden Peacock Awards through the 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility hosted by IOD and DQG in Dubai, comes in the context of honouring the efforts of companies, organizations and individuals in the UAE, at both trade and economic levels and in social responsibility and philanthropy aspects. He noted that an award of this size and international rank adds to the ambition of companies and organizations in the UAE, and infuses a heightened spirit of competition and innovation.

The award, Venkatachaliah said, seeks to promote these features in service of supreme social qualities. "We are confident that the winners of this award deserve this honour, and many others as well deserve it," he said. It is also deserved by those who pay importance to the social aspect in their various businesses and initiatives, he said, mentioning that future years will see more of this important and critical feature coming to the fore.

The Golden Peacock Awards are now regarded as the holy grail of corporate excellence awards in quality, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, innovation, training, environment management, ecological and business leadership. They provide not only worldwide recognition and prestige, but also provide a competitive advantage in driving business in a tumultuous world.

The Golden Peacock Award is the only award which has meticulously defined and transparent selection process and is determined by a highly detailed and independent assessment process. Among other things, it builds brand equity. Award winners are eligible to use the Golden Peacock Award logo for one year on all promotional literature. It gives worldwide recognition and preparing for it helps to inspire and align the entire workforce in an organization. Applying for it rapidly accelerates the pace of improvement in business management systems, and even if one does not win the award, the feedback from the self-assessment criteria gives a detailed input to the strategic planning process and helps in achieving world-class status.

The panel of judges consists of the Global Chairman Dr. Ola Ullsten, former Prime Minister of Sweden; the National Chairman Justice P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice Supreme Court of India; Vice Chairman Lt. Gen. Surinder Nath, PVSM, AVSM (retd.), former Chairman, UPSC, and the Director General is Dr. A. N. Saksena, former Financial Advisor for Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.