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Students explore the world of CSR with talk from Dubai Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 7 December, 2015

Over 90 students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai benefited from a guest lecture from CSR specialist Mr Syed Atif Ali, a Senior Executive at Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business recently.

Over the course of the lecture, students came to understand more about the issues effecting the world’s population and the global business community and the work that the Dubai Chamber of Commerce is doing to foster economic growth whilst avoiding and managing environmental, social and business risk in a responsible way.

“CSR is a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns into their business operations and in their interactions with their stakeholders” said Mr Ali. “A good CSR program goes beyond simply complying with the law and contributes to sustainable development, and the health and welfare of society.”

Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business has worked to shape corporate sustainability since 2004. With over 15 years of public and private sector experience, Mr Ali has previously worked with TNT Express as Regional Corporate Responsibility Manager and managed corporate partnerships with WFP, Fleet Forum and North Star Alliance.

Commenting on Mr Ali’s talk, Dr Zeenath Khan, a lecturer in Ethics at the University said: “At UOWD we foster a culture of student-centred learning that is current, with industry exposure that makes the learning real-time. We invite guest lectures to talk about real business practices, real experiences, and real impacts of those practices and experiences.”