14th CSR&Sustainability meetup:United Nations Global Compact & the business case


On March 8th, our guest speakers will discuss the concept and value of UNGC for companies in the region and will describe the implementation process.

UAE National Committee representatives, Du and other leading companies will join and share their insights as to what it means to be a signatory of the UNGC.

Guest speaker 1:

Youshey Zakiuddin is a sustainability professional with close to 10 years of experience in CSR implementation and social projects management. He is currently part of du’s corporate sustainability team where he is responsible for the company’s sustainability reports, corporate volunteering program as well as a number of community engagement projects. Youshey has also conducted GRI reporting trainings for a number of sustainability professionals in the UAE. Youshey has a Master’s in Biodiversity and Conservation from the University of Oxford.

Guest Speaker 2: Mahmout El Burai

Global thinker with innovative ideas, possessing an ability to think out of the box and a proud graduate of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Leadership program

Global Compact UAE Network( April 2015 till present) Network Representative

Dubai Real estate Institute- UAE( May 2009- present) CEO

FIABCI Delegate to the United Nations Economic Commission for West Asia(UNESCWA) -United Nations (Jan 2012 - present)

FIABCI Delegate to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe(UNECE) -United Nations (Jan 2014 - present)

Global Advisor-United Nations Global Compact Cities Program(Jan 2014-Present)

Smart Cities Council-Washington D.C.(USA)(April 2014 –Present) Member in the advisory Board

American University in Dubai (June 2013- Present), Assistant Professor. School of Business Administration

Hawkamah Institute of Governance/ Dubai Real estate Institute- Dubai ( March 2012- present) Lecturer

Gerson Lerhman Group- United States ( Jan 2011- Present) Council Member in Real estate Council

International Real estate Federation-UK( Jan 2011- Jan 2014) Vice President

Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency- UAE (October 2008 – Jan 2012), Senior Director- Real estate Sector Development Department


Established in July 2000 in New York, USA, The UNGC is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative for businesses, comprising 8,000 companies and 4,000 other stakeholders from around the world. UNGC business policy centres on the globally accepted 10 principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption. UNGC local networks are a group of participants who come together to advance the ideals and principles of the UNGC within a specific region, with the city of Dubai being registered as a UNGC member through DLD.

The UAE National Committee will promote governance, transparency, sustainability and human rights across the various economic sectors in the UAE. The committee members will work together to create an educational network for sharing success stories and to facilitate the progress of companies by helping them to implement the 10 principles in their business frameworks, enabling positive effects on sustainability and social development.

The 10 UNGC principles

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

An event not to be missed!

See you on the 8th !