Muscat, To disseminate governance and
sustainability concept and culture in all the institutions in the Sultanate,
Oman Centre for Governance and Sustainability (OCGS) will hold the
First Sustainability Conference on 4 December at Oman Convention
and Exhibition Centre under the patronage of Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh
al-Mantheri, Chairman of the State Council. The conference will be
attended by ministers, undersecretaries and representatives of
businesses and decision makers in sustainability in Oman and abroad.
The conference will cover topics, such as social responsibility,
general and private partnership for social impact, social innovation with
the participation of prominent speakers from Oman and abroad and
chief executive officers of sustainability institutions.
Sayyid Hamed bin Sultan al Busaidi, Executive Director of
OCGS said the conference will witness the launching of National
Policy Charter in Sustainability and Social Responsibility which aims to
be a benchmark for all institutions for best practices in sustainability.
He added the conference would be a forum of discussion between the
public and private sectors for consideration of ways to achieve the
goals of sustainable development adopted by the United Nations (UN)
beside dissemination of sustainability awareness.
He added the project will achieve a number of results, the first is
the role of the centre and its programmes, secondly the future
strategies by focusing on strength points in sustainability and social
development in supporting the institutions desirous of adopting best
practices in this respect. Thirdly, transparent disclosure of the
opportunities and challenges facing the companies and proposals and
recommendations for solutions. Fourth, awareness of partners and
stakeholders in the institutions and the community of the concepts
adopted by OCGS.
The conference will include discussion sessions on Developing
Sustainability Strategies in Oman which will address the steps
adopted by the Sultanate to contain the sustainability in its 2040 vision
besides discussion of national endeavours to align sustainability plans
with the United National Millennium Development Goals. The second
dialogue session will be titled Social Strategic Investment
Programmes. This session will address the concept of social
responsibility and show the difference between it and social investment
The third discussion session will be Public and private sector
partnership and measuring the impact on the community. The session
will discuss the role of the different sectors and importance of
cooperation for the mutual benefit to achieve social impact to attain
sustainable development. The fourth session will be Disclosure and
Reports on Sustainability. This session will discuss the importance of
disclosure and transparency on the performance of the companies in
the capital markets and the roles of disclosure in enhancing the
confidence between the institutions and the participants.
The conference is a valuable opportunity for the companies to
take part with attendance or sponsorship to show their role in social
responsibility and sustainability and their contribution to the national
OCGS had previously organised a workshop on preparation of
unified national policies in social responsibility and sustainability
attended by 55 persons representing 36 institutions from the public
and private sectors.
Source: Oman News Agency