CW Oman Awards 2019: CSR Initiative of the Year shortlist
Women empowerment, blood donation, and communal cleaning among the initiatives up for honours at next month's event
Two companies appear in the shortlist for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative of the Year shortlist for the Construction Week Oman Awards 2019.
India's Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which is building a 400kV overhead line from Ibri to Izki, organised 11 CSR initiatives in the sultanate between February and December 2018. These included communal cleaning, wadi cleaning, and tree plantation in project locations. The group also organised a blood donation camp through the Oman Blood Bank, with 40 units of blood collected.
Approximately 250 workers were also given health checks through the Oman Ibri Poly Clinic, with a yoga programme also conducted for workers by the Art of Living team.
“The key success factor of this CSR initiative includes the commitment of top management – a high level of team effort boosts employee morale to drive CSR in the society,” L&T said in its application.
For its ‘Empowerment of Women’ vocational training programme, contractor Douglas OHI is also in the running for CSR Initiative of the Year honours. The objective of the scheme was to empower orphaned girls to learn and develop new skills, driving self-employment as a viable career.
The programme lasted six months, which included a two month training period focused on the production and sale of handmade gifts.
Douglas OHI said such training “gives the teenage girls an opportunity to build their confidence, work habits, and responsibility, and to realise how these efforts materialise into wages”.
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