In doing so, the charitable foundation joins more than 12,000 organisations worldwide in furthering the Global Compact’s ten principles of responsible governance and ethics encompassing human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Signatories include a wide range of organisations among which are corporates such as Lego, Microsoft, Sabic, Toyota, UBS and Unilever and smaller, non-profit organisations such as Injaz, the King Khaled Foundation and WWF. It also includes signatories on the municipal level, such as the city of Dubai.
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, chairman of the UN Global Compact Foundation, said, “I congratulate the Al Jisr Foundation on becoming the first non-profit organisation in Oman to sign the UN Global Compact. Its leadership is to be commended for this sincere public commitment to practise and promote these essential principles for organisational excellence.”
The announcement builds on Al Jisr’s already strong commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals - specifically, those related to healthcare and education.
Sultan al Busaidi, director of the Al Jisr Foundation, said, “As a Zakat foundation, Islamic values and principles are at the heart of everything we do. Recognising the compatibility between Islamic values and the more general values which underpin the UN Global Compact, and indeed the Global Goals, we are shaping our strategy and initiatives in a way that will help us consistently achieve both.”
Busaidi signed the Global Compact on the last day of a comprehensive employee training program, during which the Al Jisr team furthered its knowledge and expertise regarding sustainability and CSR. The training also prepared the staff for Al Jisr’s strengthened focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and alignment with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.