Senario & Camera George Maher
Dr. El Sayed Torky: “This year will witness the launch of ‘The Cairo CSR Declaration’ which will serve as the
roadmap to ensure the alignment and the cooperation of the private sector, development associations and the government, to have an impact on the development of the Egyptian society to achieve sustainability.”
Mr. Peter Van Rooij: “Decent Work is the way to improve the working environment, achieve social justice and fight poverty.”
Eng. Mohamed El Sewedy: “The Federation of Egyptian Industries is close to announcing a new strategy that fulfills the vision and message of corporate social responsibility.”
The conference is organized by the International Labor Organization – ILO, the Federation of Egyptian Industries – FEI, USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) Project in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Ministry of Manpower and Immigration, Professional Development Foundation – PDF, the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, ALEXBANK, Men Ennahard, Alashanik Ya Baladi, Meshwar, Rada Research & Public Relations Co., The American University in Cairo AUC, Rotary Clubs, Al Ahram Newspaper, The American Chamber of Commerce, The British Egyptian Business Association, The German-Arab Chamber Of Industry & Commerce, The Alexandria Business Association and Nahdet El Mahrousa.
This year’s conference witnessed unprecedented attendance from private sector companies, representatives from the chambers of commerce, industry and tourism, investors and businessmen associations, economic institutions, SMEs, universities, research centres donor agencies and NGOs. More than 700 major companies were present, 20 international organizations, 300 development organizations and NGOs, in addition to senior government officials and the media.
Peter Van Rooij, Director of the Decent Work Team for North Africa, and ILO Country office for Egypt and Eritrea, says: “Decent Work is the way to improve the working environment, achieve social justice and fight poverty. It is also the way to achieve sustainable, integrated, fair and just development.”
This year’s conference is shedding the light on the private sector’s’ efforts in creating new job opportunities, empowering entrepreneurship and encouraging supply chains through companies’ CSR policies. The roles of universities, research centers and NGOs, in developing CSR policies and the social compliance requirements, are also discussed.
The conference’s course this year comes with a number of measures, including direct coordination between all parties working for sustainable development including the government, private sector corporations, civil society organizations, donors and international organizations