“Companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain are starting to realize that Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part of their transformation into a reputed brand,” said Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board Member and Chairperson of Rashid Investment Holding, Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa.
Being socially responsible is a decision all corporations must take seriously. Companies must give back by empowering the society and developing the community,” she added.
Shaikha Hind was speaking during the monthly ‘@the Majlis’ series hosted by the Capital Club. The event was attended by Capital Club Members and guests from varied professional backgrounds.
“Al Rashid Group has come a long way; in 1973, along with my late husband, we opened up the first branch of Mothercare. Today, it is one of the largest retail conglomerates,” said Shaikha Hind.
Our success is driven by our promise to be the best corporate citizens through providing employment to Bahraini nationals. Currently we boast a Bahrainization rate of 25%; an increase of 7% when compared to the previous year,” she added.
Other than employment, we ran around 12 CSR initiatives; giving back to the community and further fostering its development,” she said. “The importance of CSR also echoes strongly in my personal life as I head the Children & Mother Welfare Society. We need to build a culture of philanthropy in Bahrain, not only subjected to companies, but to individuals as well. Giving back should be instilled in the characteristic of every individual; and I do believe that all walks of society must come together in order to further develop the community.”
Commenting on the third session of ‘@the Majlis’, Capital Cub Bahrain’s General Manager, Dina Haikel said, “We are very thankful that Shaikha Hind accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker for this month’s event. The evening was a great success and was much welcomed by our members.”
The ‘@the Majlis’ event is held on a monthly basis and it features a number of key executives from both the government and private sectors.