Dubai's businesses need to do more to combat waste
Essa Al Ghurair said the Dubai business community is not doing enough
Essa Al Ghurair, vice-chairman of Al Ghurair Investment LLC, said the business community in Dubai is not doing enough to combat waste despite leading the UAE in waste management initiatives, and that "much has still to be done" to fight wasteful business practices.
Al Ghurair said in a statement: "Per head of population, the UAE is one of the world's biggest producers of waste - in terms of both domestic and corporate output. That is something we must all strive to change - and Dubai should be at the forefront of that change, as it is in so many other areas of activity.
"It is true that much progress has been made, but we cannot be complacent.
"Dubai is a leader in waste management programs - yet fewer than 50% of companies in the emirate have any kind of environmental policy. It's no use saying we are doing better than elsewhere - the fact is we are still not doing well enough."
Al Ghurair was speaking as part of the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network set up by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry 's Centre for Responsible Business in 2010.
The Chamber has just launched the Sustainability Network's special 'Task Groups' for 2013 that will address sustainability and broader CSR challenges through joint initiatives. Al Ghurair will lead the Waste Management and Resource Efficiency Task Group - comprising of 20 companies - with co-leader Axiom Telecom.
Addressing the Chamber's launch ceremony, Sameera Fernandes, group corporate communications manager of Al Ghurair said figures showed that "only 18.3% of Dubai companies have an Environmental Management System."
The statistics - compiled by the Chamber's Centre for Responsible Business - also revealed that only 35.1% of Dubai companies "had a Corporate Environmental Policy of any kind".
On the specific issue of waste management and resource efficiency (WMRE), only 46.1% of the emirate's companies had systems in place to measure energy usage, while 47.2% had measurement systems for water and materials usage.
Fernandes said a core objective of the WMRE Task Group was to develop an overview of existing Waste Management and Resource Efficiency measures adopted by members in order to establish and share 'best practices' with the wider business community.