Approach and Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
CCC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) philosophy originated from the Founders’ strong belief that the Company has an obligation towards its stakeholders including employees, clients, partners, subcontractors, and society at large. To achieve continuous business success, CCC believes in the significance of having a solid commitment to corporate responsibility. Maximizing the Company’s profits has always come second to human development, employee wellbeing and social investment in the communities where CCC has an operational presence.
CCC’s CSR approach is guided by the Company’s core ethical values and principles which focus on integrity, transparency, and fairness in managing its business affairs and in its relationship with stakeholders including its employees who are considered to be an asset and the driving force behind its achievements and thriving business.
Throughout the history of CCC the culture of giving and philanthropic deeds have been at the forefront and have played a key role in the Company’s success and prosperity. Even before the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) became popular in the business world and before the establishment of the CSR department, CCC’s continued humanitarian giving was embedded in the Founders’ beliefs and values.
To address its commitment to improving peoples’ quality of life and standards of living, CCC became a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) on March 1, 2001. CCC supports the ten principles of the UN Global Compact pertaining to human rights, labor, environment and anti- corruption and strives to use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Global Compact as its guide in developing corporate social responsible initiatives and projects that will improve the wellbeing of communities in which it operates. Even though CCC’s philanthropy started a long time before the existence of the CSR Department, the department’s establishment in 2017 was to reinforce CCC’s Founders’ belief in giving back to society and making it a safer and better place to live in.
The mission of the CSR Department is to build on CCC’s philanthropic culture, improve the welfare of its employees, and enhance the long term economic and social sustainability of communities where CCC conducts its business. The CSR Department is committed to bettering the livelihood of communities by designing programs and initiatives that address their concerns and needs.
CCC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department (CSR) undertakes the role of “Corporate Citizenship” to ensure that business values and behavior are aligned to balance between improving and developing the company’s business as well as improving the quality of life of its workforce, their families, local communities and societies at large.
Its corporate giving strategy is to improve the social and economic livelihood of marginalized and underprivileged communities. Its strategy and community development will include financial support and in-kind contribution in the form of volunteerism in areas where CCC possesses expertise and leverage. CCC will focus on the following themes of crucial importance and which are in line with the UN Compact Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Global Compact:
- Education and Employment Creation
- Science, Technology and Innovation
- Humanitarian Aid and Relief
In all areas of operation CCC’s CSR commitment manifests itself through programs of corporate citizenship ensuring that business decisions balance between contributing to company growth and improving the quality of life for employees, their families, communities and societies at large. Carrying on in the footsteps of its founders, CCC believes that business should be conducted in a manner which will benefit the local and global communities where CCC operates. CCC has engraved its humanitarian and philanthropic footprints in support of social development, health and education in every country or area that CCC had operated or passed through. In line with CCC Core Values, Guiding Principles and Code of Practice, CCC is committed to working closely with local communities to contribute to their economic and social development, offer employment opportunities, utilize local resources and enhance their quality of life. CCC is a supporter, partner, contributor and sponsor to:
- International and Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s)
- Humanitarian Societies and Charitable Institutions
- Health, Educational, Social and Environmental Programs & Organizations
- Social, Cultural, Civil and Philanthropic Activities
- Sustainable Development Programs of Local Communities
Addressing Youth Unemployment and Skills Gap
Although, the MENA region is home to the world’s greatest concentration of young people, at the same time it has the highest rate of youth unemployment. With 67 million unemployed youth, the MENA region is the world’s largest pool of untapped human capital. The root cause lies in the education system. There is a dramatic mismatch between the skills taught in regional educational institutions and the requirements of the labor market. Young people are inadequately equipped for the workforce and as a result usually have to wait for years to secure their first job.
Education For Employment (EFE) is an NGO that stepped in to bridge this gap. It creates job opportunities for unemployed youth in MENA by providing demand-driven training programs that link them to the world of work. CCC’s partnership with EFE begun more than a decade ago with the launch of a Mini-MBA program in Palestine. The practical training program was developed by CCC, EFE and the University of Maryland to prepare unemployed accountants for the business world. Upon completion CCC hired the program’s graduates and became EFE’s Founding Employer Partner since it was the first company to hire EFE graduates.
CCC’s involvement in the EFE’s training programs has created a customized workforce development scheme opening job opportunities for participants. From the perspective of a potential employer, CCC works closely with EFE to ensure their training programs are driven by market demands and provide participants with useful skills. In Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen several CCC-EFE training programs have been launched to teach unemployed youth the specifics of construction management, planning, quality assurance, budget controls and land surveying. Over the years CCC has hired EFE alumni from various areas in roles ranging from construction managers, to land surveyors and accountants.
Corporate Wellness Program
In line with our commitment to CCC Family Culture and our continuous efforts to establish a strong bond with each and every employee, CCC recently announced the “Wellness Program Initiative”. It was launched to explore ideas aiming at improving the welfare of CCC employees, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for every one of its employees.
Wellness programs include activities such as company-sponsored exercises, weight-loss competitions, educational seminars, tobacco-cessation programs and health screenings that are designed to help employees eat better, lose weight and improve their overall physical health.
Employees can benefit from wellness programs through lower health insurance premiums, decreased out-of-pocket medical expenditures and an increased sense of well-being.
Supporting the Battle Against Breast Cancer
With CCC’s contribution the Bank of Palestine organized a program to raise funds for breast cancer patients and spread awareness in Palestine on the early detection of this disease. In total, more than 2,072 attendees participated in workshops on early breast cancer detection. In Greece, CCC is proud to be among the very few organizations that has been supporting the Greek Race for the Cure continuously since 2008. The Greek Race for the Cure is organized annually to raise funds for research and awareness about breast cancer.
Business Innovation Camp (UAE)
We partnered with The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre of Abu Dhabi University and the NGO INAZ to conduct a workshop for empowering college students in their final year. The program presents participants with real-life business challenges while cultivating their creativity, team working and problem solving skills.
In support of CCC’s commitment to serve those in need, the Volunteer Program of CCC is initiated by the Department of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to encourage and provide employees and their families the opportunity to give back to society and participate in volunteering activities.
CCC realizes the value and countless benefits of volunteerism. Besides helping a cause or improving lives, it contributes to the physical and mental well-being of volunteers themselves and provides a feeling of pride and satisfaction. In the workplace, volunteering does not only boost morale and engagement but it also increases productivity, and improves team-work and interpersonal relationships among colleagues.
CCC acknowledges the contribution of its volunteers, and recognizes that participation in a volunteering work will inspire, enrich and help in the personal growth of its employees on various levels.