What is corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the UAE?

What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the contribution of a company to the community’s development through the provision of cash and or goods and services for the implementation of economic, social and environmental projects and developmental programmes of a country.


CSR UAE Fund is a federal authority setting the framework and governance for Corporate Social Responsibility in the UAE while managing and directing contributions from the business sector towards national priority initiatives. It has metrics in place to rank and reward active businesses in CSR on a country level. It is also an enabler for relevant authorities to enhance and regulate socially responsible practices within corporations and business entities. 

CSR UAE Fund was formed under the UAE Ministerial Cabinet Decision No. 2 for 2018– PDF- 3.71 MB (Available in Arabic only). His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the CSR UAE smart platform on 26 November 2019. 


To establish the United Arab Emirates as a global leader in corporate social responsibility.


To establish a platform that encourages the business sector to actively engage in socially responsible practices that lead to a positive economic, social and environmental impact in line with the UAE’s priorities and sustainable development goals.


  • increase community awareness of social responsibility
  • activate sustainable development partnerships between the public and private sector
  • develop social responsibility frameworks to regulate and enhance social responsibility
  • create a reward system for corporations and business entities
  • direct corporate contributions towards sustainable development projects in line with UAE priorities and the sustainable development goals.

Social responsibility in Sharjah

Department of Social Services of the Government of Sharjah implements projects and initiatives which support social responsibility programmes in the emirate. These programmes are executed in cooperation with other government entities, institutions of public interest, the private sector and community members.

The department believes in the ethical role of the corporations and their responsibility to encourage positive impact through activities which support the welfare of their employees and the community, as a whole.

Social responsibility programmes aim to:

  • enhance communication and social cohesion between members of the community and its institutions
  • encourage corporates to balance between material profit, community service and the safety of the environment
  • promote social responsibility projects and programmes that balance between social welfare and institutional work
  • attract supporters and feed them back on their contributions.

Visit the Social responsibility platform of the Department of Social Services to contribute.