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Pearl Initiative launches 'Vision 2025' to transform corporate governance practices across Gulf region

SHARJAH, 20th January, 2021 (WAM) -- On the occasion of its 10th year of operations, the Pearl Initiative announced the launch of its updated strategy, titled 'PI Vision 2025', marking a renewed pledge to advance the business case for strong corporate governance practices across the Gulf region.

PI Vision 2025 was recently endorsed during the Pearl Initiative’s Board of Governors and CEO Council meetings, which was attended by 31 CEOs and senior executives of leading regional and international corporations, including Saudi Aramco, Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Shell, Ernst & Young, PwC, Aramex, Chalhoub Group, KPMG, Bank of Sharjah, Saudi Telecommunications Company, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dana Gas, Crescent Petroleum, Gulftainer, Al Rajhi Partners, Crescent Enterprises, and ASDA'A.

The Pearl Initiative was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing the growing need for strong corporate governance practices and to promote a culture of accountability and transparency across the Gulf region’s private sector.

Over the past decade, the Pearl Initiative developed and published over 150 bespoke resources to support businesses and organisations in the Gulf region in improving their corporate governance practices.

The Pearl Initiative also provided an open platform for business professionals to share challenges and successes, convening 12,000+ individuals in over 250 roundtables, workshop and webinars held across the region.

The work of the organisation also cuts across academia, engaging with 40 regional universities and reaching nearly 10,000 university students in activities promoting corporate governance. In recognition of the Pearl Initiative’s accomplishments and dedication to fostering a culture of accountability and transparency in the Gulf region, the United Nations granted the Pearl Initiative a Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council, making it the first private non-profit in the UAE to receive this recognition.

PI Vision 2025 consolidates the Pearl Initiative’s impressive track record of the past ten years, and looks forward at how to deepen the organisation’s impact, increase and scale its reach across the Gulf region, and continue to be an active and leading voice in promoting governance as a key pillar of business sustainability and job creation.

Jamal Fakhro, Chairman of the Pearl Initiative Board of Governors, stated, "Pearl Initiative Vision 2025 represents the next steps of our journey to continue setting the standard of excellence for the regional business environment. Over the past several years, with the support of our Partner Companies, the Pearl Initiative has made great progress towards improving corporate accountability and transparency across the Gulf region’s private sector. The future for the Pearl Initiative is bright and I am excited to see what we can accomplish when we come together unified under one goal of transforming the business environment across the Gulf Region."

Commenting on the launch of the new strategy, Badr Jafar, Founder of the Pearl Initiative, said, "Since its establishment, the Pearl Initiative fundamentally believes that companies which demonstrate exemplary governance standards are more competitive and sustainable, and ultimately contribute more to regional socio-economic development. Our region’s economic future depends on the resilience and sustainability of its small and large business community, and scaling the inclusive impact of the private sector through governance is one of the core objectives of the Pearl Initiative."


WAM/MOHD AAMIR/Hazem Hussein