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Partner Event – The Powering Africa Summit
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
Green Bee Group joins this year’s EnergyNet Powering Africa Summit as a Knowledge Partner. This virtual event takes place from 24 June to 1 July 2021. Since the Summit began in 2015, the event has attracted Ministerial and Governmental participation from African countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda […]
Submission of One Bid in a PPP Process: A Curse or a Blessing?
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Oliver DundoMember of Green Bee’s Network of Experts Submission of single bids in public-private partnership (PPP) projects is becoming a reason for concern for project participants and particularly the contracting authorities. It occurs in either of the two tendering stages. In some projects, a single bid is received at the request for qualification stage […]
Building a Market for Sustainable Products in the UAE
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
Around the world, the consumption of sustainable products is booming. An increasing number of consumer goods companies are boosting their eco-friendly credentials to meet consumer demands. Sustainability awareness is also spreading in the Arab Gulf states.  Yet, a gap remains between sustainability awareness and behaviour.  In this podcast, we zoom in on the UAE market […]
Africa: ESG Adoption & Infrastructure Investments
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
ESG is becoming an international investment requirement and a crucial step towards long-term sustainable development. In this podcast series, we talk with industry experts and stakeholders about key ESG trends that are shaping business in the Middle East and Africa. In this episode, we talk to Dean Alborough, who is the Head of ESG at […]
European Union Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation: Implications on Africa
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Oliver Dundo Member of Green Bee’s Network of Experts On March 10, the European Union Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) came into effect. The SFDR requires that asset managers show “tangible and measurable plans” on ESG, with the aim of preventing greenwashing. This has implications for asset managers in the EU and beyond. The […]
Human Rights Due Diligence in African Supply Chains
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Judit Kuschnitzki Public pressure is mounting on businesses to protect human rights along their supply chains. Governments around the world began translating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) into law. These developments impact human rights due diligence in African supply chains. Human rights due diligence (HRDD) is central to UN […]
Partner Event – CC Forum Middle East “Investment in Sustainable Development”
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
Green Bee Group joins this year’s CC Forum Middle East as a Media Partner. This 3-day event takes place in the UAE between 31 March and 1 April 2021. The event will bring together major global investment funds, family offices, VC capital firms, HNWs, senior government officials, startups and well-known public figures to discuss ways […]
Why Should MENA Companies Invest in Sustainability Reporting?
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Charlene Rahall In today’s business world, demands for corporate disclosures are rising. MENA companies are thus advised to invest in sustainability reporting. A sustainability report conveys to investors and stakeholders environmental, social, and governance (ESG) insights. Disclosure of a company’s ESG impact can open doors to significant opportunities. Sustainability reporting allows investors to identify […]
How to Promote Sustainable Infrastructure PPPs in MENA
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Mhamed BiygautaneMember of Green Bee’s Network of Experts PPPs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are often restricted to technology-intensive sectors. To date, they have rarely been adopted in social infrastructure projects. The two key factors underlying the lack of PPPs in a wide range of social services, are the traditional dominance […]
ESG in Public-Private Partnerships: A Vehicle for Sustainable Development?
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Judit Kuschnitzki The incorporation of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principles in public-private partnerships (PPPs) promises to unlock important green funding sources, while also contributing to countries’ sustainable development. The COVID-19 crisis has boosted governments’ interest in infrastructure projects, which can offer both short-term economic benefits, such as job creation, as well as longer-term […]
ESG: Nascent Yet Growing in MENA
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
By Charlene Rahall Green-led economic activities, alongside accelerated technology adoption and greater private sector participation could promise a more sustainable recovery in MENA states. Adoption of ESG standards is a crucial step towards long-term sustainable development. This year started with a bang for ESG and sustainable finance, not just in the Middle East. At several […]
Saudi Arabia Budget 2021: Private Sector-led Recovery
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
On December 15, Saudi Arabia released its 2020 macroeconomic performance and its 2021 budget. The kingdom is making progress in raising the share of non-oil revenue as part of its Vision 2030 objectives. The 2021 budget forecasts are in line with those released by the Ministry of Finance in October. The budget highlights Saudi Arabia’s […]
The Arab Region Post-COVID and Conflicts: Investing in Human Capital, Resilience and Sustainability
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
Green Bee’s Alia Eshaq and Charlene Rahall co-authored this report with Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin. He is the UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report was published by Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. “COVID-19 has left the world, including the Arab region, in paralysis. Therefore, discussions […]
Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and Africa: Agri-Tech in Tanzania
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
In this podcast series, Green Bee Group speaks to entrepreneurs across the region. Our goal is to shed light on some of the business ideas that are emerging in the Middle East and Africa. We discuss the challenges that entrepreneurs face and the support available to them. Our guests highlight the creativity and resilience required […]
Webinar – East Africa at a Crossroad: Regional Integration, Emerging Opportunities, and New Conflicts
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By Green Bee June 6, 2021
This webinar shed light on the current economic and political drivers of regional integration in East Africa. Panellists discussed the region’s future political outlook and economic opportunities. Alia Eshaq, Managing Partner at Green Bee Group, moderated the event. The panellists were: Ambassador Dr. Namira Negm, Legal Counsel and Director of Department of Legal Affairs of […]

Human Rights Due Diligence in African Supply Chains

Public pressure is mounting on businesses to protect human rights along their supply chains. Governments around the world began translating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) into law. These developments impact human rights due diligence in African supply chains.

Why Should MENA Companies Invest in Sustainability Reporting?

Sustainability reporting allows investors to identify firms with sustainable investment opportunities. It also provides investors with relevant information on long-term risks and value. Through sustainability reporting, MENA companies can explain how they mitigate ESG-related risks.

In a global financial system that increasingly rewards sustainability, disclosures promise capital. In MENA countries, companies with sustainability reports will stand out to foreign investors.

How to Promote Infrastructure PPPs in MENA

PPPs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are often restricted to technology-intensive sectors. To date, they have rarely been adopted in social infrastructure projects.

This briefing puts forth six recommendations that help facilitate a broader implementation of PPPs in the MENA region.