‘Best Practices and Benchmarking Forum’ focus on sustainable development goals

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Staff Report

Dubai: Leading local, regional and international organisations, businesses and thought leaders exchanged their ideas on excellence and sustainable development at the ‘Best Practices and Benchmarking Forum 2017’ hosted by Dubai Economy.

The annual forum was organised to showcase the best practices of the winners in the Business Excellence Awards of Dubai Economy, was held under the theme ‘The Joy of Giving’ this year and had over 400 attendees.

Along with the winners of the Business Excellence Awards which comprises the Dubai
Quality Award, Dubai Human Development Award, Dubai Service Excellence Scheme and
the Global Islamic Business Awards.

The Forum also brought the spotlight on the top performers in the BED-EBM Benchmark Programme, a joint initiative between the Business Excellence Department in Dubai Economy and Emirates Business Management International Consultants.

A panel discussion was conducted on how organisations grow sustainably and contribute towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in that process was among the highlights of the Forum this year.

Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of Dubai Economy, said that the messages highlighted in the Forum this year reinforces the strategic focus of Dubai Economy on sustainability, prosperity for all and the vision defining economic development in Dubai and the UAE in general.

Organisations honoured at the Forum for the highest score across various categories in the
BED-EBM Benchmark Programme during 2017 were: Body and Soul (Overall Score), UAE Exchange (Approach), Jumeirah Group (Deployment), Gulf Medical University (Assessment and Refinement), Drydocks World (Creativity and Innovation), Emirates Gas, Union National Bank and Dubai Airports won the top three slots in that order for the highest contribution to Data Sharing.

The Forum was supported by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, Sharjah Islamic Bank and
Thumbay Group, as Gold Sponsors and British Orchard Nursery, RAKBANK and Tristar
Group as Silver Sponsors.