Seventy-six years of giving back to community and still going strong.
Established in 1940, A.H. Al Gosaibi and Bros is one of the oldest and most powerful businesses in and from Sharqiya. Their list of achievements is long, from construction and manufacturing to travel and tourism, but for this month’s issue we spoke to Sahar Al Gosaibi, Head of CSR, Property and Insurance, on their community service and social responsibility programs.
The company’s CSR department has been in place since 1940, donating locally and internationally, contributing to the beautification of the province and had even founded Fatat El Khaleej, a social welfare society.
Recently Al Gosaibi and her team decided to focus on sustainable programs that help the community and encourage the growth of small businesses. “The more you involve yourself in bettering people’s lives,” says Al Gosaibi, “the better you will feel about yourself.” She shared with us a few of the initiatives they’ve been working on.
One of those programs is Pop-Up Al Gosaibi, a short-lease store space located in Al Gosaibi Village, Khobar. The pop-up shop offers local entrepreneurs a space to test consumer demand and evaluate the market before committing to a long-term lease elsewhere. They collaborated with Desert Designs to fully furnish the store for each tenant.
Another recent initiative is 966 Box Park, which was a project Al Gosaibi believed in wholeheartedly. An art enthusiast at heart, she loved the proposed concept of the graffiti-themed event. She then offered the organizers the old Pepsi warehouse which was the perfect size at a prime location. They supported the event with full force, from subsidizing the rent to providing materials and maintenance.
A.H. Al Gosaibi has sponsored various other initiatives since the beginning of 2016 including the Eastern Province Society for the Disabled, Tamkiin Orphans Association, Eshraq Organization, Wud Charity and Albir Charity. This is but a fraction of the company’s reach as they are committed to giving back to the community in every way possible.
A.H. Al Gosaibi also has an internal CSR program where employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community and fun events are organized to strengthen the ties between employers and employees. The Al Gosaibi tag line has always been: “Our people are our family.”
Al Gosaibi’s advice to businesses looking to get involved in the community is simple: “Look at what the community needs and work accordingly. You can’t do everything so pick your objectives and focus and expand on them. A company can’t survive without the community.”