Social Responsibility programme is an internal voluntary programme common within many corporates, organisations and institutions. The programme is predominantly based on the business philosophy that promotes the principal of organisation success is no longer measured by how productive or profitable one organisation is, or to what extent that organisation is committed and abides by safety and security measures and rules, neither to what extent the organisation is environment-oriented. The philosophy actually transcends all the aforementioned, as its core is about the level of contribution of these organisations, corporates and institutions to the development of the societies and environment where they operate.

In today’s world, many organisations and corporates advocate and support highly important social issues, with international dimensions, such as human rights, equality, poverty alleviation, etc.

Several entities have provided their own version of the definition of Social Responsibility, and here we take the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) definition:

"Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large."
Islam is considered a pioneer in attending to the concept of Social Responsibility, and putting in place the mechanism that shapes the relations between community members; Islam equally urged each and every individual to fulfil his/her duties towards others. The Social Responsibly is an integral part of Islam, and not obtrusive neither to the Islamic communities nor to the principals of Islamic Economics, by contrast with capitalism, where SR is obtrusive, and unlike communism where SR is the only available option.
Allah Almighty says in Quran: ((O you who believe, bow down and prostrate yourselves and serve your Lord, and do good that you may succeed)), and prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) put it in fewer words: ((All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock)), for that SR is our property that has been returned to us.
Ethical investment is the one that takes into consideration the fundamental values of the organisation, and provides opportunity to pursue a similar ethical and social responsibility policy, and creates a value of precedence for the organisation vis-à-vis other organisations.
The concept of Social Responsibility went through many phases until the 1980s, where the Stakeholder Groups term came into existence. The emergence of this term led to the development of the theory of the contemporary Social Responsibility which started to attend, more comprehensively, to issues and affairs never been dealt with in the past.
The spread of this theory served as a wake-up call, both for individuals and organisations towards new segments in the society, among which: (customers, suppliers, stakeholders & owners, competitors, employees and the local community), among others. And the yardstick for measuring the successful application of the SR theory is the type of relation between these groups and the organisations, and the response rate of these corporates and organisations to the needs of these groups, and how to handle them.

Our responsibility towards society

Sudatel’s concept of social responsibility is based upon an inherent Islamic vision: an integrated system for social rights defined by Islam for all people in wealth and money. In Islam, solidarity, which is a main pillar within this framework, extends beyond materialistic aspects to include the spiritual ones, and Sudatel has found guidance in the successful human experiences and the outcome of the international standards of the specialized international humanitarian organisations in line with its values and ethical standards. Sudatel affirms its resolute adherence to the ethical principles and reliable work practices in all its dealings and transactions. Sudatel continuing commitment to contribute to the economic development while improving the quality of life of its workforce and their families, as well as of the community and society at large, in addition to working environment sustainability, all that served as guard rails for Sudatel so as not to deviate from its strategic intent of serving the community.
Within its social responsibility framework, Sudatel has exerted great efforts towards the stakeholders: society, government, stockholders, subscribers, workers, importers and civil society organisations. Sudatel has adhered to the principle of transparency and governance as an integral part of responsibility.

STG puts social responsibility at the core of its duty. STG has been involved in social support since 1999 when its first programme of this kind was launched. At first it allocated 2 million dollars each year for this purpose, and then this contribution was raised to 4 million dollars annually. The unique Community Support Programme of STG is a 7-year-old activity with a 2 million USD annual sum available to meet pressing community needs.

The programme focuses on social issues such as hygiene, medical, learning, water supply, peace, information technology and orphans sponsorship. The programme yielded fruitful projects all over the country, especially in remote and peripheral areas.