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Winners of NTI BizPro Awards 2013, (L to R) Qais Mohd Al Hinai, Naifin Al Mazroui, Abbas Irshad Lawati were awarded scholarships by Renaissance Services for enhancing their management education. The awards launched in 2007 are designed to recognise and reward the exceptional contribution of Omani business professionals in the private sector.
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The participants of an Outward Bound Oman course on-site during the programme. Outward Bound Oman is an educational charity that offers challenging outdoor experiences through courses whereby young people can raise self-esteem learn team-work and other life skills, towards realizing their full potential.
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The participants of an Outward Bound Oman course on-site during the programme. Outward Bound Oman is an educational charity that offers challenging outdoor experiences through courses whereby young people can raise self-esteem learn team-work and other life skills, towards realizing their full potential.
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The RS sponsored "Team Renaissance", skippered by Oman's racing sensation Mohsin Al Busaidi, on the Abu Dhabi leg of the 2013 edition of EFG Bank Sailing Arabia - The Tour; A race around the Arabian Peninsula from Bahrain to Muscat involving 9 world class crews competing aboard identical Farr 30 yachts. Sailing involves levels of all-hands-on-deck dynamic teamwork seldom required in other disciplines.
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The environmentalist photographer Gregory Colbert said, "The whales do not sing because they have an answer, they sing because they have a song". Through the progress of the Renaissance Whale and Dolphin Research Programme we are learning what they have to say for the benefit of Oman. The project continues to yield valuable data that is helping better understand and protect not only the whales themselves but also Oman's marine resources and ecosystem functioning, for the wider benefit of the national economy.
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Hussain Al Jabri and Intisar Al Toubi became Oman's first ever Sailors of the Year when the two sailors were voted the most outstanding male and female overall winners of the Sultanate's prestigious new Sailor of the Year Awards 2013, presented by Renaissance, as part of its CSR programme helping young people achieve their potential.
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Renaissance Services sponsored Nabil "Nabs" Al Busaidy, an Omani talent and adventurer in his 2010 quest to become the first Omani to ascend one of the most dangerous summits in the world, Mount Everest. In preparation Nabs took on Mount Vinson in what was coined the Renaissance Services Antarctic Expedition.
Oman Sail
Oman Sail: The success of Oman Sail has had a social and economic impact in projecting the Sultanate in a positive manner internationally.
Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs: A 3 year commitment to provide financial support towards 45 Omani teachers who are studying in Nizwa University for a diploma programme in special education
Mr. Stephen Thomas, CEO of Renaissance, presents the first of three donations to an education program in joint association with the Association of Early Intervention
SQUH Internships: Ten graduating nurses from the Sultan Qaboos University sponsored by Renaissance Services explored nursing care practices at four university hospitals in Canada via a work placement internship that lasted 6 weeks.

Our commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate is an important part of our heritage and a key feature of our culture.

The social aspect of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ethos is focused in these key areas:

  • Helping those less fortunate than ourselves to lead fulfilling lives.
  • Providing opportunity to help people to improve themselves and make a valid contribution to society.
  • Improving the economic well-being and quality of life in local communities where we operate.
  • Supporting good causes in the community.
  • Showcasing local talent and helping people fulfill their potential.

This outlook gives Renaissance people a clear sense of purpose in running a successful business.

To view the complete CSR Policy click here

Making a difference

Our businesses focus on providing employment opportunities for local workforces and an effort to minimise energy usage and mitigate any environmental impact of our work.

From environmental to social issues, we encourage all employees to contribute their time and expertise to nonprofit organizations and groups in need worldwide.

We announce our donations in compliance with disclosure requirements, but also to highlight awareness of the outstanding work and fundamentals of the beneficiaries. To view a complete list of our donations please refer to the company’s statements in the Annual Report section.

Year Total sponsorships at Corporate Level
2013 RO 256,382 US$ 665,927
2012 RO 195,825 US$ 509,145
2011 RO 196,855 US$ 511,823
2010 RO 285,000 US$ 741,000
2009 RO 265,000 US$ 689,000
2008 RO 169,550 US$ 440,830
2007 RO 158,790 US$ 412,854
Does not include projects financed by subsidiary companies
Renaissance Whale and Dolphin Research Project

Renaissance's association with this vital project continued into 2012. This international project covers all 19 of Oman's Whale and Dolphin species, the center-piece, of course, being the Arabian Humpback Whale, a species unique to Oman and under threat with a population less than 100. Valuable data obtained by the research team includes evidence of the distinct genetic line of the Arabian Humpback, as a result of its isolation for over 60,000 years – all the more reason for every effort to understand and conserve the species. Feeding Habits, Habitat, Mortality Rates, Population Distribution, Impact of Environmental Changes are but a few of the areas targeted. The good work done by the team has gained international recognition by way of a BBC Natural History documentary titled 'Wild Arabia' narrated by Sir David Attenborough, to be aired on the BBC and Discovery Channel Networks.

Oman Sail

RS support for the programmes of Oman Sail continued into 2012 for the fourth year running. On the second edition of 'Sailing Arabia – The Tour', one of the major events on the Sailing Calendar, RS was proud to be the title sponsor of "Team Renaissance", with a 90% Omani crew. In the race from Bahrain to Muscat, "Team Renaissance" achieved a creditable 5th place in the face of some stiff international competition. RS also was the sponsor of 'Try Sailing', one of Oman Sail's 2012 activities that seeks to encourage school children to join the Oman Sail Community programme. A total of 300 children, an equal number of boys and girls between 8 and 16 years of age, participated in the event. The Summer Sailing Programme for young Omanis held over the month of June, 2012 featured a total of 104 girls and 296 boys trying their hand at and learning the basics of sailing.

Outward Bound Oman

Renaissance continued its support for Outward Bound Oman. The Organization focuses on Omani school children in the 10 – 12 grades and seeks to impart the key life skills and values sought by most local and international employers and thus prepare the participants for life after school. This is done through an outdoor experience spread over four days and three nights that annually takes over a thousand participants back to the natural beauty of the deserts and mountains of Oman, teaches them to learn to fend for themselves while cut off from the comforts of modern life and simultaneously seeks to motivate and inspire them to participate in active volunteering and to celebrate their cultural heritage and diversity.

Other sponsorships include:

  • BizPro Awards
  • Oman Dive Challenge Event for disabled
  • Austism Awareness
  • Al Hayat Association, Community Drug and Substance Abuse Programme
CSR Highlights 2011
  • Ministry of Health honors Renaissance for 15 years of blood donation drives
  • Renaissance is named Green Champion at the Oman Green Awards 2011
  • Renaissance Whale and Dolphin Project launched
  • Renaissance's marine subsidiary wins 'Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative in the Private Sector' at the 8th CSR Summit in Dubai
  • Renaissance sponsors a national drive for proper child nutrition organized Oman's Ministry of Health and UNICEF branch
  • Renaissance makes a donation to Magic Bus, a children's charity organization in India
  • Renaissance and its companies participate in Earth Hour 2011
Renaissance Whale and Dolphin Research Project

The Renaissance Whale and Dolphin Project is deploying a variety of methods to learn more about the distribution, abundance, habitat use, population characteristics, and potential threats to these marine species throughout the Sultanate of Oman. With Renaissance's financial support to a team of international marine experts, cutting-edge scientific research is being conducted on Oman's whale and dolphin populations that will assist decision makers in the Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and other governmental bodies plan a healthy balance between marine life and economic development, and to design effective conservation strategies to ensure the survival of species under threat of extinction. Not only will this wealth of scientific information help to preserve the unique Arabian Humpback Whale species, but it will also materialize into guidelines for eco-tourism and other economic verticals, and be documented for Oman's future marine studies and museums.

Oman Sail

Renaissance Services and Oman Sail have enjoyed a successful partnership that has extended into its third year in 2011. The purpose of the partnership is to ensure young Omanis are empowered and developed to fulfill their potential, and to showcase Oman's local sporting talent. To enable young Omani's to experience sailing and learn new skills, RenaissanceServices sponsored Oman Sail's Try Sailing and Summer Sailing Programmes.These programmes enable hundreds of Omani youths to take the water and experience sailing.To project Oman's sporting talent to a GCC audience, Renaissance Servicesbecame the title sponsor of a team in the newly created Sailing Arabia –The Tour event. The Omani crew performed admirably achieving2nd place against international competition.

Friends of Japan

The Friends of Japan fund was born in Oman in response to the tragic earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that claimed the lives of over 15,700 people. Renaissance affirmed its support to corporate fundraising initiatives devised by Oman LNG where 100 per cent of donations were allocated to the fund. In a resounding show of solidarity with the Japanese people, individuals, public entities, and private companies in Oman raised over Rial 760,000 (US$ 1.98 million).

Magic Bus

Magic Bus is an Indian non-profit working with children from marginalized communities. Using the medium of sport, their programmes work with children and communities towards gender equality, better education, and health and livelihood opportunities.Founded in 1999, Magic Buswork through a researched, activity-based curriculum is designed to bring about behavior change, using a sport-based curriculum for community development.Magic Bus works with nearly 200,000 children and 6,000 young adults from 7 states across India, and aims to reach 1 million children across some of India's poorest villages and neighborhoods by 2014. Renaissance was pleased to support Magic Bus for the first year in 2011.

Other Sponsorships:
  • Outward Bound Oman
  • BizPro 2010
  • UNICEF Oman
  • Autism Awareness
  • National Association of Cancer Awareness
Paper recycling with Al-Phaw Oasis

Renaissance was an early supporter of Al-Phaw Oasis whose commitment to collecting paper for recycling is no simple task. Throughout the year, Renaissance has contributed a minimum weight of 50 kilos each week that goes directly to recycling, and the programme has continued into 2011. The paper recycling programme is part of the company’s effort to minimize pollution and seek improvements in the efficient use of natural resources as part of its green pledge.

Afghanistan School Project

An elementary school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, provided education to more than 5,000 boys and girls in elementary grades. An additional annex to the school was needed to accommodate the need for more students’ education. The company’s contribution went towards a US$100,000 fund for the building and equipment for this annex, which was completed within the 2010 year.

40 for 40 (British Scholarships for Oman)

In honoring the momentous occasion and anniversary of 40 years of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said with a special and meaningful gift to His Majesty and to the people of Oman, a scholarship scheme for 40 Omanis to undertake undergraduate degrees at universities in Oman was established under the title “40-for-40 “. The company’s contribution to the scheme represented 10% of the total fund that covered each student’s education over three years.

Maryam Palm Book

“Maryam Palm Book” is a 40th anniversary initiative that marks of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s directive to plant 1 million palm trees. The book contains scientific and cultivation information about all types of palm trees and 3,000 was distributed with no charge across universities and colleges, ministries and relevant organizations.

UNICEF – Child Nutrition Campaign

Given Oman’s level of development, the State of the World’s Children report estimated the rate of underweight children below the age of five years at an alarming 11%. A year-long campaign supported by the Ministry of Health which raises awareness and promotes behavior changes aims to accelerate progress in reducing this figure of child malnutrition further to meet one of the key national priorities in Oman. Renaissance is one of the five partners from the private sector supporting this programme.

Other Sponsorships:
  • Caledonian College - International Conference on Harnessing Technology
  • BizPro 2010
  • Outward Bound Oman – Tahaddi
  • International Association for Handicapped Divers
  • Oman Sail
Oman Sail

The initiative of Oman Sail to rekindle Oman's long and glorious maritime heritage has brought about top billing stories and worldwide attention to Oman. Renaissance is a founding member of the Oman Sail Academy Business Club, a project that inspires, develops and motivates young people to partake in sailing. The success of Oman Sail has a social and economic impact in projecting the Sultanate in a positive manner internationally.

Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs

A 3 year commitment to provide financial support towards 45 Omani teachers who are studying in Nizwa University for a diploma programme in special education for with specialist skills. The donation will comprise of grants from Renaissance of RO 80,000 in 2008, RO 85,000 in 2009 and RO 85,000 in 2010.

SQUH Internships Abroad

48 graduating students from the Sultan Qaboos University Nursing programme will be sent on two month internships, of which 34 students are sponsored by Renaissance Services for placement in Canada and Jordan. The objective for the experience abroad is to provide opportunity for the interns to intensify their clinical competences, and bring home the numerous benefits of cultural and environmental exposure.

Outward Bound Oman – Tahaddi

Renaissance is a lead supporter of Outward Bound Oman, an international NGO that uses the outdoors as a classroom to develop individuals and create effective teams. Through our support, 120 boys and girls from Oman’s public schools in various districts will partake in this skill building programme.

Handicapped Divers

Renaissance was a gold sponsor for the initiative organized by International Association of Handicapped Divers, an initiative that offered handicapped people in Oman to participate in diving activities and explore the beauty of the underwater world.

Supporting Oman's Art Scene

Renaissance helped back a wonderful art exhibition for Omani talent Hassan Meer at the Bait al Mazyouna gallery. Renaissance was also pleased to purchase “To My Blue Sister” and the painting now sits in for the meetings held in the Corporate Board Room.

Other Sponsorships:
  • Al Noor Association for the Blind
  • UNICEF
  • BizPro 2009
Association of Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs

A 3 year commitment to provide financial support towards 45 Omani teachers who are studying in Nizwa University for a diploma programme in special education for with specialist skills. The donation will comprise of grants from Renaissance of RO 80,000 in 2008, RO 85,000 in 2009 and RO 85,000 in 2010.

SQUH internship to Canada

Ten graduating nurses from the Sultan Qaboos University explored nursing care practices at the MacMaster University and four university hospitals in Canada via a work placement internship that lasted 6 weeks. Their exposure brought back new systems, practices and recommendations in patient care to the hospitals of Oman. Renaissance sponsored the top graduates with RO 54,000.

Bihar Flood Relief

Renaissance wholeheartedly supported the Omani-Indian Social Club’s charity drive to aid the victims of the devastating Bihar Flood, dubbed “India’s Katrina”. Approximately RO 17,000 (Rs.2.1 million) was raised through the event.

Jazz for a Cause

Organized by the Ecumenical Council for Charity at the Al Amana Centre, an Omani initiative to bring cultures together, a jazz evening to raise funds succeeded in tallying over RO 15,000 to help low income migrant workers. Renaissance was among the big sponsors for the event.

Other Sponsorships:
  • British Scholarships for Oman
  • Biz Pro 2008 Winners
  • UNICEF – AIDS Awareness
Cyclone Gonu

On 6 June 2007 Cyclone Gonu struck the Sultanate of Oman. Renaissance played its part in the relief effort with initiatives such as assisting the government in housing and feeding some 3,000 displaced individuals, helping with food lifts for remote afflicted areas, environmental cleanup and assistance with rehabilitation of displaced families.

SANAD

We were pleased to sponsor SANAD to showcase Omani fashion and young Omani fashion designers at the UNESCO fashion show in Paris.

Adrian Hayes

Renaissance’s spirit of enterprise is aligned with Adrian’s spirit of adventure and we were pleased to sponsor Adian on his 3-poles challenge to reach the 3 summits of the earth: Mount Everest, and the North and South Poles. Under Renaissance sponsorship, Adrian completed the 3-Poles challenge to all 3 summits in a world record 19 months.

BizPro Sponsorship

Launched in 2007, the BizPro Awards is a social investment initiative by the National Training Institute that aspires to motivate Omani youth and encourage social development and direction for the national economy. The winners of the Young Achievers Award receive a scholarship award of RO 2500 each, while the Business Leader receives RO 5000. Renaissance Services has sponsored the scholarships each year since the start.