Sustainable development is about improving the quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. Orascom Construction PLC believes that the way we operate and the services we provide are helping to improve the quality of life and build a brighter future for people in the communities where we operate.

We are present in more than 20 countries. We believe strongly in supporting and protecting the local communities in which we live and work.

Through our activities, we contribute to the economic and social well-being of a range of stakeholders including our employees, customers, business partners, governments and the community as a whole. We also seek to minimize the environmental impact of our activities and to promote sustainable development by conserving energy, materials and resources through minimizing consumption, maximizing efficiency and effectively managing waste. We have adopted strict employee health, safety and environmental policies, have formed a charitable foundation to provide educational opportunities for young people, and we promote human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption efforts.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONISBILITY

Community Engagement

Growing operations means growing responsibilities, which is why we make sure that our social and economic contributions remain active and up to date in surrounding communities and our countries of operation at large. We prioritize the development of sustainable solutions and models with tangible impact in human development that focus on education, health economic growth and infrastructure.

Core Values

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our people and clients is at the forefront of our strategy. We are responsible for the safety of our employees and are fully committed to providing a safe and unpolluted working environment that meets the most stringent international benchmarks. We also continue to evolve our health and safety initiatives to continuously improve and adapt to the changing environment. Such approach is invaluable during COVID-19, where we implemented immediate steps including PPE, distancing, sanitization and more recently a vaccination drive.

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Sustainability

Environment

We are committed to being an environmental steward by implementing the best technology available where applicable to minimize our environmental footprint and promote sustainable business best practices.

We actively work to ensure our construction activities are conducted in an environmentally conscious manner, and incorporate environmental safety precautions into the HSE processes and protocols at each construction site.

These environmental commitments in addition to our basic obligations are to comply with all environmental regulations and other requirements.

This is integral to the safety training of all employees who are responsible for protecting the environment, their health and the health of others in the community. Environmental preservation entails reducing all kinds of pollution as well as controlling and regulating raw materials, energy and water.

Orascom Construction PLC's management is committed to setting and periodic review of quality and environmental objectives and targets including required resources.

Our Principles

Safe Construction Sites

Each of our construction brands has developed stringent rules and regulations that are implemented and enforced on all projects and tailored to meet the unique environments of the locations in which they operate.

Prior to the start of any construction project, a safety and accident prevention plan is prepared stating the health and safety rules to be applied in the project, how to conduct safe work, and preserve personnel, property, and equipment.

Each of our construction brands has developed stringent rules and regulations that are implemented and enforced on all projects and tailored to meet the unique environments of the locations in which they operate.

Prior to the start of any construction project, a safety and accident prevention plan is prepared stating the health and safety rules to be applied in the project, how to conduct safe work, and preserve personnel, property, and equipment.

Employees are also provided with ongoing safety training during projects, beginning with an induction session prior to arriving on site. Weekly tool-box meetings are conducted to keep the workers aware of the safety hazards associated with their specific tasks. Safety personnel are trained and certified by recognized international safety organizations, including OSHA and NEBOSH.

Community Engagement

Education, Innovation & Empowerment

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program

The “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship” is a private merit-based scholarship program established in 2000 by Orascom Construction as part of the company’s commitment to promoting excellence and achievement. Orascom Construction launched the “Onsi Sawiris Program” to invest company resources in educational programs to improve the communities in which it operates. This program is a precedent in Egypt for private sector involvement in educational programs on a sustainable basis. The aim of which is to facilitate the academic development and character building of young Egyptians giving them the tools to develop their careers hence benefiting their communities.

Since 2000, the “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program” has financed the educational dreams of 88 extraordinary students. Through the “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship program”, Orascom Construction provides full tuition scholarships for Egyptian students seeking to pursue their Degrees at prestigious universities in the United States with the aim of bolstering Egypt’s economic competitiveness. The “Onsi Sawiris Scholarships” are awarded based on merit, need and character as demonstrated through academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and entrepreneurial initiative. The scholarships include full tuition, living allowance, travel and health insurance.

For further Information, please visit Onsi Sawiris Scholarship website

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Video

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program

Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship

TU Berlin is the first German university to operate a campus in Egypt, since 2012, based on the quality criteria of the Federal Republic of Germany. The campus aims at reinforcing Egypt’s reputation as a venue for scientific research and technology.

Since the inception of TU Berlin, Orascom Construction has supported Educational scholarships for Masters degrees in the fields of Water Engineering & Electric Engineering to candidates who demonstrate academic and professional excellence. TU Berlin Campus El Gouna is unique in its internationality. As a research hub it is linking TU Berlin's high-profile academics with research institutions and other partners in the region. Students are actively involved in research projects and many conferences and workshops taking place on campus. Investing into a degree from TU Berlin Campus El Gouna means investing into a German Master's degree from one of Germany's leading universities.

For more information, please visit : TU Berlin - Gouna Campus website

Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship
Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship

The OC-AUC Upper Egypt Youth Scholarship

As part of Orascom Construction’s drive to support Upper Egypt youth, Orascom Construction partnered with AUC to offer the “OC - AUC scholarship program” which aims to provide an opportunity for underprivileged brilliant Egyptian high school students to pursue an undergraduate degree in economics at AUC. The scholarship provides three full-tuition annual scholarships to public or private high school graduates from eight governorates in Upper Egypt: Assiut, Bani Suef, Minya, Sohag, Fayoum, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.  The “OC – AUC” scholarship provides selected students with skills and knowledge and complements the program with specialized training workshops to reinforce their characters, leadership and language skills.  By the end of the program, graduates with a bachelor's degree in economics will be in a position to go back and effectively help in the development of their governorates.

The “OC -AUC” scholarship program is consistently proving to be a success story whereby students have been achieving high academic and leadership excellence in their journey to join the cadres of private corporations, civil society and governmental entities. To date, Orascom Construction has provided 22 scholarships.

For more information, please visit: OC-AUC website

The OC-AUC Upper Egypt Youth Scholarship

Community schools in Assiut

In 2018 Orascom Construction and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, launched the third phase of the Schools for Egypt project in Assuit. The aim of the project is to establish community schools in rural and remote villages in Upper Egypt, that are deprived of educational services, in order to provide quality education in a safe and healthy environment for all children who have not attended basic education or who have dropped out. Therefore, working towards providing education for all and aligning with the state's efforts to improve education in Egypt. Through the program, we have established 15 community schools in the villages of El Fath and Abnoub in Assiut, giving 450 girls and boys the opportunity to continue their education.

Community schools in Assiut
Community schools in Assiut

Injaz EGYPT

Orascom Construction is a longstanding supporter of INJAZ Egypt, an organization whose mission is to encourage private sector involvement in the development and delivery of specialized curricula that encourage student empowerment and entrepreneurship. Through various INJAZ programs, Orascom Construction has positively affected the lives of more than 760,000 young people, from 2009 up until now.

Orascom Construction sponsored the development and implementation of an Environmental Sustainability Curriculum for schools.  The program raised the environmental awareness and induced behavioral changes in thousands of public school students aged 11 to 15 over seven sessions. Students learnt about the scarcity of natural resources, efficient energy consumption, pollution, waste and their impact on health. They were taught to recycle, consume rationally and limit pollution in their communities.

INJAZ promotes employability skills among youth, and partners with businesses and educational institutions across the country to include thousands of students, schools, startups, and volunteers in an experiential learning journey that realizes youth potential across the country.

San3ety Graduates Initiative

Under the sponsorship of Orascom Construction, INJAZ Egypt's San3ety Graduates initiative prepares technical college graduates for the job market by providing them with the soft as well as the technical skills required by potential employers. The participants pass through three phases to complete the program. Namely: work readiness training, technical skills training and  employment support.

It is with great success that we wrap our San3ety Graduates second round with an employment rate of 81% and with our female graduates maintaining their employment status to date. This motivates us to invest and prepare to launch San3ety 2021 round aiming towards eradicating unemployment and empowering vocational graduates.

Injaz EGYPT
Injaz EGYPT

Orascom Construction “Adopt a School" Program

Orascom Construction believes in the added value of community engagement and remains dedicated to enhancing education in the communities it serves.  Recently Orascom Construction has adopted Al Shaheed Al Moganad Ahmed Ali Abu Kebir, a preparatory school in Gahdam, Assiut and launched an effort to transform the educational experience of more than 2,000 Egyptian students. Students, teachers and school administrators were invited to share their reflections in a Closing Ceremony at Orascom Construction’s Cairo headquarters.

Orascom Construction pioneered an extensive model of school adoption by dedicating not only funding but also the participation of Orascom Construction employees at Assiut Power Plant. These employees took an active role by volunteering to deliver Injaz programs to students, who visited the Orascom Power Plant site and learned and engaged directly with Orascom Construction staff.

A complete renovation of the school’s 22 classrooms, playgrounds, common areas and facilities has been completed. Renovations have improved student safety, with repairs made to plumbing, electricity and classrooms equipped with fans and whiteboards. Recreational spaces were enhanced to promote student health and wellness through the installation of new sports facilities and playgrounds, green spaces and a common space for eating. Most significantly, our renovations included providing fresh water directly at the school, which led to significant improvements in sanitary conditions and a happier student experience.

Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School

AMENDS

Orascom Construction has acted as the lead sponsor of the American Middle Eastern Network Dialogue (AMENDS) conference since its inception seven years ago as part of the company’s belief in empowering youth and building sustainable networks for positive social change. AMENDS is a student initiative that enables the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa and US to learn from each other, connect with global leaders and resources, advance their work and share, through TEDstyle talks, their ideas and experiences.

AMENDS

ENACTUS Egypt

2020 saw Orascom Construction extend its partnership with Enactus Egypt, in support of the organization’s aim to invest in students who will fuel positive change and sustainability across their communities and countries.
Orascom Construction sponsored Enactus’ General Orientation Training in 2020, where 8,000+ student leaders from over 58 universities came together for a training module created to provide knowledge and guidance that raises the bar for national competitions, and in turn, for future representation at the Enactus World Championship.
In 2020, Enactus Egypt students implemented 150 outreach projects that directly impacted over 250,000 Egyptians. A group of prominent Egyptian executives from Orascom Construction and other multinational companies judged the National Competition with project “Chitoshrimp” presented by the Al Azhar University as the national champion. Orascom Construction co-sponsored the winning team to the World Cup which became the eventual World Cup Champion, coming ahead of contestants from all over the world.

Because of the conditions the world is going through due to the Corona pandemic, Enactus World Cup competition and ceremony were held online, with the participation of more than 72 thousand students representing the participating universities from around the world, competing with their pioneering work to contribute to creating a sustainable societal impact. Stemming from its belief in empowering youth to reach their full potential, Orascom Construction continued to sponsor the winning national team at the Enactus World Cup. The team developed a self-sufficient social enterprise at Qaroun Lake in Fayoum District which converted the shrimp shells into seafood spices, fertilized, fertilizer and water filter. The project’s efforts are also in line with eight of UN sustainable development goals, no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, sustainable communities, life below water and partnerships for the goals.

ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt

Development Association for Empowering Special Needs

In partnership with Development Association for Empowering Special Needs, Orascom Construction has funded the establishment of the first English lab for the visually impaired in the Middle East, in order to achieve social justice and uplifting the living standards of persons with special needs, through which the visually impaired are taught English language skills and are empowering and qualifying them for better chances of getting employed and become an integral part in society & the job market.

Orascom Construction continued its cooperation with the Development Association for Empowering Special Needs by providing training for the visually impaired to improve their communication, negotiation and computer skills. The project was a huge success with the majority of attendees employed.

Development Association for Empowering Special Needs

Community Engagement

Community Infrastructure & Development

Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project

Orascom Construction partnered with EFG Hermes Foundation, the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the Kuwaiti Initiative for the Support of the Egyptian People, in order to launch an integrated development program that would improve the lives of the inhabitants of Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village in Esna, Luxor. The program aims at significantly improving education, healthcare, and infrastructure in the community, in addition to socially and economically empowering the inhabitants – with an intention to serve more than 60,000 residents of Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village.

Education:

A brand-new community center was inaugurated in November 2019, and includes a fully furnished Montessori nursery with a capacity of 100 children, as well as a fully furnished Montessori nursery for children with disabilities, with a capacity of 50 children.
On-going training programs for 75 of the current staff and potential new hires to build their capacity and raise the standard of service provided to the children. To date 5 capacity building and creative facilitation trainings were conducted for the school teachers and volunteers, in partnership with Funtasia Egypt Foundation. 40 classes were opened to develop children’s life skills and engage children in interactive learning through Funtasia’s after-school programs. Throughout the year various events and activities gathered the families of Naga’ El Fawal around sports and other community activities in spite of the constraints of COVID-19 situation.

Provision of health services: El Deir health unit medical supplies and equipment

The project undertook the responsibility of renovating and refurbishing the health unit which serves more than 75,000 people. A resident general practitioner has also been fully assigned to the unit and specialists are available on a weekly basis. 4 fully fledged medical convoys were conducted to detect anemia and eye diseases. 875 people have been provided with medicines for their eyes, 463 people were treated with medicines for anemia, and 867 people have received eyeglasses. In addition, 291 people were scheduled for eye surgeries.
The program has also participated in the government’s massive initiative, “100 Million Healthy Lives” in Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village.

Infrastructure:

The beneficiaries’ water network has been replaced with a new fully-operational and sanitary network. All houses in Naga’ El Fawal have been connected to new water pipes, which gave more than 10,000 inhabitants access to clean water. Additionally, a fully operational solar system to generate electricity was established in the newly built community center. The project is working on the construction of water pumps in preparation for the installation of the sewerage networks, whilst working with several governmental entities to speed up the process of allocating a designated land to construct a wastewater treatment plant.
The initiative had to go through several stages in order to upgrade the housing conditions. Architectural drawings have been delivered and demolishing and construction licenses have been issued. 76 units/ houses have been successfully delivered and the initiative is currently working on the construction of 18 more.

Economic Empowerment:

6 training courses on launching, managing and marketing a project were delivered to 126 beneficiaries. A comprehensive training on breeding skills for livestock was conducted to 36 beneficiaries, to provide them with the skill set needed to look after the livestock and deal with any issues that arise.
115 in-kind grants with an average of 10,000 EGP each were delivered to beneficiaries in addition to technical trainings, in order to help the recipients, launch and sustain their own projects. Additionally, a fully furnished community center was built, including administrative offices that will create 42 permanent jobs.

The Fight against Covid-19:

Naga’ El Fawal initiative has also swiftly adjusted its activities and reallocated some of its budget in order to aid in the fight against coronavirus:
. Awareness raising for 35,000 individuals on how to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19 through a number of campaigns as well as printed materials.
. Disinfection of 9 train stations and 18 bus stations.
. Direct economic support to 5,000 of the hardest hit families, with a total number of 25,000 beneficiaries, through the distribution of nutritious food baskets.

Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project

The Coptic Centre for Training and Development in Beni Suef

Since 2010, Orascom Construction has striven to provide adequate housing to marginalized groups. To that end, we have acted swiftly to respond to the needs of disenfranchised people in Beni Suef. In partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, whose core vision is in harmony with ours, we have designed a project to improve the housing conditions of 120 families in 24 different villages in four centers across the governorate. Our interventions include delivering proper sewage systems, providing potable water, connecting houses to the power grid, and installing durable roofs, walls, stairs and tiles, among other services.  Orascom Construction has also planted around 500 trees in the targeted villages to allow people to enjoy better living conditions and assist them in realizing their potential.

The Coptic Centre for Training and Development in Beni Suef

Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project

Helm Foundation’s efforts in creating and implementing an “Accessible Pavements and Metro Stations” model that facilitates persons of disabilities’ public transportation movement in Greater Cairo were sponsored by Orascom Construction in 2019. The company assisted Helm in successfully designing and installing 1 km of accessible sidewalks and crossings around Cairo University, and transforming the Cairo University and Faisal metro stations to accessible points of access for over 1,000 persons with disabilities daily. Orascom Construction’s active participation in similar projects is a move that aims to influence policy makers to amend our national code of construction, to ensure that from this point onwards, everything is built with accessibility to all in mind.

Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project
Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project

Littlest lamb – Basketball Court

Orascom Construction built a multipurpose sports court for the Littlest Lamb – Birdrock Home for 130 orphaned children. Orascom Construction has provided the supplies for the court’s complete construction by leveling out a 406 meters squared space for a concrete pouring foundation. Orascom Construction will install an innovative tile design and unique six-point locking system called VersaCourt that creates a seamless playing surface that allows for consistent ball bounce and response and unmatched playability. The court is constructed from shock absorbing tiles that reduce fatigue, which means that players can play for a longer time. Orascom Construction has also supplied Littlest Lamb with three large light posts and stadium seating for an audience view. This multipurpose court will be an incredible addition to the amenities at Birdrock home, where Littlest Lamb’s children will be able to play Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, and more.

Littlest lamb – Basketball Court
Littlest lamb – Basketball Court

Community Engagement

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital

Orascom Construction established a new 170-square meter (excluding the ramp) Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital, in response to the department’s urgent request. It was designed, constructed and furnished according to their functional needs and with international standards in a record time.

Our engineers worked tirelessly and swiftly to deliver this project with the aim of benefitting Egyptian women in need. The ER unit donated by Orascom Construction was named the best functional and most elegant ER unit in Kasr Al Aini Hospital. It currently receives 100-120 patients per day and about 90% are admitted.

Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital
Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital

Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable

Remodeling of key fever hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Believing in the need to come together to contain the COVID-19 crisis, Orascom Construction collaborated with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to back the Ministry of Health and Population’s efforts by supporting the Fever Hospitals in Abbasiya and Helwan. In both hospitals, key construction work was rapidly conducted to ensure the facilities were able to meet the high number of patients and the set up was appropriate for isolation. Additionally, a significant contribution was made to the Ministry of Health and Population to purchase personal protective equipment and testing kits needed for COVID-19.

Supporting university hospitals during COVID-19

Within the scope of the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s activities, Orascom Construction, together with Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the Ahl Masr Foundation launched the “Aman Ahl Misr initiative” with the Supreme Council of University Hospitals in order to protect doctors and healthcare workers on the front lines in their fight against COVID-19.

Renovating 110 ventilators in support of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of our initiative to support the efforts of the Egyptian government and the Ministry of
Health and Population, Orascom Construction and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development repaired 110 ventilators in 42 public hospitals across Egypt. This was done in close coordination with the technicians and local representatives of the ventilator manufacturers.
The hospitals were spread over 18 cities and governorates, including Assiut, Damietta, Greater Cairo,
Kafr Al Sheikh, Sohag, and Al Wahat Al Bahariya.

Supporting 9,000 families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Luxor under the auspices of the Egyptian Armed Forces

In May 2020, Orascom Construction and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development launched an initiative to support 9,000 families affected by COVID-19 in Luxor. Dry food boxes were provided, and disinfection and sterilization operations were carried out in congested areas to prevent the spread of infection. The initiative provided a package of integrated services such as:

  • Awareness campaigns for 36,000 individuals.
  • Direct financial support for 9,000 families.

Supporting 18,000 vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19 in Suez

Within the framework of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development initiative to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Orascom Construction through its subsidiary, Suez Industrial Development Company, launched an initiative implemented by Life Makers Foundation and the Egyptian Red Crescent with the aim of supporting 18,000 beneficiaries in underprivileged societies of the Suez governorate. Families that lost their incomes as a result of COVID-19 were given cash transfers through their “Damen” debit cards, enabling them to freely purchase their necessities while maintaining their dignity and humanity. Other interventions like the distribution of food products, provision of financial aid and hygienic products, awareness campaigns targeting infection control and support for local doctors were also implemented. The initiative also implemented preventive measures to ensure the safety of citizens and limit the spread of the virus such as sterilizing major train stations and post offices.

Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable
Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable

The Karim Camel-Toueg International Fellowship in Hepatology

Orascom Construction remained an avid sponsor of the fellowship program. Established in 2011 in memory of OCI Board Member Karim Camel-Toueg, the program provides Egyptian hepatologists with the opportunity to become fellows at the Cleveland Clinic’s Hepatology Center for six months. The aim is to increase the number of top-tier specialists in Egypt who possess best-in-class real-time experiences in patient-handling, cultivated in an environment supported with top quality medical and research facilities. The ultimate goal is to increase excellence in the treatment of prevalent liver diseases in Egypt.

The Karim Camel-Toueg International Fellowship in Hepatology

Support of Health & Hope Oasis

Orascom Construction continues to support The health & Hope oasis, which is the first supportive care center for providing and promoting nutritional, physical and emotional well-being for children with cancer and their families in an environmentally healthy and safe set up.
By providing secure prefab units to replace damaged buildings from the torrential rains that hit wadi el Natroun, Orascom Construction has allowed the children to be uninterrupted in their receipt of the care they deserve. Offering another prefab unit to store the bikes promoted the activity the children enjoyed most.
With support from Orascom Construction, The Health and Hope Oasis was able to continue its support to those special children and their family members through the difficult year of 2020 while educating them about measures to be safe during the pandemic.

Support of Health & Hope Oasis

Sponsoring Future Athletes

Orascom Construction observed the inspiring athletic talents of Roger and Chris Baddour, sons of a company employee, and proceeded to sponsor both athletes’ training and coaching programs, as well as their latest squash tournaments.
In March 2020, Chris won 1st place in the Under 13 Egyptian Squash Federation Junior Squash Open 2020. Roger won 4th and 5th places in the Under 19 Maadi Junior Squash Open 2020 and Giza Zone Squash Junior Open 2020 respectively in January and February 2020. Roger also made it to 1st place in the Squash Shop Egypt Tour 2 2020, level WSF “World Squash Federation” and PSA “Professional Squash Association” Satellite. On an international level, Chris ranked 5th and 7th in the Under 13 Madinaty International Squash Open 2019, organized by the Arab Squash Federation and the US Squash Junior Open.
Orascom Construction continues to support people like Roger & Chris and to celebrate their future successes.

Sponsoring Future Athletes