SMN Power as a responsible corporate citizen takes Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. Our CSR policy focuses on initiatives in the areas of society, environment and economy, with sustainability and facilitating growth of Omani youth at the heart.
At the AGM held on 9th June 2020, the Shareholders approved an amount of OMR 15,000 as a contribution to the Ministry of Health to support the fight against Covid-19 and an amount of OMR 25,000 for CSR activities to be carried out during the year 2020.
Contribution of OMR 15,000 to the Ministry of Health to support the fight against Covid-19
During 2020, Oman was affected by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and the Ministry of Health was the main Ministry coordinating the treatment of affected patients. In order to support the fight against the virus, SMN Power contributed to the Ministry of Health, an amount of OMR 15,000.
As part of SMN’s commitment towards the society, the Company has supported the following initiatives:
|CSR Activities||Amount (OMR)|
|1||Aquaponics project at Rashid Bin Al Waleed Basic Education School in the Governorate of Muscat||6,100|
|3||Providing new laptops to the Ministry of Education for needy students||7,100|
Last year, SMN Power implemented an Aquaponics project at Abu Al Dardaa Basic Education School (5-12) in Ad Dhahirah Governorate. Following the very positive feedback from the school and the Ministry of Eduction, the Company decided to implement a similar project at Rashid bin Al Waleed Basic Education School in Muscat Governorate. This project has multiple objectives in line with the previous project:
The implementation of the project was assigned to 'M/s Afnan Agriculture Services'' in line with the agreement with the Ministry of Education .
In order to improve the greenery in Barka region, SMN Power initiated a tree plantation project in 2019 at Barka beach next to the Barka power Plant, in close cooperation with Barka municipality. As the first project in Barka area, the team faced issues in receiving water and power supply, which were eventually resolved. Due to COVID-19 related restriction, proper maintenance could not be done in interim period though the trees survived this period. From September onwards, proper maintenance resumed and some trees replanted. Overall, Company has achieved good progress on the 1st phase of tree plantation with ~80 – 90% tree surviving and growing. The Company has learnt some lessons as well, such as the e type of trees to be planted in saline area, the need for fence in view of camels, etc. All these lessons will be implemented in upcoming phase.
During the unprecendend Covid-19 period, Omani schools shifted to online learning and many studends were not equipped with the required IT equipment to follow this new way of learning. In order to support the implementation of online education, SMN Power liased with the Ministry of Education to purchase 27 laptops as per required specification and offered those to needy students in the North Al Batihan governorate.
Based on the specifications and standards set by the Ministry of Education and following a competitive quotation, SMN Power contracted in December 2020 with the selected supplier 'M/S Synergy Data Systems' to purchase the 27 laptops. The handover to the needy students is scheduled in February 2021.