The Dubai Chamber of Commerce has launched two sustainability-focused business groups as part of efforts to strengthen the private sector’s role in economic growth.

The two new business groups are the Bottled Water Business Group and the Circular Packaging Association.

The Bottled Water Business Group will focus on promoting and developing the sector’s practices in line with international sustainability standards.

By working with partners in the business community, the group will redesign Dubai’s water bottling and distribution network to be more sustainable.

The Circular Packaging Association is intended to support the implementation of the UAE’s Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031.

It will also aim to raise consumer awareness of sustainable packaging and provide insight and recommendations on legislation and policies for this at federal and local levels.

The group will be chaired by Unilever Middle East and Turkey sustainability head Priya Sarma Mathur.

Dubai Chambers said the launch of the two groups aligns with its strategy to increase the number of business groups representing economic sectors and activities in Dubai.

Dubai Chambers president and CEO Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah said: “The establishment of new business groups forms part of our plan to develop the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development, boost the business community’s competitiveness and its ability to innovate in the face of challenges, and empower the private sector to play a part in drawing up policies and legislation that drive growth across various economic sectors and activities.

“Our objective is to unify efforts from all companies operating in these two sectors and serving their interests, all in an effort to achieve the objectives, visions, strategies, and economic development plans that Dubai has announced, in addition to strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors, and providing added value to all stakeholders.”