Qalaa Holdings has always pursued transformative investments that will act as engines of growth in Africa and the Middle East. Our investments create jobs and help make economies more efficient, more sustainable and more globally competitive.
As a leading African investment company, we build businesses in core industries that are key to our region's future, including: energy, cement, agrifoods, transportation and mining. The nearly 32,000 employees in our subsidiaries work each day to deliver energy to consumers and businesses, to grow and manufacture safe, healthy food; to provide reliable, fuel efficient transportation solutions; to add value to natural resources and to help build critical national infrastructure.
Innovation, value creation and sustainability are key with all our investments, which ultimately aim to make a lasting impact on the communities in which we do business. In addition to looking for financial returns commensurate with risks, we are also looking to make a targeted, positive and measurable impact on the communities and the environment in which we operate.
"At Qalaa Holdings, we firmly believe that we have a duty to leave the communities in which we do business better than we found them. We place special emphasis on the necessity of education and preserving the environment as the keystones for a sustainable future for generations to come." - Ahmed Heikal
The Double Bottom Line
“The Double Bottom Line” is a term coined to measure a company’s success based on both positive social impact and financial performance. At Qalaa Holdings, the double bottom line is taken into consideration with every investment decision.
Building on our heritage as an African leader in private equity, Qalaa Holdings’ themes remain grounded in the continent's promising demographics and the harnessing of natural resource wealth. Ensuring that the African growth story is sustainable demands that we be accountable for positive change.
Today, as we transform our business model from a private equity firm to an investment holding company, we have even more opportunity to make a positive impact because of the longer-term nature of our investments.
The focus of our CSR initiatives remains firmly grounded on six pillars: education, human capital development, vocational training, community engagement, environmental sustainability and community development.
Sustainable Investments in Strategic Sectors
Fast Facts About Our Responsible Investments
138 and counting
scholarships for graduate studies abroad awarded by the Qalaa Scholarship Foundation (QSF)
donated annually to the Qalaa Financial Services Center at the American University in Cairo
29.1% reduction in the total amount of SO2 emissions as a result of cleaner Euro V diesel supplied by the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC)
of agricultural waste collected and processed in FY14 by solid waste management company Tawazon
of farmland in Sudan are being rehabilitated by Wafra for local communities
of agricultural yield at Sudanese agricultural producer, Wafra, is earmarked for the local community
trained by the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC)
Over USD 100,000
contributed by Africa Railways, Qalaa Holdings’s investment in the African railway sector, to a program that trains local residents in Kenya and Uganda in management and entrepreneurship
Human Capital Development
EGP 2 million
contributed by ASEC Cement, Qalaa Holdings’ regional cement group, to the United Nations World Food Program in support of a school meals project in Upper Egypt