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Red Sea Global Becomes First Saudi Company in Kingdom to Achieve Standard for Good Governance


17 Nov 2022


Red Sea Global Becomes First Saudi Company in Kingdom to Achieve Standard for Good Governance


17 Nov 2022


The company has successfully aligned its management system to the ISO 37000 Governance of Organizations, a prestigious guidance document acknowledging good governance and responsible stewardship.



Riyadh, (17 November 2022): Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, has become the first company in Saudi Arabia to achieve the ISO 37000 for good governance. Developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and launched in September 2021, the standard is the first of its kind and provides guidance on the governance of organizations. It recognizes businesses that go beyond practicing good governance in siloed singular departments, by operating ethically and effectively at an enterprise-wide level to fulfil its purpose as a business. 


"We pride ourselves on being one of the world’s most responsible developers, and environmental and community considerations sit at the very heart of all our operations. Despite the complexities of current global challenges, we have continued to embrace an ethos of radical innovation – alongside transparent and stringent governance frameworks - to create possibilities which drive better outcomes for people and planet "
said John Pagano, Group CEO of RSG.


"To be recognized as the Kingdom’s first company to align with the ISO 37000, is testament to our ESG credentials and the visionary approach we’re taking to set new standards in sustainable and regenerative tourism”,

he added.


Moving away from traditional governance frameworks to a multi-stakeholder approach has allowed RSG to define and assign responsibilities which make decision-making more accountable. Signing up to international guidelines and reporting structures such as the Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets (GRESB) and the Open Compliance & Ethics Group (OCEG), are key examples of this.


“At RSG, we invested in strong governance early, recognizing the crucial role that it would play in setting the highest standards with our suppliers and our workforce. Achieving the ISO 37000 reaffirms our dedication to not only implementing policies and processes that set us up for success, but also creating frameworks that serve as a benchmark for others in the industry”,

said Dr. Maryam Ali Ficociello, Group Chief Governance Officer of RSG.


In 2021, RSG released its Internal Control Toolkit, a guide to best practice in governance, for other organizations in Saudi Arabia to implement and benefit from, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort. The toolkit offers step-by-step guidance through the governance procedures that can be rolled out from day one of any project or business set up, and was downloaded by more than 1,000 organizations.


“RSG’s approach to structural governance across the organization goes beyond the requirements of local legal and regulatory frameworks, and meets standards at the highest international level. We want to congratulate the company for its efforts and look forward to witnessing its growth and transformation.”

said Abdullah Alabdulwahid, General Manager at BSI Group Saudi Arabia.


RSG has already passed significant milestones, with THE RED SEA on track to welcome its first guests in 2023 and AMAALA ramping up work on the ground to prepare for its first guests in 2024. 

About Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG - is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. It is a vertically integrated real estate developer with a diverse portfolio across tourism, residential, experiences, infrastructure, transport, healthcare, and services. This includes the luxury regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea, which began welcoming guests in 2023, and AMAALA, which remains on track to welcome first guests in 2025. A third destination, Thuwal Private Retreat, will open this year, and RSG has also been entrusted with refurbishment works at Al Wajh Airport, focused on upgrading the existing terminal and infrastructure, and building a new international terminal. RSG is a cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s ambition to diversify its economy. Across its growing portfolio of destinations, subsidiaries, and businesses, RSG seeks to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing how responsible development can uplift communities, drive economies, and enhance the environment.

RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.

Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.

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