6th edition of Qatar CSR Report Citizenship launched
Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, QU hosted on March 26 the ceremony to launch the 6th edition of Qatar CSR Report and the second CSR exhibition under the theme Citizenship.
During the ceremony, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, was honored as CSR Person of the Year 2017 in recognition of the ministry's role in launching innovative initiatives that enhanced the national economy and supported the country's efforts towards ensuring the welfare of its citizens and residents. CSR experts Ms Buthaina Al-Ansari, Sheikha Sara Al Thani and Ms Dana Al Anzy received the CSR Innovation Award. Leading companies and community representatives who are leaders in CSR were also honored.
The ceremony was attended by H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, Ambassador of India to Qatar H.E. P. Kumaran, Ambassador of South Korea to Qatar H.E. Heung Kyeong Park, Ambassador of Spain to Qatar H.E. Ignacio Escobar, and QU CSR Committee Head Dr Bader Al-Esmael, as well as QU leadership, deans, department heads, faculty, and staff.
The report, which is issued by QU in partnership with Qatar CSR Network, is supported by the Ministry of Foreign, Qatar Media Corporation and Qatar Post. It is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between QU and Qatar CSR Network. It documents the achievements of national organizations in CSR, and monitors progress in social development and Qatar National Vision 2030. This year's edition focuses on the efforts and achievements of local corporations and their success in overcoming the blockade.
A number of leading organizations supported and contributed to the report -- Al Faisal Holding, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji), Astad, Asthma Qatar Network, Baladna, Commercial Bank, Contraco WLL, Dlala Holding, EBLA Corp, embassies of India, Spain and South Korea, Es'hailSat, Hamad Medical Corporation, KPMG, Manateq, MH Al Mana Group, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Oxy Qatar, Primary Health Care Corporation, Public Works Authority Ashghal, Qatar Cool, Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Qatar Primary Materials Company, Sahtak Awalan, Sasol, Seib Insurance, Sharq Law Firm, Spirit of Qatar, and United Development Company.
The award ceremony also featured the unveiling of a painted picture of the person of the year by a reputable painter to be held permanently at a dedicated place on the QU campus in addition to granting a trophy and a certificate made of fine wood.
The event also included the second CSR exhibition during which visitors and students interacted with representatives of the public and private sectors and got insight into the various experiences of leaders in the business industry. Also on the program was a workshop on major CSR issues and the Save the Dream initiative conducted by the International Centre for Sport Security.
In his remarks, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani hailed the initiative as a tribute to the solidarity and efforts exerted by all state agencies and institutions in order to consolidate and cement the concept of social responsibility in accordance with the wise directives of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
His Excellency also praised Qatar University's pioneering initiatives in the field of community service, noting that these initiatives are aimed at cementing the principles and values of social responsibility among students and developing their potential to support the nation.
Sheikh Ahmed stressed that the adoption of social responsibility by the public and private sectors has emerged as one of the main contributors to the accomplishment of the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, which prioritize sustainable development as an essential goal towards achieving progress and prosperity for citizens.
His Excellency added that social responsibility ranks among the top priorities of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, and represents an integral aspect of its duties towards society and an important source that reflects the sense of belonging and loyalty to the nation and its people.
His Excellency noted that the ministry has launched several initiatives aimed at encouraging private sector companies to embrace social responsibility in their production, commercial and industrial plans by creating a suitable environment for their expansion and enhancing their ability to meet the needs of the society. Sheikh Ahmed added that these efforts were aimed at promoting national products, strengthening public private partnerships and encouraging the private sector to launch pioneering projects that support the national economy.
The minister concluded his speech, voicing hope that the private sector will play a leading role on the social and humanitarian levels and embrace social responsibility as a priority in terms of its institutional practices in the interest of the national economy and Qatari society.
Dr Hassan Al Derham said: It is an honor to host H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, as CSR Person of the Year 2017 and congratulate him on this significant award in recognition of the ministry's efforts to launch innovative initiatives to enhance the national economy and advance the country's efforts to ensure the welfare of its citizens and residents. QU is proud to have Citizenship as the theme of this year's edition of the national CSR report, which serves as a platform for the leaders of prestigious institutions to share their vision on social responsibility.
He added: Over the past months, the unjust blockade imposed on Qatar has been the main issue on the local, regional and international scene. As part of its social responsibility and in line with its national role, QU did not stand far apart from the society. In this regard, the University received the Qatari students returning from the siege countries. It also launched new courses that address the legal dimensions of the Qatar's blockade. Additionally, QU researchers prepared many legal, economic and media studies, as well as a wide range of events on the blockade and its impact. This year's edition of the CSR Report is based on the speech of H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in which he said: "This crisis has helped us identify the shortcomings and obstacles in determining Qatar's national, political, economic and independent identity and in deciding to overcome and surpass these obstacles". We hope that this report will reflect the spirit of citizenship in citizens, residents and the various institutions from the public and private sectors, and will serve as a roadmap for the future to fulfill the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 under the leadership of H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Dr Bader Al-Esmael said: QU has contributed to increase community awareness on new CSR trends. The organization is monitoring the social aspect of the business sector focusing on the national development initiatives launched by the private sector and the provision of awareness education services in CSR. Additionally, QU contributed to developing the national CSR strategy aimed at achieving sustainable development in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY