Doha – Under the patronage of H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Qatar University (QU) yesterday hosted 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 documents the achievements of national organisations in CSR, and monitors progress in social development and Qatar National Vision 2030. This year’s edition focuses on efforts and achievements of local corporations and their success in overcoming the blockade.
The award ceremony also featured 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, 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.
Sheikh Ahmed stressed that adoption of social responsibility by public and private sectors has emerged as one of the main contributors to the accomplishment of objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, which prioritise sustainable development as an essential goal towards achieving progress and prosperity for citizens.
The minister voiced 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.