College of Business and Economics (CBE), in partnership with Qatar CSR Network, hosted the launching ceremony of the "CSR Report Qatar 2014" on March 4 during which, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad presented HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority with the CSR Person of the Year award.
The ceremony was attended by government ministers, professors, ambassadors, partners, sponsors and guests who contributed to the Report and who were honored on this occasion.
In his speech, HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority said: “As I stand here today, I am overwhelmed with happiness and pride to be on the campus of Qatar University, of which we are proud for its great role in building Qatari society and developing its human resources. I am also happy to meet this constellation of academics, researchers and students.
Being chosen as CSR Person of the Year is a source of great pride to me for many reasons. Most notably that it stems from a report that is overseen by the first national incubator for education in Qatar. Furthermore, it represents an important milestone, assessing a long career during which I was keen to offer my best to serve and implement the values and principles of our nation, led by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Father Emir.”
He added: “I have had the privilege of working with many of my brothers and sisters in our country who have distinguished themselves with a great sense of social responsibility. Many of them are graduates of Qatar University, which has created qualified students who have contributed to the success of other national institutions, based on their awareness of their responsibility toward their community. Our wise leadership was keen to adopt social responsibility as a key pillar to all its endeavors. It became the first step towards achieving Qatar’s National Vision 2030. It also became a culture that guarantees sustainable development. The visions of the CSR leaders contained in this report reflect an exceptional blend of veteran and youth experiences that contribute to a future filled with achievements.”
H.E Al-Attiyah concluded: “Many thanks to Qatar University represented by its President, Her Excellency Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and to the teaching staff and students, for hosting this outstanding event and distinguished guests. I would like to congratulate everyone involved for the release of the third edition of the CSR Report Qatar. We appreciate the great efforts of the team and the eagerness to document all the remarkable initiatives. On this occasion, I would like to address Qatar University students, and urge them to keep up the great efforts to emphasize QU’s place on the CSR map of international universities.”
QU President Prof Al-Misnad said: “I would like to point out that social responsibility is an integral part of our daily work, aiming to build a national legacy in line with the pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Nurturing the principles of social responsibility is not only integral to the welfare of society but also to the University’s ability to achieve its mission, engage academic staff and inspire students.”
“We should openly and sincerely consider the issues and ideas that emerge from this report. I cannot overemphasize the enthusiasm of the University, its academic staff and students, to capitalize on the success of this report. There is a great determination to implement its output in the various sectors that deal with issues of high priority for the international community, including education, the environment, sports and human rights,” she added.
“We are determined to plan in advance our next steps forward – together – toward making the report more influential in the future, given that the effective monitoring of certain activities requires careful planning and long-term focus, as well as commitment and perseverance. In this regard, we would like to clarify that we have put together an academic work plan, which we consider an important tool for the development of the outputs of the report in future editions.”
Prof Al-Misnad concluded: “As we look to the future, we realize there is much work to be done to establish a well-rooted culture of social responsibility. We also urge everyone to mobilize all efforts and resources to fast-forward the establishment of this culture, especially given its vital importance in the process of sustainable development in Qatar”.
QU CSR Committee Head Dr Bader Abdullah Ismail said: “Nearly two decades ago, a noble and symbolic concept would not have been able to see the light if representatives to the General Assembly of the largest international organization – the United Nations – did not meet in 1999 to announce the United Nations Global Compact, an initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report on their implementation. This is a principles-based framework for businesses, stating 10 principles.”
“With the growing interest of universities around the world on this issue, the CSR Committee at QU assumes the role of supervising all academic CSR initiatives, including this report, which represents an opportunity for organizations and institutions to renew their commitment to the development of social responsibility and activities consistent with the efforts to achieve Qatar’s National Vision 2030,” he added.
This is the third edition of the CSR Report that Qatar CSR Network releases in collaboration with Qatar University, the academic partner. The Report is the main reference in monitoring, documenting and identifying the indicators of CSR in Qatar.
Qatar CSR Report also honored the partners and contributors of government agencies and private and multinational organizations, including: Qatar Ministry of Transport, Qatar Central Bank, Civil Aviation Authority and a number of Qatar Foundation institutions such as the Doha International Family Institute, Best Buddies Qatar, Qatar Academy, Shafallah and Qatar Diabetes Association, as well as Ihsan, Asthma Qatar Network and Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities.
The major companies and institutions sponsoring the report include: ExxonMobil, QAFAC, Mowasalat, Qatar Ports, Qatalum, Sasol Qatar, Oryx GTL, QAFCO, Doha Bank, Abdullah Abdul Ghani Bros, Boeing, Morgan Stanley, Mohammed Hamad Al Mana Group of Companies, Manateq, McDonald's Qatar, Al Meera, and Icon Interiors along with the academic figures contributing to the Report.