The Human Rights Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, HE Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie recently visited the Mowasalat (Karwa) headquarters as part of her tour of Qatar. She met with the company’s C-Suite and the newly-established Driver Committee to discuss matters of cooperation on workers’ welfare, labour rights, human rights, responsible business conduct and sustainability.  

The company employs almost 10,000 staff from 57 countries and seeks to get another 6,500 on board for the upcoming sports mega events. Mowasalat (Karwa) is a pioneer in the country for employee participation and was the first company in Qatar to set up an elected Joint Committee, where employees can weigh in on company decisions with their ideas and feedback.

 

HE Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie said she was proud to see how Mowasalat (Karwa) takes their responsibility seriously to live up to human rights and responsible business conduct standards, and really work to make a difference on workers’ welfare.

It is great that this company leads by example and I hope this will continue to inspire other companies to implement change that benefits people and society at large. Respecting human rights and observing responsible business conduct is not only the right thing to do, it is good for business and the country too.

She added that the Dutch Embassy in Doha continues to support a wide range of stakeholders on these developments, including Mowasalat (Karwa).

The Ambassador also showed great interest in the company’s ecological projects like the latest E-Bus fleet and infrastructure, future technologies like an autonomous bus and the novel Smart Fleet System – the digital backbone and control organ of all bus operations at Mowasalat (Karwa).

Mowasalat (Karwa) CEO Fahad Al Qahtani stated that over the past years, they have developed into a go to constant for integrated transport solutions in Qatar. With a wide variety of business fields and thousands of employees, he said that they have a substantial social footprint, and with their growing tasks, have constantly seek for simple, reliable and sometimes unusual solutions.

It is understood that if we want to succeed, we need to provide a work environment based on genuine care for our drivers. We are grateful that we’ve been guided all along the way by the Ministry of Labour, the ILO and the ITF, and we very much value the patronage of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as one of the key drivers for this endeavour.

The day was concluded with a note on continuing the close cooperation and the outlook on further branching out the idea of employee participation in Qatar, a project, in which Mowasalat (Karwa) will surely have a leading role.


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