QatarCSR Report 2013QatarCSR network has launched The Qatar CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Report 2013 in partnership with Qatar University and the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

The QatarCSR Report is entitled ‘The Initiative’, is distinguished by high contribution from Qatari VIP figures, professors and professionals in the field. It is available in both Arabic and English.

It includes an Introduction by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce which highlighted the collaboration with the private sector and civil society to encourage social development in Qatar, promoting Qatar’s National Vision 2030. In this introduction, the Ministry has called for the formation of a local association that includes civil society and companies in order to address the obstacles facing social responsibility and suggest viable solutions for overcoming them.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce intends to launch a QatariCSR index that takes into account similar international experiments based on relevant UN standards. The Ministry also seeks to form a CSR network that covers Qatari companies in general and companies registered in the Qatari stock exchange in particular, in order to promote the exchange of ideas and help these companies work closely to meet CSR standards. Moreover, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce believes in the importance of the government’s support of CSR initiatives through encouraging and facilitating corporate actions, implementing the resulting developmental projects, engaging small and medium enterprises in CSR, and integrating the concept of social responsibility into education in order to make future generations aware of CSR.

The MEC adopts sustainable CSR projects as they have long term impacts rather than using the temporary financial aid method. Further, the MEC intends to consolidate the concept of CSR and create strategies to fulfill the Qatar’s National Vision 2030 by spreading the concept among individuals and companies through training courses, workshops and media.

The Ministry urges companies and businesses to determine the dimensions of their voluntary CSR based on their work environment. It also encourages companies to direct their efforts toward sustainable development.

The MEC introduction stated that the Ministry has formed a team headed to suggest CSR standards for Qatari companies. The team includes a number of bodies and ministries, including the Ministries of Environment, Labor and Social Affairs; the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Qatar Exchange; the National Committee for Human Rights; and the Audit Bureau.

The Report reflects the increasing importance of sustainable development, and is an indicator of the economic and social growth in Qatar.

Qatar University is the strategic partner of the Report. Ras Laffan Community Outreach Program (RLIC-COP) is a Diamond Sponsor and the Gold sponsors are ExxonMobil and Ooredoo. Companies extended their support by providing Silver Sponsorship include QAPCO, QAFCO, QAFAC and SASOL. The Bronze sponsors are Shell, AlKhaliji Bank and International Islamic Bank.

Qatar CSR network is the first social-responsibility web portal in Qatar. The portal was officially launched on 16 May 2007, and has steadily grown to offer more leading initiatives.

The report is available on http://qatarcsr.org/QatarCSR-Report-2013-English.pdf. For more information, visit QatarCSR’s website.