Researchers at the Social Development Center (SDC), member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, today hosted a workshop during which senior officials and researchers from SDC discussed its recently completed research project that explores the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Qatarization.
Titled, “Corporate social responsibility and its role in the implementation of Qatarization”, the study was led by Dina Al Kaabi, a senior researcher in the Department of Social Studies at SDC, under the guidance of Dr. Mohamed Abdel Moneim Shalaby, and supported by several participants. The results primarily suggest that Qatarization should be a part of CSR strategies across public and private sector organizations in Qatar.
Commenting on the results of the research, Amal Al-Mannai, Executive Director, SDC, said, “SDC is proud and keen to support research on various social issues. We see this study as a step in the right direction, for it will play a major role in promoting CSR, as well as indicating Qatar’s progress in this regard so far.”
The results of the study show that a mechanism must be put in place to monitor organizations in order to observe how their plans, programs, and training opportunities include CSR as a key ingredient.
It further suggested that a regulatory body must be established to oversee the strategies employed by companies to prioritize CSR and include it as one of the prime elements in their operational plans, as outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
According to the study, it is also pertinent to raise awareness of CSR amongst the local media, whose thoughts and influence often shape corporate strategy.
The study also pointed out that a deeper understanding of CSR must be created amongst the general public to differentiate it from charity – which is what CSR is often perceived as. CSR relates to corporate self-regulation in terms of chief social issues, such as the environment, consumer protection, and labor rights, for the sustainable development of society, as suggested in the study.
Based on Al Kaabi’s research, the two places where CSR knowledge can be easily provided and monitored are the workplace and educational institutions such as high schools and universities. In her work, Al Kaabi recommends that companies issue regular reports on their CSR contributions and performance to the media and general public. Awareness campaigns must also be organized to ensure that the public understands the value of integrating CSR into the workplace.
The research also reveals that including CSR related courses and workshops in school and university curricula makes it easier to reach the youth, which forms a significant portion of Qatar’s population.
A section of the research is dedicated to recommendations to the Ministry of Labor with regards to the Qatarization policy, suggesting the importance of implementing rules and regulations that emphasize training and professional development as a prerequisite to offering career opportunities to individuals.
This section also reinforces that Qatarization is a vital component of the CSR framework which must be adopted and adhered to by all organizations in Qatar.
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