Posted on May 28, 2013

Under the directive of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatargas is supporting the Fourth Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as ‘Diamond’ sponsors.  The conference is being held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Minister of Business and Trade, from 28-29 May at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha.

Sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Business and Trade, the conference aims to raise awareness of the role of both the public and private sectors in the field of CSR and unify the efforts of the Qatari Businessmen in a way that serves the goals of the economic and social development in alignment with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Qatargas Chief Executive Officer, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani delivered a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the conference. Addressing a distinguished audience comprising heads of national companies, public and private institutions and CSR leaders and other senior executives, the Qatargas CEO highlighted the Company’s commitment towards the communities and environment in which it operates.

“We in Qatargas are committed towards promoting and protecting the environmental, social and economic interests of the communities we operate in. This commitment underpins our firm belief that we have inherited the resources we enjoy today from our older generations and we are committed to preserve these resources for our children and for future generations. A key element in this area is our pledge to conduct our business in a manner that embeds CSR across the Company and promotes continuous improvement in all our business practices and operations.” he said.

Highlighting the alignment of Qatargas’ Corporate Social Responsibility strategy with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, he said: "We have set our CSR targets within our 2015 vision and our direction statement - to be the world’s premier LNG Company. Our CSR targets are aligned and complement the four basic pillars of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 – Economic, Human, Social and Environmental Development.  In this regard, I’m happy to point out that over 90 per cent of our last year’s CSR budget was dedicated to support these four pillars of QNV 2030.  As a respected corporate citizen of the State, Qatargas will continue to play an integral supporting role in the success of QNV 2030, which capitalizes on the country’s abundant natural resources to drive Qatar towards the creation of a diversified, knowledge-based economy."

The CEO concluded his speech stating that for Qatargas, CSR will remain a non-negotiable priority.“This is more than just ‘doing the right thing’. When a company like Qatargas commits to CSR, it is making a promise to conduct its business in a way that endows beneficial change on everyone it touches – customers, consumers, shareholders, employees, communities and the natural resources we share with the broader world.” he said.

During the conference, Qatargas will deliver a presentation describing the Company’s CSR programmes and activities. Qatargas’ CSR initiatives are spread over four broad areas covering education, environment, health and safety and community development and are aligned with the QNV 2030.