Posted on June 04, 2013

Recently, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, several initiatives promoting and encouraging sustainable development have flourished in Qatar, illustrating the dedication of the State to implement sustainable practices at different levels.

One of the most notable initiatives is lead by the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate and Qatar Petroleum. Launched in 2010, the Energy and Industry Sustainable Development Industry Reporting (SDIR) Programme aggregates the collective performance of Qatar’s energy and industry sector companies through reporting on 33 key indicators, in order to understand and measure the sector’s collective economic, social and environmental impact.

In this context, and aligned on the SDIR guidelines and on the principles of the QNV 2030, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), one of the leading petrochemical powerhouses in the region, launched, during a press conference, its 2012 Sustainability Report, titled 40 Years of Sustainable Growth.

Speaking at the press conference, Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, Vice Chairman and CEO of QAPCO declared: “We are delighted to share with the public our 2012 Sustainability Report, capturing our tangible contributions to the ambitions of the QNV 2030 and the National Development Strategy. For us at QAPCO, sustainability is not a marketing formula or a fashionable trend to follow. At QAPCO, sustainability and transparency are measured via clear KPIs, assessing our impact on all our stakeholders, from our shareholders to employees, from the environment to our suppliers or contractors, from our customers to the society at large. The aim of our report is to understand and optimize the environmental, economical and social impact of our operations, to meet the needs of current and future generations. Sustainability is embedded in our strategy, from our daily operations to our products”

“Sharing our sustainability report with our key stakeholders, to further develop a sustainability oriented dialogue, is important. Therefore, it was essential for us to invite to this launch some of our strategic stakeholders, some of our employees and QP’s HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate, represented here today by its Director, Mr. Saif Al-Naimi” declared Dr. Al Mulla.

Dr. Al Mulla continued by saying: “On this occasion, I would like to take the opportunity to thank HE the Minister of Energy and Industry for his wise guidance and for having launched the pioneering SDIR Programme. The SDIR Programme is a remarkable initiative that provides a unified and comprehensive path for sustainability reporting. It raises awareness about the importance of sustainability and transparency and promotes good practices throughout the entire sector while pushing sustainable development forward. The teams from QP’s HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate have played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the programme and have supported us throughout the whole reporting process, which proved tremendously useful. We are proud to have participated for the third consecutive year in the SDIR Programme.”

Commenting on the SDIR Programme, Mr. Saif Al Naimi, Director of QP’S HSE Regulation and Enforcement Directorate explained: “The SDIR is a unique initiative, not just in Qatar, but also in the region, in the sense as per His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada’s instructions that it is mandatory for all the companies of Qatar's Energy and Industry Sector and to participate. For 2012, the SDIR Programme provides a set of 33 well-defined and relevant SD indicators that companies have to report on, allowing clear year-on-year monitoring and benchmarking, in an attempt to raise awareness about the actions and operations of companies on their communities and the environment. Some of the indicators include Energy and Water consumption, GHG emissions, CSR investment, Qatarization rate, female participation, percentage of local spending or employee LTI rate just to mention a few.

Mr. Al Naimi continued: “Sustainability reporting is driving progress in the entire sector, through measurement and management of the sector's performance against those 33 indicators. We believe the SDIR is raising the bar in the Oil & Gas sector when it comes to sustainability reporting and are convinced that it contributes to Qatar National Vision, National Development Strategy 2011-2016 and therefore to the development of the State of Qatar.”

Finally, Mr. Al Naimi thanked His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada for his leadership, guidance and support of the Sustainable Development Industry Reporting (SDIR) Programme. “QAPCO's contribution to SDIR is part of sector's drive towards transparency and collective understanding and improvement of the sector's impact” stated Mr. Al Naimi.

Dr. Al Mulla also said: “For us, actively participating in the SDIR program was a true eye opener, allowing us to not only align our practices on national initiatives, but on internationally acclaimed guidelines as well. We are delighted to announce that our 2012 Sustainability Report follows the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) framework, and we have achieved a level A certification, which represents a groundbreaking milestone for QAPCO. “

The GRI is an internationally recognized organization that provides companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability-reporting framework that is widely used around the world. 

Mr. Yousef Al Rabeeh, Chief Operations Officer of QAPCO, one of the drivers of sustainable practices in the company, said:” Throughout the entire process, we reported our performance on over 130 indicators, which was an excellent exercise. I would like to thank all our teams who contributed to the production of the report. Sustainability reporting is an initiative that engages every single department in the company. Every department is now accountable for its contribution to the national objectives. Sustainability reporting allows us to gain an overall perspective of our operations and adds value, by creating opportunities for evolution, clear KPI alignment and monitoring, integration and growth within our operations.  In this way, sustainability is driving us forward.”

All over the world, sustainability reporting is gaining momentum and becoming a must, in a context of integrated reporting. 95% of the world largest 250 companies produce sustainability reports. Overall, there has been a sharp intensification in the social roles corporations are expected to play.

During the press conference, Dr. Al Mulla presented some of the highlights of QAPCO’s 2012 sustainability report, such as the Zero LTI for 13.4 million man-hours for QAPCO employees. QAPCO’s strong safety record is the result of the company’s safety first attitude, comprehensive training program, and proven operations management systems.

Through the report, QAPCO also focused on its contribution to capacity building and its support to developing the leaders of tomorrow. Nationals are the driving force of QAPCO’s leadership. Qatarization stands at 28% and QAPCO is more than ever committed to increasing Qatarization to support the QNV 2030.

In an effort to support the sustainable growth of the local economy, QAPCO also mentioned that local sourcing is a priority, using local suppliers and contractors. As such, out of the total purchases of QAPCO, 75% is spent locally.

As a true community partner, QAPCO favors programs and initiatives that have an actual impact on its community, looking at CSR engagement in particular.  QAPCO invested 8 million QR in CSR programs over the past year, to promote social cohesion and solidarity within the community, sports and healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness among the youth or to preserve Qatari culture and heritage just to mention a few activities that were undertaken.

Another noteworthy achievement is illustrated by the energy efficiencies generated by QAPCO, a highlight of the report. On that particular point, Dr. Al Mulla noted: “QAPCO has been established for forty years and we continuously invest to modernize and upgrade our facilities, adopting the latest and most sophisticated technologies and monitoring systems to optimize our energy consumption, while reducing our environmental footprint. Our latest facility for instance, the LDPE 3 plant, uses the latest technologies to improve production efficiency while increasing overall production capacity.”.

The English version of QAPCO’s sustainability report is now posted on the company website and the Arabic version will be available shortly. Aligned with general environmental friendly practices, QAPCO limited the number of printed copies of the report in favor of the electronic version.

Dr. Al Mulla concluded by saying: “As a Qatari company with a global footprint, it is our aspiration that sustainable management and reporting, such as with GRI or SDIR for instance, will serve as a catalyst for us to achieve our global ambitions. At QAPCO, sustainability drives progress. Moving forward, we realized that sustainability reporting is just one outlet for QAPCO's overall contribution to the sustainable development ambitions of Qatar. Several new groundbreaking initiatives will be announced shortly.”

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