Posted on March 02, 2016

Under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Qatar University (QU) yesterday hosted the ceremony to launch the fourth edition of the National CSR Report (Leaders’ Visions).

During the ceremony H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, president of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), was honored as CSR Person of the Year 2015 in recognition of his significant role in supporting CSR and for being a role model in inspiring the youth of Qatar. Leading companies and community representatives who are leaders in CSR were also honored. The Report will be distributed to all Qatari embassies around the world through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of the partners of the report.

In his remarks, QU president Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham said: “Qatar University has always been guided by social responsibility to achieve its academic goals, advance its students’ knowledge, and build their capabilities. The organization continues to deliver on its mission of serving as a bridge between academia and society. It is also keen to lead the leaders’ visions, which are voiced in this national report, towards institutional development through careful planning of new programs and their execution on the solid basis of social responsibility.”

He added: “This report is a valuable tool for achieving the vision of the university and its partners, in line with the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. It has also gained momentum through the contributions of various national institutions. We are proud of the success of our collaboration with Qatar CSR Network, primarily in developing new partnerships with institutions from the public and private sector.”

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Qatar CSR CEO Mr Khalifa S Al-Mohannadi said: “In its previous editions, the report highlighted the added value of social responsibility, and succeeded in providing an opportunity for local institutions to change their approaches and professional techniques. This success was further enhanced by drawing the participation of new institutions which benefitted from the leaders’ instructions, experiences, and vision to serve the society. The constructive approach that Qatar CSR Network has adopted in collaboration with prestigious institutions such as Qatar University, will serve to provide students with invaluable opportunities that enable them to realize their academic aspirations.”  

College of Business and Economics (CBE) dean Dr Nitham Hindi said: “We are pleased today to host this ceremony especially given that the report is of an academic nature and highlights the annual accomplishments of different organizations in the field of social responsibility and the success gained on development issues and objectives outlined in QNV 2030. It is an honor to host the President of Qatar Olympic Committee H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani as CSR Person of the Year 2015 and congratulate him on this significant award”.

The report is part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between QU and the CSR Network.  It documents the achievements of national organizations in CSR, and monitors progress in social development and Qatar National Vision 2030.  This year’s edition is distinguished as the first academic primary study -- it was prepared and produced under the guidance of CBE with input from its students supervised by the CSR Committee.

A number of leading organizations supported and contributed to the report.  From the government side -- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Economy and Commerce Logistic Committee, National Security Program (Somod), and Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development.  Also contributing to the report were Qatar Shell, INJAZ Qatar, Asthma Qatar Network, and the embassies of the UAE, Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.

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Sponsors included:

Main sponsor: Qatar Petroleum

Diamond sponsors: QNB, Pearl Sponsor; Qatar Central Bank, Sports and Social Activities Support Fund (Daam), Qatar Primary Materials Co (QPMC).

Platinum sponsors: HBK, WOQOD

Gold sponsors: Aspire Zone, Astad Project Management, Hamad International Airport, Sasol Qatar

Silver sponsors: Aspire Zone, Astad Project Management, Hamad International Airport, Sasol Qatar, Gold Sponsors; Al-Meera, UDC, McDonalds Qatar, Doha Bank

Bronze sponsors: Ooredoo, Qatar Airways, Primary Health Care Corporation, Manateq, Kahramaa, QIIB, Qatar Exchange, Al Fardan Group, CBQ, AL Emadi Enterprises, National Human Rights Commission, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Mwani Qatar, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Boeing ME, Al-Mana Group, ICON interiors, EDARA