Qatar Chamber (QC) and Al Sharq newspaper on Wednesday started inviting nominations for the third edition of the Qatar Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award.
The award honours organisations and individuals for imbibing the principles of corporate responsibility in their business philosophy and operations to achieve positive impact on their stakeholders and adopt innovative sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges.
Winners will be selected by a panel of juries drawn from NGOs, corporate firms, universities, media and international organizations of repute. It will be chaired by Bin Thani Bin Ali Bin Saud al Thani.
The selction committee chairman said the panel includes experts and practitioners from Qatari men and women, who have full autonomy to make their own decisions in the operations of their respective organisations.
He said the objective of the award was to encourage companies and national institutions to adopt best global practices in social responsibility, and to encourage innovative initiatives that bring them closer to the community and their workers.
The Awards will recognise outstanding achievements of organisations and teams that have contributed to the development of CSR and sustainability agenda in the country.
Winners will demonstrate the organisation’s ongoing commitment to supporting the country’s society, economy, environment and culture through youth empowerment, employment generation and community building. Strengthening the education system and developing female capabilities are also part of their prescribed commitment.
In addition to recognising the best CSR programmes and initiatives, the awards will honour companies embedding CSR and sustainability into their business’s DNA and core operations.
“Last year, the committee received more than 55 nominations from all sectors, including the public sector. We expect the number to go up this year. We have launched a new website dedicated to the CSR Qatar Award,” Bin Thani said.
The winners will be awarded at a ceremony to be held next month under the auspices of Qatar Central Bank Governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud, and Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim.