When the establishment of the Qatar Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network was officially announced in May 2007 16, a significant amount of fieldwork was conducted by a professional and perceptive team with one mission: Driving the network’s sustainable practices and supporting its journey.
The team determined that some people, among them iconic local figures, were a driving force behind the success of their institutions. Their achievements have had a significant impact. The furthering of sustainable development in the future will be a reminder of what these people did to instill their country’s name in the world’s success records.
The team’s scope of work included follow-ups, coverage, conferences and various social events. They were keen to monitor the efforts and initiatives of the heads of the organizations and institutions in Qatar, to assess their level of relevancy and their adherence to the values of CSR.
In just under a year, the team gathered a valuable record of comments and conclusions. There was consensus among the team members that one figure with a demonstrated sense of social responsibility should be named the ‘CSR Person of the Year’. The team chose H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, who was atthe time Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar and Minister of Energy and Industry, and served as chairman of the boards of a number of leading local organizations.
On 31 March, 2008, the Woqod General Assembly – one of the many economic events that the network had been following – was held, chaired by His Excellency as Woqod’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The network informed His Excellency about its decision, stressing that the accolade was a tribute to his efforts to promote CSR values. His Excellency granted his approval. He requested that follow-up be conducted with H.E. Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al-Malki.
A working group was formed, and everything was agreed upon, including the time and place that the honor would be bestowed. An honorary shield and certificate were also created. However, the ceremony had to be adjourned twice due to urgent matters.
The CSR network team was keen to proceed with the upgrading of its services and its efforts to lead the local and Arab-world social responsibility scene. Several initiatives emerged, most notably the launch of the strategic Qatar CSR Report, whichaims to enhance CSR understanding and collaboration, and published its first installment in 2012.
The following year, Qatar CSR Report signed a strategic partnership agreement with Qatar University. A joint CSR committee was formed to oversee the future publication of the report, starting with the Qatar CSR Report 2013, which met with unprecedented success.
Today, eight years after inception, seven years after the decision to name His Excellency CSR Person of the Year, and after one year of a successful partnership with Qatar University, H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah’s successes surfaced once again, with his heading the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, known for its intensive support for corporate social responsibility values.
The Qatar University CSR Committee reached a new consensus: All annual reports shall include a special dedication to those leaders who have inspired generations to keep working on forging a sustainable future for the generations to come. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah is the 2014 CSR Person of the Year.