Dr. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank

09-12-2017, 04:45 PM - From 4 Years ago

CSR intiatiaves need to be aligned with sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Global warming will lead to a rise in the level of the oceans and seas, causing a serious deterioration of the climate over the next 1,000 years. Burning of fossil fuels and the gases produced – especially carbon dioxide – were responsible for most of the temperature increases recorded during the second half of the last century.

Sustaining economic and social growth, moreover, is impossible without a holistic environmental vision that places environmental preservation for Qatar’s future generations at the forefront.

Doha Bank Group as part of its corporate social responsibility will demonstrate fair, open, efficient and consistent business practices to mitigate climate change and promote sustainable development. Doha Bank Group will encourage the use of eco-friendly technology in its products and services.

Doha Bank Group will promote knowledge sharing sessions on Climate Change and Sustainable development regionally and globally. Doha Bank Group intends to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions which widely contributes to global climatic changes.

Doha Bank believes in Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 which aims to direct Qatar towards a balance between developmental needs and the protection of its natural environment, whether land, sea or air. The QNV 2030 includes an emphasis on establishing an effective legal framework and the environmental institutions that can serve as the guardians of Qatar’s environmental heritage. The QNV 2030 also emphasizes the importance of increasing citizens’ awareness of their role in protecting the country’s environment for their children and the nation’s future generations.

Doha Bank also believes in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which into force from beginning of 2016 after adoption of the same at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

The SDGs have been built on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new goals call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

They recognise that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Doha Bank has participated in Qatar University’s Career Forum and reinforces its commitment towards creating a strong national talent pool.

The State of Qatar supports the efforts of the United Nations Millennium goals, the ongoing negotiations under the UNFCC. The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC was held in Doha, Qatar.

The conference had come out with the “Doha Climate Gateway” which pushed forward the solutions to climate change. The conference has come out with “Doha Climate Gateway” which pushed forward the solutions to climate change. Doha Bank also participated in COP18 which was held in Doha, Qatar.

Doha Bank advocates and practices Green Banking, which is one of the core business philosophies that would support the sustainability into the future.

Doha Bank is also active in supporting the youth of the nation from a human development perspective and conducts numerous programmes to help develop indigenous talent.

Doha Bank also supports social integration across various areas of society and actively participates in key economic events, keynote sessions, and other major local and global programmes. Doha Bank’s Eco school program is part of its Green Banking Mission.

Doha Bank has embraced sustainable business practices to satisfy its customers and promote solid environmental stewardship. In doing so the Bank has embarked on a greener path in business and their personal lives. Financial sector could participate in sustainable development by taking initiatives to “Manage Climate Change and Mitigate Global Warming”.  Doha Bank has worked on “ECO-Schools Programme” which works with educational institutions to build awareness of key environmental issues and create action plans that are school-specific to help mitigate the overall impact on the environment. Doha Bank will look forward to align its CSR activities with Sustainable development Goals (SDGs).