CSR at Sasol
Since its establishment in Qatar in 2007, Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, has been focused on realising its capital investment and managing the relationship with its joint venture ORYX GTL, and JV partner Qatar Petroleum, as well as contributing to the society.
As a company with a legacy of community involvement, investment and empowerment in South Africa, Sasol brings this commitment to Qatar.
In the year 2016, Sasol continued to showcase its commitment and support to the Qatari society, through its award-winning CSR initiatives Definitely Able and Qatar e-Nature. Under Definitely Able, Sasol introduced a new initiative called Accessible Qatar.
The following is an overview of Sasol’s main community activities in Qatar in 2016.
“Best Initiative on CSR in the Energy Sector in Qatar” Award for Qatar e-Nature
Building on its continuous success, Sasol won “Best Initiative on CSR in the Energy Sector in Qatar” for its ongoing Qatar e-Nature initiative.
This marks the fourth accolade for Qatar e-Nature, a first-of-its-kind smartphone application seeking to instill a love for Qatar’s natural beauty among the country’s residents and providing information about Qatar’s nature free of charge for all users.
CSR Leadership Award
Sasol received the prestigious CSR Leader Award on the occasion of the launch of the National CSR Report. Sasol was among a select group of companies and NGOs active in the field of social responsibility that were awarded this accolade. The award ceremony was held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar. Con Blignaut, Senior Business Manager Qatar, received the award on the company’s behalf from Dr. Hassan Rashid Al Derham, President of Qatar University.
“Accessible Qatar” to Benefit Disabled Community
Sasol launched the Accessible Qatar initiative under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, at Katara Hall in the presence of high-profile officials, dignitaries, media personnel and people with disabilities. Responding to the need for reliable and vetted information about the accessibility of popular venues across the nation, Accessible Qatar will bring new mobility and further inclusion for the disabled community in Qatar. The Accessible Qatar smartphone application and website are (www.AccessibleQatar.com) available in Arabic and English with accessibility features free of charge for all users.
The Health Park Board Games
Marking World Diabetes Day, Sasol and Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), launched a new educational tool, “the Health Park with Salem and Sarah”, developed to support children and families living with type 1 diabetes in Qatar and the region. The event witnessed as well the launch of the Official QDA Costume Mascots Salem and Sarah.
This unique educational board game with the characters Salem and Sarah includes three different games: Health Park with Salem and Sarah, Slides and Ladders and Match up game. These games test the knowledge of the children with diabetes and their families on the food groups, on food that affects blood sugar and on the do’s and don’ts of healthy behavior of people with type 1 diabetes. These games were also designed to relieve children from anxiety and fear thanks to the friendly companions Salem and Sarah that they learn from and play with.
Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest 2016
Evolving in its third year, the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest, organised by Sasol, Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education spanned from February to May 2016. The contest introduced a new element of a real-time quiz contest in front of a live audience, in which teams answered questions in order to gain points and move to the next stages. Nearly 200 students representing 60 private and independent schools from across Qatar participated.
The contest is based on the information provided in the Qatar e-Nature app and website, to increase awareness about the diversity of Qatar’s natural habitat. The contest questions included nature reserves of Qatar, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, and flora categories. Moreover, the Qatar e-Nature application and website have been redesigned, making it more user-friendly and exciting for the participants use.
Sasol and the British Council Join Forces to Support Accessibility in Qatar
Continuing their ongoing collaboration for inclusion, Sasol supported the British Council’s annual Diversity Week by presenting an accessibility workshop for students and staff. Moreover, the British Council announced their official support for the Accessible Qatar initiative; its students will be contributing to the application’s user submitted reviews. Sasol’s accessibility consultant, Jennifer Stirling, conducted the workshop, explaining the inspiration for the project, application and website.
Al Fikra National Business Competition
The fifth edition of Al-Fikra National Business Competition, supported by Sasol as the main sponsor, was held under the patronage of the Minister of Economy and Commerce, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassimal-Thani, who was in attendance of the Awards Ceremony on 13 December 2016 as well as high-ranking officials of partnered organisations and members of the media community.
The competition was launched in August 2016 and includes training and planning workshops, presentations of business plans and thorough assessment by a jury on criteria such as creativity, innovation, scalability and feasibility.