Qatalum Receives CSR Leader Award

On March 10th, 2015. Qatar University (QU) honoured Qatalum by awarding the company the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leader Award in recognition of its prominent role in responsible business practices.

The University held a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the occasion of the Qatar CSR Networks launching of the Third Issue of the CSR Report 2014 in cooperation with QU entitled: "The Progress Achieved". During the ceremony, Mr. Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah was honoured as CSR Person of the Year.

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Khaled Laram, DCEO of Qatalum receiving the award from Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, QU President

QU President, Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad presented the Award to Mr. Khaled Laram, DCEO of Qatalum who in turn elaborated upon Qatalum’s support for CSR projects as a method to positively affect realistic impacts in Qatari society. To serve this end: Qatalum provides varied employment opportunities to Qatari youth seeking employment at industries similar to hydrocarbon and petrochemicals and further aims to maximize the use of energy by utilizing efficient aluminium production processes and simultaneously producing less emissions by the mean of adopting the latest technology available to the industry.

The CSR Report 2014 highlighted a number of CSR initiatives that Qatalum has accomplished in line with their Physical Fitness Initiative, organized by the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Department and promoted by the Communications Department at Qatalum.

Qatalum is well known to be keen in accommodating its employees with regards charity and CSR activities commonly accepted by the State of Qatar and the Qatari people such as the Patronage of Qatar Diabetes Association. Qatalum offered contributions to the Qatar Diabetes Association expressing its willingness to foster mutual cooperation supporting the Association to fulfil its educational projects which assists diabetics and their families across the country.
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Attendees, nominees and award winners

Qatalum’s’ support  to the distinct work of the Qatar Diabetes Association builds upon the care provided by the Association to the patients and their families to help overcome  sickness and increase healthcare, moral support and awareness. Qatalum’s’ aid to the Association reflects its contribution to genuine projects serving CSR and human development projects.

Contribution given to the Al-Noor Institute in the form of new school bags distributed to blind students. This contribution coincided with the beginning of the new academic year and reflected Qatalum’s’ support to educating students and its commitment to stringent CSR criteria.

Qatalum extends continued support to the needy and does not consider these initiatives as charity, rather it is a shared and central element of CSR.

Qatalum established an agreement with the Qatar Foundation for Elderly People Care (IHSAN) under which, Qatalum will support IHSAN’s magazine catering for elderly affairs. IHSAN provides health, social and psychological care to the elderly, based on its commitment to CSR, Qatalum also aims to provide additional and improved services catering for elderly residents.

This agreement was concluded to honour the distinct work of IHSAN marking a fresh start to begin improved services provided to the elderly. The agreement equally provides a distinguished opportunity for Qatalum to take part in CSR activities designed to support the disadvantaged segments of Qatar.

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Qatalum held the “Aluminium Value and Knowledge Creation” seminar in cooperation with QU and Hydro Aluminium to facilitate mutual exchange of knowledge between the academic and industrial sectors. The seminar aimed to encourage students to conduct Aluminium manufacturing-related studies to upgrade the workforce of this sector and prepare the Qatari youth to takeover improving this industry.

Qatalum held a large event celebrating Qatar's National Day, a National commemoration of Qatar's unification and independence, falling on December 18th annually. The 2014 ceremony presented several shows and entertaining programs specially prepared to celebrate this event and express the Qatalum workforces' love for their Emir and people. During the ceremony, company management cut a cake celebrating the event which was attended by many VIPs, guests and company employees who unequivocally expressed their joy and pride of the memorable day.  

Qatalum celebrated the National Day and assured its continuing contribution to materialise objectives which were designed to complement Qatar's National Vision 2030 - equally aspiring to become a stimuli for sustainable Qatari economic growth.

Qatalum had the pleasure to sponsor Iftar Ramadan Tents organized by Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) as part of Qatalum’s plan to support charity events that serve collaborative values especially in the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Qatalum led the sponsorship of these tents recognising a unique opportunity to reach out to the community while positively reflecting the company commitment to charitable events Qatalum has the pleasure to continuously offer a rich agenda of CSR activities seeking to affect a realistic impact in Qatar society. 

Qatalum has also collaborated with Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Mahmoud Cultural Islamic Centre on the publication of 15 thousand copies of a book entitled "Understanding Islam", which aims to introduce Qatari society and culture to non-Muslims from different nationalities living in Qatar.

The book was delivered to the Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre (Fanar), an NGO subsidiary of Qatar Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Ministry. This book demonstrates Qatalum's on-going commitment to CSR and the company's vision to increase social cohesion among all people living in Qatar – nationals and expats alike.

Building on Qatalum's commitment to supporting CSR activities, Qatalum was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility during the ceremony held in Burj Al-Arab Hotel in Dubai. The award honours the agencies and people engaged in the field of CSR, in recognition of their outstanding efforts at a regional level towards promoting the notion of social responsibility in the Arab world.

Qatalum won this award as recognition for the company's outstanding efforts in the economic, social and environmental arenas, which are line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Over the past few years, Qatalum has supported many educational community initiatives and a number of sporting and cultural events. The company has also maintained a keen interest and deep commitment to all international environmental standards, in order to achieve sustainable development in the industry and energy sectors in Qatar.