Badr Jafar with UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Doha: The Pearl Initiative, a leader in the field of good corporate governance in the Arab world with prominent board members in Qatar including Dr Sheikh Khalid bin Thani bin Abdulla Al Thani, has signed a strategic partnership with the United Nations Global Compact to collaborate on a number of programmes in countries across Mena including Qatar.
Alongside 1,000 business and civil society leaders gathered at the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit chaired by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York City, the Pearl Initiative joined together in partnership with the UN Global Compact to champion universally accepted principles for responsible business practices in Qatar.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 8,000 business participants in 145 countries. The initiative assists businesses in managing increasingly complex risks and opportunities in markets by providing a framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible policies and practices.
The signing of the agreement will enable the Pearl Initiative and the UN Global Compact to implement joint programmes to improve responsible business practices such as corporate governance, diversity, transparent reporting, anti-corruption, responsible investment, and integrity in the supply chain. These initiatives will help advance business models to protect against unethical practice and improve business standards overall.
The partnership was signed at symposium in which the Pearl Initiative Founder and Managing Director of the Crescent Group, Badr Jafar, addressed the audience on this development: “The vast majority of business decisions and actions involve local challenges and local stakeholders. Therefore, this partnership is not about applying business practices from other parts of the world to companies in the Arab world hoping they still work. Instead, it is about using our knowledge of the region and adopting the UN Global Compact’s universal principles to inspire corporate responsibility. Through reinforcing positive regional experiences, we will be able to encourage more companies to embark on a journey with us to raise business standards and fight corruption.
“The Pearl Initiative envisages an environment in which current and future business leaders see corporate accountability and governance as key pillars of business success. Through this collaboration with the UN Global Compact, we can further our ability to have a positive impact on the Qatar’s business environment, ultimately fostering competitive economic growth, sustainable social development and job creation,” Badr Jafar added.
Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact said: “Together with the Pearl Initiative, we hope to improve corporate accountability and transparency in the Mena region. The Global Compact’s principles have spurred thousands of companies around the world to embed sustainability into their organizations, now we turn our attention to the Arab world and the great potential for private sector-led action that benefits business and society.”