DOHA: Vodafone Qatar was recently recognised by Arab Organisation for Social Responsibility with the Golden CSR Award for being one of the most active companies in the region in this space.
The award also attests to the company’s creative and innovative approach to CSR that goes beyond charity and philanthropy.
Receiving the award at a ceremony in Dubai, which saw in attendance scores of ministers and high-profile attendees, Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Vodafone Qatar, said: “We’re honoured for being chosen out of many companies to receive this accolade. As a Qatari company with very local roots, corporate social responsibility ranks high on our agenda and our aim is to continue to make a real contribution to society.
“We use our expertise in communication technology to make a positive social impact. We also believe we can help build a more sustainable future by delivering commercially viable products and scalable services that transform and improve the quality of lives and enable positive economic, social and environmental outcomes for our stakeholders.”
Vodafone Qatar has recently launched the 4th edition of its annual programme, World of Difference, which gives financial grants to winners to carry out their creative ideas that generate tangible benefits to the community.
It was launched in 2011 and awarded four individuals who helped address social issues in Qatar.
In 2012, the programme awarded two winners who helped disabled individuals in Qatar in sports through swimming and diving, and brought attention to the issue of animal welfare in Qatar.
In 2013, the company selected three Qatari winners out of 150 applicants, a 35 percent increase in the number of Qatari applicants from previous years.
It also launched earlier this year AmanTECH, an aid programme for online child and youth safety.
AmanTECH, which stands for ‘Safe Technology’, aims at promoting digital literacy among parents and improving children’s digital safety.
It helps raise parents’ and children’s awareness about safe Internet use and their digital rights.
In its first year, AmanTECH will reach out to 50,000 students aged 5 to 17, 15,000 teachers, and 25,000 parents. It will adopt a three-pronged approach with a focus on awareness, education and technical support.
The company also places emphasis on the health and safety of its employees and its community. The Peninsula