- Jack Saba, General Manager Public Affairs, Sasol Middle East & India
Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and the expertise of its 30,000 people working in 33 countries.
Established in South Africa in 1950, the company develops and commercialises technologies, and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. In Qatar, Sasol is a JV partner with Qatar Petroleum in ORYX GTL, the world's first commercial-scale GTL plant based in Ras Laffan Industrial City. ORYX GTL uses Sasol proprietary gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology to convert natural gas into liquid fuel and chemical products. Jack Saba, General Manager Public Affairs, Sasol Middle East & India, shares more on the company and its offerings with CW.
Tell us about the various initiatives that you are recognised for.
Sasol actively supports the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision through social impact community programmes, supporting the disabled community, the environment, education, health and development across the SME sector. We develop and manage our own initiatives and aim for long-term, sustainable impact in the communities where we invest.
One of our flagship programmes, 'Definitely Able', supports awareness and inclusion of the disabled community. A complement to it is 'Accessible Qatar', a smart phone application and website, the first-of-its-kind in the region providing the disabled community instant and reliable information about the accessibility of public and touristic locations in Qatar. Further, our well-known environmental programme is the 'Qatar e-Nature' Application; every year we conduct the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest for the schools in Qatar.
Tell us more about some other Sasol CSR initiatives.
Sasol works on a number of noteworthy CSR initiatives, which all contribute back to the pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030:
Qatar e-Nature: Sasol developed the app and website in partnership with Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), to support the objective of Qatar National Vision 2030 to promote sustainable development by contributing towards an environmentally aware population.
Definitely Able: Sasol created this with the objective to champion the positive benefits of sport, art, music and education in empowering people with disabilities.
The Health Park with Salem and Sarah: Sasol and Qatar Diabetes Association launched an educational tool - the Health Park - to support children and families living with type 1 diabetes in Qatar and the region.
What are the major accomplishments that the company has achieved?
Sasol was able to achieve local and international recognition through its various CSR initiatives - a Silver Dolphin from the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for the film 'Voices'. Sasol year-after-year was awarded The CSR Leader award for its outstanding contribution to the local society. Qatar e-Nature won Best Initiative on CSR in the Energy Sector in Qatar Award from Dar Al Sharq, a recognition by HE the Qatari Minister of Environment in 2015 for the application's contribution to preserving the state of Qatar's environmental resources, and regionally for Best Mobile-Government Service Award from the Government of Dubai and Best Arab Government Smart Applications Award from the government of Kuwait.
What can we expect from the company in the near future?
As part of its ongoing commitment in shedding light about accessibility, Sasol has recently conducted an Accessibility Awareness and Audit Training workshop for officials from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and Qatar Petroleum. Moreover, accessibility audit is an on-going task for many sectors aiming at covering as many venues as possible in Accessible Qatar application.
Sasol has partnered with Project Qatar as an accessibility partner to further showcase the importance of accessibility; with the aim to promote an inclusive society in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. Within the exhibition, the Accessible Qatar Conference and Accessible Qatar Awards is being held on May 8-9, 2017, which aims to provide knowledge sharing in order to create awareness and explore importance of accessibility implementation in the various everyday life sectors.