MANAMA: Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) president Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery has underlined its commitment to corporate sustainability initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.
The company’s foundations are based on three pillars of sustainable development, on which it works to balance and continuously improve. These are human care, conservation of the planet and profit, he said in an interview.
“GPIC has entered a new era in which it shares more with leading global sustainability initiatives such as the UN Global Compact. Our management focuses more on leadership, co-operation, innovation and youth empowerment so that it can better serve the local community and the world.”
Dr Jawahery said last year posed major challenges in achieving sustainability, but there were many important developments in the field.
GPIC’s contributions to the implementation of the 17 UN sustainability goals related primarily to the future of global development and covered a wide range of issues, including eradicating hunger, spreading education, improving health and making cities more sustainable, he said.
“The company’s approach is fully compatible with these goals. We are a strong supporter of these global goals, especially since we have contributed to all stages from the development of indicators to sharing best practices through the UN Global Compact programme.
“GPIC is keen to identify its performance by publishing its sustainability reports every two years. These reports show how we have progressed to achieve long-term sustainability objectives and encourage others to do so.
“As we continue to strengthen our approach and work to meet sustainable development goals, we are also working to update our initiatives in sustainability,” Dr Jawahery said.
“Over the years, we have entrenched the principles of sustainability in the institutional culture of the company and translated it as daily behaviour.
“A special committee, which carries out awareness presentations for employees, was set up to follow up its sustainability.
“We evaluated our current business practices to see if they were consistent with the objectives of sustainable development goals and found the results to be very encouraging.”
On the company’s objective of poverty eradication, Dr Jawahery said it strongly contributes to the economic growth, works hard to create jobs and increases the income of farmers around the world.
“We have so far pumped in $4.49 billion into the national economy.
“GPIC is working with the Arab Fertiliser Association and the International Fertiliser Industry Association to promote training in the use of fertilisers and increase food production to eliminate hunger.
“We have produced more than 11.5 million tonnes of granular urea since 1998 and a total of more than 37m tonnes of ammonia, methanol and granular urea since 1985.
“The latest initiative in this context is the partnership with the UN Environment Programme, which has established the concept of good nutrition among students and educate them on how to benefit from stopping waste of healthy food,” he said.
Dr Jawahery said GPIC’s long-term sustainability objectives are in line with Bahrain Vision 2030. “The company contributes to the community and its various activities such as exhibitions and the farmers’ market.”
On quality education, he said that the company provides training opportunities for employees and industrial trainees. “We also support programmes of INJAZ Bahrain and the Education Ministry by providing scholarships and honouring highly qualified students.”
GPIC’s other objectives include good health and well-being, complete gender equality, support for innovation, responsible consumption and production, resource efficiency, energy conservation, air and water quality and marine life development, Dr Jawahery added.