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The awards celebrated the tireless efforts of regional organizations dedicated to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Gulf Sustainability Awards winners. — Photos supplied

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 6:39 p.m.

Around 50 companies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region won the 2023 Gulf Sustainability Awards (GSA) for their exceptional achievements in environmental responsibility.

The event, held in Dubai on Wednesday, brought together a wide range of sustainable businesses, both large and small, from the public, private and semi-government sectors to compete for recognition.

The awards celebrated the tireless efforts of regional organizations dedicated to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Many renowned speakers including Shruthi Boosey of Jana Consultants; Tatiana Antonelli Abella, founder of Goumbook FZE; Kevin Holliday, CEO of C3 – Companies Creating Change; and Dr. Samir Thabet, director of corporate sustainability at Nesma & Partners; among others.

Panelists speak at the event.

Panelists speak at the event.

Mohammad Mustafa, a student at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, gave a presentation on sustainability and how young people can contribute to the protection and sustainability of the environment. His presentation received great recognition from those in attendance.

“These were the best Gulf Sustainability Awards ever. In seven years, I have not seen so much positive energy to positively change the impact of business on the planet,” said Neil Skehel, Founder and CEO of Awards International.

“GSA finds and recognizes the best sustainability initiatives in the GCC. Congratulations to our winners and the overall winner Qatar Museums. It is through the joint efforts of corporations, educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations and even the media, where ideas can be turned into actions. “It was really wonderful to see the pioneers of the future and how we are able to create a positive impact on the planet and the entire world of sustainability,” he added.

“The bar is high. I look forward to next year setting the bar even higher.”

Young speaker and panelist Mustafa also shared his ideas from the perspective of a Youth Ambassador for sustainability.

“This event is genuinely the cornerstone of bringing about positive change in the world, and by having me as a youth speaker, it opens doors for the future generation,” he said, adding that “sustainability seems great and something that requires a lot of of effort”. planning and resources, but every small impact can generate the biggest change.”

Mustafa said that young people bear the problems of the climate crisis, but at that moment they are blessed with the ingenuity and creativity that they should use to shape their future.

Neil Skehel with the overall winner.

Neil Skehel with the overall winner.

Here are the Gold Award winners in various categories:

Best community development, Recaap from Veolia; Best Practices in Workplace and Human Resources, Schneider Electric FZE; Best Net-Zero Initiative, Taqa; Best CSR Initiative, Aster DM Healthcare; Government Sustainability Initiative, Saudi Arabia Mining Polytechnic; Crisis Reaction, Abu Dhabi Ports Group; Best Sustainable Education and Awareness Program, Sedco Holding; The most innovative ESG initiative, Taqa; Environmental Sustainability Program, DP mundo; Learning and Education Programme, and HSBC; Innovation in Sustainable Technologies, Cafú; Sustainable Business Model, DGrade; Sustainable Business Model – large companies, Taqa; UN Sustainable Development Goals, Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing; Best Sustainable Product, Toppan Gravity (Gravity Group Ind); Best Sustainable Product – small businesses, DGrade; Ecological Building, Qatar Museums – Fire Station; Electronic waste management, Schneider Electric; Water and Waste Management, DGrade; Water and Waste Management – large companies, Drydocks World; Sustainable Team of the Year, Taqa; Sustainable Professional of the Year, Verteco – David King; Overall Winner, Qatar Museums, Fire Station

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