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15 March 2018

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in the International Business and Human Rights Forum, hosted recently in Bahrain as part of its contributions to events and programmes that support the objectives of society.

In his comments, Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery stressed the importance of involving the Company's employees in targeted activities of community organizations to gain wider knowledge of the requirements of the society. He said the standards and principles that the company believes in and seeks to secure and implement are very high.

Dr. Jawahery, who was earlier a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Human Rights, spoke of its important role in dealing with issues related to human rights. He praised its efforts to promote and develop human rights in Bahrain.

Dr. Jawahery said the Company is keen to provide support and sponsorship for the event, believing in the importance of topics that discussed, which raise the awareness of the principles of human rights in Bahrain.

He said the forum discussed issues on human rights and business management, which were linked to the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals, to be achieved by 2030. He said the company is making efforts to implement these goals.

The GPIC delegation included the Legal Advisor Ms. Noora Al Sharyan, Recruitment and Selection Supervisor Ms. Mariam Al-Moussawi, Internal Auditor Ms. Noor Al-Sayed, Marketing Superintendent for Ammonia and Urea Ms. Munther Bucheeri and Senior Training Supervisor Mr. Mohammed Faqihi.

The forum was held in the presence of and under the patronage of its Secretary General, H.E. Dr. Khalifa Al-Fadhel, on the theme, "Business Administration and Human Rights."

It was attended by representatives of civil society and human rights defenders, in addition to those interested in human rights issues. Representatives of the academic, advisory, legal, corporate, commercial and private sector also attended.

The forum addressed the most important challenges and obstacles in business administration and human rights, especially after the openness witnessed by countries of the world, globalization and the emergence of multinational companies and practices. Issues concerning intellectual property rights and creativity were also discussed.

National Institution for Human Rights President H.E. Ms. Maria Khouri spoke about the responsibility of commercial institutions to respect the principles of human rights through their compliance with the international and local norms and laws, especially laws on labour, health, safety and pollution. She stressed Bahrain has taken a pioneering step in this regard, where institutions to protect these rights, including the Labour Market Regulatory Authority, the National Organization for Occupational Services and the National Institute for Human Rights were playing an important role.

The forum was co-chaired by international human rights expert Prof. Chris Sidoti, Secretary General of the National Human Rights Institution, H.E. Dr. Khalifa Al Fadhel and Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Bahrain Dr. Riyad Sayadi.