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04 March 2018

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery has said the last year (2017) posed major challenges in achieving sustainability however, at the same time, there were many important developments in the field.

In an interview, he said the Company’s contributions to the implementation of the 17 United Nations 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.

"In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the implementation of 17 global sustainable development goals by 2030," said Dr. Jawahery. "Overall, these goals seek to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.”

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 and sharing best practices through the UN Global Compact programme.”

Dr. Jawahery said GPIC is keen to identify its performance by publishing its sustainability reports every two years. “These reports show how we have made progress 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 GPIC was set up as a joint venture equally owned by the Government of Bahrain, the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait.

“The Company used natural gas as a feedstock to manufacture Ammonia, Urea and Methanol at its complex, built on an area of 60 hectares of reclaimed land.

“It includes, in addition to plants, facilities and laboratories, several parks and environmental projects. Over the years, we have entrenched the principles of sustainability in the institutional culture of the Company and translated it as daily behaviour.”

Speaking about steps to contribute to the goals of sustainable development, Dr. Jawahery said that the Company’s foundations are based on the 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 GPIC has entered a new era in which it shares more with a leading global sustainability initiative such as the UN Global Compact. “The Company's Management focusses more on leadership, cooperation, innovation and youth empowerment so that it can better serve the local community and the world.

“Our employees, participated in a United Nations global survey of sustainable development goals in 2013 and received more than 7 million votes from around the world.” He said 75 per cent of the participants were under 30 years old.

Dr. Jawahery stressed the Company has worked to spread and promote awareness of the objectives of sustainable development within the organisation. “A special Committee, which carries out awareness presentations for employees, was set up to follow up the its sustainability.

“We evaluated our current business practices to see if they were consistent with the objectives sustainable development goals and found the results to be very encouraging.”

With regard to the Company's contribution to all of the UN's human development goals, Dr. Jawahery said that for the objective of poverty eradication, the Company contributes strongly to economic growth, works hard to create jobs and increases the income of farmers around the world.

With regard to the goal of eliminating hunger, the Company is working with both the Arab Fertiliser Association (AFA) and the International Fertiliser Industry Association (IFA) to promote training in the use of fertilisers and to increase food production. The Company has also issued a booklet on the use of urea for Bahraini farmers.

“We have produced more than 11.5 million tons of granular Urea since 1998 and a total of more than 37 million tons of Ammonia, Methanol and granular Urea since 1985.

“The latest initiative in this context is the partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, which has established the concept of good nutrition among students and educated them on how to benefit from stopping waste of healthy food.”

On the issue of good health and well-being, Dr. Jawahery explained that GPIC provides full health insurance for employees, their families and contractors, and carries out health campaigns, lectures and health training. “This includes first aid training for employees, their families and the community at large.”

On the issue of quality education, Dr. Jawahery said that the Company provides training opportunities for employees and industrial trainees. “We also support the programmes of INJAZ Bahrain and the Ministry of Education by providing scholarships and honouring highly qualified students.”

He said there is complete gender equality at the Company and men and women are given equal pay. “The Company has adhered to the principles of women's empowerment in the UN Global Compact in 2014. The initiatives for 2017 include support for the Government's initiative to proclaim 2017 as the year for Bahraini women working in the engineering field.” He said to contribute to this initiative, the Company has included a number of engineers at all stages of a new project.

Speaking about the goals of clean water and sanitation, Dr. Jawahery said that the Company's long-term sustainability objectives are water conservation and energy efficiency. “GPIC is launching campaigns to reduce water use and in response to the goal of sustainable clean energy, we are continuously implementing projects and campaigns to save energy including, but not limited to, the installation of energy-saving lamps.”

He said with regard to the objectives of economic growth, the Company is keen to provide jobs, contribute to the Bahraini economy and support local contractors in addition to sponsoring events in the community to promote economic growth. “We have so far pumped in $4.498 billion into the national economy.”

He said on industry, innovation and infrastructure, the Company supports the community through the university research and innovation achievement camp.

“In recognition of its support for innovation, the Company won the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Award for Business 2017.”

He said in order to reduce inequality, the Company’s responsible care initiative ensures the safety of all those involved in work. “Sharing experiences in all aspects of the industry with equal attention to job opportunities and working with all schools to develop skills and knowledge is one of the priorities.”

He 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, the farmers' market, and others.”

In terms of responsible consumption and production, Dr. Jawahery said that GPIC is keen on resource efficiency, energy conservation and air and water quality. “Recycling operations continue all the time. For example, we recycle cardboard, reduce waste and implement sustainable resource efficiency improvement projects.”

On climate measures, he said, the Company participates in carbon dioxide reduction initiatives at the national level and works with the National Oil and Gas Authority to measure and manage these emissions.

In terms of marine life, he said, GPIC monitors estuaries for its protection and takes care of the fish farm it has established for fish farming and marine life development.

He said the Company has cooperated with the Supreme Council for Environment to develop Bahrain's biodiversity strategy. “We have made significant contributions to the implementation of projects related to biodiversity within the boundaries of the Company such as setting up a bird sanctuary, a fish farm, olive groves and palm trees.”

Dr. Jawahery said in order to serve the cause of justice, peace and strong institutions, the Company is working hard to build strong partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Ministry of Education, INJAZ Bahrain and universities, along with the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

“We also work with the National Institute for Human Rights, the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, the AFA and the IFA and encourage other companies to follow suit.” Dr. Jawahery said that GPIC would continue to contribute in one way or the other to achieving sustainable development goals.

It is worth mentioning that in September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan at a historic UN Summit, with the implementation of sustainable development goals officially launched in January 2016.

It is hoped that in the next 15 years, countries will mobilize efforts to eradicate poverty in all its forms to combat inequality and to address climate change while ensuring that all are included in these efforts.

Dr. Jawahery said the objectives of sustainable development are not legally binding, but it is expected that governments in all countries will develop appropriate frameworks to achieve them.

“They will also have to assume their responsibilities in following up the progress made in this regard, including all relevant and accessible data right on time.”

He said at the global level, the objectives of sustainable development will be monitored through the use of a set of global indicators adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The 17 goals are: poverty eradication, total elimination of hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, clean and affordable energy, decent work and economic growth, industry and innovation and infrastructure, equality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate, underwater life, life on land, peace and justice and strong institutions.