Qatar Olympic Committee receives International Event Sustainable Management certification – Doha News
ESMS supports Qatar’s Sustainable Development Goals and meets the standards of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has been awarded Sustainable Events Management (ISO20121:2012 ESMS) certification at a certification ceremony held Thursday at the QOC headquarters, attended by the organization’s Secretary General national and heads of departments.
The ESMS awards ceremony was also attended by Mr. Hussam Refaai, CEO of Bureau Veritas (the granting company) and QOC employees.
This ESMS will help all organizations and individuals to make their sporting events and related activities more sustainable.
It supports Qatar’s Sustainable Development Goals and meets the standards of Qatar’s National Vision 2030; in addition to reducing the negative environmental, social and economic impacts that result from hosting events while developing QOC’s relationships with key stakeholders.
QOC Secretary General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain said, “We are truly grateful and proud to have received this certification. I appreciate the collective contributions of teamwork and everyone who has helped QOC achieve this certification. Together, we are moving forward to make our goals a reality.
“This certificate [is in line] with QOC’s strategic plan which includes [an] annual database according to international criteria. It also improves our work performance and meets customer needs in line with our upcoming strategy 2023-2027. Finally, it fulfills QOC’s vision: To become a leader in bringing the world together through the sustainable development of sport,” added the Secretary General.
Director of the Strategy & Projects Department, Fahad Ebrahim Juma said: “This is a valuable certification [for] QOC and will help our integrated sports system run efficiently and more professionally.”
Sustainable development efforts and SDGs
ESMS is committed to creating a framework that will help them achieve sustainability standards in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and IOC standards that are underpinned by sustainability principles such as: inclusiveness, management, integrity and legacy.
Moreover, this system will improve all event management operations in sequence, from design, planning, implementation and auditing stages to post-event activities. It further reduces environmental impacts, drives economic growth and builds truly sustainable communities.
Most notably, sustainability concepts were put into practice during the second edition of the QOC Beach Games 2022 held at the Katara Cultural Village in March, a legacy inherited from the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar in 2019.
In light of the country’s annual beach events, the Qatar Olympic Committee has strengthened its sustainability standards in three areas: community sustainability, environmental sustainability and economic sustainability.