QSE, Sustainability and ESG Overview
Climate change, pollution, natural resource depletion, social justice, human rights, biodiversity, gender and racial equality, shareholders rights. These are some of the issues currently facing our world, some of which threaten our very survival and the future of our planet.
In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which has at its heart the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The SDGs have been developed based on decades of work, commencing with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Amongst other things, the SDGs call for action to:
- End poverty and hunger
- Provide better standards of education and healthcare
- Achieve gender equality
- Provide sustainable economic growth while promoting jobs and stronger economies
- Tackle climate change, pollution and other environmental factors that harm the environment and people's lives
- Preserve the health of the land, air and sea
In order to ensure a sustainable future for Qatar and our planet, it is clear that there are numerous challenges that must be addressed.
The four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 are aimed at promoting sustainable development, to guide the transformation of Qatar into an advanced country, capable of sustaining its own development, whilst protecting the environment, and providing for a high standard of living for its people for generations to come.
Fundamentally, sustainable development requires that consideration always be given to how we all might live in harmony with each other and the natural world, protecting it from damage and misuse, for the benefit of our and future generations.
Qatar Stock Exchange, as an economically significant entity within the capital markets environment of the State of Qatar, has a vital role to fulfil in realising the Qatar National Vision and promoting the global sustainability agenda.