Ashghal Wins 3 Int’l Awards from Harvard Business Council

The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, represented by the Roads Projects Department’s (RPD) Local Areas Infrastructure Program, won 3 global awards in 2022 from Harvard Business Council (HBC), which is based in New York, USA. Through these awards, the Council aims to honor organizations worldwide that demonstrate commitment and excellence in different categories. The Local Areas Infrastructure Program won the Health and Safety Award and Green Award both in Diamond level, and the Gold level in “Dealing with COVID-19” Award.

Ashghal won 3 awards, out of 63 winners who managed to reach the required milestones, out of 439 candidates from around the world.

On this occasion, Eng. Saoud Al-Tamimi, Ashghal’s RPD Manager, commended the Authority’s continuous accomplishments, especially with the RPD’s constant winning of globally renowned rewards for successive years in different fields.”

“The HBC awards won recently by the Department will be added to the long list of global awards. This reiterates the Authority’s commitment to adopt the best practices and demonstrates its excellence in providing top quality services, whilst safeguarding the local environment, resources, and promoting the safety of its workers,” he said.

Eng. Al Tamimi added: “Winning the diamond level in Health and Safety Award and the Green Award from HBC, in addition to the Gold award in “Dealing with COVID-19,” certifies the Authority’s ability to deal with crises and maintain its operations and project delivery with top quality and under these difficult circumstances without compromising the health and safety of workers, and whilst preserving the local environment, making the best use of resources, promoting sustainability, and spreading awareness and best practices constantly in these domains, as these are the cornerstones of Ashghal’s project implementation strategy.”

According to the Harvard Business Council, Ashghal has shown its excellence in the Health and Safety category by prioritizing the protection of its staff and the public through constant work zone audits and inspections, interviewing and coordinating with managers and workers, and engaging all staff, regardless of their job grades, in everything related to occupational safety and health. In addition, the Authority conducted risk analysis and assessment, and set out an effective method for proactive risk identification and management.

“What enabled Ashghal to achieve such a high rank in the Green Award – Diamond level was its leading position in the construction sector in Qatar, regarding spreading awareness and promoting sustainability culture, and its commitment to engaging and encouraging all stakeholders from consulting companies, contractors, suppliers, workers, and others, to adopt positive environmental practices, create solutions and new methods, and apply them throughout the different stages of project implementation,” the Council said.

As for the Dealing with COVID-19 Award (Gold level), the Authority demonstrated readiness, flexibility, and tenacity in facing such a sudden and devastating health crisis like the pandemic that has affected the whole world. Building on the “Put People First” principle, the organization continued to deliver quality services to the community while ensuring that its employees and their families stayed safe. Moreover, they demonstrated that decisive leadership is essential to foster swift response, good collaboration, timely communication, and evidence-based decisions, which are critical to mitigate any adverse effects of a crisis of such magnitude.

It’s worth noting that RPD’s Local Areas Infrastructure Program has recently won 9 international health and safety awards for the third year in a row from the British Safety Council, in addition to the Communitas’ Ethical and Environmental Sustainability Award in 2022, which was awarded by the US-based Communitas Organization. The Communitas Awards aim to recognize exceptional organizations and individuals who manage to safeguard resources, and those who are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.

Harvard Business Council is an organization aimed at recognizing and rewarding those who distinguish themselves for excellence and best practices in salient areas for the environment and society, and Ashghal has undoubtedly proved to fit this description.

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