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QOC receives International Event Sustainable Management Certification

DOHA – The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) has been awarded with Event Sustainable Management Certification (ISO20121:2012 ESMS) during a certification ceremony held at the QOC Headquarters on Thursday and attended by the QOC Secretary General and directors of departments.

ESMS award ceremony was also attended by Mr Hussam Refaai the CEO of Bureau Veritas (the granting company) and QOC’s employees.

This ESMS will help all organisations and individuals to make their sport events and related- activities more sustainable. It also supports Qatar’s sustainable development objectives and meets the standards of Qatar’s 2030 National vision. In addition to reducing environmental, social, and economic negative impacts that result from organizing the events while developing QOC’s relations with key stakeholders.

ESMS will create a work frame that will help achieving sustainable development standards in conformity with UN Sustainable Development Objectives and IOC’s standards that are backed by sustainable development principles such as: Inclusivity, Management, Integrity and Legacy.

Additionally, this system will enhance all event management operations in sequence, starting from concept, planning, implementation and auditing stages and post- events activities. It also reduces environment impact, boosts economic growth, and build up real sustainable communities.

Most notably, sustainability concepts have turned into practice during the second edition of 2022 QOC Beach Games held at Katara Cultural Village in March as a true sustainable legacy inherited from inaugural ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019.

In the light of the country’s annual beach events, the Qatar Olympic Committee has boosted sustainability standards in three fields: community sustainability, environmental sustainability, and economic sustainability.

On this occasion, H.E QOC Secretary General, Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain said we are truly grateful and proud to be awarded with this certification, I appreciate the collective contributions of teamwork and everyone that helped QOC to get this certification, together we push ahead to make our objectives real”.

“This certification copes with QOC’s strategic plan which includes annual data base as per the international criteria. It also improves our work outputs and meets customers’ needs as per our upcoming 2023-2027 strategy, as well as it meets QOC’s vision:” To Become a Leading Nation in Bringing The World Together Through Sustainable Sport Development” added the QOC Secretary General.

For his part, Director of Strategy & Projects Department, Fahad Ebrahim Juma said It’s a valuable certification to QOC and will help our integrated sport system to work efficiently and more professionally”.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee