A consensus has emerged across economic, political and social sectors emphasizing the importance of responsible operations in all spheres of corporate activity. Now accepted as a benchmark for good practice, transparent and socially responsible actions have become essential to any business planning and strategy.
As a Company playing a key role in the development of Qatar, United Development Company’s business practices are closely aligned to the wider goals of sustainable economic and social development in Qatar. Therefore, the Company employs the highest standards of corporate social responsibility across its entire portfolio. These standards cover the welfare of employees, the environmental consequences of project activities, community services and volunteer work, as well as responsible and transparent corporate governance.
United Development Company takes each aspect of corporate social responsibility (CSR) seriously:
- Corporate: making choices that sustain our businesses for the long term.
- Social: acting in ways that respect people and protect the environment.
- Responsibility: expressing UDC’s character through words and actions.
Embodied within UDC’s culture is a keen sense of responsibility to all its stakeholders. They include the community at large, shareholders, employees and customers. Therefore, UDC’s commitment to corporate responsibility touches all aspects of the Company’s business operations.
UDC believes that attracting and retaining the best possible people is important. Therefore, the Company has provided a workplace people would want to work in, as well as a work environment and culture where they can succeed.
-Diversity and promoting inclusiveness:
Because UDC aims to attract and retain a diverse workforce, the Company is committed to providing an environment in which all employees are treated fairly and with respect. Our current targets to ensure diversity include:
- increasing the number of Qataris in senior roles;
opening up opportunities for women in senior roles;
ensuring the gender and nationality are not a factor in remuneration; and
maintaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community at large in Qatar.
-Recruitment and selection:
United Development Company boasts a dedicated and skilled recruitment team whose objective is to ensure the Company uses best practice and a structured and transparent approach to recruitment. All vacancies are advertised internally and through a number of external sources in order to ensure fairness of the process as well as to attract the best candidates for any given position advertised.
-Learning and development:
United Development Company is committed to providing opportunities for training and development to all its employees. This ensures that our people have the skills, capabilities and ability to be the best they can be.
United Development Company offers medical and life insurance programs designed to meet its employees’ health needs. While there are variations in available plans, its benefits cover the medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and life insurance fields.
United Development Company is committed to caring for the environment as evidenced by the attention it gives to incorporating sustainable development programs into the Company’s business decisions and practices. The Company’s efforts focus on issues covering appropriate management and recycling of waste, environmentally friendly processes and packaging, optimization of energy consumption in all Company operated and managed projects and developments, use of environmentally friendly technologies such as district cooling, regular training and events designed to highlight environmental issues and initiatives, and constant awareness campaigns to reduce environmental impacts and use of natural resources through efficiency, innovation and performance monitoring.
United Development Company is committed to conducting business in a responsible and proactive manner, consistent with its positive as an active citizen in the communities in which it operates. The Company contributes to the economic and social well-being of the people of Qatar and the GCC region because it recognizes the deep interdependence of healthy businesses and healthy societies.
UDC strives to be a good neighbor, sharing the concerns of the community at large and dedicating financial and human resources to creating a better future.
The Company has invested substantial financial resources to fund initiatives that foster economic, social, educational, health and environmental stability, improving as a result the quality of life in Qatar and the GCC.
Since its incorporation, United Development Company has always maintained a good record of compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. It has constantly reviewed its management control system to maintain transparency and accountability, as well as to enhance the Company’s overall performance.