DP World is the winner of the prestigious Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for 2012 for its work in India, where it operates five marine terminals.
The coveted annual award, instituted in India in 1991 to encourage corporate responsibility initiatives promoting sustainable development, was presented at an award ceremony in Dubai in recognition of DP World’s efforts to integrate responsible business practices into its operations in India.
It is the second time the company has won a Golden Peacock award. Among the factors cited by the award jury in its decision were the company’s responsiveness to the needs of different stakeholders, and its ability to develop innovative partnership models to fulfill social responsibilities tailored to the welfare of the communities where it operates.
Kathryn Wightman-Beaven, Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, DP World, received the award on behalf of Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, Subcontinent Region from his Excellency Juma Al Majid, Chairman of Dubai Economic Council.
The awards ceremony took place last night (April 25) at the Awards Gala Nite. The ceremony, held during the Dubai Global Convention, incorporating the 7th International Conference on Social Responsibility, was attended by a distinguished gathering of business leaders, jurists, academics, environmentalists, economists, legislators and policy makers.
Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director DP World, Subcontinent Region, said on the occasion: “We are very proud to be again recognised by the Golden Peacock Awards for our responsible business practices. Contributing to the social and economic welfare of our port communities around the globe, and our continuous focus on environmental sustainability, safety and vocational training are some of our core values, and an integral part of who we are and what we do.”
Kathryn Wightman-Beaven, Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, DP World, stressed the need for companies to adopt a structured approach to corporate responsibility to tackle potential risks and provide the opportunity to create and shape a positive identity for the business.
Ms Wightman-Beaven said:
“The challenge is to develop an approach that has trust and integrity, and successfully manages the social, environmental and political risks in a manner that is embedded within organisational structures.”
In 2011, DP World Nhava Sheva, Mumbai, won the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award, instituted by the World Environment Foundation, for its environmental initiatives such as the “Hari Kranti” (Green Progress) campaign to plant 20,000 bamboo saplings in Ransai village of Uran District in Maharashtra state.
DP World also won the coveted CSR Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2011 in London.
Dredging Today Staff, April 26, 2012