Annual Report and Accounts 2013

The Community

From left, counter-clockwise DP World Sydney (Australia), DP World Jebel Ali (UAE), DP World Constanta (Romania), DP World Cargo Services (South Africa)

As a global operator of container and marine terminals, our business is focused on long-term investments and we therefore become a significant part of the communities in which we operate. We endeavour to become an enabler in those communities by involving ourselves in projects and initiatives that will raise awareness, tackle social issues and make a difference.

Our performance in 2013

While our focus was on strategic community investment during 2013, we aim to ensure it is targeted at relevant social issues that will have a long-term impact. This means developing alliances with our community partners rather than simple philanthropic donations. One mechanism by which we achieve this is through volunteering, where our people share their skills and expertise and get involved in hands-on activity such as reading to children or renovating a school.

As part of this approach, we have developed a community investment framework that describes our work, determines our responsibilities and those of our not-for-profit partners and helps us maintain our focus on achieving sustainable long-term change. This was launched in tandem with the introduction of our grant agreement template that sets out accountabilities and responsibilities when we work with not-for-profit organisations. In 2014, we aim to develop a community investment toolkit, including a contributions policy and a corporate responsibility expenditure policy.

Earlier in the year, we launched our volunteering programme for our Head Office team, providing them with the opportunity to volunteer for one day a year in the community. From the implementation of the volunteer framework in May 2013 the Head Office team contributed 231 hours to the community.

Our 2013 Community Initiatives

Across our portfolio and throughout 2013, our people demonstrated their commitment to the communities in which they work:

  • Our Philippines operation is driving sustainable corporate responsibility through its work directly with the community. Employees have been involved in a wide variety of activities, from regular environmental clean-ups to supporting healthcare initiatives by sponsoring doctors to visit disadvantaged communities surrounding the port and providing free medical check-ups and consultations. Following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, a relief hub was established at the port providing free use of berth and warehouse space and equipment.
  • Our team in Hong Kong have been working with the NGO Sheung Kung Hui Welfare Council in Tung Chung for over four years, providing young people with the opportunity to pursue their interests and discover their abilities. Sponsored lessons, extra-curricular activities, field trips and a series of structured youth activities are part of the programme.
  • Qasim International Container Terminal has adopted the Darsana Chana village with the aim of developing a sustainable community. Support has included the installation of wells and filtration units for clean drinking water, sponsoring the education of children and collaboration with a local nongovernment organisation to provide education and training for local women.
  • DP World is also one of the main supporters of the Indian Maritime University, encouraging young men and women to become industry leaders of tomorrow.
  • In Caucedo, DP World hosted for the eighth consecutive year, the Back to School Party for over 300 children. The theme this year was focused on the environment and an eco-rally was run; a fun, dynamic, educational and physically challenging activity for the children and their parents.
  • In Australia, many of our people dedicate their time, energy and resources to the communities in which they live and work. Some of the partners we have worked with include Variety NSW – The Children’s Charity, Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club, Sids and Kids, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital and the Queensland Dare to Lead Aboriginal Youth Camps.
  • In Europe, the team focused on communication through an online tool to share information on corporate responsibility initiatives. We aim to disseminate this across our global network and encourage other regions to develop similar tools.
  • In Djibouti, we worked closely with USAID, FHI360 and the Government of Djibouti to construct and develop a community health centre which will act as a focal point for the local community, port workers and truck drivers to receive health checks and to build greater awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
  • In the UAE, we participated in Clean-Up UAE in December 2013, an environmental initiative launched by Emirates Environmental Group in 2002. This year, more than 200 volunteers collected approximately four tonnes of waste. We also continued our support for people with the hereditary blood disorder thalassemia by encouraging volunteers to donate blood to help meet the shortage of blood for emergency transfusions. In 2013, more than 100 of our people donated blood for this cause.

“WE ENCOURAGE OUR EMPLOYEES TO ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND ACTIVELY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. VOLUNTEER WORK IN SUCH PROGRAMMES ENRICHES THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF BOTH VOLUNTEERS AND THE PEOPLE THEY HELP.”

Mohammed Sharaf GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER