Other activities undertaken by Corporate Social Responsibility in 2012 include the US$500,000 donation by the Dubai Duty Free Foundation to finance a new Sports Complex at the Lycee Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable School in the town of Saint Marc as part of its support for the Hand in Hand for Haiti.
In January, DDF’s Executive Vice Chairman, Colm McLoughlin visited Sri Lanka’s Travel Retail Village in Palliyawatta which was funded entirely by the duty free industry following the devastating tsunami which struck in December 2004. The Foundation also supports the Children of the Mountain Charity by funding the construction of washrooms at Shree Primary and High School and three classrooms at Maitum Primary School both in Nepal.
DDF also became the first UAE company to support the South Aftican charity, the Walter Sisulu Pediatric Cardiac foundation.
To raise awareness and create environmental ambassadors within and outside Dubai Duty Free, the operation sponsored two Dubai Duty Free employees to join Robert Swan OBE and his “Antarctic 2041”team as part of an International Antarctica Expedition on 27th February to 12th March 2012.
As part of Dubai Duty Free’s ongoing Corporate Responsibility programme and as part of its support for the Dubai-based charity organization, Gulf for Good, the operation rallied behind three of its retail employees who participated in the Gulf For Good “Great Asian Cycling Challenge”, that took place from 14th - 23rd February 2013 in Vietnam and Cambodia.
On 20th and 23rd June, almost 3,000 Dubai Duty Free management and staff took to the track of Dubai Autodrome as part of the operation's support to The Moodie Report Great Travel Retail Educathlon and raised almost US$46,000 to support a group of local regional educational charities nominated by leading travel retailers.
On 17th July 2013, Dubai Duty Free donated AED 3 million to support the Ramadan campaign by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to provide clothing to 1 million needy children around the world.
Health, Safety & Environment
Dubai Duty Free recognizes and is committed to reducing the Environmental impacts and health and safety risks associated with the storage and retailing of goods. It is the Company’s policy to operate an Integrated Management System in accordance with ISO 14001: 2004 and OHSAS 18001: 2007. The overall objective of our HSE policy is the provision of a safe and environmentally friendly operation for our employees, customers and neighbours.
The Company is committed to the concept of continual improvement and uses the Integrated Management System as an improvement tool. Environmental and safety issues are viewed as core business values.
Working Successfully towards OUR OBJECTIVES:
The Company will set and monitor specific improvement objectives to assist with the achievement of these overall objectives. All employees are required to understand, implement and maintain the ethos of the Company’s policy statement. Our policy statement will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is continuing to reflect the requirements of the Company. A copy of the HSE Policy is available at the Dubai Duty Free Office Building Reception and to anyone requesting a copy.