We continue to learn and draw strength from our participation in the SDIR Programme and look forward to advancing our own leadership on sustainability in alignment with the energy and industry sector," he said.
Qatar, through the SDIR Programme, is the only country in the world that has made sustainability reporting mandatory.
Over the past year, QP's HSE regulations and enforcement directorate developed the assessment criteria and the SDIR award scheme.
Commenting on the future of SDIR programme, Saif al Naimi, director of QP's HSE regulations and enforcement directorate, said, "The SDIR programme strives to deliver continuous improvement in reporting by all companies involved.
Now it has been made mandatory," Energy Minister HE Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony to award 33 companies that undertook SDIR in 2012.
Expecting 44 companies to participate in SDIR this year; al-Sada, who is also the chairman and managing director of Qatar Petroleum (QP), said he would expect all companies to undertake the initiative as it would measure and improve their aims and objectives, which will then finally align with the 2030 national vision.
Since SDIR began in 2010 with 17 companies, he said, the programme has improved and the level of participation from the industry has increased "substantially".
Outlining the advantages of going for SDIR, al-Sada said it will be beneficial for the companies as the reporting is transparent and that individual entities can learn from each other's experience.
QP's HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate developed the assessment system and the SDIR award scheme based on a 15-point criteria.
Apart from these seven winners, 26 other companies received certificates of appreciation for their participation in the SDIR.