Sasol in Society

Promoting inclusion for Qatar’s disabled community

Since 2012 Sasol Qatar has partnered with multiple governmental stakeholders and local organisations to promote the inclusion of people living with disabilities and to enable them to reach their full potential.

As its name suggests, Definitely Able (Sasol’s flagship corporate responsibility programme in Qatar) aims to show that everyone is differently but definitely able while bridging gaps and enabling inclusion. Similarly, Sasol’s Accessible Qatar initiative seeks to remove physical barriers to the mobility of those with disabilities.  These objectives are achieved through various investments and initiatives including:

The Accessible Qatar smartphone app and website which contain expertly audited content allowing Qatar’s disabled community to view public and tourist locations and outlets to see whether they are accessible, and how access accommodates their particular disabilities

Arranging a well-attended conference alongside Project Qatar, one of the region’s largest construction exhibitions. The aim of the conference was to foster awareness of the need to include universal accessibility when planning and designing new venues.  In conjunction with the conference, the Accessible Qatar Awards were held in partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority, recognising hotels, shopping centres, tourist attractions and others which provide the highest levels of accessibility for those with mobility impairments

Facilitating international sports, arts, education and cultural events in Qatar showcasing the talents and achievements of the disabled community. These events have included a friendly game between the South African and Qatari national wheelchair teams, a race between a blade runner and an Arabian horse, the British Paraorchestra playing alongside the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and blind football matches with both visually impaired and sighted people:

The Inclusive Playground – a first for the region – is the latest breakthrough for the Accessible Qatar initiative. Featuring modified playground equipment including a slide and swing for wheelchair users, the Inclusive Playground encourages children of all ages and abilities to play together

Recently Sasol launched a series of short films to raise awareness about the daily challenges faced by the blind and visually impaired.