DUBAI, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — The Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network, in partnership with RTA and Roadsafetyuae.com, conducted a road safety seminar, ‘The Role of Leadership in Fleet Safety Management’, at the Chamber premises on Tuesday, as part of their “Be Responsible – Drive Safe” campaign, launched in 2014.
The seminar, organised by Dubai Chamber’s Centre for Responsible Business’s Sustainability Network Road Safety working group, led by Tristar Group, provided business leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills, as well as best practice advice, to effectively manage people who drive to work and to understand the influence they have on safety culture and driver behaviour.
The key speakers included David Marsh, Senior Road Safety Adviser, RoSPA, Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents, who spoke about the importance of effective leadership to create an accident free culture. He shared his knowledge about the reasons of collisions, human factors causing drivers to crash, associated costs, and the methods to reduce road risks and cost exposure. The other speaker, Muhammed Akber, GM HSEQ and Sustainability, Tristar Group, spoke about the company’s best practices to ensure the safety of their drivers on roads.
The Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network Road Safety Working Group consists of companies like Tristar Group, ABB, SamTech Middle East, MAN Truck and Bus Middle East and Africa FZE, School Transport Services LLC, STS, Al-Futtaim Carillion, Aramex, Dow Chemicals, EMPOWER, QBG, and Jubaili Bros.
Dr. Belaid Rettab, Senior Director, Economic Research and Sustainable Business Development Sector, Dubai Chamber, said that the Road Safety seminar reflects the commitment of the Sustainability Network members whose contribution to various sustainable initiatives not only serve the companies and the community, but also go on to enhance Dubai’s reputation of celebrating diversity while creating an inclusive and cohesive society that enriches its business environment.
Stressing the importance of road safety for an individual, he added that a person’s life “does not belong to him alone but also to his family and the community, therefore, this session and the continuing road safety campaign emphasise on safe ways for the prevention of traffic accidents and saving of precious lives.”
Eugene Mayne, CEO of the Tristar Group, said, “As a major player in oil and gas logistics, we are conscious of the potential consequences of an incident involving road tankers transporting flammable products, and we remain committed to sharing our experiences and international best practices to make the roads safer for all users in the UAE and across the GCC.”
The Centre for Responsible Business, which was formed in 2004 and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014, plays an important role in instilling a culture of responsible business in the UAE. The centre assists Dubai Chamber members to apply responsible business practices that enhance their performance and competitiveness. It also provides research, training and events related to the concept of corporate social responsibility while raising the profile of Dubai as a sustainable business destination.