MUSCAT: To focus on economic, environmental and social issues in Oman, the Electricity Holding Group (EH Group) on Wednesday launched its Sustainability Policy with an annual contribution of RO500,000. The group is also encouraging its staff across the country on volunteerism by giving one paid leave every year for the purpose.

As part of its new policy, EH Group has signed pacts with Injaz Oman and the Omani Volunteering Network. Injaz Oman will receive RO100,000 for the participation of 150 EH Group employees to volunteer in its Sharikati programme while the Omani Volunteering Group will receive RO50,000 for a separate project.

Also, the Omani Volunteering Group will support EH Group in the ‘Wiyakum’ initiative to encourage public participation in a competition to select the best volunteering project. The campaign aims to attract 600 participants and 100 volunteers.

Ghada al Yousef, executive manager – group communications and sustainability at Electricity Holding Company said, “We have been working on this project since December as part of our social, economic and environmental policy.

“The Sustainability Policy will focus on projects that result in increasing in-country value, reducing carbon footprint, spreading the culture of occupational health and safety and encouraging volunteerism.”

She added, “We are tying up with several social organisations whose contributions have made a great difference to the lives of people in Oman. We also want to initiate environmental projects that will result in spreading the culture of conservation.“ Eng Omar bin Khalfan al Wahaibi, CEO of EH Group and Abdullah bin Mubarak al Shukaili, sustainability manager, Electricity Holding Company were also present at the signing ceremony.