DEWA receives global certification for governance systems

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has been certified with the Globally Accepted Standard on Governance Systems 2021 (BSi13500:2013) for the fifth consecutive year along with observations from the British Standards (BSI) assessors for ‘best practice’.

DEWA has also received a shield for getting full marks for the compliance certificate and this recognition highlights DEWA’s leadership and excellence in governance management and its position as one of the world’s leading organizations in good governance. 

The certification values DEWA’s adoption of best international practices in good governance, compliance with effective governance standards and continuous efforts to boost the culture of self-governance across all divisions.

The shield and certificate were received by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, in the presence of Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, Nasser Lootah, Executive Vice President of Generation, and Ali Almuwaijei, Vice President of Governance and Compliance at DEWA.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“Receiving this certificate is a result of DEWA’s commitment to achieving the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who emphasizes the importance of applying the highest standards of good governance in government work. It also reflects DEWA’s commitment to keeping pace with the Eight Principles of Governance in Dubai and anticipating the future.” 

DEWA has relied on a comprehensive plan for governance and compliance that considers change adaptation, that could affect the water and energy sectors locally and globally. 

The strategies have helped DEWA to enhance its leading global position in best practices and creating new opportunities. This supports the growth of Dubai, bringing agility in decision-making and enabling sustainable development.

“DEWA’s Good Governance model has become a reference for entities around the world in terms of keeping pace with rapid global changes, achieving the best global results and achievements, supporting sustainability and resilience in business agility,” said Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA.

DEWA adopts World Bank guidelines and best practices for electricity and water providers globally and it includes a comprehensive good Governance Framework, with a classified registration certificate, Governance Policy and Governance Charter. This has helped the UAE to maintain its first global ranking for the third consecutive year in Getting Electricity as per the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2020.

“Governance is the system by which the whole organization is directed and controlled to achieve its core purpose over the long term. DEWA’s achievement of successfully obtaining the BSi 13500:2013 Certificate of verification for the fifth consecutive year demonstrates its commitment to proactive management style to fulfill its organizational purpose and continuously develop overall,” said Theuns Kotzé, Managing Director, BSI  IMETA  Assurance.

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