Sadara holds inaugural women employees’ collaboration meeting

Published: 4 November 2019 - 3 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Sadara Chemical Company launched the first Sadara Women’s Collaboration Meeting under the theme of ‘Women in Leadership’.

The initiative, supported by Sadara’s executive management and inaugurated by Sadara CEO Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer, is aimed at engaging and developing Sadara’s female talent in alignment with the goals and aspirations of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. More than 60 female employees participated in the collaboration meeting.

The collaboration meeting was the latest in a series of Sadara activities aimed at recruiting and retaining female talent. The company has continued its hiring of women in 2019 and endorsed creation of a self-directed employee group, the Sadara Women’s Achievement Network (SWAN). Sadara sponsored and played an active role in the ‘A Step Ahead’ Career Fair in Riyadh during 1-3 October, the number-one female career fair and recruitment-related conference in Saudi Arabia.

The Sadara Women’s Collaboration Meeting featured prominent speakers from around the kingdom who shared their knowledge and experiences with Sadara’s female workforce. The speakers included Dr Basma AlBuhairan, executive director of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), who spoke about her scientific and practical experience along with her impressive career achievements.

Also speaking during the collaboration meeting was Wadha Bin Zarah, women empowerment director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, who highlighted the role and importance of women's empowerment and how female involvement in the workforce will have a wider impact on the economic and social arenas.

In addition to the speakers, a leadership workshop led by internationally recognised facilitator Rozana AlBanawi introduced attendees to the concept of daring leadership and how best to apply that concept in their day-to-day work.

The CEO of Sadara, Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer, who welcomed the collaboration meeting attendees, said: “Sadara is committed to support women’s career development and leadership training, in line with the aspirations of Vision 2030.” Sadara encourages women to undertake various roles and responsibilities in all sectors of the company, Dr Al-Faqeer said.

“We are keen on recruiting, retaining and developing women at Sadara,” Dr Al-Faqeer added. “We are opening more roles for women at the plants and are offering fair and competitive opportunities. Additionally, employee initiatives such as SWAN are actively supported and encouraged within Sadara as they provide a positive growth environment for women across the company.

Farhan Al Qahtani, vice president of industrial relations, endorsed the CEO’s remarks, saying: “Empowering women in Sadara has no limits. We work to match them with roles where they can excel. Their contribution has been steady, and we are working to grow that contribution in the coming years.”

Amid the economic, social and structural reforms being implemented throughout the kingdom under Vision 2030, women’s employment in Saudi Arabia registered a major increase since 2017, according to the labour market statistics.

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