Wednesday 28 October 2020

Inclusion, diversity 'to deliver business benefits for oil, gas sector'

ABU DHABI, November 17, 2019

Oil and gas companies will reap financial as well social benefits from actively promoting inclusion and diversity in their organisations, stated top industry experts at the recent Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec).

Since its inauguration in 1984, Adipec has continued to grow, gaining worldwide recognition as the premier oil and gas industry exhibition and conference.

The exhibition brings together over 2,200 international exhibiting companies across 160,000 gross sq m, with 23 country pavilions, attracting over 150,000 global attendees and 51 National and International Oil Companies
In delivering the keynote address for Adipec’s co-located Inclusion and Diversity in Energy Conference, Tala Al Ramahi, Chief Strategy Officer for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, said that while diversity remained a problem in oil and gas, Adnoc and other leading companies were actively seeking to change this.
"Women make up only 15 per cent of the oil and gas industry, a number that drops further among the higher-paid technical roles," remarked Al Ramahi during the event held as part of Oil and Gas 4.0, Adipec’s landmark strategic conference on the final day of the high-profile event.

"The energy sector remains one of the least gender-diverse sectors in the economy, despite recent efforts to encourage and promote women’s participation," she stated.
“It is now time to understand why we fall short within various indicators of diversity and find remedies to correct them,” she added.
Among the current positive developments, Al Ramahi pointed out that 22 major international and national oil companies had this year issued a call to action to close the gender gap in the industry.

He also highlighted Adnoc’s programmes to increase the diversity of its workforce,  having been named winner of the ‘Oil and Gas Inclusion and Diversity Company of the Year’ at this year’s Adipec Awards.
In his opening address, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of Adnoc, re-stated the Abu Dhabi group's ambition to provide an innovative, diverse workplace, where women work alongside men in the field and in leadership roles.
“At Adnoc Group, Dr Sultan Al Jaber has committed to appointing at least one female CO (chief officer) across his group of operating companies. Already 15 percent of senior managers are women, and they are increasing the number of female recruits,” said Al Ramahi.
She also praised Adnoc for committing to recruit more people of determination into the organisation.
"Diversity matters, and inclusion pays off when an organisation commits to being as diverse as they can be for everyone. Regardless of ability or disability, gender, or educational background, race or ethnicity, or cultural background," stated Dr Al Jaber.
"And again, this is not just about improving a company’s reputation. Study after study on this topic has repeated that this commitment to inclusion provides organisations with a serious competitive advantage," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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