Date(s) - 04 January 2009
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EQUATE Petrochemical Company’s Human Resources (HR) Leader Abeer Suleiman Al-Omar said the Company’s support for various national initiatives stems from its desire to develop all aspects relevant to overall sustainability in Kuwait.
Commenting on EQUATE’s sponsorship of the 6th Career Fair (Careers 2009) under the strategic partnership of the Manpower & Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) and organized by Vision for Consultations during December 27-30 at Ar-Raya Ballroom, Al-Omar said such events play a critical role in facilitating interaction between organizations and individuals wishing to join a competitive workforce that provides advancement opportunities and distinguished occupational incentives.
While noting that the role of Kuwait’s private sector is not limited to achieving profits, Al-Omar explained that the private sector also has the responsibility of sharing success with the community through effective participation in all relevant sectors, especially in terms of developing and supporting human resources.
“EQUATE has several long-term strategies aimed at supporting human resources in relation with EQUATE Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, such as annual university scholarships for Kuwaiti high-school graduates and EQUATE employees wishing to obtain higher education, as well as internships for students from universities and applied education bodies from within and outside Kuwait,” explained Al-Omar.
Al-Omar noted that EQUATE pays great attention to recruiting the best Kuwaiti human resources, whether they have previous expertise or fresh graduates, adding that EQUATE adopts several practical schemes to develop the skills and abilities of Kuwaiti youth as part of sound professional advancement.
Al-Omar said such strategies are applied through holding annual HR Gallery events that encourage direct interaction and communication with all employees to ensure their familiarity with their rights and duties as part of EQUATE’s workforce, as well as keeping them well informed about training programs, incentives and the company’s plans.
Al-Omar noted that although EQUATE is a relatively new company established in 1995, it prides itself with a manpower that includes over 55% of Kuwaitis working alongside more than 20 nationalities from around the world and providing EQUATE with an abundance of expertise in various fields.
Regarding EQUATE, Al-Omar said it is considered one of the world’s leading petrochemical producers and it is presently a joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company, Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC).
Al-Omar added “In appreciation for its sustainable development efforts, EQUATE has earned His Highness the Amir Award for the Best Plant in Kuwait; Gold Award in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for Gulf private sector companies; the Award of Best Gulf Company in Recruiting Nationals; as well as Kuwait’s CSR Award in the Industrial and Oil Sector. In addition, EQUATE has received the Highly Commended Best Community Program Award during the First Middle East CSR Award Summit held in Dubai.”