SABIC is named “Top Employer Asia Pacific” for the eighth consecutive year amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Asia Pacific, January 25, 2021 – With its outstanding performance in talent strategy and longstanding commitment to personal development, SABIC, a world leading diversified chemicals company, has been officially recognized as the “Top Employer Asia Pacific” for the eighth consecutive year. Organized by the Top Employer Institute, a globally accredited certification body, SABIC also received the “Top Employer 2021" awards in five of its key Asian markets – China for the eleventh year, and India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea for the past eight years. The award also acknowledged the company’s unwavering commitment to its employees in a year that has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. SABIC puts the safety and wellbeing of its people first as it continued to navigate the unprecedented challenges resulting from pandemic.
The Top Employers Institute program certifies organizations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers 6 HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more.
“While the pandemic has brought about unprecedented change and disruption to our daily lives, we are proud of the resilience shown by our employees to take these challenges in their stride. To be recognized as the certified Top Employer for the eighth-year running is a proud achievement and an important milestone for SABIC’s development in the region,” shared Mohammed Al-Nafea, General Manager, HR MEAF & Asia Regions.
With health and safety of the workforce top of mind, SABIC undertook comprehensive precautionary measures across Asia to safeguard its employees. Local situations in each country across APAC were closely monitored. Government regulations were stringently adhered to and robust safety management practices were regularly assessed and modified according to the fast-changing developments on the ground.
David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute said, "As a Top Employer, SABIC has shown that they continuously invest in their employees and look for new ways to improve the workplace environment. Winning the award for the eighth consecutive time showcases dedication towards nurturing talent and driving employee development. Despite the challenging year we have experienced, SABIC has continued to demonstrate the power of putting their people first in the workplace.”
Despite the limitations presented by the pandemic, the situation has propelled the HR team towards creative thinking and problem solving to ensure employees had the right resources at their fingertips, and newly launched programs remain relevant to employees in the reshaped environment. This included implementing various initiatives to help digitize workloads, streamline operations, and provide numerous learning and growth opportunities for individuals.
The introduction of a unified CRM system for HR globally has helped centralize all applications into one workflow. The ‘HR One Platform’ sees the automation of the recruitment process, thereby easing the workloads of recruiters and new hires. Additionally, existing employees are offered seamless experiences in managing internal processes, including overseeing employee transfers and succession planning, which can all be done from the safety of their homes.
The Learning Management System (LMS) sits within the platform and aims to foster life-long learning through over 130,000 useful virtual courses easily accessible and joint social learning groups to aid employee development and nurture a more competitive talent pool. Since launch, the company has increased its e-learning hours in the region by 54%. In addition, SABIC recognized the unique circumstances of the ongoing health crisis and its impact on individual’s mental wellbeing and introduced a series of virtual mental wellbeing sessions to support its employees psychologically and assist in managing stress.
“We understand that diversity of experience, knowledge, and ideas in an inclusive atmosphere makes for a more innovative and effective workforce. It is now more important than ever to equip our people with the right tools to succeed, regardless of where they work. This will allow us room to prepare for the uncertainty of the future,” Mr Al-Nafea continued.
SABIC understands that each individuals’ needs and priorities are unique and might change over the course of the year. In line with this, the launch of its flexible benefits system empowers employees to make their own medical, healthcare and lifestyle choices. The program aims to provide a diversified range of benefits to fit each individuals’ requirements, enabling them to keep peace of mind for themselves and their families. This award reaffirms SABIC’s longstanding commitments in supporting its people for a better tomorrow.