In 2021, we continued to build on the “New Norm” initiative that we launched in October 2020. The initiative focuses on building resilience by ensuring all employees have the capabilities to thrive in these challenging times.
In particular, the initiative is about constantly seeking opportunities, experimenting, and learning in an environment of shared ownership between all stakeholders. This is reflected in our approach to SABIC wellbeing, to our learning, and to our stakeholder outreach initiatives.
The New Norm initiative offers best-in-class programs that provide a support infrastructure for physical, mental, social, and financial aspects of wellbeing and addresses crucial issues of the moment, such as the increasing importance of ESG factors in our business.
MEA: 64.1%, Europe: 15.6%, Asia: 9.1% America: 11.2%
Women in the workforce
of total workforce
SABIC Scholarship Program
(Male 270 , Female 87)
SABIC Leadership Learning
Learning & Development Programs
Training Programs Participants
of total workforce
Average hours of training per employee
Our New Norm Initiative focuses on building resilience by ensuring all employees have the capabilities to thrive in these challenging times
In 2021, Corporate Human Resources continued to implement programs and initiatives to support our employees across the globe, including:
- Secure and 24/7 Working from Home (WFH) capabilities for more than 15,000 employees globally
- Virtual collaboration tools and capabilities for the entire organization including virtual meetings (internal and external), global and cross-regional virtual town halls and board meetings, and improved mobile applications
- Technology enablement of EHSS and HR requirements, such as health check surveys, awareness messages, etc.
- Access to onsite vaccinations in the MEA region
COVID-19 PULSE SURVEY
In January 2021, 13,466 employees participated in the Pulse Survey 2. The survey consisted of 25 questions across seven topics: Remote Work; Immediate Manager Effectiveness; Sense of Community; Employee Wellness; Physical Safety; Communication; and Senior Leadership Effectiveness. The findings highlighted new challenges including increased stress, health concerns, and issues around work-life balance. This is unsurprising given the adjustments we have all had to make to adapt to the new normal. On the positive side, almost 90% of respondents felt that SABIC was doing a good job of keeping them informed and treating them with dignity and respect, and 82% recognized the efforts we were making to prioritize employee safety during the pandemic.
We continued to implement programs and initiatives to support our employees across the globe.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
In 2021, SABIC matured the EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) to provide a wide range of support for our employees. These EAPs provide access to expanded healthcare facilities for employees and their families. These include telehealth offerings and other resources, such as a team of trained counselors.