Diversity and inclusion

Workforce empowerment

At Aramco, we encourage a work culture that values the contributions of all employees, enabling an environment where individuals excel by contributing in inclusive, collaborative teams.

What is diversity and inclusion?

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) refers to the policies, programs, and inclusive environment that encourages the representation and involvement of diverse groups of people within an organization. The words “diversity” and “inclusion” are two parts of the same strategy:

Diversity: The traits and characteristics that make people unique, such as age, gender, ability, culture, nationality, personality, education, and ethnicity.

Inclusion: Cultivating an environment where behaviors and social norms ensure people feel welcome and respected, and are provided equitable access to resources and opportunities.

Diversity and inclusion (D&I): The steps toward creating a company culture with an inclusive, productive, and aspiring workforce, which values and appreciates every employee and enables them to express their ideas toward common goals. 

Why is D&I important?

Diversity and inclusion practices ensure a better company with better performance. Embedding inclusive practices leads to a variety of different perspectives, increased creativity, a higher degree of innovation, faster problem solving, better decision making, increased profits, stronger employee engagement, better company reputation, and improved hiring results. Studies have also shown strong correlations between higher-than-average diversity and higher-than-average profits across 350+ companies.

Female engineering employee – Aramco – climbing ladder with hard hat
Diversity and inclusion means valuing every employee, and enabling them to express their ideas towards common goals
Female employee – Aramco – presentation of digital technology
Our goal is to become a global role model for diversity & inclusion, deploying initiatives that empower our people

How does Aramco promote D&I?

At Aramco, D&I is integral to the way we operate. We are committed to attracting and developing diverse talent, seeing individual differences as an opportunity for innovation and growth. We cultivate an environment where behaviors and social norms are welcoming and respectful, and employees are provided equitable access to resources and opportunities. With a clear vision for our future, our goal is to become a global role model for D&I; by fostering inclusive environments and deploying initiatives that empower our people.

Some of our Diversity and Inclusion programs

Women in Business
This program supports women early in their careers to be successful in the corporate workplace. Topics include assertiveness, work/life balance, personal branding, communication, networking, and more.
The Mentorship Program
Accredited by the International Mentoring Association, this program introduces female and male employees to the many advantages of having a formal mentor or mentee.
Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion
This e-course gives participants a better understanding of D&I, exploring workplace difficulties and personal biases, and providing solutions that can be implemented immediately.
Male Aramco employee – presentation of virtual reality technology
Diversity & inclusion initiatives are being embedded within employees’ lifecycles – from employment to leadership

A diverse and inclusive company for all

The dedicated D&I team at Aramco builds on our tradition of celebrating, engaging, and enabling our workforce, supporting the wider strategy to create a vibrant and inclusive company culture for employees in five key areas: Recruitment, Retention, Advancement, Leadership, and D&I Role Models.

D&I initiatives are being implemented in all Company workstreams, embedding it within employees’ life-cycle phases – from employment to leadership. This way, our diverse and collaborative teams instill our corporate values of integrity, citizenship, accountability, safety, and excellence, allowing them to achieve remarkable results within an ever-changing global market.

Collaborations within the Kingdom

Aramco’s strategy is aligned with meeting the Kingdom’s goals for Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030; an ambitious transformational journey to diversify the country’s economy and develop various sectors, such as health, education, recreation, and tourism.

As part of this alignment, we collaborate with local universities to leverage their engineering programs, identifying highly qualified female candidates in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) for opportunities within Aramco. We also have developed and launched GROW 2.0 (Gulf Region Organization for Women), to establish an organization and network to advance women’s professional opportunities.

Just as Vision 2030 recognizes the importance of a vibrant society, we recognize the importance of a vibrant work culture that values individual employees’ unique abilities and contributions.

Female and male employees – Aramco – working on robotic engineering – robot arm
We recognize the importance of a vibrant work culture that values individual employees’ unique abilities and contributions