Realizing potential

The Kingdom is a land rich in natural resources — especially oil and gas. But its real wealth lies in the talents of its people and the potential of its younger generations.

We help unleash this potential by delivering community-based corporate citizenship initiatives that give people the tools they need to seize the opportunities of the future.

Today, consistent with Vision 2030, we continue our focus on enabling the Kingdom’s citizens — particularly Saudi youth — to fulfill their ambitions, ensuring a brighter future for themselves, their communities, and the Kingdom as a whole.

Over the past years, our citizenship efforts have contributed to three main areas consistent with the aspirations of Vision 2030 to create a vibrant society with strong roots, generating more positive impacts for the Kingdom’s people.

We are fostering curiosity and creativity in children to build a foundation for lifelong learning; we supported youth programs focused on STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, entrepreneurship, and employment-related skills; and we enhanced the ability of families with special needs to participate fully in society.

Enabling a knowledge-based society

Providing support to students and teachers in the Kingdom’s education system — from seminars and workshops that develop skills to equipping classrooms with the latest technology — builds capacity and helps to ensure the country’s youth are ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges at our company and beyond.

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

The company’s flagship citizenship initiative, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, is positioned to make a tangible, positive impact on the Kingdom’s future by inspiring a passion for knowledge, creativity, and cross‐cultural engagement. The Center, and the renovated Energy Exhibit, opened in the second half of 2017 and drew more than 44,000 visitors to cultural and educational exhibits and programs.

During the year, the Center continued to implement programs that enriched knowledge and creativity across the Kingdom. Examples of such programs include iSpark, a touring program that delivered scientific, technological, and engineering content to schools in communities along the southern borders of the Kingdom, and iDiscover, an educational program that provided new interactive math and science instruction techniques to teachers. Our digital fabrication laboratory, FABLAB-Dhahran, guided a project team of 40 participants to design and fabricate a Newtonian Reflector Telescope.

Enriching minds, inspiring imaginations

Home to Saudi Arabia’s first-ever children’s museum, galleries for natural science and Islamic culture, and a library, the Center stands at the heart of a cultural park that also features a new Energy Science Center, extensive gardens, and a mosque.

iRead: Dedicated to promoting reading, theater, and the visual arts among the Kingdom’s young people

Reflective of our commitment to help preserve and promote the Kingdom’s heritage, and in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, we sponsored the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition tour of China and South Korea. The exhibition, which showcases the Kingdom as a global crossroads, was on display for three months in Beijing and Seoul, drawing more than 40,000 and 120,000 visitors, respectively.

The international “Bridges Art Program,” comprised of a series of impactful cultural engagements to embrace common values and positively shape wider relationships, continued to offer compelling cultural events in 2017. More than 50 Saudi artists participated in nine exhibitions, including shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, drawing more than 320,000 visitors.

Women Development Program

The Women Development Program convenes female university students and faculty members from across the Kingdom for seminars focused on transitioning from university to the professional workforce. We are also hosting university collaboration forums women from universities across the Kingdom to discuss opportunities in our workforce.

Our Female Universities Outreach Program are conducting a series of seminars to help bridge the gap between university life and work, reaching more than 4,600 students, including more than 3,200 at Taibah University. 

The STEMania program works to increase the number of women entering STEM fields. In support of higher education, we have facilitated nine seminars at women’s universities in Riyadh and Dammam, attracting 7,000 students. The seminars help prepare female university seniors for their transition to the workforce. 

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, an international research and policy center, investigates issues related to energy economics, the environment and policy studies.

The residential community received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification — the first of its kind outside of North America and one of a kind in terms of size — reflecting our intent to lead by example in improving the energy efficiency performance of the housing industry. 

KAPSARC is positioned to become a foundation for the Kingdom’s research and innovation ecosystem and accelerate its drive to become a leader in developing energy solutions.

International work 

Around the world, supporting the communities in which we operate is fundamental to our success and part of our commitment as a sustainable business. Our chosen areas where we can best leverage our expertise and create long-term mutual value are in STEM education, youth development, culture, and social welfare. Examples of how and where we sought to make a positive difference in 2017 include:

North America

  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science: Ongoing support for the renovation and expansion of the Wiess Energy Hall in the heart of the energy capital of North America. The museum draws more than 2 million visitors each year.
  • Michigan Science Center (MiSC): With a mission to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore, and appreciate STEM learning, we supported MiSC with the addition of a new energy module to their “Energy on the Move” traveling exhibit, which reaches more than 300,000 people annually.

Europe

  • The Netherlands — Maastricht University: Established support for a Ph.D. program focused on sustainable approaches for bio-based materials, including biomass and bioenergy.
  • United Kingdom — the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES): The Saudi Aramco Fellowship helps support a total of seven Ph.D. fellows in the field of energy studies.

Asia

  • South Korea: Provided assistance for the design and construction work for a renewable energy themed playground at the Seoul Energy Dream Center, a museum and educational complex.
  • Japan: Backed research and development activities, including CO2 capture and storage, by the Kyoto-based Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth.

Other countries: Open to students in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the Philippines, the “Aramco-Enactus Innovative Challenge” inspired students to develop innovative solutions that address issues related to environmental sustainability, and energy efficiency in their communities. 

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