SABIC – Top Employer 2016

Excellence in employee management

Janardhanan Ramanujalu, vicepresident at SABIC South Asia,Australia & New Zealand. Photo PSA
Janardhanan Ramanujalu, vicepresident at SABIC South Asia,Australia & New Zealand. Photo PSA

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation(SABIC) has been recognized as one of the world’s most valued employers by the Top Employers Institute, scoring the‘Top Employers Asia Pacific 2016’ titlefor the third consecutive year, as well asscoring ‘Top Employer 2016’ across five of the company’s key Asian markets,namely China, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. As evaluated by international research foundation Top Employers Institute, the company demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in employee management.

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people.Optimal employee conditions ensure that people develop themselves person-ally and professionally.

Created in 1991, the ‘Top Employers’ certification follows a rigorous process including an audit by an independent audit, tax and advisory firm Grant Thornton, and comprehensively evaluates the participating company’s human resource standards and practices against an international benchmark.The specific areas of benchmarking are in strategy, policy implementation,communication of employee conditions and talent development. SABIC, established in 1976 with head-quarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has over 40 office locations within China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia,Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. The company operates nine manufacturing sites in China,South-east Asia, South Korea and Japan. The company runs a technology centre in India and two application centres in Japan and South Korea.

SABIC ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies and is one of the market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. The company operates in more than 52 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

Established in 1994, India is one of the key markets for SABIC in Asia with one state-of-the-art technology centre at Bengaluru, one manufacturing facility at Baroda, and seven offices across India. Today, Asia is SABIC’s fastest growing region globally with strong double-digit growth.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into chemicals, polymers, agrinutrients,metals and innovative plastics with re-search resources with innovation hubsin USA, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and North East Asia.

Janardhanan Ramanujalu, vice president at SABIC South Asia, Australia &New Zealand says, “Winning the Top Employer Asia Pacific Award for the third consecutive time has reaffirmedour commitment to be an employer of choice and further contributes to our vision of being the preferred global leader in chemicals. At SABIC, we place talent development at the centre of our growth strategy and also nurture their ability to improve the communities in which they work through volunteering opportunities in the community.”

Lee Min Yin, senior director, human re-sources, Asia Pacific at SABIC says, “Human capital is the most vital asset within a high performing organization.At SABIC, we believe in nurturing an inclusive environment that encourages innovation, excellence and organizational effectiveness, with a strong focus on employees’ development. We will continue to push the boundaries to make work meaningful for our employees.”

Dennis Utter, global business director for the Top Employers Institute, comments, “Our extensive research concluded that SABIC Asia Pacific forms part of a select group of employers that advance employee conditions world-wide. Their people are well taken care of. It is commendable that SABIC has repeatedly received the Top Employers Asia Pacific certification, and remains at the top of an exclusive group of the world’s best employers.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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