Aramco community facilities earn ‘Mowaamah’ certificates
293 facilities in 23 location recognized for meeting inclusivity guidelines.
All Aramco Community Services (CS) facilities and amenities have now received Mowaamah certifications for their inclusive business environments.
The Kingdomwide certifications come after CS’s North Park Office Services Division was awarded a gold certificate earlier this year for its office complex, comprising North Park 1, 2, and 3 buildings, Al Midra Tower, and the Support Services Building.
Mowaamah is run by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and is an accreditation awarded to companies that provide suitable work surroundings for people with disabilities. The program is a licensing system designed to promote the employment of people with disabilities.
Gold, silver awards
A total of 293 CS facilities in 23 locations were certified by Mowaamah — 11 of which received gold awards and another 13 sites received silver awards. Gold certification is awarded to companies with a 70%-100% compliance level and silver certification is awarded for 50%-69% compliance. The certificates are valid for two years.
The ministry assesses eight operational areas — hiring intentions, company communication processes, employee communication training, equal opportunity provisions, recruitment practices, information and communication technology availability, facilities access and comfort, and products and services development — to see whether they are inclusive for people with disabilities. Seven out of these eight areas apply to all Aramco facilities.
A Mowaamah recognition ceremony was held last month at the North Park Auditorium, attended by Faisal A. Al Hajji, executive director of CS; Abdulaziz AlKhorayef, the vice president of Takamol, an advisory company; Mohammad A. Al Sultan, the general manager of CS Operations; and other CS management.
A recognition trophy was given in appreciation to Al Hajji for his support throughout the accreditation process. A trophy was also given to Ahmed A. Al Zahid, manager of Office Services, who was the champion of the process.
Through Mowaamah certification, Aramco has proven that appropriate facilities and technologies have been made available for its employees, especially people with disabilities, to enable them to obtain suitable work opportunities, be empowered, and achieve success and independence in our workplaces.
— Ahmed A. Al Zahid
CS was able to successfully complete the certification in a few months, capitalizing on answers from North Park’s previous certification process. Revisions were made on evidence submitted for commitment, know-how, recruitment, human resources management, communication and information, and communication technology. Evidence was also enhanced for the individual premises themselves.
CS will contact other Aramco organizations to extend resources, knowledge, and experience of the process companywide gained from being awarded the prestigious certifications.
The Mowaamah certification process was supported by CS management, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, the Operations Accounting Department, Information Technology, Human Resources, and their nominees.
Aramco received the Moawaamah recognition from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for providing suitable work surroundings for people with disabilities.