A Diversity and Inclusion Milestone in Yanbu

Dec 8, 2022 - Insights

A women’s college was among the educational institutions recently visited by a Tronox team.

A women’s college was among the educational institutions recently visited by a Tronox team.

Diversity & Inclusion at Tronox means leading and encouraging a diverse workforce that values and respects every individual. To achieve this vision, we must build an inclusive and diverse workforce reflective of the communities we serve, and maintain a commitment to developing diverse talent. Our Diversity & Inclusion strategy is supported by hundreds of active participants worldwide in the Tronox Diversity and Inclusion Network (TDIN).

For the first time in the company’s history, Tronox representatives visited Yanbu’s female educational centers alongside Amy Webb, VP, Global HR Operations and diversity and inclusion champion.

“Part of our D&I strategy states that we want a workforce reflective of our community,” she said. “The visits with the female educational centers provided the next step in our progress at Yanbu.”

Amy Webb, VP Human Resources, third from right, visited Yanbu’s Taibah University.

Amy, along with Nada Malki, Senior Communications Specialist, and Gadeer Nahhas, HR Advisor, visited Taibah University, a women’s college, where they met with the dean of the university and a group of PhD candidates. They discussed a graduate co-op program in which instructors visit Tronox’s labs to improve them for effective learning, and vice versa, identifying ways in which Tronox can assist the university in improving its facilities. A visit to Yanbu’s Royal Commission Technical Institute followed, where they learned about the center’s mission, as well as explored opportunities both parties can take advantage of, such as training Tronox’s own employees there and hiring graduates. “I was overwhelmed by the information shared, the passion for the development of females, and the potential of our partnerships with these organizations,” Amy said. “The connections we made on this trip will produce future talent dividends for our organization.”

Amy, left, and Nada, right, got to test out the Royal Commission Technical Institute’s forklift and bus simulators, respectively.

Nearby, the team spent a few hours visiting the Royal Commission’s Women’s Technical Institute, where Gadeer had graduated, and met some of the participants in our first women’s co-op program.

“After starting a new stage of my life with Tronox, walking in the center again makes me feel proud as this [college) made me who I am today,” Gadeer said.

The team also met with Maher Ghanem, Managing Director for all of Yanbu’s educational centers. “We are extremely committed to supporting women in our community, and it’s great to see Tronox being a great advocate of this. We are honored to have you on board, and we thank you for all you do on this front,” Maher stated.

As we finalize our partnerships with these organizations, we look forward to supporting their strategies, mentoring students, and connecting them with career opportunities.

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