An Oman Oil and Orpic Group employee has returned from her three and a half years of secondment at OXEA, the group’s investment in Germany, after contributing to the phenomenal rise in its sustainability ratings.
Hawra al Maimani, during her secondment, was involved with a number of sustainability and CSR initiatives and also worked closely to upgrade OXEA’s ratings in Ecovadis, a leading sustainability rating platform for the chemical industry in Europe that customers use to evaluate the sustainability activities of their suppliers.
“Right from the first assessment, OXEA earned the silver medal (54 points) and was rated as one of the top 17 per cent suppliers evaluated on the same platform. Incremental improvements were made in the following years to successfully achieve the gold ranking (2017:55), (2018:58), an achievement which the company witnessed this year.
“This achievement highlights our commitment towards sustainability and supports us to build stronger relationships that are built on trust and transparency with our business partners,” Hawra said.
A graduate of the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Muscat, Hawra’s previous exposure to the German language and culture paved the way for making new friendship. “Being exposed to the German culture through university excursions and basic language courses, I found it easier to get to know people better,” she said.
“I am very proud of all our Omani secondees who went through the experience. “They are adding value to Oman. Hawra achieved the highest rating throughout her secondment years and was able to complete her MBA as well. I am very proud of Hawra and I am sure she would be a great asset to any team,” said Dr Salim al Huthaili, CEO, Duqm Refinery.
Hawra added, “It was my first time to live abroad for such a long period. I had to learn how to become independent and hold full responsibility of every aspect in my life. I had to develop new habits and give up some old ones.
“This experience was a heart and mind-opener since I was out of my comfort zone and learnt extensively about new cultures, places, and people.”
Dr Oliver Borgmeier, COO of OXEA, said, “We were very happy to have Hawra strengthen our sustainability team and moving our initiatives forward. She has been a great ambassador for Oman.”
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