In a report published in The Telegraph and Business Reporter, Aramco’s corporate citizenship advisor Ruby Halabi highlighted the lack of diversity in the energy industry. Women only make up 22% of the sector’s workforce with field positions only being 10%.
Aramco’s head of Women Development and Diversity Reem Al-Ghanim offers tips to address the problem.
The first step is to encourage girls as young as seven years old to study STEM. The next is to ensure that women have the necessary work experience. This can be accomplished by creating programs that provide professional development opportunities at each career level. The final step is to change the preconceived notions about the role of women in the workforce and society.
Gender diversity makes great business sense. This is supported by a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group which found that gender diversity is associated with better decision making, greater creativity and improved problem-solving.