Accelerating human potential

People and community

We believe in the power of energy to transform lives, lift communities, advance human progress, and sustain our planet. When we put our energy to work, we enable others to seize opportunities that can change the world.

The quality of our future depends on what we do today. We recognize that education underlies economic and societal progress, and therefore, we concentrate on building STEM competency in the youth of Saudi Arabia and in communities where we operate internationally.

Accelerating human potential in the Kingdom

Our ability to maximize value from the Kingdom’s resource base is dependent upon developing the next generation of highly skilled workers. Our efforts to boost STEM competency in youth spark imaginative and analytical thinking that may one day help us resolve some of the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

Domestically, through our landmark King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, we run the award-winning iThra Youth initiatives. The Southern Border program promotes STEM skills by engaging students and educators across the Kingdom in hands-on learning experiences. Our highly successful STEMania program is designed to support and increase the number of women entering STEM related fields.

Reflective of our commitment to help preserve and promote the Kingdom’s heritage, and in collaboration with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, we sponsor the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition tour. The exhibition, which showcases the Kingdom as a global crossroads, was recently on display for three months in Beijing and Seoul, drawing more than 40,000 and 120,000 visitors, respectively.

Our international “Bridges Art Program,” comprised of a series of impactful cultural engagements to embrace common values and positively shape wider relationships, continued to offer compelling cultural events in 2017. More than 50 Saudi artists participated in nine exhibitions, including shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, drawing more than 320,000 visitors.

Building skills

We facilitated the launch of the Saudi Arabian Drilling Academy (SADA). Supported and funded by private drilling companies, SADA will help equip Saudis with drilling and workover skills. With 4,000 drilling technicians needed each year to work in the industry in Saudi Arabia, there are significant employment opportunities for trainees.

Partnering for progress

Working alongside the Princess Nourah University and Wipro Arabia Limited we helped to establish the Kingdom’s first all-women business and technology park. Inaugurated in 2016, the park is the largest hub of engineering drafting services, information technology and business process and IT services in the region, and is targeting the creation of employment opportunities for up to 20,000 Saudi women.

In partnership with the Kingdom’s Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), we supported the opening of 12 national training centers to provide as many as 360,000 young Saudi men and women with a wide range of skill sets and disciplines. We expect the number of training centers to increase to 28 by 2030.


Fostering entrepreneurs

Small- to medium-size enterprises are key components of economic growth. Our support for Saudi entrepreneurs is designed to nurture new technologies and businesses of potential value to our business as well as strengthen the health of the Kingdom’s innovation ecosystem. Since its inception in 2011, our wholly owned subsidiary, the Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed) has provided support for more than 100 companies, screened new loan and equity applications and provided consulting sessions for potential entrepreneurs.

Accelerating human potential internationally

Saudi Aramco’s community efforts extend beyond the borders of Saudi Arabia with participation in community outreach and development efforts everywhere it operates. These range from natural disaster relief and educational initiatives in China, habitat preservation programs in Japan and Southeast Asia, to STEM and petrochemical industry education programs in the U.S. and Europe. Saudi Aramco’s international citizenship efforts are governed by the Company’s Citizenship Executive Committee.

The committee advises on the Citizenship Strategy and overarching position, approves related plans and mobilizes requisite business support, ensures alignment of activities and spending, monitors progress and compliance of related programs and develops citizenship activity budgets for CEO and Board approval.

North America

As the base of North American operations and home to many of its regional affiliates, much of Saudi Aramco’s North American community-related efforts focus on or originate from the Houston area. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Saudi Aramco volunteers have continually provided assistance to the local community, including packing over 300,000 meals for at-risk families and working on Habitat for Humanity crews to rebuild 176 homes.

It is also the title sponsor of the Houston Half Marathon, and in Houston and across the United States, over 5,000 students and educators have participated in Saudi Aramco-sponsored STEM education, career awareness, environmental stewardship and energy conservation programs.


Saudi Aramco’s community outreach programs in Europe seek to motivate people to become more active and engaged members of their communities. In the Netherlands, for example, another location central to its global operations, Saudi Aramco’s supports a range of local philanthropic and recreational opportunities like the Juliana Children’s Hospital; one of the country’s leading pediatric hospitals, and the Aramco Beach Run, the Saudi Aramco’s flagship Citizenship event in Europe.


Saudi Aramco is committed to making important community and citizenship contributions everywhere it has meaningful operations throughout Asia. Ranging from coral reef conservation in Okinawa, to children’s medical and educational programs in China, Malaysia and Korea, to replacing vulnerable homes in rural Indonesia, Saudi Aramco’s programs have served thousands of workers, students, and at-risk citizens in dozens of locations throughout the region.