GPIC Award Awes Bahrain

And, what a proud moment it was for Bahrain when Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), was announced as the grand winner at this prestigious event!

At this event, GPIC bagged three of the world’s most coveted awards constituted by the British Safety Council, by leapfrogging at least 500 top global companies to emerge first.

“No single company has ever won three or more awards in a single night in the Council’s 40-year history,” the excited President of GPIC Dr.Abdulrahman Jawahery told DT News, over phone from London.

I felt proud too, because, I have seen over the years, from the various interactions that my team and I had had with various levels of organization’s hierarchy, how efficiently GPIC runs its various departments.

It was not a big surprise to me, therefore, to learn that the company has put in great efforts to disseminate the culture of safety and occupational health in the Kingdom. And that they were shortlisted for this global recognition, and now eventually won the award.

When it comes to health and safety management in various industries and sectors, I understand, the British Safety Council awards are considered as international benchmarks.

The award committee which evaluated the company on stringent professional standards in areas of occupational safety and health, I am sure, was pleased with the way this company works.

Jointly owned by National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) of Bahrain, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) of Saudi Arabia, and Petrochemicals Industries Company (PIC) of Kuwait, this company is always on the go when it comes to increasing its efficiency and productivity.

My team and I interact specifically with the Public Relations department of GPIC, just like all newspapers and media organizations do. And I found that the speed of response and the smoothness of communication between the media and GPIC is really a lesson in itself, on the essence of “corporate communications”.

Just a couple of weeks ago, at the Ritz Carlton, there was the release of a book called “GPIC in Local Press”. It was a wonderful compilation of the published news-items.

At the book-launch, Dr.Abdulrahman Jawahery had said “the local English-language newspapers of Bahrain should not forget that they are being read by a larger, farther, global audience.

“What they say and express, goes far beyond the borders of Bahrain, shaping international opinion about Bahrain, its industry, and its economy”.

Not only on occupational safety and health, and on corporate communication but even on human resources development, I know, GPIC spearheads the industry.

I found that in the May 2011 issue of ‘The Toastmaster’ – a monthly global magazine of Toastmasters International – a special article was published on GPIC. It was like a case study on how effectively it has been improving the communication of the company employees. You can read the article at this link:

So, on many fronts, we can see that this company makes all Bahrainis proud of themselves. And it did it once again.

While congratulating the leadership and the workforce on this rare distinction they have collectively achieved, I wish them continued success.

May they continue to be at the forefront on occupational safety and health, so that other companies – in Bahrain and outside – can effectively emulate.