Aramco Asia launches CSR programme in China to promote energy innovation

The partnership between Aramco Asia, China Daily and Xiamen University came under the context of the Aramco Asia's continuous endeavour to enhance energy innovation, sustainability and community engagement.

Mahir M Showdari (left), Aramco Asia chemicals director and Xiamen branch manager, received a certificate from Xiamen University after the programme commencement ceremony on 15 June 2017.
Mahir M Showdari (left), Aramco Asia chemicals director and Xiamen branch manager, received a certificate from Xiamen University after the programme commencement ceremony on 15 June 2017.

Aramco Asia, China Daily and Xiamen University recently launched a joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme to support students of Xiamen University who are interested in clean energy, entrepreneurship, and sustainable development, as well as ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The partnership came under the context of the Aramco Asia’s continuous endeavour to enhance energy innovation, sustainability and community engagement. It was the third consecutive year that the company offered financial support in the form of donations to benefit students.

Being a global energy enterprise, CSR is at the top of Aramco Asia’s priority list and the company constantly pushes itself to be among the frontrunners in CSR activities. Since the establishment of the Asian headquarters in 2012, Aramco Asia has started CSR efforts to promote sustainable social, knowledge and environmental development in areas where it has a presence.

Speaking at the programme commencement in Xiamen University on 15 June, Mahir M Showdari, Aramco Asia Chemicals director and Xiamen branch manager, noted, “Under this agreement, we will offer our professional and technical support to the students at Xiamen University, enhancing their innovative experience and academic aspiration in terms of energy and environmental protection.”

“We will collaborate to transform ideas into sustainable solutions and provide long-term value for the local community. I do hope the programme will enable students to combine ingenuity with practicality,” added Showdari.

Saudi Aramco believes innovation connects people, ideas and energy to realise the full potential of our resources, amplifying their benefits to power opportunities.

More importantly, the knowledge-based innovation was also defined as one of the key elements by Saudi Vision 2030, which is complementary to China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in advancing regional cooperation.

“I want to thank everyone involved in the planning and implementation of this programme,” said Deng Jingyang, deputy director of Modern Education and Training Center, Xiamen University.

“I think this event provides a unique opportunity for students of Xiamen University to show their talents. It will fire students’ interests in the development of new energy and environmental protection, with innovation playing a key role. My appreciation also goes to Aramco Asia, who lent us great support,” added Jingyang.

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