As part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility vision, Sohar Aluminium, in cooperation with the Directorate General of Fisheries in the Al Batinah governorates, distributed lifesaving equipment, including GPS devices, life jackets and torches to 204 fishermen from the villages of Afifa, Sallan and Al Zaafaran in the Wilayat of Sohar on May 21, 2014.

Officials from the Directorate General of Fisheries in the Al Batinah governorates praised the initiative undertaken by Sohar Aluminium and appreciated their ingenious efforts to promote safety awareness within the community.

Said al Masoudi, CEO for Sohar Aluminium commented: “Sohar Aluminum’s leadership is committed to mitigate and eliminate risks. Our safety goal is to create a mind-set of Zero Harm and we believe that this should extend beyond our employees into the local community. We are committed to engage with the community where we operate and share our values to contribute to the national wellness”.

The distribution of these lifesaving equipment to local fishermen is part of Sohar Aluminium’s initiative to ensure every fisherman is fully equipped with good safety tools in the area of Sohar. The first phase of this initiative started last year when 200 fishermen from the villages of Majees, Umq and Al Sanqar in the Wilayat of Sohar, were benefitted. The third phase of this initiative will take place in 2015 and targets at covering the entire wilayat of Sohar.

This initiative also aims at promoting volunteerism among Sohar Aluminium employees as a number of them volunteered to distribute lifesaving equipment to the local fishermen and shared with them their experiences, giving them safety tips and guidance. Such initiatives help employees become active members in society and work towards its development.

Through dedicated community service and sustainable initiatives, Sohar Aluminium commits to maximising its positive impact in the community by addressing key challenges in Sohar and adding value to its surrounding communities. This initiative had a positive impact on the community members who expressed their deep gratitude to the company’s tangible contributions to society.

Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman. Jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC - TAQA and Rio Tinto Alcan, Sohar Aluminium has won global acclaim for its superior, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient technology.