Complimenting the extensive efforts of our esteemed government and playing its corporate social role within the community, Sohar International concluded the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive for employees extending the vaccination to staff first grade family members. Not only will this significant initiative play a positive role in the overall community increasing the percentage of citizens being vaccinated, but it also plays a vital role in ensuring that our people and staff have a safer environment to work in.
Highlighting the importance of this initiative, Mr. Ahmed Al Musalmi, Chief Executive Officer of Sohar International said, “We appreciate the significant efforts of the Government in minimizing the pandemic spread in the Sultanate. As a socially responsible financial institution, it is necessary and a national duty to extend our support to the community and our staff. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we understand that it’s important for them to feel safe not just for themselves, but also for their family members. This underlines our extensive efforts towards also providing vaccination to first family of every individual in the Sohar International team. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stayed committed to the cause of the community in which we operate by adopting precautionary measures within our premises to ensure our services are delivered uninterrupted to our valued customers, while safeguarding the health and well-being of our employees, stakeholders, and the nation at large. This continues to remain our priority during challenging times, and we are sure that as a bank, and as a country, we will emerge stronger post pandemic.”
The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive took place at the bank’s headquarters located in the Waterfront Building in Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat. The 2-day agenda witnessed a large number of attendance from staff located within the region alongside their spouses. The first phase of the vaccination drive has also begun to accommodate staff and their spouse located in the various regions of the Sultanate in collaboration with Badr Al Samaa branches spread across the country. In its endeavor to make a difference, Sohar International has also extended this vaccination drive to include staff first degree relatives in a bid to ensure further safety of the community we are part of and serve.
Commenting on the internal vaccination drive, Ms. Mahira Saleh Al Raisi, Chief Human Resource Officer at Sohar International said, “The health and safety of employees is of utmost priority at Sohar International as they are the key drivers of success for the Bank. We aim at providing a safe working environment for our employees as they are the most valuable assets in driving the bank’s growth strategy. Nurturing our employees and offering them with a seamless and motivating environment is an integral part of our strategy, mainly during the current Challenging times. The Bank has taken this great stride to provide the required comfort to its team members as part of their wellbeing, thus ensuring they are motivated to deliver on the Bank’s promise.”
Sohar International continues to play a meaningful role in nurturing a sustainable society, by ensuring the supply of basic necessities to severely impacted sections. In support of its customers and the community at large, the bank has committed up to RO 1.5 million to relieve affected customers from their personal loans, which was received very positively from the customers as well as the society. Furthermore, in collaboration with Ministry of Labour, Sohar International announced its commitment in providing 200 Omanis a stepping-stone into the professional world by enrolling them into a 2-year Training and Development program. The program will entail extensive on-the-job experience, along with an attractive monthly pay. Committed to dispose its social responsibility with diligence and for this purpose, the bank understands the importance of being human especially in such market conditions.