ADNOC, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, is the latest of the 65th UAE private-sector companies to sign the Gender Balance Council’s SDG 5 pledge to put women in 30 percent of leadership roles.
Pledge members work closely with the UAE GBC to align with the UAE’s vision to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – particularly SDG 5, achieving gender equality and empowering women.
The pledge also supports the UAE Gender Balance Strategy 2026 and the Abu Dhabi Family Wellbeing Strategy.
As a signatory, ADNOC will accelerate efforts to:
- ensure equal pay
- promote gender-equitable recruitment and promotion
- further embed a gender balance perspective in the company’s policies and programmes and
- enhance transparency through effective reporting.
ADNOC is also launching an Energy for Wellbeing strategy, collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Department of Community Development to:
- foster work-life balance amongst its employees
- strengthen their family bonds and
- enable them actively to participate in building a more cohesive society.
Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNOC, said that ADNOC recognised the “important role” Emirati women play in “enabling sustainable economic and social progress”.
“ADNOC is committed to empowering women and supporting them to build successful careers while maintaining work-life balance and delivering on their family and societal responsibilities,” he said.
“Across our operations, women are firmly established in technical and leadership positions, based on merit, and they are playing key roles in ADNOC’s ongoing transformational journey to a lower carbon future.”
Emirati women comprise some 37 percent of all UAE nationals recruited by ADNOC so far this year.
Female representation has increased by 32 percent since 2017 and women occupy 20 percent of senior leadership positions across ADNOC Group.
ADNOC aims to achieve 25 percent female representation in technical positions by 2030.