Tenaris employees volunteered to create care packages for workers housed in the 2nd Industrial City area of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. After local authorities instituted a total lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, Tenaris developed a plan to assist impacted employees, many of whom lacked adequate access to stores or aid distribution centers.
Over the course of volunteer sessions held on May 8 and May 20, employees assembled a total of 425 packages with food, cleaning supplies and other essentials purchased by the company and intended to last for 10 days. In coordination with local authorities, the packages were then transported to the quarantined area and distributed to employees.
“When we called on our employees to volunteer for this initiative, we were positively surprised by the number of people who came forward,” recounted Mariano Armengol, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TenarisSaudiSteelPipes. “We eventually had to limit the participation to ensure social distancing.”
In developing a COVID-19 response plan for Tenaris operations in Saudi Arabia, food assistance consistently came up as a priority. Distribution of care packages to company’s employees in the 2nd Industrial City is the first measure of several planned to support vulnerable groups.
“We have all been suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis,” added Armengol. “Hopefully, in addition to providing much needed assistance, this initiative will also help to lift everyone’s spirits.”
Tenaris expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia in January 2019 with the acquisition of 47.79% stake in Saudi Steel Pipe, a local welded pipe producer with manufacturing facilities located in the Eastern Province. After integration into Tenaris’s industrial and commercial networks, rebranded TenarisSaudiSteelPipes (TenarisSSP) now works with major national and international oil companies in the region.
To learn about Tenaris’s management plan to address the COVID-19 crisis, please visit https://www.tenaris.com/en/covid19/