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10 September, 2014

Bechtel Joins AmCham Abu Dhabi 'WOMEN ACHIEVE' Initiative

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. - AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that Bechtel has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women. The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater

10 September 2014
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. -  AmCham Abu Dhabi announces that Bechtel has become the latest signatory of WOMEN ACHIEVE, an innovative program established by its Women in Business Committee that promotes the professional advancement of women. The program was developed to encourage companies and organizations to give women more opportunities to advance their careers by offering them positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

Bechtel is now the 25th  organization that has joined an expanding list of leading companies that support the WOMEN ACHIEVE initiative including Al Noor Hospitals Group, AMIDEAST, BrandMoxie, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, ExxonMobil, F&E Aerospace, Institute of Management Accountants Middle East, Lockheed Martin Global Inc., Mubadala GE Capital, New York Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman, Olgoonik Global Security, Parsons, Patton Boggs LLP, and others. As a supporter of the WOMEN ACHIEVE program, Bechtel reassures its commitment to provide a work environment that is favorable to women's development by empowering women to refine their leadership skills and flourish in their respective jobs and areas of expertise. Moreover, Bechtel pledges to provide greater opportunities for women's participation in training and career advancement.

"Bechtel is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to advance and thrive. We actively promote opportunities for women through initiatives such as our Women@Bechtel group, a collaborative forum that connects colleagues around the world to share perspectives, experiences and learn tools for success,"  said David Welch, President, Europe Africa Middle East, Bechtel. "We are therefore very pleased to sign up to WOMEN ACHIEVE and support its aims to promote the empowerment of women in business." 

Matthew E. Byrd, Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, remarked, "We are delighted to have Bechtel sign WOMEN ACHIEVE. AmCham Abu Dhabi is proud to support innovative initiatives, such as WOMEN ACHIEVE, that foster positive change in the business community."

Established in January 2013, WOMEN ACHIEVE emphasizes seven key ideals, which direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. These ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, as well as considering female candidates for new opportunities and the support of 'rising stars' into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages the induction of women to serve on boards of various organizations and advocates the importance of fair remuneration for female employees.

Participation in  WOMEN ACHIEVE is open to entities of all sizes. Companies that are interested can elect to become signatories by contacting AmCham Abu Dhabi. In addition, WOMEN ACHIEVE signatories receive a certificate of acknowledgement from AmCham Abu Dhabi for their support and are eligible to use the WOMEN ACHIEVE seal on their communication collateral.

For press inquiries contact:
Sana Bagersh, Chairperson, Women in Business Committee, AmCham Abu Dhabi, M: +971 50 668 0545,
Email: wib@amchamabudhabi.org 

Julie Green, Communications Manager, Bechtel, M: +44 207 651 7887; Email: jgreen2@bechtel.com

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About Bechtel
Since 1962, Bechtel has completed more than 100 projects in the U.A.E, including more recently the Khalifa Port project. Our projects successfully established top-class safety, quality and other programmes based on best practices across the globe and in compliance with government rules and regulations. We are proud to have employed rigorous on-the-job and formal training of Emirati and international contractors working in the U.A.E. Projects include the Borouge 3 petrochemical complex in Ruwais, the feasibility study for project Shaheen alumina refinery in Taweelah and last year Bechtel established a centre of excellence in Dubai. Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right--no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. For more information, visit www.bechtel.com  

About WOMEN ACHIEVE:
WOMEN ACHIEVE is an initiative by AmCham Abu Dhabi's Women in Business Committee to support the advancement of women into positions of higher responsibility and leadership within companies and organizations. WOMEN ACHIEVE focuses on seven key ideals that direct companies towards acquiring a supportive work environment for the professional advancement of women. The ideals include encouraging women to grow through training, shadowing, coaching, mentorship and internship programs, considering female candidates for new opportunities and promoting 'rising stars' into leadership positions. WOMEN ACHIEVE also encourages women to serve on corporate boards and supports fair remuneration for female employees. For more information about WOMEN ACHIEVE, please contact wib@amchamabudhabi.org

About AmCham Abu Dhabi:
AmCham Abu Dhabi (the trademark of the American Business Group of Abu Dhabi) is a member of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. The AmCham Abu Dhabi mission is to promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the United States of America, the membership, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. AmCham Abu Dhabi is an independent, not-for-profit association comprised of Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium sized companies and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs. AmCham Abu Dhabi provides a uniquely situated platform through which executives pursue and discuss issues impacting business operations between the U.S. and U.A.E. Substantive government advocacy programs, educational and networking programs and customized business service are just a few of the many benefits AmCham Abu Dhabi provides its members. Through the support of its members, AmCham Abu Dhabi has become the recognized voice of U.S. business in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit: www.AmChamAbuDhabi.org

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