Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company was established in December 1979 as a joint venture equally owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Agri-Nutrient Investment Company (SABIC), Saudi Arabia and Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait for the manufacture of fertilizers and petrochemicals. GPIC uses natural gas as a feedstock for the production of ammonia, urea and methanol totaling 1.4 million tonnes each year. The company employs 444 employees of whom 91% are Bahrainis. GPIC has a robust and internationally recognized Safety, Health and Environmental Management System and is considered a role model in the protection of the environment being the first industrial company to use practical demonstration projects to verify the environmental credentials of its operations. The company’s carbon dioxide recovery unit, fish farm, bird sanctuary, palm tree plantations and herb garden are all examples of GPIC’s environmental initiatives. The company has won many accolades including the Sir George Earle Trophy from ROSPA, UK and the R.W. Campbell award from National Safety Council, USA for excellence in HSE management systems. The company has robust and effective Management Systems and is accredited to all well-known Internationally Certifiable Standards. More recently the company has set up the Equal Opportunities Committee to empower women and ensure their full integration into the company’s comprehensive development programs thus establishing the principles of equality and non-discrimination.