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National Safety Council Names BAPCO 2007 Robert W. Campbell Award Recipient

Bahrain-Based Petroleum Company to Accept Award at NSC's 95th Annual Congress & Expo

Chicago, IL - The National Safety Council announced today that Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) is the 2007 recipient of the Robert W. Campbell Award. The first company outside North America to receive the council's international award for business excellence through safety, health and environment (SH&E) management, BAPCO officials will accept the award Monday, Oct. 15 during NSC's 95th Annual Congress & Expo in Chicago.

Upon making the announcement, NSC President and CEO Alan C. McMillan said, "BAPCO has successfully demonstrated that its safety, health and environmental programs are directly linked to its business performance, productivity and sustainability, and has therefore earned the distinction of being NSC's 2007 international Robert W. Campbell Award recipient.

"It is clear that BAPCO's senior management believes that extraordinary business performance starts with dedication and commitment to SH&E management, and has integrated that belief into every level of its business," McMillan said.

BAPCO impressed the Campbell Award’s international expert review panel with the range of stringent audits and assessments the company regularly undertakes in order to maintain and exceed international standards. The panel also noted BAPCO’s corporate investment in SH&E management and the significant and positive impact these initiatives have had on the company’s overall business performance.

"BAPCO's support of SH&E values extends across and beyond the company with a seamlessly integrated operation system oriented toward eliminating injuries, ill-health and environmental impact," said Executive Director of Research and Statistical Services and Director of the Campbell Award Mei-Li Lin, Ph.D. "BAPCO's integration of SH&E into their strategic planning, design and daily operations has achieved remarkable results in the company's financial outcomes and improved employee, community and environmental safety and health."

BAPCO is on of the oldest and largest petroleum companies in the Middle East, and the largest employer in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an archipelago of low lying islands located in the Arabian Gulf on the eastern shore of Saudi Arabia. BAPCO, wholly-owned by the Government of Bahrain, is engaged in the oil industry including exploration and prospecting for oil, drilling, production, refining, distribution of petroleum products and natural gas, sales and export of crude oil and refined products. The company owns a 250,000 barrels-a-day refinery, storage facilities for more than 14 million barrels, a marketing terminal and a marine terminal for its petroleum products. The company employs 3,200 fulltime employees and more than 1,300 contractors.

BAPCO devotes considerable resources to SH&E, with an annual budget of $20 million and a staff of 50 people working full-time on safety, health and environment activities.  More than 60 percent of BAPCO employees are engaged in some form of corporate SH&E activity. 

"Safety, health & environment are managed processes at BAPCO involving all employees at all levels of the organization," said BAPCO Chief Executive Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed. "This has led to BAPCO's strong regional reputation for safety over the years. “We are extremely proud to be recognized yet again in the areas of SH&E with this very prestigious award."

Campbell Award applicants undergo a rigorous assessment that includes site visits and a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s commitment to and implementation of SH&E practices. Panel assessments emphasize three key categories: involvement of management and corporate leadership; integration of SH&E systems into the overall business operations; and employee involvement, motivation and training. 

Through the award’s outreach and educational efforts, its winners are acknowledged not only as international business leaders, but as corporate citizens who recognize the value of protecting employees, communities and the environment.

Recipients of NSC's Robert W. Campbell Award work with a network of 21 global partner organizations to create a case study of their SH&E management systems for top business and engineering schools worldwide. Past Campbell Award winners include Noble Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Alcan Inc. and DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations.

The National Safety Council ( saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads, through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

About the Campbell Award

Named for Robert W. Campbell, an early safety advocate and the first president of NSC, the award is underwritten by the ExxonMobil Corporation through its philanthropic Foundation. Campbell Award recipients' business case studies are made available through our global partners and universities throughout the world.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation

The Exxon Mobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the ExxonMobil Corporation in the United States.  The Foundation supports research and dissemination on selected topics of national interest to the energy industry. Focus areas include education, health and environment. In 2004, ExxonMobil Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and its divisions and affiliates provided $106.5 million in contributions worldwide, with more than $40 million dedicated to education.


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